Garmin's busy spring continues with a whole revamp of their Forerunner GPS watch range to coincide with the launch of the Edge 830 and 530 bike computers last week. The 945 and 245 Music can both store hundreds of songs internally for those who are fans of riding with bone-conducting headphones, plus the 945 has full colour screen mapping and big battery life.
The Forerunner 945 replaces the 935, and despite the name it has a multitude of features that will appeal to cyclists as well as runners and multisporters (you can accessorise with Garmin's quick release kit to easily transfer from wrist to bike). There is storage for up to 1000 songs directly on the watch, so you can leave your phone alone and play tunes directly from the watch via a streaming service such as Spotify or Deezer. Battery life is 10 hours in GPS mode with music, 60 hours in UltraTrac mode and up to two weeks in smartwatch mode.
Garmin Pay is also included, so you can pick up the bill at your next mid-ride coffee stop with just a touch of the watch on a contactless payment reader. The mapping features will be welcomed by mountain bikers, with full colour mapping that comes pre-loaded with data for navigation and location tracking. The Trendline popularity routing function uses data from Garmin Connect users to help you find the best routes and trails.
Training features include integration of the ClimbPro app,for tracking your efforts on climbs, training load data, and new optical heart rate sensor. Training status evaluates your recent sessions and performance indicators to let you know if you're training productively, peaking or overreaching. The new 'training load focus' feature sorts your recent training history into different categories based on activity structure and intensity.
The Forerunner 245 also comes in a Music version for an extra fifty quid, allowing you to store up to 500 songs offline. It will run for 6 hours with GPS and music and 24 hours with just GPS, and includes much of the training functions that the 945 has. It misses out on the mapping capabilities of the 945, and also won't support ANT+ power meters such as Garmin's Vector 3 pedals.
The Forerunner 45 is the simplest and least expensive watch in the range. it still has plenty of bells and whistles such as smart connectivity, a cycling sports app and activity tracking, and there is also a smaller version, the Forerunner 45S, for smaller wrists.
The prices for the new watches are as follows:
Forerunner 945: £519.99
Forerunner 245 Music: £299.99
Forerunner 245: £249.99
Forerunner 45: £169.99
Forerunner 45S: £169.99
All are available in Spring of this year, head over to Garmin's website to sign up for availability and shipping dates.
After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He joined road.cc in 2017, having previously worked for 220 Triathlon magazine. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.