Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today
announced a new Forerunner lineup that brings integrated music
capabilities, full-color mapping, and advanced training, safety and
tracking features1 to its popular GPS running smartwatches.
Designed with the runner in mind, the new Forerunners – Forerunner
245 Music and Forerunner
945 – will not only track a run, but will monitor stats, crunch
the numbers and get to know all about an athlete’s performance, training
history, goals and more. The new Forerunner series is designed to meet
the needs of all runners, no matter how far or fast they run.
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“We are excited to refresh our Forerunner line and bring sought-after
advancements to some of our most popular GPS running smartwatches,” said
Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “Each new
Forerunner takes what its predecessor has done very well, and enhances
it with even more features, making it easier for you to simply focus on
your workout while your watch does the thinking.”
Engineered for runners, by runners, each new Forerunner features
lightweight materials and an intuitive 5-button design that is easy to
operate with or without gloves, and in any weather condition. The
watches include an always-on, sunlight-readable display with GPS,
all-day activity tracking2, smart notifications, wrist-based
heart rate, and new safety and tracking features1 that allow
users to share their real-time location with chosen contacts in case
they need help. Whether training for a 5K or something far longer, the
new Forerunner line is compatible with Garmin Coach, free
training plans that adapt based on a runner’s goals and performance. In
addition to 5K plans, Garmin users can now train for a 10K or
half-marathon with the help of three running coaches – Jeff Galloway,
Greg McMillan and Amy Parkerson-Mitchell – to guide and motivate them.
With features specific to each model, the new Forerunner smartwatches
deliver key running metrics and insight to every kind of runner, whether
they’re training for their first 5K or already have dozens of finisher’s
medals decorating their walls. Each watch is built with purpose in both
form and function to help athletes train smarter, and possibly harder.
Forerunner 45 and Forerunner 45S
Designed for those who are training for their very first race or
starting a new exercise plan, the easy-to-use Forerunner 45 series is
the perfect companion for everyday use, monitoring heart rate at the
wrist and featuring built-in GPS to keep track of pace, distance,
intervals and more. For those with smaller wrists, the Forerunner 45S
features a 39-millimeter case compared to a 42-millimeter case on the
With a dozen activity profiles available, the Forerunner 45 series will
track more than just a run – it will record efforts during a cycling
workout, on the elliptical, while doing cardio, yoga and more. The
Forerunner 45 series is designed to be worn 24/7, and will monitor daily
steps, distance, calories burned and sleep. Featuring all-day stress
monitoring and Body Battery™ energy monitoring, users can focus on their
wellness and better plan their day to optimize times for activity and
rest. The Forerunner 45 series features up to 7 days of battery life in
smartwatch mode and up to 13 hours in GPS mode.
Forerunner 245 and Forerunner 245 Music
Building upon one of Garmin’s most popular GPS running smartwatches, the
Forerunner 245 and Forerunner 245 Music include even more data and
advanced features to help runners improve. The Forerunner 245 Music
holds up to 500 songs and lets users sync playlists from select
preloaded music streaming services3, like Spotify® and
Deezer, or transfer music from a computer.
Offering personalized training and recovery insight, both the Forerunner
245 and Forerunner 245 Music include performance monitoring tools like
VO2 max and training status with adjustments for heat, recovery time and
aerobic and anaerobic training effects. With the addition of a Running
Dynamics Pod or compatible heart rate strap, athletes can go even
further with their running data, seeing all six running
dynamics right on the watch. Even after a workout, the Forerunner
245 and Forerunner 245 Music feature additional tools to track a
runner’s well-being, including a wrist-based Pulse Ox sensor4
that will help gauge how oxygen is being absorbed. The Forerunner 245
and Forerunner 245 Music feature up to 7 days of battery life in
smartwatch mode, up to 24 hours in GPS mode and up to 6 hours in GPS
mode with music.
Made for the driven, the qualifiers, the elite, the Forerunner 945 is a
premium running and triathlon smartwatch that holds up to 1,000 songs
and lets users sync playlists from select preloaded streaming services3,
including Spotify and Deezer, or transfer music from a computer. What’s
more, while out for a run or bike ride, athletes can make convenient
payments right from the wrist with Garmin
Pay™ contactless payment solution5. Whether hitting busy
city streets or densely covered trails, full-color, onboard maps on the
Forerunner 945 will help guide serious runners and multisport athletes
so they never get lost on a run.
To help athletes become better, faster and more efficient come race day,
the Forerunner 945 also includes key performance monitoring tools while
adding training load focus, a new feature that will sort an athlete’s
recent training history into different categories based on activity
structure and intensity. They can also see all six running dynamics on
their watch with the use of a Running Dynamics Pod or compatible heart
rate strap. Additional built-in activity profiles, including skiing,
hiking, golfing and more make it easy for users to change up their
routine with ease. Intended to be worn all day, the Forerunner 945 will
provide athletes with additional insights to their body’s performance,
and with Pulse Ox4, they can see how well their body is
absorbing oxygen. The Forerunner 945 features up to 2 weeks of battery
life in smartwatch mode, up to 36 hours in GPS mode and up to 10 hours
in GPS mode with music.
The Forerunner 45 series will be available in May while the Forerunner
245, Forerunner 245 Music and Forerunner 945 are available now. The new
Forerunners range in price from $199.99 to $599.99. The Forerunner 945
is also available in a triathlon bundle, which includes blue and black
silicone bands, HRM-Tri™, HRM-Swim™, and a quick release kit for a
suggested retail price of $749.99. To learn more, visit www.garmin.com/Forerunner.
The new line of Forerunner smartwatches is the latest solution from the
ever-expanding Garmin fitness segment, which focuses on developing
technologies to enhance and promote healthy and active lifestyles.
Whether running, cycling, swimming or simply looking to stay active
throughout the day, Garmin fitness devices can help athletes of all
levels reach their health and fitness goals.
For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless
devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active
lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary markets, including automotive,
aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more information,
visit Garmin’s virtual pressroom at garmin.com/newsroom,
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1 When paired with a compatible
smartphone. For safety and tracking features requirements and
limitations, see Garmin.com/en-US/legal/idtermsofuse
3 Requires premium subscription
with a third-party music provider
4 This is not a
medical device and is not intended for use in the diagnosis or
monitoring of any medical condition; see Garmin.com/ataccuracy.
Pulse Ox is not available in all countries.
current supported country, payment network and issuing bank information
About Garmin International, Inc.
Garmin International, Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq:
GRMN). Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal
subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United
Kingdom. Garmin and Forerunner are registered trademarks and Body
Battery, Garmin Pay, HRM-Tri and HRM-Swim are trademarks of Garmin Ltd.
or its subsidiaries. All other brands, product names, company names,
trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective
owners. All rights reserved.
SPOTIFY and the Spotify logo are among the registered trademarks of
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