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Garmin Forerunner® 245

$299.99 $249.99

You do the running. Forerunner 245 does the thinking. This GPS smartwatch doesn’t just tell you where you ran. It tracks your stats, crunches the numbers and gets to know all about your performance, your running form, your training history and even your goals. All you need to focus on is putting one foot in front of the other.

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Advanced Performance Analytics

What amount of training is right for you? Forerunner 245 offers personalized training and recovery insight for smarter training decisions, helping you prepare for your next race. It keeps tabs on your VO2 max and understands how heat and altitude impact your performance. And the higher your VO2 max, the higher you can expect to perform, which is exactly what is shown by the performance condition metric. Training status evaluates your recent exercise history and performance indicators to let you know if you’re training productively, peaking or overreaching. See how your workouts influence the development of endurance, speed and power with aerobic and anaerobic training effect feedback. Recovery time helps you maximize the benefit of your efforts by predicting when you will be ready for your next tough challenge. You can even view your overall training load, which measures your exercise volume from the last 7 days and compares it to the optimal range for your fitness and recent training history.

Advanced Performance Analytics

More Ways to Work Out

Running is what you do, so train smarter with the tools available from our Garmin Connect online fitness community. Create your own custom workouts, or download free ones that sync right to your watch. Or, if you’ve got a specific goal in mind for your next 5K, check out Garmin Coach. Featuring guidance from expert coaches and free training plans that adapt to you and your goals, it’s a foolproof way to get to the finish line. As part of your training plan, it can even help you predict your race time. What about when you want to switch it up? Forerunner 245 also has activity profiles for cycling, pool swimming, indoor rowing and even for using the elliptical or stair-stepper.

More Ways to Work Out

More Ways to Work Out

Analyze Your Running Form

The Forerunner 245 GPS smartwatch also has the tools you need to improve your running form. The watch measures crucial running metrics such as cadencestride lengthground contact time and balancevertical oscillation and vertical ratio. These measurements are the key to understanding your form, so you can bring your best on every run and at every race. Your Forerunner 245 can start tracking these metrics with the addition of a compatible heart rate strap or the compact Running Dynamics Pod, which clips right onto your waistband.

Analyze Your Running Form

More Ways to Customize

Check out our Connect IQ Store, where you can add personality to Forerunner 245 by downloading apps, widgets, watch faces and more. It’s easy and — even better — it’s free. New apps are added every day, so you can keep tabs on when your Uber will arrive, turn on your lights at home with the SmartThings app, and even use the AccuWeather MinuteCast app to find out when the rain will start.

Stay Connected on the Run

Forerunner 245 makes it easy to run without leaving important smart features behind. Once paired with your compatible smartphone, you’ll be able to receive text messages and see social media updates, emails and more right on your wrist. And new safety and tracking features make it easy to share your location with chosen contacts in case you need assistance — manually, or automatically with built-in incident detection², if needed. So, lace up your shoes, and head out with a little extra peace of mind.

Stay Connected on the Run

Share and Compete

Syncing your activities to Garmin Connect is for more than just storing your data. Garmin Connect is a thriving online community where people on the go can connect and compete by joining challenges, encourage each other’s successes and even share their triumphs via social media. Garmin Connect is free and available on the web or on your smartphone.

Wellness and Advanced Sleep Monitoring

The Forerunner 245 smartwatch has tools to help keep tabs on your overall well-being and the sleep³ you’re getting at night. These tools provide crucial insight you can use to maximize your training. For example, it’s our first running watch to include a Pulse Ox sensor4. This wrist-based sensor estimates your body’s blood oxygen saturation, which can help gauge how your body is absorbing oxygen — especially while you sleep. And to help you optimize your body’s energy, Body Battery™ energy monitoring uses collected data to gauge your energy reserves at any moment, so you can plan your day to optimize times for activity and rest.

Wellness and Advanced Sleep Monitoring

Track Your Cycle

Coming soon, you’ll get a better understanding of your body using the Garmin Connect menstrual cycle tracking feature. Use it to track cycle details, log physical and emotional symptoms and record personal notes for regular, irregular and menopause transition cycle types. You’ll get education about training and nutrition during each phase of your current cycle, too. With the Connect IQ app5, you’ll get cycle updates — such as period reminders, cycle details and symptoms logged for the day — delivered to your wrist.

¹When used with Running Dynamics Pod or HRM-Run™ or HRM-Tri™ monitors (sold separately)
²When paired with a  compatible smartphone. See  safety and tracking features requirements and limitations
³Activity tracking accuracy
4This 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 not available in all countries
5Compatible devices: Forerunner® 645 Music, vívoactive® 3, vívoactive 3 Music and fēnix 5 Plus Series. Compatible devices coming soon:  fēnix® 5 Series, fēnix Chronos, Forerunner 935, Forerunner 945, Forerunner 645, Forerunner 245 and Forerunner 245 Music.

Physical & Performance

Display size 1.2″ (30.4 mm) diameter
Display resolution 240 x 240 pixels
GPS Yes
Weight 38.5 g
Display type sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
Battery life Smartwatch Mode: Up to 7 days
GPS mode: Up to 24 hours

Maps & Navigation

Memory/History 200 hours of activity data

Features

3-axis compass with HSI (horizontal situation indicator) No
Touch and/or button lock Yes
GPS coordinates Yes
Live Event Sharing Android™ Only
Audio prompts Yes
Sleep monitoring (monitors total sleep and periods of movement or restful sleep) Yes
Auto CourseView updates No
Downloadable training plans Yes
Measures shot distance (calculates exact yardage for shots from anywhere on course) No
Closed Circuit Rebreather (CCR) No
Heart rate (real-time during rests, interval and session stats during rests, and automatic heart rate download post-swim) No
Compatible with Varia™ radar (rear-facing radar) Yes
SwingTempo No
Task timers (2, 5, 10, 15, 20 and 30 minutes) No
Plays and controls watch music No
APNEA mode No
Pool swim workouts Yes
Multi-gas mode No
Race an Activity Yes
Hot keys No
Single-gas mode No
Activity history on watch Yes
Ground contact time and balance (shows how much time, in the running motion, your foot is on the ground rather than in flight and lets you check your running symmetry) yes (with compatible accessory)
Auto max HR Yes
Compatible with Varia Vision™ (head-mounted display) Yes
HR alerts Yes
Foot pod capable Yes
Compatible with Vector™ (power meter) No
Training Effect (anaerobic) Yes
Vertical speed No
Lactate threshold (through analysis of your pace and heart rate, estimates the point where your muscles start to rapidly fatigue) No
Customizable data pages Yes
Race an activity Yes
Finish time Yes
Elevation profile No
Configurable lap alerts Yes
Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to Garmin Connect) No
Incident Detection during select activities yes (Smartphone Required)
PlaysLike distance No
Virtual Partner Yes
V02 max Yes
Reminder alerts No
Physio TrueUp Yes
Customizable alerts Yes
NEXRAD on moving map No
Back to start Yes
Vertical oscillation and ratio (the degree of ‘bounce’ in your running motion and the cost-benefit ratio with stride length) yes (with compatible accessory)
Training Load (your total training load for the last 7 days calculated from estimated EPOC) Yes
Altimeter with adjustable baro setting No
Physical size 42.3 x 42.3 x 12.2 (mm)

Fits wrists with a circumference of 127-204 mm

Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it) Yes
Compatible with BaseCamp™ No
Chronograph No
Available gym activity profiles Strength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Indoor Rowing and Yoga
Automatic altitude adjustment No
Ambient light sensor No
Bezel Material fiber-reinforced polymer
Touch-targeting (touch target on display to see the distance to any point) No
Hazards and course targets No
Stroke type detection (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly) Yes
TruSwing™ compatible No
UltraTrac mode Yes
Yardage to F/M/B (distance to front, middle and back of green) No
Calendar Yes
Barometric altimeter No
Unlock new step icons No
Weather Yes
Auto Lap® Yes
Sunrise/sunset times Yes
Pulse Ox Yes
Floors climbed No
% HR max Yes
% HRR Yes
TracBack® Yes
Storm alert No
Water rating Swim, 5 ATM
Advanced Vector support No
Handicap scoring No
Audible alerts No
Color display Yes
Multiple bike profiles No
HR zones Yes
Stat tracking (strokes, putts per round, greens and fairways hit) No
Connectivity Bluetooth®, ANT+®
Find My Phone Yes
Stride length (real time) yes (with compatible accessory)
Custom targets No
Downloadable cartography support No
Swim efficiency (SWOLF) Yes
Available run profiles Running, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail Running
Bike lap and lap maximum power (with power sensor) No
Stopwatch Yes
Run workouts Yes
Open-water swim metrics (distance, pace, stroke count/rate, stroke distance, calories) No
Training Effect (aerobic) Yes
Worldwide airport database(s) No
Waypoint information page No
GPS speed and distance Yes
Round-trip course creator (running/cycling) No
Area calculation No
Find My Watch Yes
Advanced workouts Yes
Trendline™ Popularity Routing No
Strava features (Beacon, live segments) No
VIRB® Camera Remote Yes
Smartphone compatibility iPhone® and Android™
Dual grid coordinates No
TrueUp™ Yes
Timer Yes
Multiple time zones with Zulu/UTC No
Trimix support No
Courses Yes
Compatible with Varia™ lights Yes
Thermometer No
Alarm clock Yes
Wirelessly receive flight plans from Garmin Pilot™ No
Group LiveTrack No
Intensity minutes Yes
Interval training Yes
Gyroscope No
Time/distance alerts (triggers alarm when you reach goal) Yes
Compatible with Garmin Connect™ Mobile Yes
Touchscreen No
Virtual starting line No
Preloaded topographical maps No
Speed and cadence sensor support (with sensor) yes
Sun and moon information No
ClimbPro™ Ascent Planner No
Night vision mode No
Available swim profiles Pool Swimming
Tempo Training No
Move IQ™ Yes
Automatically saves dive entry and exit locations No
Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate monitor Yes
HRV stress test (measures your heart rate variability while standing still, for 3 minutes, to provide you with an estimated stress level; the scale of this is 1 to 100; low scores indicate lower stress levels) No
GLONASS Yes
Smart notifications Yes
Sight ‘N Go No
Garmin Pay™ No
Automatic daylight saving time Yes
Depth sensor No
Projected waypoint No
Bread crumb trail in real time Yes
Time/date yes
Sync dive log to Garmin Connect™ and Garmin Connect™ Mobile No
Rewards (coins) No
Calories burned Yes
Customizable activity profiles Yes
Auto start/end dive No
Toe-to-Toe™ Challenges No
Segments (Live, Garmin) No
Connect IQ™ (downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps) Yes
HR Broadcast (broadcasts HR data over ANT+™ to paired devices) Yes
Cadence (provides real-time number of steps per minute) Yes
Controls smartphone music Yes
Power meter compatible (displays power data from compatible third-party ANT+™-enabled power meters) No
Total ascent/descent No
Auto multisport activities No
Cycle Map (routable cycling-specific street map) No
PinPointer No
Step counter Yes
Quick Release Bands yes (20 mm, Industry standard)
APNEA hunt mode No
60-minute activity goal No
Trail run auto climb No
Manual multisport activities No
Chores No
Barometric trend indicator with Storm Alert No
Automatic rep counting Yes
LiveTrack Yes
Moving Map with aviation airports, navaids, roads, bodies of water and more No
HR calories Yes
Point-to-point navigation Yes
Anchor Alarm No
Gauge mode No
Yardage to layups/doglegs No
XERO™ Locations No
Auto Pause® Yes
All-day Stress Tracking Yes
Running dynamics yes (with compatible accessory)
Full vector map No
Tack assist mode No
Body Battery™ Energy Monitor Yes
Worldwide NAVAID and Intersection database(s) No
Available cycling profiles Biking, Indoor Biking
Future elevation plot No
Accelerometer Yes
Recovery time Yes
Text response/reject phone call with text (Android™ only) Yes
Around Me mode No
Hunt/fish calendar No
Drill logging Yes
Preloaded with 41,000 courses worldwide No
Course guidance Yes
Strap material silicone
GPS Time Sync Yes
Countdown timer No
Auto scroll Yes
Analog hands No
Round timer/odometer No
Compass Yes
Lens Material Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
Cardio workouts Yes
Green View with manual pin position No
Performance condition (after running 6–20 minutes, compares your real-time condition to your average fitness level) Yes
Strength workouts Yes
Galileo Yes
Distance to destination Yes
Training Status (lets you see if you’re training effectively by tracking your training history and fitness level trend.) Yes
Manual lap Yes
Distance traveled Yes
Pool swim metrics (lengths, distance, pace, stroke count/rate, calories) Yes
GPS-based distance, time and pace Yes
Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal) Yes
Garmin AutoShot™ No
Fitness Age yes (in app)
Nitrox support No
Unit-to-unit route/location sharing No
FTP (Functional Threshold Power) No
Dive ascent/descent rate indicator No
Built-in barometer and tide tables No
Assistance yes (Smartphone Required)
Race predictor Yes

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