In our recent smartwatch special, the Forerunner 245 was highlighted as probably the best running watch available right now when price, features and functionality are considered. The Forerunner 245 does all the basics very well – distance, speed, pace, heart rate, GPS are top notch. The ability to sync to the Garmin Connect service brings a host of further benefits that many running watches twice the price don’t offer. You can use the Garmin Coach adaptive training plans, where you not only have access to running metrics but profiles for cycling, pool swimming, indoor rowing, stairs machines and much more.
If you have a compatible heart-rate monitor, the Forerunner 245 offers a host of running metrics like cadence, stride length, contact time and, for those that are looking to train smarter, a built-in VO2 Max assessment will give you a good indicator of how you can expect to perform over various distances. With Garmin’s training effect you can see how your development of endurance, speed and power are progressing and you get immediate feedback on your aerobic and anaerobic training effect too.
Along with your activity monitoring, your forerunner will keep track of many health benefits such as abnormal heart rate alert, sleep tracking, body battery, stress monitoring, hydration and oxygen saturation if that’s what you need.
Finally, the Forerunner 245 comes in a music and non-music version. The music version is probably where things fall down as I found excessive battery use can disappoint but with many still bringing their smartphones out running, a smartwatch that plays music may not be essential. These are very surmountable concerns and it wouldn’t put me off buying the Forerunner 245 one bit.
Elverys Intersport (nationwide)
www.elverys.ie RRP: €260