The Garmin Forerunner 945 is an essential smartwatch for budding triathletes. In addition to tracking essential running stats like heart rate, distance traveled, pace, cadence, and intervals, the Forerunner 945 captures ground contact time, stride length, vertical oscillation and ratio, more accurate VO2 Max measurements, and Pulse OX, your blood oxygen saturation levels. On top of that, the Forerunner 945 captures swimming metrics like stroke count and efficiency, and can automatically detect the stroke you’re using. It’s also compatible with a number of bike monitors to help aggregate your swimming, running, and cycling data.
When building up mileage during training, your workouts might take you farther and farther from home. The Garmin Forerunner 945 adds several mapping features, like full color on-board maps that can be used for turn-by-turn navigation and round-trip routing, ensuring you stay safe and on course during even your longest rides and runs. And, if you’re hitting the hills, ClimbPro will tell you gradient, distance, and elevation gain data in real-time for the hill you’re on or the hill you’re about to climb! The watch also uses several other navigation systems in addition to GPS, like GLONASS and Galileo, to make sure the watch always knows where you are and where you’re going.
The Garmin Forerunner 945 also adds internal storage to your smartwatch, allowing you to upload your own music or download tunes for offline play from services like Spotify using apps from Garmin’s Connect IQ app store. With Bluetooth connecting your wireless headphones directly to the Garmin Forerunner 945, you’ll finally be able to leave your phone at home when going on a run without sacrificing anything! The watch can track sleep, stress levels, and menstrual cycles. You’ll also get smartphone notifications like calls and texts, plus a brand new incident detection feature that will automatically call for help if the watch detects that you may have been involved in an accident while on a run or ride. Garmin Pay can be used to make payments wirelessly — another reason to leave your phone at home! The Forerunner 945 comes with a silicone strap, a more rugged layer of Corning Gorilla Glass DX on the watch face, and a 47 mm watch case, and is waterproof up to 5 ATM. Battery life is the strongest of the Forerunner line — about two weeks when just used as a smartwatch, up to 36 hours with GPS continuously turned on, and up to 10 hours with both GPS and music on continuously.