Log workout data with this lava red Garmin Forerunner 45 GPS running watch. The long-lasting battery functions for up to seven days before requiring a charge (13 hours in GPS mode), while Garmin Coach offers personalized exercise plans that cater to your fitness level. This Garmin Forerunner 45 GPS running watch features incident detection, which notifies emergency contacts with your location after an accident.
Wear this Forerunner running watch 24/7 to monitor daily steps, distance, calories burned, all-day stress, and even sleep.
Safety and tracking
This watch includes incident detection (during select activities) and assistance, which both send your real-time location to emergency contacts. Live tracking allows family and friends to follow your progress.¹
24/7 heart rate monitoring
The Elevate™ wrist-based heart rate technology monitors heart rate all day and night with no additional straps required.²
Features a bright, always-on color screen and a reliable five-button interface that lets you mark laps with just a quick press.
Garmin Coach 2.0
With Garmin Coach, your personal running coach is always on hand. Choose your expert coach and your 5K, 10K or half-marathon race goal. Then receive a free adaptive training plan and step-by-step guidance.
Include profiles for running, cycling, indoor track, treadmill, elliptical, cardio, yoga and more.
GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo
Built-in GPS acquires satellites quickly to track how far, how fast and where you run, even under tree cover. No phone is required.
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.
This watch has smart notifications for incoming texts and calls, automatic uploads to our Garmin Connect online community, live tracking and controls for the music playing on your phone.
Garmin Connect app for Android, Apple iOS, or Windows Mobile device
Garmin Connect is an online community where people can connect and compete by joining challenges, encourage each other's successes, and share triumphs via social media.
Compatible with free watch faces from the Connect IQ Store, and you can also create your custom watch face from your own photos.
¹ When paired with a compatible smartphone; see Garmin.com/ble. For safety and tracking features requirements and limitations, see Garmin.com/en-US/legal/idtermsofuse.
² See Garmin.com/ataccuracy.
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Bought this and found out if you have tattoos this may not work for you. The reader for the hr will not pick up through the ink. Weird I know. Also the Bluetooth is not great half the time you get a notification from your phone half the time you don’t. As far as GPS and fitness it’s fantastic I just had to switch what arm I had it on!
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Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Does what I need it to.
Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.
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I've had the watch for about 3 weeks now. The only minor issue I have is that the face isnt too easy to read in normal lighting (great in bright sunlight and fine when the light button is pressed). But this thing has been great at providing what seems to be accurate heart rate, steps, distance info. It has really motivated me to keep pushing toward my goals!
Love the watch has everything I need for my work out. The only thing that can be imprpve is the sound when you have intervals, it sounds very low so with the noise around you can be a challenge to hear it besides that, super easy to use and has all features I need
I'll begin by saying that I've had 2 other smartwatches...a Fitbit Blaze and a Fitbit Versa. Both of them were just ok, but nothing amazing. Both of those also looked a bit clunky and ugly, not very sleek. This Garmin is definitely better than both of my old Fitbits.
I need a smartwatch primarily to track my heart rate. I don't use it for reading notifications from my phone so I can't comment on any of those features.
This watch has a bunch of watch faces available for free on the Garmin app...there's even a "this is fine" dog meme face and a nyan cat face....you can't beat those! There are also many more practical and data packed faces. It depends on your preference. I mostly use one that shows my pulse, miles walked, battery level and time/date. But there are so many available for whatever stats you want to see at all times.
I personally like the Connect app better than the Fitbit app. It's a matter of preference I guess but it just looks more sleek.
What also looks sleek is the watch itself. It's not clunky. I have pretty small wrists and it looks fine, not too big. The green lights on the back of the watch that read your pulse are not raised like on some watches, and can't be seen from any angle while wearing it.
One of my favorite things is that it's NOT a touchscreen watch. I was not a big fan of the touchscreen feature on my other watches, as the screen would wake up and put itself on difference screens all the time while I was wearing it under sleeves or whatever and it was annoying. The buttons on this Garmin watch are perfectly fine to navigate all the screens and they don't get accidentally pressed while I'm wearing it.
My Fitbit was always overestimating calories burned. This Garmin seems more spot on with the calories burned. And the built in gps so I don't NEED to have my phone with me to track an outdoor walk/hike/run/whatever is nice, although I bring my phone with me everywhere. But having the option to have the watch track my run on its own gps is nice.
As far as the display, I like it. it's always on, so you don't have to wake up the screen to see it. It's bright enough that you can see it in daylight or a normally lit room without using the "light" button on the watch to illuminate the screen. And in a dark room, you can't see it unless you use the "light" button. It's pretty convenient I'd say.
I would recommend getting a screen protector for the watch face. I don't know how sturdy it is against scratches from daily wear and I didn't want to test it and end up with a permanently scratched screen so I got a tempered glass screen protector on ebay since Garmin doesn't have official screen protectors for the watch. It's great and I can't even tell that there's a screen protector on it, that's how nice it is.
The Garmin Connect app syncs faster than my Fitbits synced to the Fitbit app. Just one more thing that is a nice change from my previous watches.
One last thing. The band that is included is very comfy. It has a bit of stretch to it, enough to make it comfortable and easy to adjust. There don't appear to be any different bands available for it on Garmin's site but I don't even mind because I like the band that came with it. If you don't like the band there are other third party bands available online.
Overall I love this watch. I hope it lasts a long time. As long as it does, I still give it 5 stars.
The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about price, portability, comfort and battery. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 94/100 = Excellent quality.
TechRadarRating, 4 out of 54.0Kieran Alger on August 10, 2020
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A:AnswerDepending on the percentage of battery life when beginning charge up to a couple of hours. How often would depend on the number of notifications you get a day and how the device is being used.
Smartwatch Mode: Up to 7 days
GPS mode: Up to 13 hours
Debbie with Garmin
A:AnswerYes, it has vibration alarm. I got it to use as a heart rate sensor when I exercise but it does so many things I ended up wearing it most every day. Nice and lightweight with exceptional battery life for a watch with a pulse monitor. It’s a great watch.