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Forerunner® 245

Forerunner® 245

Slate Gray

OMR 120

Forerunner® 245 is a running watch that includes training status to indicate if you're under training or overdoing it, and training plans from Garmin Coach.

Color: Black/ Slate Gray

GPS running smartwatch with advanced training features

Forerunner 245 Evaluates your training status to indicate whether you would benefit from another session this week or have been overdoing it and need a rest day; offers additional performance monitoring features

  • Get free adaptive training plans from Garmin Coach, or create your own custom workouts on our Garmin Connect online fitness community
  • Provides advanced running dynamics1, including ground contact time balance, stride length, vertical ratio and more
  • Safety and tracking features2, such as built-in incident detection, makes it easy to share your location
  • Customise with free watch faces, apps and more from our Connect IQ Store
  • Battery life: up to 7 days in smartwatch mode; up to 24 hours in GPS mode

At a Glance

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.

Advanced performance analytics

What amount of training is right for you? Forerunner 245 offers personalised 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. The higher your VO2 max, the higher you can expect to perform, which is exactly what is shown by the performance condition metric. Training statusevaluates 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 maximise 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

Analyse 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 customise

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, challenge yourself with the Strava Relative Effort 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. See social media updates, emails and more right on your wrist. New safety and tracking features make it easy to share your location with chosen contacts in case you need assistance. Both manually or automatically with built-in incident detection, 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. They 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 maximise 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. It can help gauge how your body is absorbing oxygen especially while you sleep. And to help you optimise 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 optimise times for activity and rest.

Wellness and Advanced Sleep Monitoring

1When used with Running Dynamics Pod or HRM-Run or HRM-Tri monitors (sold separately)
2When paired with a compatible smartphone
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

FirstbeatANT+

General

Lens Material

Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3

Bezel Material

fiber-reinforced polymer

Quick Release bands yes (20 mm, Industry standard)
Strap material

silicone

Physical size

42.3 x 42.3 x 12.2 (mm)

Fits wrists with a circumference of 127-204 mm

Color display  
Display size 1.2" (30.4 mm) diameter
Display resolution 240 x 240 pixels
Display type sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
Weight

38.5 g

Battery life Smartwatch Mode: Up to 7 days
GPS mode: Up to 24 hours
Water rating 5 ATM
Memory/History 200 hours of activity data

Clock Features

Time/date  
GPS Time Sync  
Automatic daylight saving time  
Alarm clock  
Timer  
Stopwatch  
Sunrise/sunset times  

Health Monitoring

Wrist-based Heart Rate (constant, every second)  
Daily Resting Heart Rate  
Abnormal Heart Rate Alerts yes (high and low)
Pulse Ox Blood Oxygen Saturation yes (spot-check and optionally in sleep)
Fitness Age yes (in app)
Body Battery™ Energy Monitor  
All-day Stress  
Relaxation breathing timer  
Sleep yes (Advanced)
Hydration yes (in Garmin Connect™ and optional Connect IQ™ widget)
Woman's Health yes (in Garmin Connect™ and optional Connect IQ™ widget)

Sensors

GPS  
GLONASS  
Galileo  
Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate monitor  
Compass  
Accelerometer  
Pulse Ox Blood Oxygen Saturation Monitor  

Daily Smart Features

Connectivity Bluetooth®, ANT+®
Connect IQ™ (downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps)  
Smart Notifications  
Text response/reject phone call with text (Android™ only)  
Calendar  
Weather  
Controls smartphone music  
Find My Phone  
Find My Watch  
VIRB® Remote  
Smartphone compatibility iPhone® and Android™
Pairs with Garmin Connect™ Mobile  

Safety and Tracking Features

LiveTrack  
Live Event Sharing Android™ Only
Incident Detection during select activities  
Assistance  

Activity Tracking Features

Step counter  
Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it)  
Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal)  
Calories burned  
Distance traveled  
Intensity minutes  
TrueUp™  
Move IQ™  

Gym & Fitness Equipment

Available gym activity profiles Strength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Indoor Rowing and Yoga
Cardio workouts  
Strength workouts  
Automatic rep counting  

Training, Planning and Analysis Features

HR zones  
HR alerts  
HR calories  
% HR max  
% HRR  
Recovery time  
Auto max HR  
HR Broadcast (broadcasts HR data over ANT+™ to paired devices) yes (using ANT+ or BLE)
GPS speed and distance  
Customizable data pages  
Customizable activity profiles  
Auto Pause®  
Interval training  
Advanced workouts  
Downloadable training plans  
Auto Lap®  
Manual lap  
Configurable lap alerts  
VO2 Max (Run)  
Training Status (lets you see if you’re training effectively by tracking your training history and fitness level trend.)  
Training Load (your total training load for the last 7 days calculated from estimated EPOC)  
Training Effect  
Training Effect (anaerobic)  
Custom alerts  
Audio prompts  
Finish time  
Virtual Partner  
Race an Activity  
Course guidance  
Touch and/or button lock  
Auto scroll  
Activity history on watch  
Physio TrueUp  

Running Features

Available run profiles

Running, Treadmill Running, Indoor and Outdoor Track Running, Trail Running, Virtual Running

GPS-based distance, time and pace  
Running dynamics yes (with compatible accessory)
Vertical oscillation and ratio (the degree of 'bounce' in your running motion and the cost-benefit ratio with stride length) yes (with compatible accessory)
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)
Stride length (real time) yes (with compatible accessory)
Cadence (provides real-time number of steps per minute)  
Performance condition (after running 6–20 minutes, compares your real-time condition to your average fitness level)  
PacePro™ Pacing Strategies  
Run workouts  
Race predictor  
Foot pod capable  

Outdoor Recreation

Point-to-point navigation  
Bread crumb trail in real time  
Back to start  
TracBack®  
UltraTrac mode  
Distance to destination  
GPS coordinates  

Cycling Features

Alerts (triggers alarm when you reach goals including time, distance, heart rate or calories)  
Courses  
Available cycling profiles

Biking, Indoor Biking

Race an activity  
Compatible with Varia Vision™ (head-mounted display)  
Compatible with Varia™ radar (rear-facing radar)  
Compatible with Varia™ lights  
Speed and cadence sensor support

yes (ANT+® and Bluetooth® Smart sensors)

Swimming Features

Available swim profiles

Pool Swimming

Pool swim metrics (lengths, distance, pace, stroke count, swim efficiency (SWOLF), calories)  
Stroke type detection (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly) (pool swim only)  
Drill logging (pool swim only)  
Basic rest timer (up from 0) (pool swim only)  
"Repeat on" rest timer (pool swim only)  
Pool swim workouts  
Underwater wrist-based heart rate  

Kid Activity Tracking Features

Toe-to-Toe™ Challenges app yes (optional Connect IQ app)
  • Forerunner 245
  • Charge/data cable
  • Documentation

Quick Release Bands (20 mm)

Black with Gold Hardware

OMR 13

 


Quick Release Bands (20 mm)

Berry with Light Gold Hardware

OMR 13

 


Charging/ Data Cable (0.5 m)

OMR 12

 

 


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