It’s Global Running Day, the perfect time for Garmin to announce new watches. So, uh, we’re getting new watches! The Forerunner 55 and 945 LTE are the newest members of the Garmin running/multisport family. Here̵
Garmin Forerunner 55: an entry-level model with high-end features
If you’re after the Garmin running watch ecosystem, it’s hard to find a better entry-level model than the Forerunner 55. This builds on the Forerunner 45 platform and adds a few excellent features to the mix, such as full Connect IQ support for not only watch faces, but also data fields and apps. The Forerunner 55 also gets support for PacePro pacing strategy, recommended recovery time, suggested workouts, cadence alerts, race predictor, finish time estimate, and customizable lap alerts.
Beyond that, the 55 is quite similar to the 45 (on paper at least), with built-in GPS/GLONASS/Galileo, Incident Detection, Assistance Mode (in an emergency) and Garmin Coach (just to name a few). Not only is the Forerunner 55 an overall great running companion, it’s designed as an all-day watch with 24/7 wellness tracking features. It has some of my favorites from other Garmin watches, such as Body Battery, which helps you determine how rested and recovered you are for your next workout.
It also has a slew of other lifestyle features such as relaxation reminders, breathing exercises, respiratory rate tracking, built-in workouts, and menstrual and pregnancy tracking for women. Likewise, it has well-known smartwatch features such as notification mirroring.
According to Garmin, the Forerunner 55 doubles the battery life of the 45s, with up to two weeks in smartwatch mode and 20 hours in GPS mode. That’s beastly.
The Forerunner 55 is available in three colors and one size. It costs $199.
Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE: the most powerful predecessor, now even more powerful
If you’re interested in the high-end Garmin market, you’ve undoubtedly looked at the Forerunner 945. This is the flagship of the Forerunner family, with the most impressive feature set of the bunch. Today it gets even more powerful with the addition of LTE.
By adding LTE, the Forerunner 945 opens the door to even more possibilities, especially if you want to run or drive without your phone. Leaving the phone at home has always been a possibility, but then you miss out on important functions such as LiveTrack, incident detection or emergency assistance. With LTE on board, you can toss the phone without losing that peace of mind.
The LTE-equipped 945 also allows users to send page and mileage updates to their loved one, who can then encourage them with audio and text messages. Again, all without having to carry a phone too.
The 945 LTE takes a slight hit in battery life over the regular 945 (which is to be expected), with about two weeks in smartwatch mode and 7 hours with GPS, music and LTE LiveTrack active.
The Forerunner 945 LTE is available today in two colors for $649.99.