Garmin is stepping up its smartwatch game. The company is known for its fitness-tracking watches for all different kinds of athletes, and now it’s launching a new model: The Forerunner 745. The Forerunner series in general has long been marketed as a watch specifically designed to meet the needs of runners, and the Forerunner 745 is built for runners and triathletes who want detailed training data, on-device workouts, smartwatch features, and more. It slots in underneath the top-end Forerunner 945, but well above the entry-level Forerunner 245.
It is a premium smartwatch that boasts of a 1.2-inch color display, long battery life, and lightweight design. The Garmin Forerunner 745 comes in four color options and silicon straps. It sports built-in GPS, VO2 max sensor, and Garmins says the Forerunner 745 is its “smallest and lightest full-featured running and triathlon smartwatch.” It can track a wide variety of activities and also perform standard smartwatch functions.
“For years, athletes have relied on the Forerunner 735XT as they toe the line and we’re excited to bring new features and updates to the Forerunner 745,” said Garmin vice president of worldwide sales Dan Bartel. “Tracking every sweaty run, bumpy bike ride, and long swim, the Forerunner 745 combines the performance monitoring tools our athletes have come to depend on with new daily suggested workouts, as well as an improved recovery time advisor and wellness tracking features, to help runners and triathletes beat their personal best.”
The Garmin Forerunner 745 is priced at $499 in the US and is currently up for sale on the official website. It is offered in four color options namely, Black, Magma Red, Neo Tropic, and Whitestone. As of now, there is no information on international availability.
The Forerunner 745 by Garmin comes with a 1.2-inch color touch display with 240×240 pixels resolution. It is a sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass DX. The bezel is made from fiber-reinforced polymer and the smartwatch features 5 ATM water resistance. It has GPS built-in and can last up to 7 days on a single charge. While using GPS without music, the Forerunner 745 can last up to 16 hours and that time comes down to 6 hours when using the watch with GPS and music on. It can store 200 hours of activity data as well.
The sensors onboard include an accelerometer, barometric altimeter, compass, Glonass, gyroscope, and a thermometer. In terms of dimensions, the Garmin Forerunner 745 measures 43.8×43.8×13.3mm and weigh 47 grams. You get a silicone band with the smartwatch. For connectivity, you get Bluetooth, ANT+, and Wi-Fi.
The smartwatch features heart rate monitoring, blood oxygen saturation, stress tracking, sleep monitoring, and menstrual cycle monitoring. The Garmin Forerunner 745 also has a step counter, distance calculator, calorie counter, and multiple gym activity profiles. It can monitor cardio workouts, strength, yoga, Pilates workout, and also has automatic rep counting. The Garmin Forerunner 745 works with both Android and iOS devices and comes with tracking for swimming, cycling, outdoor recreation, running, and training.