the GARMIN specialist

Well, it is that time when Garmin have released a new version of their tri watch - and gone from the Forerunner 935 to the new Forerunner 945.

Given that the Forerunner 935 was released back in 2017 - there has been almost 2 years between that release and the new 945 now.

Garmin packs as many new features as possible into its new Forerunner 945. Those who don’t like to bring their phone on a long workout will appreciate its support for onboard music. The watch holds up to 1,000 songs and allows you to sync playlists from Spotify or Deezer.

Personally I use Apple iTunes and the Garmin App on my MAC to just drag and drop my music over to my 945 - works well and is nice and quick.

The Garmin Forerunner 945 also includes another major highlight: full-colour maps. Just use the navigation function to follow a preloaded course, navigate your way back to the start of a run, and more. This feature is critical for runners who enjoy long runs in uncharted or unfamiliar territory.

Garmin introduced its first wearable with a pulse oximeter last year, and now that sensor has migrated to other devices including the Forerunner 945. The sensor will monitor your oxygen absorption while you sleep so you can detect sleep disturbances like apnea. It also can be used while hiking or mountaineering to check your acclimation at higher elevations.

And that’s not all. Other new features include:

  • Garmin Pay
  • Garmin's newest elevate optical HR sensor
  • Stress level
  • Body battery
  • Training effect labels
  • EPOC (Excess post-exercise oxygen consumption)
  • Heat and altitude acclimation
  • Improved race predictor
  • Incident detection
  • Assistance discrete messaging
  • Wi-Fi
  • Improved battery life - 36 Hours with GPS on compared to 24 hours on the 935
  • New profiles for skiing, hiking, golfing and more

Should you upgrade to the Forerunner 945? Absolutely! The music, maps, training load focus and updated VO2 max calculations on the Forerunner 945 are all compelling reasons to upgrade. Sell your old watch on TradeMe or Facebook running group and use those funds to snag the Forerunner 945. You won’t be disappointed


  • Display: 1.2 inch colour display, 240x240 pixels, made of Corning Gorilla Glass DX
  • Materials: Fiber-reinforced polymer case material and silicone QuickFit-capable 22mm watch band
  • Wireless: Bluetooth, WiFi, ANT+, and GLONASS/Galileo/GPS
  • Water resistance: 5 ATM water and dust resistant rating
  • Battery life: Up to two weeks in smartwatch mode, up to 36 hours in GPS mode, and up to ten hours in GPS mode with music playing
  • Dimensions: 47 x 47 x 13.7 mm and 50 grams
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