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Garmin Forerunner 245

GPS running watch (Slate)

Item # 150FR245S

Garmin's packing more features than ever into their running watches — at a price that's pretty attractive as...

Garmin's packing more features than ever into their running watches — at a price that's pretty attractive as...

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About the Garmin Forerunner 245

Bang for the buck

Garmin's packing more features than ever into their running watches — at a price that's pretty attractive as well. The Forerunner 245 provides you with a powerful suite of tools to track and improve your running, while expanding its capabilities even further through collaboration with your smartphone. Whether you're improving your fitness to tackle a local 5K or entertaining more serious ambitions, Forerunner 245 is an outstanding training companion.

Bang for the buck

Garmin's packing more features than ever into their running watches — at a price that's pretty attractive as well. The Forerunner 245 provides you with a powerful suite of tools to track and improve your running, while expanding its capabilities even further through collaboration with your smartphone. Whether you're improving your fitness to tackle a local 5K or entertaining more serious ambitions, Forerunner 245 is an outstanding training companion.

Built-in heart rate monitoring

Experts agree that heart rate monitoring is an essential tool for getting the most out of a training cycle. There's really no better way to ensure that you push hard enough during your key workouts and that you back off enough on the intensity when you need recovery. Forerunner 245's wrist-based monitoring technology makes it easy to monitor your heart rate and hit your target zones, so you'll know when you need to dial it up and when you need to take it down a notch. As an added bonus, Forerunner 245 can measure your Pulse Ox level on the fly — an important tool when you're acclimating to high altitudes.

Smart notifications

Forerunner 245 works with your smartphone to let you receive texts, emails, and alerts on the watch screen. That same connection lets you check weather forecasts on the fly and even control the music on your smartphone. When you're done with your run, Forerunner 245 automatically uploads your workout to Garmin Connect, where you can share it with your friends through social media or many popular fitness-tracking apps. Garmin's Live Tracking feature lets your family and friends track you in real time, and Incident Detection can notify your emergency contacts if an accident occurs.

Improve your running

Forerunner 245 offers great tools and analytics for runners, including vital pace and time metrics along with your heart rate. Using the data it records, it will estimate and track your VO2 max, predicting your performance and suggesting training paces. You can track the data by customizing the display with a variety of data fields, or even change the watch face through Garmin Connect.

Keeping it fresh

Cross-training should be in every runner's training program, and Forerunner 245 is well-equipped for these sessions. When you're in the pool, this watch tracks your distance, pace, stroke count, and more. And quit worrying about keeping track of laps during those long pool sessions — it'll count those for you too.  Forerunner 245 will track your distance and pace like a champ when you're riding a bike, and it offers a variety of gym activities to choose from, including indoor rowing and yoga.

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Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • GPS/GLONASS/Galileo multisport training watch with color illuminated display
    • 1.2" LCD display (240 x 240 pixels)
    • wrist-based heart rate measurement
    • Pulse Ox measurement
    • time/date, alarm, timer, chimes, and vibration watch functions
    Connectivity:
    • compatible with Garmin Connect, Strava, and popular training apps
    • text and email smart notifications
    • smartphone music control
    • incident detection
    • downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets, and apps
    Run Features:
    • GPS speed and distance, AutoLap, AutoPause, interval trainer, heart rate, calorie counter, cadence, and fitness functions
    • VO2 max estimator
    • recovery advisor
    • race predictor
    • compatible with running dynamic accessories
    • personal record logging
    Multisport and Outdoor Activity Features:
    • pool swimming lap counter and stroke recognition
    • point to point, breadcrumb, and TracBack GPS navigation
    • built-in compass
    • gym activity profiles for strength, cardio, indoor rowing, yoga, and more
    Activity Tracking Features:
    • step counter with auto goal setter
    • move bar
    • sleep monitoring
    Other Specs:
    • 1.75"W x 1.75"H x .50"D
    • 5 ATM water rating
    • built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery allows up to 7 days operation in Smartwatch mode; 24 hours in GPS mode
    • weight: 1.36 oz
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • MFR # 010-02120-00

    What's in the box:

    • GPS sports watch (Slate Gray) with slate gray 20mm silicone band
    • Data/charging cable (Type A USB on one end and proprietary connector on other end)
    • Quick Start Manual
    • Important Safety and Product Information

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    Overview: The Garmin Forerunner 245 is a lightweight, stylish sports watch with a high-sensitivity GPS receiver which accurately records the distance, time, speed, and location of your outdoor activities. You can also use it to simply count your steps during an activity or throughout the day. The watch has the Elevate™ built-in wrist heart rate monitor which helps you meet your health goals. The device keeps track of your personal records, and lets you know when you have set new ones. The Forerunner 245 provides constant feedback, including the distance traveled, elapsed time, pace, lap time, speed, and your heart rate. After your run, you can upload your results to the Garmin Connect online community.

    Dimensions: The Garmin Forerunner 245 has a 42.3mm (1.66") diameter case with a 1.2" diameter full color display. The watch has a fiber-reinforced polymer bezel and a chemically-strengthened Corning Gorilla Glass 3 lens. It comes with Garmin's standard 20mm silicone strap. The watch band fits wrists with a circumference of 5" to 8" (127-204mm). Dozens of optional interchangeable straps in silicone, leather, suede, or Italian leather, are available from the manufacturer.

    Water Resistant: The Forerunner 245 has a 5 ATM water rating, which means it is resistant to moderate moisture contact. Not only can you run in the rain and wet weather, you can even swim or shower while wearing the device. The device also has a wide operating temperature range of -4° to 140°F.

    LCD Screen: The Forerunner 245 features a 1.2" diameter LCD screen with a resolution of 240 x 240 pixels. The display has a backlight timer that can be set to 8 sec, 15 sec, 30 sec, or 1 minute.

    High-Sensitivity GPS Receiver: The unit features a high-sensitivity GPS receiver which will stay locked onto satellites, even near tall buildings or under tree cover. By default, the device uses the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS) to locate overhead satellites. When you're in locations with poor sky visibility, you can use a combination of GPS and GLONASS (Russian satellite system), or GPS and Galileo (European Union satellite system) to obtain a more accurate position. Using GPS and another satellite system together will reduce battery life more quickly than using GPS alone.

    Elevate: On the back of the Forerunner 245 is an optical sensor with Garmin's Elevate heart rate technology that shines light onto your skin and measures the amount of light returned. The sensor detects slight changes on your skin as your heart pumps blood and determines your heart rate using a sophisticated algorithm. The back of the watch has a light seal to block out ambient light for accurate results. You can broadcast your heart rate data to other Garmin devices, such as an Edge cycling computer or a VIRB action camera.

    Note: The Forerunner 245 is compatible with ANT+ devices, so you could use an optional Heart Rate Monitor strap, if desired.

    Heart Rate Zones: Heart Rate Zones are used by many athletes to indicate the level of activity, and to measure their cardiovascular strength. You can let the Forerunner 235 set your heart rate zones based on your user profile, or manually enter heart rate values and ranges for each zone. The heart rate zones are expressed as a percentage of your maximum heart rate, and are expressed in color codes on the device's display: Poor 0-40% (Red), Fair 40% (Orange), Good 60% (Green), Excellent 80% (Blue), and Superior 95% (Purple).

    Heart Rate Alerts: When using an optional chest-worn Heart Rate Monitor or the built-in wrist-based HRM, you can set the Forerunner 245 to alert you when your heart rate is above or below a target zone or a custom range. Each time you exceed or drop below the specified range or custom value, a message appears on the display. The device will also beep if audible alerts are engaged.

    Rechargeable Battery: The Forerunner 245 has a built-in Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. A 21" data/charging cradle is provided for charging the battery and uploading your training data. It takes approximately 2 hours to fully charge a depleted battery. The estimated battery life is as follows:

    • Watch Mode (no GPS): up to 7 days with activity tracking, smartphone notifications, and wrist-based heart rate.
    • Activity Mode: up to 24 hours with GPS and wrist-based heart rate.

    Add-on Sensors: The Forerunner 245 can be used with wireless 2.4 GHz ANT+ add-on sensors, such as the optional chest-worn Heart Rate Monitor, Foot Pod, Bike Speed, or Cadence Sensor.

    User Profile: The Garmin Forerunner 245 uses information that you enter about yourself to calculate accurate training data. You can modify the following user profile information: Maximum Heart Rate, Gender, Birth Year, Height, and Weight.

    Activities: You can use the Forerunner 245 for many fitness activities, indoors or outdoors. When you start an outdoor activity, the GPS receiver turns on automatically and begins tracking your movements. If running or walking indoors, GPS is turned off to save power, and the built-in accelerometer measures your speed, distance, and cadence. Optional foot pods can improve the accuracy of the data. The Forerunner 245 can also record your data when you swim.

    Move Alert: Sitting for prolonged periods of time can be harmful to your health. You can set the Forerunner 245 to simply remind you to move. The Move Alert is a timer that is triggered after one hour of inactivity. When the alert is triggered, the move alert is reset only after a couple of minutes of continuous activity, such as a short walk.

    Health Stats Widget: The Health Stats widget gives you instant feedback on your health data. At a glance, you receive your current heart rate, stress level, and Body Battery Level. The stress level is the result of a 3-minute test performed while standing still. The Forerunner 245 measures your heart rate variability to determine your overall stress, expressed within a range of 1 (Low) to 100 (High). If your stress level is high, you'll be prompted to start a relaxation activity. The Body Battery level is like a gas gauge for your car, indicating the amount of your available reserve energy. The device analyzes your heart rate variability, stress level, sleep quality, and activity data to determine your overall Body Battery level. Your level is expressed in a range between 0 and 100, with low (0-25), medium (26-50), high (51-75), and very high (76-100) reserve energy designations. In addition, you can view your heart rate, stress level, or Body Battery level over a specific period, if desired.

    Auto Lap: Auto Lap automatically marks a lap after every mile. This feature is helpful for comparing your performance over different parts of an activity. Each time you complete a lap, the device will beep or vibrate, and the lap time is displayed.

    Auto Pause: You can set the Forerunner 245 to pause the timer automatically when you stop moving, or when your pace drops below a specified value. This feature is helpful if you have to stop for traffic or to tie your shoe during your run.

    Sleep Tracking: If you wear the Forerunner 245 while you are sleeping, the device automatically measures your sleep time and your movements. Sleep statistics include: total hours of sleep, sleep levels, and sleep movement. Your sleep statistics can be uploaded and viewed on your Garmin Connect account.

    Garmin Connect: After you complete and save an activity to the Forerunner 245, you can upload the data to Garmin Connect, the online tool for tracking, analyzing, and sharing your health and fitness activities. You can view the results of each activity, along with detailed analysis of your progress. Garmin Connect compiles your weekly, monthly, and yearly averages of your activities and health stats, and earn badges for meeting your goals or other accomplishments. You can also connect with your friends and share your results, or even compete with them in like activities. Garmin Connect is compatible with iOS (requires version 11.0 or later) and Android devices (version varies with device). Versions are also available for Windows (Windows 7 SP1 or newer) and Mac (OS X 10.11 or later).

    Garmin Coach: Part of your Garmin Connect account includes access to the Garmin Coach where you can download custom training plans to your device. Whether you're training for better overall health or a half-marathon, you'll receive a dynamic training plan designed by a professional coach. Each day's activity is displayed on your device, and prompts you to schedule and start it.

    Bluetooth Connected Features: The Forerunner 245 has Bluetooth Smart technology and many connected features for your compatible smartphone or mobile device. The Forerunner 245 is compatible with iOS and Android devices. Some features you can enjoy include: activity uploads, audio prompts, Find My Phone, Find My Watch, music controls, phone and email notifications, safety and tracking features, social media interactions, software updates, weather updates, and workout downloads.

    Watch Functions: When you're not working out, the Forerunner 245 can be used as a basic watch, displaying the time and date, along with an alarm. The time and date are automatically set by the GPS receiver (or manually, if desired), and can be displayed in 12-hour or 24-hour format. You can change the appearance of the watch face by selecting different colors and layouts. Custom watch faces are also available from the online Connect IQ store.

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