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Best Garmin GPS running watches

Garmin watches are some of the most popular running watches on market. Forerunner watches, a dedicated GPS running watch series, are made by Garmin. Their Forerunner watches are suitable for all levels of runners, including elite, intermediate and beginner runners.
This article will discuss the differences between Garmin Forerunner 45, Garmin Forerunner 55 and Garmin Forerunner 345 Music.

Check out our guide on choosing a Garmin watch for running.



Garmin’s Forerunner 45 running watch is the most intuitive. Despite being simple, it offers all the usual features that you’d expect in a running watch.

Two versions of the watch are available: The Garmin Forerunner45 and 45S. They can do the exact same thing. The only difference between the watches is their size. The Garmin Forerunner45S watch is slightly smaller that the Garmin Forerunner45.

Recommended for: The Garmin Forerunner45, a running watch that is affordable for both beginners and more experienced runners.


– Measures distance, pace/tempoo, time, heart rate.

– A wrist-mounted optical heart rate monitor.

– Fitness assessment (VO2Max).

– Activity Tracker Features: Step counter, Sleep and Calories, Distance Estimated, Stress, Energy level measurement (Body Battery).

– Smart notifications: Incoming calls, messages, reminders etc. You can access the watch directly.

– Music Control: The watch can play music directly from your smartphone.

– Safety and tracking features (Incident Detection).

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– Activity profiles for running (treadmill), cycling (spinning), walking, cardio, indoor running, indoor cycling (spinning), and indoor walking.

– Very easy to use

– Affordable.

– A lack of advanced training data and features

– No Garmin Music or Garmin Pay.

Garmin ConnectIQ’s app store does not offer widgets and apps.


Garmin Forerunner55 is a great GPS-running watch at a very affordable price. Garmin Forerunner 55 with its many running-specific features makes it easy to be a better runner and exerciser.

It’s a GPS-watch that is designed for those who want to add more activity into their lives, improve their health and make training part of their daily routine.

Recommended for: Garmin Garmin Forerunner55 is an affordable GPS-watch that can be used by both novice and experienced exercisers to keep track of their training and health data.


– Can do ALL the same thing as Garmin Forerunner45

In addition you get,

Battery life will be longer

– Full access the Connect IQ app (for downloading applications, widgets, and dials).

Track run, Virtual Runs, Pool Swims, Pilates, Hiit, and Breathwork are some of the additional activity profiles.

Advanced Sleep Tracking

– Health tracking of women (Incl. Pregnancy tracking

– Improved running features, incl.
– Training sessions recommended (lite-version).
– Recommendation recovery time (lite-version).
Running calculator
– PacePro Pace strategies
– Interval mode
– Calculator for the finishing-time

– Not many advanced training options and – data

– Lacks Garmin Music/Garmin Pay, and integrated maps.


Garmin Forerunner 245, Garmin’s version of an intermediate-class watch for runners, is it. It offers advanced functions that were not available in Garmin’s top models. Garmin Forerunner 245 is an excellent running watch. The Garmin Forerunner245 is a watch that will satisfy the majority of runners.

Garmin Forerunner 225, Garmin Forerunner 245, and Garmin Forerunner 245 are two different models. They do the exact same things, except that the Music model allows for music to be transferred directly onto the watch.

Recommended for: The Garmin Forerunner245 is a great watch for runners, regardless of their experience.


– Includes EVERYTHING that the Garmin Forerunner55 has.

In addition you get,

– Larger display (1,2″ vs 1,04″).

– Replaceable strap (Quick Release)

GPS-mode has a longer battery life

– Electronic compasses

– Pulse Ox sensor (measures blood saturation)

– Music in the Watch – Compatible With fx Spotify (requires Premium) – This offer is only valid for Garmin Forerunner245 Music.

More Activity Profiles, including rowing among other things

– Advanced training features: Training status, training effect and training load, recovery times

– Training with a virtual partner

– Navigation-/Outdoor-features (Point-to-point, follow a route, return to start, GPS-coordinates, UltraTrac mode)

Running dynamics (requires foot sensor or heart rate belt)

Garmin Pay not required

– The most advanced training data and features are not available.

– No barometric inclinometer, which measures exact altitude.

– No map or navigational aids.

– Not many activity profile – it lacks e.g. triathlon profile.