Garmin Forerunner 945 brings the music and mapping for triathlon lovers

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After all the leaks, Garmin has officially unveiled the Forerunner 945, the successor to Wareable fave the Forerunner 935.

The high end Garmin is still positioned as a watch for runners and triathletes building on the sports tracking features introduced on the 935 while adding more smartwatch-like extras including payments and music support we've seen already crop up on Fenix 5 Plus series and its Vivoactive watches.

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With a design that doesn't look too far off its predecessor, Garmin is keeping all the same sports tracking profiles, but is adding dedicated tracking for the likes of skiing, hiking and golf. There's support for Garmin's Coach training programs, which now adds plans for 10k and half marathon races.

It will also aim to get you better in shape for race day with a new Training Load Focus feature that sorts your most recent training history into different categories based on activity structure and intensity. It'll also play nice with Garmin's Running Dynamics Pod sensor to add additional running metrics to your training sessions.

Garmin is bringing the Pulse Ox sensor it introduced on its Fenix 5 Plus series letting 945 owners now measure oxygen saturation. That data can be used alongside elevation data to analyse how well your body is acclimating to high altitudes when you're training in extreme environments. Another Fenix 5 Plus feature it's inheriting is the full-color onboard maps to make sure you don't get lost when you're training solo with new incident detection and assistance features to keep you safe also included.

In terms of those smartwatch-like features, you're getting Garmin Pay, a built-in music player with enough storage for 1,000 songs and support for Deezer and Spotify.

Female athletes will also be able to access the new Menstrual Cycle Tracking feature that's been added to the Garmin Connect app where users can track their cycle, log their symptoms, and receive fitness tips based on the phase of their cycle.

The Forerunner 945 is available to buy now from , with a triathlon bundle that includes blue and black silicone bands, HRM-Tri and HRM-Swim monitors and should be priced in at . The 945 also joins the new Forerunner 45, 245 series that Garmin has also added to the wearable ranks.

Garmin Forerunner 945 brings the music and mapping for triathlon lovers

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Michael Sawh


Michael Sawh has been covering the wearable tech industry since the very first Fitbit landed back in 2011. Previously the resident wearable tech expert at Trusted Reviews, he also marshaled the features section of

He also regularly contributed to T3 magazine when they needed someone to talk about fitness trackers, running watches, headphones, tablets, and phones.

Michael writes for GQ, Wired, Coach Mag, Metro, MSN, BBC Focus, Stuff, TechRadar and has made several appearances on the BBC Travel Show to talk all things tech. 

Michael is a lover of all things sports and fitness-tech related, clocking up over 15 marathons and has put in serious hours in the pool all in the name of testing every fitness wearable going. Expect to see him with a minimum of two wearables at any given time.

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