Garmin releases Forerunner 745 sports watch for 500 euros

Garmin adds a new model to its Forerunner series of GPS sports watches. The Forerunner 745 is aimed at runners and triathletes and, according to the manufacturer, provides detailed training statistics and workouts on the device.

The new Garmin Forerunner 745 is largely comparable in terms of functionality and sensors to the Forerunner 945. That previously released top model still has navigation maps as an additional addition, which are not available on the 745. The new Forerunner 745 with its 43.8mm watch case is also slightly smaller than the 47mm large top model.

Garmin provides the Forerunner 745 with a number of new features, which are not yet available on other Garmin watches. For example, the watch provides detailed information about the recovery time required, by also using sleep and stress data in calculations. The sports watch also gives daily suggestions for workouts, both for running and cycling.

The watch has a new Track Run option, for running on an athletics track. For example, users can indicate that they will walk on a 400-metre racetrack, indicating which of eight lanes they are running in. The watch will automatically recognize its length, provided that the racecourse meets the standards of athletics federations.

The Forerunner 745 has a transreflective 1.2″ LCD with a resolution of 240×240 pixels. The watch weighs 47 grams and has NFC and Garmin Pay support. There is also integration with music streaming services like Spotify and space to store up to 500 mp3s locally. According to Garmin, the battery lasts up to seven days in smartwatch mode and up to six hours when using the GPS and music function simultaneously.

Join the watch, Garmin releases a new heart rate band: the HRM Pro. It costs 130 euros and is the successor to the HRM Tri. The heart rate band provides detailed information on running dynamics, such as ground contact time balance, step length and vertical ratio. According to Garmin, the battery lasts for a year when using één hour per day. In the heart rate band, 18 hours of data can be stored locally, so the band can also be used without wearing a watch.

Garmin releases the Forerunner 745 on Wednesday for a suggested retail price of 500 euros. The new features of the Forerunner 745 also come via software updates to the Forerunner 945, fēnix 6 and Solar models.