I’m not a tech geek, I’m a runner. I like know-how and acknowledge it could actually make sure duties simpler, however in the case of working, distraction-free simplicity guidelines all for me. I need a GPS watch that will get a dependable sign, is straightforward to learn whereas working and is intuitive to navigate by way of the settings. Over the previous 10 years, my trusty Garmin 235 has crammed that job completely, so when Garmin lately introduced a brand new line of Forerunner GPS watches, I used to be intrigued- may the brand new, $50 cheaper Garmin 45 be higher?
Whereas price range is a relative time period, on the earth of expensive GPS watches, $200 is without doubt one of the cheaper choices with most watches falling within the $250 to $500 vary. Garmin’s first foray into “budget-priced” GPS watch territory was the Garmin 10, a $130 feature-bare watch that has since been discontinued. Immediately, Garmin affords two cheaper alternate options to the 45, the Garmin 35 and Vivosport, each priced at $169 with a much less fascinating sq. face and never as many superior working options.
A comparability of watch dimension of the Suunto 9, Garmin 45 and Garmin 235 (left to proper)
Instantly upon opening the field of the Garmin 45 I used to be blown away by how light-weight, slim and compact the watch is, prompting me to examine if I unintentionally obtained a gender-specific ladies’s watch. On the wrist, it’s just about unnoticeable, a pleasant break from the outsized clunky-feeling of the Garmin Fenix 5 or Suunto 9. Nonetheless, with a smaller face than most GPS watches, the transflective memory-in-pixel show and daring digits make studying the display screen whereas working extraordinarily simple, even in direct solar glare.
The Garmin 45 affords a clean-looking, easy-to-read, distraction-free display screen. Seen right here in comparison with the Suunto 9
In comparison with the Suunto, the Garmin 45 feels elementary and very simple to navigate, in all probability admittedly on account of my familiarity with the Garmin consumer interface over Suunto’s. The Garmin 45 has 5 buttons, all clearly labeled with their features so that you don’t have to recollect what all of them do. A fast push of the beginning/cease button within the higher proper nook navigates you to the exercise display screen the place you may select 5 preloaded actions (run, treadmill, bike, stroll, and cardio) in addition to add customized actions. Garmin permits for 3 separate screens you may simply customise whereas displaying one to 3 information fields on every for viewing throughout your run, which is greater than sufficient information wanted for many runs.
A have a look at the Garmin Join App on Android. Additionally out there on iOS
For the extra tech-savvy runner, the Garmin 45 affords fairly a number of superior coaching options together with entry to Garmin Coach, a library of customized coaching plans starting from stroll/run to seven minutes per mile tempo that syncs private exercises on to your watch. Runners can even program in their very own exterior exercises on to the watch through the Garmin Join app, so that you don’t have to recollect your intervals, simply begin and cease on the beep of the watch whereas the Garmin information your splits. Battery life was about on par with different watches I’ve examined with somewhat over per week of life, relying on how you utilize it, and it totally recharges in about two hours.
By way of accuracy, I discovered the Garmin to be spot on, outperforming my far more costly Suunto 9 in coronary heart charge, distance, and steps. Having finished a number of lab assessments (V02 MAX, blood lactate, and most coronary heart charge) to find out coaching zones primarily based off coronary heart charge, I usually don’t belief wrist coronary heart charge screens readings, however the Garmin 45 appeared to be pretty correct, extra so than different wrist-based readings. Readings had been shut sufficient that I’d really feel comfy utilizing coronary heart charge zone coaching primarily based on it. Distance monitoring was additionally very constant run to run over the identical route.
As with most lower-end choices, the Garmin 45 doesn’t do all of it. For starters, it’s not a watch I’d use for path or mountain working just like the Garmin Fenix 5 or Suunto 9. Getting much-needed stats reminiscent of elevation, ascending and descending, breadcrumb monitoring or route discovering will not be an possibility on the Garmin 45 watch, nevertheless, a few of these can be found post-run through Garmin’s app, Join. It additionally doesn’t have the depth of options for actions reminiscent of biking and swimming and should you take pleasure in loading up your watch with apps or music, the Garmin 45 doesn’t assist that.
I may write a novel about all the options (click on right here for full function comparability) of the Garmin 45 and Garmin Join app, however should you primarily run roads, aren’t excited about storing music or piling a bunch apps onto your wrist, the Garmin 45 is palms down one of the best bang on your buck within the Garmin GPS lineup. Its pleasant interface mixed with the wealthy function set supplied at a modest value level in comparison with most GPS watches makes the Garmin 45 a high decide for one of the best GPS look ahead to street runners.