Quick! You can save £60 on the Garmin Forerunner 45 today. Here’s what it’s like to run with – Runner’s World (UK)

Quick! You can save £60 on the Garmin Forerunner 45 today. Here’s what it’s like to run with  Runner’s World (UK)


Things we loved:

  • Price
  • All the essential features (for entry level tracking)
  • Size on the wrist
  • Health tracking

Things that could be improved:

  • Strap not easily changeable, grooves get dirty, difficult to clean
  • GPS slow to connect
  • No advanced running metrics

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Without a doubt this is a great entry-level running watch. All the essential metrics are there: distance, pace, speed, cadence, calories and heart rate. It even has VO2 max. But no advanced running metrics such as finish time predictor.

Definitely a style upgrade from the 35 with a circular watch face that comes in two sizes; the smaller size looks good as an everyday watch. It’s a nice-looking sports watch but looks out of place if you’re dressing formally. Downside of the straps is they’re not changeable and the grooves and gaps get dirty, with no easy way of cleaning.

Watch face pixels are good enough and in colour; the backlight easy to turn on. Plenty of space on the watch screen so nothing appears or feels crammed in or squashed. Apparently a touch wider than the previous 35 model.

Even though there is a difference in glass between this model and the more expensive models, which means it could scratch more easily, I bash about a lot and definitely hit the screen a few times but no scratches or damage yet, which I’m pleasantly surprised about. So far, so durable.

I personally find the Garmin buttons and functionality non-intuitive and not user friendly so the screen labels for each button helps. The 45s follows the same button / functionality as other Garmin watches so if you’re already familiar, you should be able to pick this up and go.

The tracking

You can link it to external heart rate strap. I tried it independently with my MyZone strap and unfortunately the Garmin couldn’t detect my highest heart-rate on my track sessions.

The GPS took anything between 20 seconds to 1km to detect. At times I was very very frustrated by this. I don’t think it’s my area as other watches (including Garmin) don’t seem to have a problem.

I tracked it with another sleep tracking device and it was super accurate results, in line with my Nokia sleep mat.

Battery life is lower than more advanced models but still managed to get five days out of it, including a half marathon race. I found it annoying I couldn’t see battery use in % so I had to guesstimate how much battery there was left from the icon. Even when charging it doesn’t show a percentage.

Smart notifications (I had mine synced to WhatsApp) came through with enough space for me to read half the message and decide whether it was important enough to reach for my phone and respond. When tested, the connection to my phone was live for about 50m.

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