Garmin Forerunner 45 – Everything You Need To Know!

Garmin Forerunner 45 – Everything You Need To Know!

The Garmin Forerunner 35 is one of the best selling GPS watches that has ever been made.

However, it’s quickly approaching the end of its life cycle. The Garmin Forerunner 45 is heir to the throne, and it has just been released on Amazon.

Garmin Forerunner 45 Release Date

Key update: The Garmin Forerunner 45 is now available on Amazon. It was released in early May 2019. 

Garmin Forerunner 45 Price

The FR45 costs $199. That’s not too far off the launch price of the FR35, although it’s worth mentioning that the Forerunner 35 is currently on special for $119.99 on Amazon

Where does the FR45 fit in the Garmin family?

Like the FR35, the FR45 is one of Garmin’s more budget friendly running products. Here’s a very quick breakdown of where it sits in the Garmin Forerunner Family.  
Entry Level Forerunner Mid-Level Forerunner Advanced Forerunner
Forerunner 35 Forerunner 235 Forerunner 630
Forerunner 45 Forerunner 245 Forerunner 645

In my opinion, the music version of the Forerunner 245 is definitely the best value option in the Forerunner series. However, if you’re on a budget, the Forerunner 45 is a highly competent running watch that can still power you through a marathon. 

Additional Note: The Forerunner 645 is actually on special at the moment. This watch gives you access to music and payments. The FR245 doesn’t include payment functionality. 

Garmin Forerunner 45 Colours

The Garmin Forerunner 45 is available in the following colors:

  • Black
  • Red 
  • Purple 
  • White

What features does the Garmin Forerunner 45 have?


Core Features
  • GPS
  • USB + Bluetooth Data Sharing
  • Activity Tracking 24/7
  • Waterproom to 50m
  • Cycling
  • Outdoor Running
  • Indoor Running
  • Multiple Cardio Modes
  • Walk mode
  • Accelerometer
  • 13 Hour GPS Battery
  • 7 Days Standard Battery
  • Male & Female Version
  • Stress Tracking
  • Garmin Live Track
  • Garmin Smart Coach Training Plans

What Features Doesn't the FR45 Have?

Forerunner 45

Missing Features
  • GLONASS Satellite
  • Galileo Satellite
  • Pool Swimming
  • Open Water Swimming
  • Contactless Payments
  • Built-in Music Storage

Does the Forerunner 45 have built-in music storage?

The Forerunner 45 doesn’t have music, but the Forerunner 245M definitely does. You can find out more about the FR245 here

The only extra thing worth mentioning is that the Forerunner 245M is $150 more than the Forerunner 45. So the ability to store music on your watch comes at a price. 

Does the Forerunner 45 have contactless payments?

Negative ghostrider. At this point,  the only Forerunner watches that can make payments are the Forerunner 645, and the Forerunner 945

Is there anything else worth mentioning?

Just a few basic things. The Forerunner 45 will be best suited for runners specifically. With Garmin connect, you will be able to measure your average pace, maximum pace, running cadence, heart rate, lap times, stride length and more.

Basically, it’s safe to say that the FR45 will keep you very happy if running is your primary sport. 

One last word

These are the most important things you need to know about the Forerunner 45:

  • It’s a powerful, entry-level GPS running watch
  • There is a male version (42mm) and a female version (39mm)
  • It includes training plans for 5k, 10k, 21k and 42k distances (this is awesome)
  • It has more cardio and sports modes than the Forerunner 35
  • It has custom watch faces with Garmin Connect IQ
  • It’s much better looking than the FR35
  • It costs $199
  • Unfortunately it doesn’t have music storage

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