The second most important item a runner needs, besides a good pair of running shoes, has to be the wearable or smartwatch one needs to record their stats during a run. While many companies make smartwatches, none have been more committed to the tracking of physical wellness than Garmin’s Forerunner line. Their latest smartwatch is a huge leap in innovation, in more ways than one.
Previously, we covered the Garmin Instinct, which was more of a smartwatch for a lumberjack or the modern outdoorsman. The Forerunner 245 Music is more for the monthly city marathoners, who are more inclined to take it easy on the track, while listening to some of their favourite tunes. With the Music moniker, this Forerunner watch can connect and pair up with the Spotify app on a user’s smartphone, with the watch itself being able to save some of their favourite playlists.
Design-wise, the Garmin Forerunner 245 Music is a little less boxy looking compared to most fitness trackers, definitely looking more like a contemporary digital watch. It comes with a 30.4 mm screen, which does not have a touch screen, but it is very bright and shows a very clear image. There is an up and down button, a button to activate the light, a menu button, and a back button. While the buttons do help with the navigation of the watch, the menus and buttons can get confusing quickly, maybe a touch screen might have been a better and more intuitive option in this case.
When it comes to the tracking of your steps, heartbeats, and everything in between, the Forerunner provides only the best. There’s a number of training features, like the new Trainer Status and Trainer Load, which is perfect for users to chalk up some numbers before the next big race. The Forerunner 245 Music’s fitness capabilities are only enhanced by the addition of the Garmin Running Dynamics Pod, which provides much more accurate tracking on top of what the 245 is already capable of doing.
Play That Funky Music
The main hook of this smartwatch is definitely the music storage capabilities, like a mid-2000s MP3 player, the Forerunner 245 Music can store up to 500 songs. Hooking your watch up with a smartphone is as easy as ever, and once linked up, you can add all your favourite exercise playlists onto the watch itself. So even if you aren’t bringing your smartphone along for a run, any Bluetooth earphones will be more than enough to listen to your playlists while running.
One setback of the Garmin Forerunner 245 Music is that while it has all the bells and whistles of a conventional smartwatch, it is still very much a fitness tracker first. If you’re used to the call and message receiving capabilities that the Apple Watch or Galaxy Watch is capable of, you would feel a little shortchanged with what the Forerunner 245 Music can do. Hopefully, the next iteration of the Forerunner will be capable of answering calls and texts.
Overall, the Forerunner 245 Music is the perfect companion to any musically inclined city marathoner. This smartwatch is priced at MYR 1699 and is available now online and any physical store that sells Garmin products. Find out more on Garmin’s official website.