Today’s tech news: Garmin Launches 5 New Forerunner watches

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The new Forerunner watches 45, 45S, 245, 245 Music, and 945 will track runs, monitor stats, and crunch the numbers. An interesting feature, Incident Detection will send a message to preselected contacts if the watch senses a crash. This function requires pairing with a smartphone, but its added peace of mind for those who run or ride solo.

Each new Forerunner has lightweight materials and a five-button design that the brand claims is easy to operate with or without gloves.  The watches include an always-on, sunlight-readable display. They have GPS, all-day activity tracking, smart notifications, and a wrist-based heart rate monitor. And a new safety tool allows users to share their real-time location with chosen contacts in case they need help.

With 12 activity profiles, it will also record efforts during cycling, elliptical training, cardio, yoga, and more. The Forerunner 45 series offers up to 7 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and up to 13 hours in GPS mode.

Forerunner 245 Music holds up to 500 songs

The Forerunner 245 and Forerunner 245 Music add more tools to help runners improve. The Forerunner 245 Music holds up to 500 songs and lets users sync playlists from select preloaded music streaming services, like Spotify and Deezer, or transfer music from a computer. Both the Forerunner 245 and Forerunner 245 Music include performance-monitoring tools like VO2 max and training status with adjustments for heat, recovery time, and aerobic and anaerobic training effects. The 45 and 45S retail for $200 each.

This is Garmin’s premium watch for runners and triathletes. It holds up to 1,000 songs and allows users to sync playlists. But it goes much further. Don’t want to carry cash on a run? Pay with your watch via the Garmin Pay contactless payment solution.

Garmin 945 adds training load focus

And while the watch has the same abilities as the less-expensive models, the 945 adds training load focus. The training tool sorts an athlete’s recent training history into different categories based on activity structure and intensity. Built-in activity profiles include skiing, hiking, golfing, and more.

It has 2 weeks of battery life in smartwatch mode, 36 hours in GPS mode, and 10 hours in GPS mode with music. The Garmin 945 hits the market at $600, or $750 with the Triathlon Bundle that includes blue and black silicone bands, heart-rate monitors for triathlon and swimming, and a quick-release kit.

We haven’t tested any of these yet, but the new line looks like a solid offering worth considering for runners who want a new GPS training watch.