Garmin Forerunner 955 Solar review - easily the best value option from Garmin's solar range

From tracking your rides to telling you how much REM you had through the night, this GPS watch has a lot to tell you

Image shows Garmin Forerunner 955 Solar GPS watch
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Garmin Forerunner 955 Solar very quickly became my go to activity tracker and I ended up favouring it over my bike computer. The fact it was always on my wrist helped (no handlebar mounts needed) but with the data screens easy to read and the fact I needed the watch to track the physiological metrics that my computer didn't, meant it was the obvious and easy choice. On occasions I doubled up as I still wanted info on my bars but I never left the 955 at home. Plus the battery life proved to be excellent, lasting over seven days (with lower usage), even through the winter.

Reasons to buy
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    Automatically searches for GPS signals when you select an outdoor activity

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    Excellent battery life

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    Clear mapping

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    Personalisation of displays

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    Quick navigation to screen you need

Reasons to avoid
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    Need to wear constantly for accurate diagnostics

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    Didn’t always automatically connect with phone

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Garmin’s near range topping Forerunner 955 is not so much an activity tracker but a complete wrist-based diagnostics tool. Aside from tracking your riding, running or whatever activity you wish to partake in, the $599.99 / £549 GPS watch measures a staggering amount of data to feed back on your recovery, health, training readiness, optimal training zones, stress levels and more. 

All this information gleaned by just sitting on your wrist. While GPS tech is clearly at the heart of all the best smartwatches for cycling, it’s the light emitting diodes on the back of the watch, and what they capture, that’s the really clever stuff. 

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