Garmin Forerunner 945 review

Professional analysis for any stat-obsessed athlete, with an intuitive user interface and great battery life

Garmin Forerunner 945
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

Garmin's Forerunner 945 is designed for those who want to get the very best out of themselves across a range of activities. It makes professional analysis of training and recovery accessible to users, and guides them to optimise performances based on personal data. Recharge is rapid and battery life is impressive. Both the watch and app are intuitive and reliable. With a range of extra functions, such as offline music and contactless payments, it's difficult not to get excited about this watch. This is an outstanding bit of kit that is undoubtedly worth every penny/cent of its £499.99/$599.99… don’t people spend hundreds per year on personal trainers? Here’s one that will be on your wrist 24/7.

Reasons to buy
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    Long battery life

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    Quick recharge

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    Seamless syncing with app

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    Intuitive interface

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    Accurate sensors

Reasons to avoid
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    So much functionality that it might not be used to its full potential

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    Will need to buy extras if you are to use it to its full potential on the bike

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If your physical pursuits are varied off the bike, as well as on it, the Garmin Forerunner 945 GPS smartwatch is an investment that you won’t regret; it’s a coach and analytical computer at once.

It can track a whole host of activities: it would genuinely take months to exploit all the activity profiles available and explore the analysis of each in depth. 

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