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Garmin Forerunner 945 Specifications, Features and Price

$347.00

  • DATE RELEASED: April, 2019
  • DISPLAY: 1.2 inches | 240 x 240px | Transflective LED | non-touchscreen
  • BODY: Corning Gorilla Glass DX | Fiber-polymer | Silicone | 5ATM
  • MEDIA: 16GB
  • BATTERY LIFE: 14 days
  • COMPATIBILITY: Check compatible devices
Last updated on January 12, 2023 9:20 pm
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The Garmin Forerunner 945 is a premium multisport GPS smartwatch that’s well equipped to track your active life comprehensively. Its a sturdily built timepiece with the fiber-reinforced polymer used for the case, while the straps come in silicone which is very soft on the skin and comfortable to wear.

It comes with a 1.2 inches transflective LCD display that’s very bright and easy to read outdoors while it has 5 physical buttons to aid navigation. You can download your preferred watchface, widgets, and more from the Garmin Connect IQ. The Forerunner 945 allows you to store about 1000 tracks as well as support music streaming via supported services such as Spotify.

Under the hood, the Forerunner 945 is equipped with lots of fitness tracking features that enables it to track your active life comprehensively. Activity tracking features include sleep tracking, stress, heart rate monitoring, steps, calories, distance, training analysis, and many more.

The Forerunner 945 will keep you connected to all that matters to you so that you never get to miss important notifications. You can respond to notifications via preset text response, as well as find your phone or watch. It also features Garmin Pay which allows you to make payments directly from this device.

The battery life is also great, you can expect the Forerunner 945 to go up to two weeks with moderate usage and about 36 hours with continuous GPS tracking

READ: Garmin Forerunner 945 indepth review

Garmin Forerunner 945 Activity Tracking Features

 Garmin Forerunner 945

SMART FEATURES

Connect IQ (Downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets, and apps)Yes
On-device Connect IQ storeNo
Text response/reject phone calls with text (Android only)Yes
CalendarYes
WeatherYes
Real-time settings sync with Garmin Connect™ mobileNo
Battery saver - customizable low power watchNo
Controls smartphone musicYes
Plays and Control Watch MusicYes
Find my phoneYes
Find my watchYes
Virb remoteYes

HEALTH MONITORING FEATURES

Wrist-based Heart Rate trackingYes
Daily resting heart rateYes
Abnormal heart rate alertYes
Respiration Rate (24/7)Yes
Fitness AgeYes
Blood oxygen (SpO2) monitoringYes (spot-check, and optionally all-day and in sleep)
Battery energy monitorYes
Stress trackingYes
Relaxation remindersYes
Relaxation breathing timerYes
Sleep monitoringYes
Advanced sleep tracking/Sleep ScoreYes
Menstrual cycle trackingYes (in Garmin Connect and optional Connect IQ widget)
Hydration trackingYes (in Garmin Connect and optional Connect IQ widget)
Health SnapshotNo

SAFETY AND TRACKING FEATURES

LivetrackYes
Group LivetrackYes
Live event sharingYes (Android Only)
Incident detection during select activitiesYes
AssistanceYes
Spectator Messaging (New)No
Assistance Plus (New)No

TACTICAL FEATURES

Stealth modeNo
Night vision modeNo
Dual Grid CoordinatesYes
Kill switchNo

ACTIVITY TRACKING FEATURES

Steps CounterYes
Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it)Yes
Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal)Yes
Sleep monitoring (monitors total sleep and periods of movement or restful sleep)Yes
Calories burnedYes
Floors climbedYes
Distance travelledYes
Intensity minutesYes
TrueupYes
Move IQ

Yes

GYM & FITNESS EQUIPMENT

Available gym activity profilesstrength, cardio, elliptical training, stair stepping, floor climbing, indoor rowing, pilates and yoga
Cardio workoutsYes
Strength workoutsYes
HIIT workoutsNo
Yoga workoutsYes
Pilates workoutsYes
On-screen workout animationsYes
Automatic rep countingYes
On-screen workout muscle mapsNo

TRAINING, PLANNING & ANALYSIS FEATURES

GPS speed and distanceYes
Customizable data pagesYes
Customizable activity profilesYes
Auto PauseYes
Interval trainingYes
Improved interval (Includes open repeats, intervals data page, rest screen and auto detection) (New)No
Advanced workoutsYes
Downloadable training plansYes
Power modes - customizable in-activity battery settingsNo
Auto lapYes
Manual lapYes
Rest timer (New)No
Configurable lap alertsYes
Heat and altitude acclimationYes
VO2 Max. (Run)Yes
VO2 Max. (Trail run)No
Real-Time staminaNo
Training status (lets you see if you're training effectively by tracking your training history and fitness level trend.)Yes
Training load (your total training load for the last 7 days calculated from estimated epoc)Yes
Training load focusYes
Training effect (aerobic)Yes
Training effect (anaerobic)Yes
Primary Benefit (training effect labels)Yes
Improved Recovery Time (New)Yes
Daily Suggested Workouts (New)Yes
Custom alertsYes
Audio promptsYes
Finish timeYes
Virtual partnerYes
Race an activityYes
Auto multisport activitiesYes
Manual multisport activitiesYes
Course guidanceYes
Garmin Live SegmentsYes
Strava Live SegmentsYes
Round-Trip course creator (running/cycling)Yes
Trendline Popularity Routingyes (available as a wearable map theme)
Touch and/or button lockYes
Hot keysYes
Auto scrollYes
Activity history on watchYes
Physio TrueupYes

HEART RATE TRACKING FEATURES

HR zonesYes
HR alertsYes
HR caloriesYes
% HR max.Yes
% HRRYes
Recovery timeYes
Auto max HRYes
Morning report (New)No
Race glance/widget (New)No
HRV status (New)No
Training readiness (New)No
HRV stress test (measures your heart rate variability while standing still, for 3 minutes, to provide you with an estimated stress level; the scale of this is 1 to 100; low scores indicate lower stress levels)yes (with compatible accessory)
HR broadcast (broadcasts HR data over ANT+ to paired devices)Yes
Respiration rate (during exercise)yes (with compatible accessory)

RUNNING FEATURES

Available run profilesRunning, treadmill running, indoor track running, trail running, virtual running and outdoor track running
GPS-based distance, time and paceYes
Running dynamicsYes (with compatible accessory)
Vertical oscillation and ratio (the degree of 'bounce' in your running motion and the cost-benefit ratio with stride length)Yes (with compatible accessory)
Ground contact time and balance (shows how much time, in the running motion, your foot is on the ground rather than in flight and lets you check your running symmetry)Yes (with compatible accessory)
Stride length (real time)Yes (with compatible accessory)
Cadence (provides real-time number of steps per minute)Yes
Running power (New)No
Performance condition (after running 20 minutes, compares your real-time condition to your average fitness level)Yes
Lactate threshold (through analysis of your pace and heart rate, estimates the point where your muscles start to rapidly fatigue)Yes (with compatible accessory)
PacePro pacing strategiesYes
Run workoutsYes
Race predictorYes
Course and weather-specific race predictor (New)No
Foot Pod CapableYes
Run/Walk/Stand detection__

GOLF FEATURES

Preloaded with 42,000 courses worldwideYes
Yardage to F/M/B (distance to front, middle and back of green)Yes
Yardage to layups/doglegsYes
Measures shot distance (calculates exact yardage for shots from anywhere on course)Automatic
Digital ScorecardYes
Custom targetsNo
Stat tracking (strokes, putts per round, greens and fairways hit)Yes
Garmin AutoshotYes
Full vector mapNo
Auto Courseview updatesYes
Green view with manual pin positionYes
Hazards and course targetsYes
PinpointerNo
Playslike distanceNo
Touch-targeting (touch target on display to see the distance to any point) (New)No
Handicap scoringNo
Truswing compatibleYes
Round timer/odometerYes
Automatic club tracking compatible (requires accessory)No
Tournament LegalNo

OUTDOOR RECREATION

Available outdoor recreation profilesHiking, climbing, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, xc skiing, stand up paddleboarding, rowing and kayaking
Point-to-Point navigationYes
Bread crumb trail in real timeYes
Back to startYes
TracbacKYes
Ultratrac ModeYes
Around me modeYes
Up aheadNo
Elevation profileYes
Distance to destinationYes
Barometric trend indicator with storm alertYes
ClimbPro ascent plannerYes
Trail run auto climbYes
Vertical speedYes
Total ascent/descentYes
Future elevation plotYes
Preloaded Topographical mapsYes
Preloaded road and trail maps (New)Yes
Preloaded Ski resort mapsNo
Downloadable cartography supportYes
Compatible with Basecamp__
GPS coordinatesYes
Sight 'N GONo
Area calculationYes (via Connect IQ)
Hunt/fish calendarYes (via Connect IQ)
Projected waypointYes
Sun and moon informationYes (via Connect IQ)
Xero locationsYes
Expedition GPS activityNo
TidesNo

CYCLING FEATURES

Available cycling profilesBiking, indoor biking and mountain trail biking
Alerts (triggers alarm when you reach goals including time, distance, heart rate or calories)Yes
CoursesYes
MTB Grit & FlowYes
Cycle map (routable cycling-specific street map)Yes
Bike lap and lap maximum power (with power sensor)Yes
Race an activityYes
FTP (Functional Threshold Power)yes (with compatible accessory)
Compatible with Vector (Power Meter)Yes
Power Meter compatibleYes
Advanced cycling dynamicsYes
Compatible with Varia Vision (head-mounted display)Yes
Compatible with Varia Radar (Rear-Facing Radar)Yes
Compatible with Varia LightsYes
Speed and cadence sensor support (with sensor)Yes

SWIMMING FEATURES

Available swim profilesPool swimming, open water swimming, swimming/running
Open-water swim metrics (distance, pace, stroke count/rate, stroke distance, swim efficiency (SWOLF), calories)Yes
Pool swim metrics (lengths, distance, pace, stroke count, swim efficiency (SWOLF), calories)Yes
Stroke type detection (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly) (pool swim only)Yes
Drill logging (pool swim only)Yes
Basic rest timer (up from 0) (pool swim only)Yes
"Repeat on" rest timer (pool swim only) (New)Yes
Auto rest (pool swim only) (New)Yes
Time and distance alertsYes
Pacing alerts (pool swim only) (New)Yes
Countdown start (pool swim only)Yes
Pool swim workoutsYes
Critical swim speed (New)Yes
Underwater wrist-based heart rateYes
Heart rate from external HRM (real-time during rests, interval and session stats during rests, and automatic heart rate download post-swim)Yes (with HRM-Tri and HRM-Swim)

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ABOUT DEVICE

ABOUT DEVICE

Device name

Garmin Forerunner 945

Device type

Fitness/Sport smartwatch

Gender

Men

Predecessor

Garmin Forerunner 935

Successor

Garmin Forerunner 955

Models

Forerunner 945, Forerunner 945 LTE

Date released

April, 2019

DISPLAY

DISPLAY

Display size

1.2 inches

Display type

LCD, Memory-in-pixel (MIP), transflective

Resolution

240 x 240 px

Pixel density

282.84 PPI

Customizable watchface

Yes

Input type

(not touchscreen), 5 Physical buttons

Always-On

Yes

BODY

BODY

Shape

Circular

Case material

Fiber-reinforced polymer

Strap material

Silicone

Bezel material

Fiber-reinforced polymer

Strap size

22 mm

Color

Black

Screen protection

Dimension

47 x 47 x 13.7 mm

Weight

50 grams

Waterproof rating

Yes, 5ATM

Swim-proof

Yes, recommended

Durability test

CONNECTIVITY

CONNECTIVITY

Bluetooth calling

No

Bluetooth

ANT+, Bluetooth

Wi-Fi

Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

NFC

Yes

MEMORY

MEMORY

RAM

ROM

16GB

Memory card slot

No

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY

Network technology

None

SIM type

None

NOTIFICATIONS

NOTIFICATIONS

SMS alert

Yes

Calls alert

Yes

Email alert

Yes

Event reminder

Yes

Reply messages

(Android only), Yes

MEDIA

MEDIA

Audio

mp3/mp4

Microphone

No

Loudspeaker

No

Bluetooth music

Yes

Camera

No

SENSORS

SENSORS

GPS

Galileo, GLONASS, GPS

Accelerometer

Yes

HRM

Yes

Gyroscope

Yes

Pulse Ox.

Yes

Altimeter

Yes

Barometer

Yes

Compass

Yes

ECG

No

Thermometer

Yes

Ambient light

Yes

HEALTH & FITNESS TRACKING

HEALTH & FITNESS TRACKING

Steps

Yes

Calories

Yes

Distance

Yes

Heart rate monitoring

Yes

Sleep tracking

Yes

Floors climbed

Yes

Blood oxygen

Yes

Blood Pressure

No

Stress

Yes

ECG tracking

No

Fall detection

Yes

Menstrual cycle

Yes

VO2 Max

Yes

Onscreen workout

Yes

Preloaded sport modes

Yes

BATTERY

BATTERY

Battery type

non-removable Lithium-polymer

Battery capacity

Battery life

GPS with music: up to 10hrs, Smartwatch mode: Up to 2 weeks, Ultratrac: up to 60hrs

Charging type

Charging dock

Charging duration

1-2 hours

Solar power

No

PLATFORM

PLATFORM

Operating system

Proprietary OS

Chipset

CPU

GPU

MISCELLANEOUS

MISCELLANEOUS

Companion app

Garmin Connect

Compatibility

Android, iOS

Payment system

Garmin Pay

Customizable strap

22 mm, Yes

Voice Assistant

No

Find my phone

Yes

Box content

Charger, Garmin Forerunner 945, Manual, Straps

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