Garmin’s premium GPS running and triathlon smartwatch series has a new member - welcome to the Forerunner 745. It sits just below the company’s flagship Forerunner 945 and offers all the necessary tracking features to help you succeed in competitions and the long training hours that get you there.
The Forerunner 745 packs all the fitness tracking sensors and advanced stats of the more premium Garmin sportswatch alongside basic smartwatch features like notification management, local music storage and playback as well as NFC payments via Garmin Pay (Still only available with ASB in New Zealand). It’s also Garmin’s smallest and lightest full-featured running and triathlon smartwatch.
The watch is built around a 1.2-inch transflective MIP (Memory in Pixel) always-on display with a 240 x 240-pixel resolution. It measures 43.8 x 43.8 x 13.3 mm and weighs 47 grams. It comes pre-loaded activity profiles for swimming, biking and running and can also track over 100 other activities. There’s even advanced stats like swim pace and stroke as well as cycling balance and platform centre offset.
There’s also a blood oxygen sensor for VO2 max data and a pulse oximeter for sleep tracking. The watch is 5ATM waterproof and offers Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity though no cellular output. In terms of battery, Garmin claims the Garmin Forerunner 745 can last one week with moderate usage, 16 hours with GPS on and up to 6 hours with GPS and music playback.