Garmin 245 Music Black Friday Deals 2020
The Garmin forerunner 245 music so this is the Garmin forerunner 245 music the 235 but under the hood they’ve updated a lot of the hardware including a better GPS chip that uses less energy.
The watch can run longer it also has an updated optical heart rate sensor Garmin has added the pulse oximeter measuring technology on this watch they’ve also added all-day stress tracking and the body battery functionality that we’ve seen on some of their newer watches the watch itself has a seven-day battery life it does not have a barometric altimeter similar to some of the more expensive Garmin watches like the Garmin Fenix series watches or the forerunner 645.
The 245 offers is an affordable package where you can have a smartwatch that has onboard music for streaming to bluetooth headphones as well as some great smart features and it can track virtually any exercise that you throw at it now it does not have a touchscreen and that’s very intentional on Garmin’s part a lot of the feedback that they get is that runners and swimmers and cyclers don’t like to have to fidget with a touchscreen they would much prefer buttons but you do have access to garments connect iq where you can download a lot of different apps for this watch in addition to more watch faces. Check out Garmin Venu Cyber Monday.
This does have a backlit display that works wonderfully well even in pitch-black darkness now typical to our videos we don’t want to take you through a list of specs and features you can do that on your own by going to the garmin website we want to take this out and get this dirty with lots of different exercise to show you how it performs in different scenarios.
The first thing I did was take this with me into the gym to do lots of different lifting crossfit bootcamp style exercises to see how this would hold up under the stress of those kinds of exercises now it should be noted that built-in optical heart rate sensors on the wrists are not known for doing well in a gym based setting now based on my experience the apple watch series 4 has tended to have the best optical heart rate sensor for gym based exercise followed up by the fitbit versa whereas garmin’s elevates sensors have tended to be calibrated more towards cardio based exercise and less towards lifting and gym based exercise.
I was expecting subpar results but I was actually very surprised to see that the optical heart rate sensor was agreeing spot-on with my apple watch now I will say in about a 40 minute timeline I did experience about 4 or 5 dropouts from the 245 whereas the apple watch was a little bit more consistent that being said I was pretty impressed now obviously one of the great features about the 245 is that it also pairs with an external heart rate sensor.
I did go ahead and do that it did connect to an external heart rate sensor and I got great data I mean spot-on perfect data from a heart rate sensor even during gym based exercise so based on my experience in the gym garmin has finally gotten their optical heart rate sensor right in terms of using it for gym based exercise and this is a watch that I would recommend for gym based use now I will say that their gym profile that’s built in on the watch sucks and it tries to do automatic tracking and I don’t recommend it you’ll have to create a custom profile for gym based workouts.
Why pick Garmin 245 Music on Black Friday?
We finally got an optical heart rate sensor from garmin that works in the gym now I won’t spend too much on the swimming portion but suffice to say that garmin has the industry standard in terms of swim tracking you’re gonna get every metric you could possibly want for swim tracking from the garmin 245 so you’re going to get your average pace you’re going to get your pace per lap you’re going to get your fastest lap time your slowest lap time you’re going to get your strokes per minute your strokes per lap you’re gonna get a lot of metrics even a swole score from garmin.
If you’re looking to do tracking of your swim metrics this is a watch that we can highly recommend in addition to a lot of the other garmin forerunner watches which also tracks swimming now for the cardio portion of our review don took care of all of this for us because I suck at cardio on one run don did experience kind of a weird gps oddity it did not seem to affect the actual mileage so his gps mileage did agree spot on with the vivoactive 3 music which he had on his other wrist one of the other interesting things that we found is that the battery life.
The forerunner 245 was far less impacted by using streaming bluetooth music and gps at the same time compared to a watch like the vivoactive 3 music which would absolutely just get tapped out in terms of battery life when using both gps and music streaming so it seems like garmin has really done a good job updating all of the hardware in a way in which it consumes less battery power so you’re going to get closer to 7 days worth of battery life even if you’re consistently using the watch for gps or for listening to music you’re going to get far closer to it.
The kinect iq app store from garmin and something that will do a hell of a job tracking just about anything that you can throw at it whether that be in the gym or out on the pavement or on the side of a mountain really.