Just in time for Global Running Day, Garmin is introducing two new running watches to its Forerunner lineup: the $349.99 Forerunner 255 and the $499.99 Forerunner 955. Both GPS watches feature multi-band GPS and new running features including a running widget. The Forerunner 955 will also be available in a solar version which, as the name suggests, adds solar charging for even longer battery life.
The Forerunner 255 is a lightweight mid-range running watch that builds on the Forerunner 245. It will come in two sizes. The standard Forerunner 255 will measure 46mm and weigh 49 grams, while the smaller 255S will measure 41mm and weigh 32 grams. There will also be Forerunner 255 Music and 255S Music variants, which can store up to 500 songs on the watch itself. Garmin says this also includes playlists from Spotify, Amazon Music and Deezer. Music models will cost $50 more for a total of $399.99. The watches are rated for 5 ATM water resistance with an estimated battery life of 14 days, with up to 30 hours in GPS mode.
Big additions this time around include a new running widget, heart rate variation (HRV) status during sleep, multi-band GPS, and the ability for triathletes to more easily switch between sports with the tap of a single button. button. The race widget will include race preparation information including performance predictions, race day weather and a countdown timer. Multiband GPS is an increasingly popular feature on multisport watches that improves GPS accuracy by allowing communication with multiple satellite frequencies. The promise is better accuracy in environments where it’s hard to get a good signal. Finally, the watch also has a “morning report” function. When a user wakes up, the watch provides a brief summary of today’s weather, a daily workout suggestion, and a report of last night’s sleep, recovery time, workout status, and sleep. status of the HRV.
Compared to the Forerunner 245, the 255 range adds an NFC chip for Garmin Pay. Otherwise, it’s not too different from a sensor perspective. It still has continuous heart rate monitoring as well as SpO2 sensors to enable features like Body Battery. The metric measures how well you have recovered during sleep as well as how “emptied” you are of stress during the day. The Forerunner 255 series will also support basic smartwatch features like push notifications and Garmin safety features like incident detection and live tracking. For workout features, it will also give users daily workout suggestions as well as access to workout plans through Garmin Coach and detailed metrics on the Garmin Connect app.
Meanwhile, the Forerunner 955 is more of a premium running watch. (However, it’s not as full-featured as Garmin’s flagship Fenix series.) It has a 47mm always-on color touchscreen and weighs 52 grams. Button fans need not worry, however. The 955 still includes five physical buttons that can be used in tandem with the touchscreen. Like the 255 series, it’s rated for 5ATM water resistance but has slightly longer battery life at around 15 days, with 42 hours in GPS mode. There’s also a $599.99 Forerunner 955 Solar, which features Garmin’s exclusive Power Glass lens. With solar charging, the 955 Solar gets up to 20 days on a single charge, with 49 hours in GPS mode. (That’s assuming you get about three hours a day in 50,000 lux conditions, so take that with a grain of salt.)
Like the Forerunner 255 series, the Forerunner 955 also features multiband GPS, HRV status, morning reports, and the new running widget. It also has a new training readiness metric. As the name suggests, the metric takes into account sleep, recovery time, HRV, and a few other metrics to give users a score indicating how “ready” they are for a workout. It also adds real-time endurance tracking, which Garmin first introduced with its Fenix 7 series.
When it comes to health tracking and smart features, the Forerunner 955 has the same basic features as the 255. However, it adds a few more training metrics, like PacePro and ClimbPro, which give real-time feedback. on your pace and elevation. You can also store more songs on the 955 – 2,000 to be exact.
The Forerunner 255 and Forerunner 955 are available starting today. The Forerunner 255 is available in four colors: gray, pink, blue and black. Meanwhile, the Forerunner 955 is available in white and black.