Garmin Forerunner 745
This is Garmin’s latest mid-range tri-watch. ‘Mid-range’ to Garmin means ‘more tri features than most of the competitors‘ but not as many as the more expensive Garmin 945. So, I’m not going to list them all as the ‘obvious’ ones will be included.
Because the Forerunner 735XT is so old, this new Forerunner 745 is more of a cut-down FR945 format, with the latest CIQ 3.X, than an upgraded 735XT. With the new 745, we get the recently introduced DAILY WORKOUT SUGGESTIONS feature which is cool – if it works for triathletes. Naturally, all the tech reviewers will say how great it is for the 3-5 hours of training they do each week but will it scale up to training volumes in excess of double that? Will it factor in the impact of strength workouts?
Here are some of the highlights and key features
- Triathlon modes that properly covers multisport and brick workouts.
- Lots of physiological & health metrics like Training Load and Status, VO2max, breath rate, sleep tracking, race predictor, Body Battery, recovery advisor and performance indicator
- Daily Workout Suggestions– these were the new adaptive training workouts introduced with the Edge 1030 Plus.
- Garmin Coach – follow free Garmin plans. Initially, at least, these are running plans.
- Training plan sync from 3rd parties like Training Peaks & Trainer Road
- Onboard music with wifi streaming to update the onboard music cache of 500 songs (your MP3s too)
- ClimbPro (detailed ascent stats for each next, planned climb)
- STRAVA Live Segments (with subscription)
- New Track Mode
- Garmin Pay (limited banks outside the USA)
- Latest Elevate and Sony GPS sensors
- Battery life is tri-friendly -Smartwatch mode: Up to 7 days, GPS mode with music: Up to 6 hours, GPS mode without music: is stated as 16 hours but really it’s 24 hours, UltraTrac mode stated as: Up to 21 hours (really? I don’t think so, the specs are wrong)
- 47g vs. 50g of the Forerunner 945. The 745 has a slightly smaller case than the 945 so might better suit smaller wrists whilst still having the same screen size.
- LiveTrack & Incident Detection
- No maps but there is waypoint navigation (where START can also be a waypoint) and breadcrumb routes which can be created and syncd from Connect using trendline popularity routing.
Of note in the tech specs are
- Maps/Compass – No, No
- Straps – 22mm (same as 945)
- Face – Mineral glass
This is simply going to be the only tri watch you’ll need and if you have thinner wrists it may even be the one you prefer. Perhaps there might be battery issues with Ironman and Ultra distances where you plan to use the full battery-guzzling features but, apart from that, all will be cool for all-things-tri. Through in a few more smarts and what’s not to like? which leads me on to…
It’s a mid-range watch but perhaps you’d call it a high-end price. It looks like the Forerunner 745 will hit a price point of £450/$499/Eu489. If blows the budget, you can save half your money and check out the Coros Pace 2 which does all the tri features you need.
It looks like this is going to have good availability, perhaps with the exception of Amazon, right from the get-go. So Wiggle and REI should be cool at launch.