Garmin Forerunner 745
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Verdict: The Garmin Forerunner 745 (FR745) delivers a massive increase in features and capabilities over the ageing 735XT. The triathlon features are all there as is a full training ecosystem. Physiology metrics, music and Garmin Pay make this a more-than-complete athletic package. Be wary of the battery life for your Ironman. Courses, but no maps – that’s fine, get the Forerunner 945 if you want maps.
In A Nutshell: A smaller 945, a bit cheaper, with no maps, less battery and less some trivial other stuff
Deals and discounts will be rare at launch, so your best bet to sweeten the steep price is to go for a tri bundle. A detailed look at the Garmin 745 (FR745) will be inbound here soon or you can jump the starting gun now and support this blog at this link with a retail price of £450/$499/Eu489.
Note: the GPS battery life of the 745 as stated in the Garmin.com specs look wrong to me – s/be 24 hours not 16 I reckon and the 21 hours quoted by garmin for ultratrac is nonsense.