the Garmin Forerunner 955 Review – Solar ☀️ for triathlon? 2 full months of use.

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Garmin Forerunner 955 Review StaminaGarmin Forerunner 955 Review – the pro’s triathlon tool

 

The Garmin Forerunner 955 is simply a better piece of kit than both the Forerunner 945 & 945LTE and substantially better than the ageing FR935 – it’s faster, smoother and has a larger colour touchscreen screen area plus the option of solar charging. The new Elevate Gen 4 heart rate sensor and the new Airoha GPS chip let the new battery last even longer than before with a whopping 42 hours of GPS recording time.

There are many new features but, being critical, they are mostly of peripheral attraction to triathletes. Sure you’ll love the new Stamina metric but Fenix users got that a few months ago and then you’ll shrug at the tweaked safety features. Your eyes might glaze over when I mention new HRV features but you’d be wrong to dismiss these. Garmin is taking the first proper steps to counter the Whoop strap with scientifically grounded morning HRV-based Training Readiness and a broader measure of HRV Status.

The US price is a bargain. compared to bloated ones in the EU/UK. Hey, I still bought one though. I buy all Garmin products with my own money. I have no relationship with Garmin, they exert zero influence. I don’t even get a press release. Read on if you want to hear how good the Garmin Forerunner 955 is in detail. Although let’s start with a summary as I know you are all busy. One final thing, please buy from one of the links here as it helps support the ongoing independence and months of real, in-depth testing on a whole raft of endurance tech products, thank you…you’re awesome!

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Garmin Forerunner 955 – $500, Eu 575, £480
Garmin Forerunner 955 Solar – $600, Eu660, £550

 

Best ever triathlon watch, half-decent smartwatch. Most featured ever.
4.6

Garmin Forerunner 955 Review - Summary

The Forerunner 955 is the best ever triathlon watch with all the new features carried over from the latest Garmin Fenix 7. Interaction with key features is improved compared to Garmin’s earlier triathlon watches so an upgrade from an FR945 is sensible and binning your old Forerunner 935 is so obvious that you pressed the BUY button a few minutes ago and are just coming here as a sanity check.

The 955 is the real deal for proper triathletes with complex sports equipment connectivity needs and the necessity to grab plans from platforms like Training Peaks and share results with a coach. For wannabe triathletes, we can simply enjoy the Garmin CIQ app store and links to Strava.

Garmin’s physical package is more than sufficient for the durability requirements of anything from your local pool triathlon to wild water swimming, mountain biking and trail running. But its lightness and thinness reflect the need to be unobtrusive over long runs and easily slide under your wetsuit sleeve. Obviously, you get the ABCs of an Altimeter, a Barometer and a Magnetic Compass if you plan a mini-adventure.

More importantly, it’s all delivered superbly. If you are a longstanding Garmin owner you have grown used to umpteen button presses for simple tasks – this has now significantly improved. The whole experience of using the 955 as you flow from screen to screen with buttons and swipes is not quite there yet but it’s a heck of a lot closer to ‘there’ than Garmin has ever been. Ease of use has also improved along with the clarity of how information is presented to you be that a fancy dial display as you run or a great-looking chart to view after your workout is complete.

Existing Garmin owners will find many reasons to upgrade. The vast breadth and depth of multi-sport & adventure features are still there…plus a few new treats, and all supported by speedy, smooth, all-new tech inside.

But put that excitement on hold, if you want LTE, a small size case or a beautiful AMOLED screen then you’ll be left scratching your head, wondering what older Garmin model to go for as you don’t get those options today.

Pros

  • The full kitbag of Garmin’s triathlon features
  • Garmin’s most accurate GPS and optical HR to-date
  • Enough battery life for any Ironman
  • Maps, music and payments are all great smart features
  • ANT+, BlueTooth, WiFi & FE-C connects everything
  • Garmin’s open platform connects it everywhere

Cons

  • There is no triathlon need for solar on this watch
  • No LTE option planned
  • No AMOLED option yet
  • No QuickFit straps supplied
  • No smaller size option yet (755)
  • The HRV features are skewed by sensor accuracy
  • Running power remains proprietary

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Overview

The Forerunner 955 is triathlon’s ultimate watch to date. It sits alongside the Garmin Fenix 7 in Garmin’s high-end sports watch range – a sibling with which it shares every key feature. Yet whilst there is a smaller Fenix 7s, a larger Fenix 7x, and a prettier-screened Epix 2 the Forerunner 955 only comes as a ‘normal’ mid-size screen. The dilemma you have is whether to get the 955Solar option, ‘make do’ with a chunkier Fenix 7/Epix 2 in your size/screen or simply wait for the smaller 755 or LTE version next year.

Unlike the Fenix 7, you don’t have to worry about Sapphire screens which were the only models with the super-accurate Multi-Band GPS…every FR955 gets that. Phew!

Starting prices: Forerunner 955 seems like a relative bargain to me at £480/$600 as the 47mm Fenix 7 starts at £600/$700 whereas the 47mm Epix 2 starts at £800/$900. You’ll need $100 more for Solar.

Garmin Forerunner 955 Review vs 945 comparison

Peak Triathlon – The Evolution of the Garmin Forerunner 955

Peak Triathlon: How did we get here?

Garmin stumbled from the groundbreaking Forerunner 305 (2006) running watch into a modestly improved Forerunner 310XT (2009) which was really a duathlon watch. Garmin stumbled at the right time as the popularity of triathlon was taking off. The 310XT’s fledgling ability to string together 3 sports was carried over to the Forerunner 910XT which boosted up the swimming side of things and became the first ‘proper’ triathlon watch. The rectangular screen format got its last outing in Garmin’s hugely popular Forerunner 920XT (2014). Obviously more features were added and some of Garmin’s 2014 features (running dynamics) still have not been matched by some competitors today. That’s indicative of how far Garmin was ahead then and it is even further ahead now.

All Garmin’s watches settled on the round watchface format and the same software base under the hood. This brought us the Forerunner 935 (2017) which even now has all the advanced triathlon sports features and controls you will need. The Forerunner 945 and 945LTE give much of the same sort of sports features but with more smart features – maps, music, Payments and LTE.

Each generation of Garmin watch has seen new hardware components and new triathlon-specific features added.

With the Forerunner 955, Garmin has almost run out of new stuff to add and so Garmin has devoted significant resources to make it all work better. The 955 really is the pinnacle of features, superior hardware and, perhaps even more importantly, usability.

I have always been critical of Garmin on the accuracy and usability side of things. Finally, the 955 decides to address them both. It’s not there yet and another generation of development might see the FR965 nail every aspect in 2024!

Garmin Forerunner 955 Review Limitations

Hey, it’s not perfect. Here’s why.

The screen is improved over earlier tri models and you now get a Gorilla Glass DX lens rather than ‘plastic’. The Gorilla Glass is a pretty tough one but perhaps not as good as a Sapphire-coated lens as it can scratch but it’s probably a sensible compromise for this level of watch.

Neither will a rechargeable watch battery last a lifetime as they degrade slightly with each charging cycle, that said you can expect 4-5 years of use before you might need to get a new battery. In that same timeframe, I would also expect the 955 to be able to handle every new feature that Garmin throws its way but there will come a point when it will appear to slow down and also will stop receiving all the latest Garmin features – that will be in around 3-4 years time.

If the Forerunner 955 will be your first-ever Garmin there is a massively steep learning curve to know the watch and all of its many capabilities. Garmin has definitely made massive leaps in usability over the last 3 years or so but there is still a way to go. Offloading some settings to the smartphone app and using the touchscreen helps you to get the most out of the new interface. If you are upgrading from an older Garmin the learning curve is shallow and you will be impressed with the improvements in usability and presentation.

This is a highly advanced sports watch, thus using and understanding some of the watch’s capabilities and metrics may at first be daunting. A curious mind will help you learn more about how your body works as well as how the watch works.

Garmin has many state-of-the-art sports physiology features. However, they take a few weeks to ‘get to know you’ and can be significantly skewed if either your basic data (optical heart rate & power) or your training zones are wrong. Garbage in…garbage out. You absolutely must get your training zones correct as a minimum. Some of the physiological features are also a bit wishy-washy in their validity, less so the new training readiness and HRV status.

If you are thinking of using the Forerunner as a state-of-the-art smartwatch, think again. Garmin won’t offer calls over Bluetooth, music streaming over LTE or any kind of voice assistant on its Forerunners. However, you can get offline Spotify, Deezer and Amazon Music plus smartphone app notifications. Perhaps that’s smart enough for you?

Whatever its limitations, it’s definitely sporty enough for any of us.

Garmin Forerunner 955 Review watts per kg
Widget Glances – Quick, Summary Access to Key Info

Garmin Forerunner 955 – New Features & Key Features

This section looks at the new features of the Garmin Forerunner 955 and reviews the important longstanding ones before selectively diving deep into a few of the more interesting features.

There is a decent list of new sports features but most are peripheral and the biggest change from the Forerunner 945 is the usability, prettiness and speed of a well put together sports watch. In techy terms, this means a faster processor, longer-lasting battery, new GNSS chip, more storage and a solar option.

In older Garmin parlance the 955 would be a PRO model boasting Contactless Payments, WiFi, Music (w/Spotify), oHR/SpO2 and Multi-Continent Topo maps. That’s all standard here.

It’s a market-leading piece of kit

Yet there is nothing else that really stands out. For completeness, here are some of the otherwise peripheral features added. The subsequent section then discusses some in more detail.

  • The 955 is 0.5mm narrower and .7mm deeper but has a bigger 1.3″ display compared to 1.2″ on the 945. So we get a larger usable screen area of 260x260px which makes showing 6 metrics per screen a more practical option.
  • Touchscreen – useful for navigating menus rather than using during workouts
  • GNSS/GPS supports All System, and Multi-Band operation. This halves battery life but is genuinely Garmin’s most accurate ever.
  • New physiological metrics: in-exercise stamina, general HRV status, & morning readiness to train. These are underpinned by better science than some previous metrics and are more likely to give better readiness to train insights.
  • Running power is now native but the proprietary calcs need an RD-PRO or HRM-PRO/TRI/RUN.
  • Tweak settings on the Connect app.
  • Your race date is understood and several metrics guide training and stats towards that date.
  • Doubled music capacity to 2000 songs
  • 42 hours battery life with GPS compared to 36 hours on the 945.
  • Expect solar to boost battery life by at least 10%

Hardly an Earth-shattering list is it?

Garmin Forerunner 955 Review PacePro

In fact, what you will most cherish will be Garmin’s longstanding feature set which continually evolves at the edges. This is another list but it’s a very high-level list which, if expanded to show everything Garmin offers would make for an even longer and less intelligible list!

  • triathlon racing – is what the 955 is designed for any custom multisport profiles, complex brick workouts and the ability to change sports with one button press. No other triathlon watch can match Garmin’s triathlon-focussed features.
  • training planning – plans, workouts, adaptive plans, fully customisable screens with a vast array of metrics and charts. Intervals, laps, and alerts for single sports and multisports.
  • wellness & health monitoring;
  • sports physiology – includes a wealth of metrics and insights on how your body interacts with your training both during workouts and through extended training periods. The status and effectiveness of your body is presented in several different ways to suggest the kind of workout you should do next and to classify and score the one you’ve just done. HRV assesses how your body is coping and adapting to all that hard work.
  • classic activity tracking like steps & stairs;
  • smart features that connect to sports sensors or interact with your smartphone ranging from FE-C trainer control to BLE earbuds
  • safety features that cover accident alerts and 3rd party tracking
  • gym – guided workout & fitness profiles for HIIT, pilates, strength & yoga
  • running – from track, trail and ultra running to include workouts, plans, advanced pacing strategies, pre-loaded running power, advanced running metrics and support for advanced running sensors;
  • cycling – all cycling sport profiles are supported as is connectivity to just about every advanced sensor ever with all the advanced metrics you get from Core Body Temperature to Muscle Oxygen to dual-sided power meters.
  • swimming – be it outdoors or in the pool, Epix can automatically detect your stroke or when you rest in the pool. Unusual Garmin swim features include drill logging and heart rate whilst swimming plus connectivity to FORM Smart Goggles for a heads-up-swim display. Truly awesome stuff.

 

 

 

Garmin Forerunner 955 – Deep Dive Into The Features

Let’s review in more detail some of the Garmin Forerunner 955’s more useful features

Deep Dive 1 – Readiness

Garmin has been fooling us for years with sleep stage analyses and body battery HRV proclamations. That stuff is just wrong.

Finally, now we can see the inclusion of Training Load in the readiness calculation as well as how HRV says we are handling that load. Training Readiness is based on a nightly HRV average compared to a multi-week baseline and several other factors. This is essentially how Whoop assesses readiness albeit with a different algorithm.

Deep Dive 2: 955 Features – new Stamina Metric

Super Detail: What is Garmin’s New Stamina Metric?

To befuddle you I would say that Garmin’s stamina metric is like Anaerobic Work Capacity or W’ Bal. Let’s just say it means ‘how much Oomph you have left in the tank.

Garmin Forerunner 955 Review Stamina

Garmin works on the assumption that your stamina steadily declines throughout a workout towards your personal endurance limit and more markedly so when you exert yourself above threshold levels. For example, I can easily cycle 100 miles yet you can see that the following chart has me down at 25% Stamina after a hard 20-minute cycling effort. The yellow stamina line plummets the harder I try when anaerobic. Correctly so. Yet some amount of recovery from hard efforts is possible. The Stamina feature assumes correct nutrition and hydration over longer durations and is a useful new pacing tool providing your training zones are correct.

Actual Stamina Stats During a Hard Workout

 

Deep Dive 3 – All System, Multi-Band GNSS

Garmin has ditched Sony and switched to Airoha (MediaTek) for its GNSS (GPS) chips. This is a techy change but for once it really does mean more accuracy for you. Albeit only a little bit.

The new Airoha chip simultaneously handles multiple satellite constellations and multiple signals from some individual satellites. More satellites to connect to gives us more chance of getting the maximum possible level of accuracy but the multiple bands (frequencies) allow the 955 to decide which signal might have been reflected off a building or canyon wall. Those reflected signals travel slightly further and can be discarded – at least that’s the theory. In practice, these reflected signals are absolutely still included by Garmin.

This should give a slightly more accurate instant pace and slightly better tracks to admire in Strava after the workout. It also does seem to help when navigating in forested areas.

Using the maximum accuracy mode halves the battery life. Ouch.

Deep Dive 4: Managing Watch Settings on the Connect App

The new ability to change watch settings on the Connect app is great news for usability. It’s also pretty boring to describe! Newcomers to Garmin will just shrug and go ‘Huh, obvious, surely?!‘. Well, it’s taken Garmin 15 years to get to this point and years of me bemoaning publically that the watch menus on Garmin watches have awful levels of usability. They still (kinda) do! but at least now you have the option to make the same settings easily on the app.

For starters, most watch settings can be made in the Connect app and I’ve shown a few screens here to indicate how a) sports profiles can be set b) a credit card can be added to Garmin PAY and c) how CIQ ‘apps’ can be installed and managed, albeit by being pushed to a separate Garmin app.

 

Deep Dive 5: Morning Report

The Morning Report is little more than a waking call for you to review your list of favourite widget glances on the Garmin Forerunner 955. That sounds techy and dismissive but actually, it’s a neat feature that I like and use each morning to view a summary of my sleep, my training readiness and HRV status. Alongside that is shown my planned workout for the day, the weather and a few other minor bits and pieces.

Love ❤️ It – Garmin Morning Report

Some of the key, performance widget glances like sleep and Training Status allow you to drill down to the details if the headline figure is a concern.

The meat of the actionable information is sandwiched between a customisable first screen which wishes you Good Morning and which ends with a suitably positive screen like this…

 

 

Garmin 955 Accuracy

The Garmin Forerunner 955 is one of Garmin’s most accurate-ever sports watches, with good accuracy across the board. There are always caveats.

I’m normally a poor candidate for optical HR but this time the Gen 4 Elevate  HR Sensor was mostly accurate, although my results were helped by warm weather. I’ll still use an HRM-PRO chest strap.

The elevation accuracy was great provided you get a proper fix at the start. Manually calibrating once at your home address is a great way to make all rides that start there accurate.

The new GNSS/GPS chip produced some of the best-ever results I have seen with the accuracy level cranked up to MAX by using the new Multi-Band feature. That does eat battery though, so I’ll be using the GPS-only mode and relying on Stryd for running instant pace. Instant pace itself wasn’t too bad and better than other watches but there can easily be 20secs/km or 30secs/mile level of errors from time to time and I just can’t work with that. The lap pace is more stable.

Nightly HRV does not have a baseline correlation with a morning reading taken with a Polar H10 and HRV4Training. This throws doubt on many of Garmin’s HRV-derived metrics, including SLEEP and READINESS.

The accuracy of nightly HRV comes from algorithms that clear out noise and it’s not simply a case of recording the beat as it is for regular HR readings. It appears that Garmin’s HRV algorithms are not as good as the competitors.

More detailed results are here (subscriber-only)

Garmin 955 – Most Accurate Ever ? Accuracy Report

 

Opinion

Simply: Upgrade to the Forerunner 955 if you are a triathlete who currently owns any Garmin triathlon watch, except the 945LTE. If you want Solar go for it, it can’t hurt.

If you are happy with your Coros, Polar or Apple watch then there is probably nothing here in this review to tempt you to switch allegiances to the Forerunner 955 compared to what was available from Garmin last month or last year.

For a triathlon newbie, the Forerunner 955 is overkill. It’s overly complex and will probably confuse the heck out of you. However, if you know you will delve deeper into triathlon training in the coming years then absolutely get a 955. Otherwise, take a pause and try a second-hand Garmin 935 or Polar M2 for this season and come back to the upgrade decision next year.

For most of us: If you are vested in the Garmin ecosystem then I know you are as tempted as me with every bit of new tech. If you train many hours a week then it’s just plain nice to have something good on your wrist that works quickly and smoothly and which you know you can trust to support every new tech innovation for years to come. Definitely upgrade your 935 now; probably upgrade your 945 now; but remember that the 945 LTE is slightly smaller and slightly newer than the 945, so the 955 might not be for 945LTE owners.

Go for it!

Garmin Forerunner 955 – $500, Eu 575, £480
Garmin Forerunner 955 Solar – $600, Eu660, £550

 

 

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49 thoughts on “the Garmin Forerunner 955 Review – Solar ☀️ for triathlon? 2 full months of use.

  1. So how trusty is this springy-thingy band mount? i am used to torx screws. Dont want to lose watch in water. Second thing, no easy band replacment…
    I can see solar option for ultra running or ultra distance tri. Amoled is absolete for this 😉

    1. There are divers’ watches with springbars that can go 300+ meters under water.

  2. I just noticed the prices on the Garmin site (at least the Irish version) are :

    €549.99 & €649.99.

  3. Sorry, you should be a bit more sparing with the words, the best watch or so, although I enjoy reading your articles, I always notice that.

    The watch has only been on the market since today and you already say the best Tritahlon watch, so what?

    for me i have to say the watch sucks, still that shitty charging buck, half hearted conversion of native running power and so on

    1. charging puck – yep it sucks. i’ll not add that tho.
      half-hearted running power – yep I agree. you have to start somewhere. they cant implement a standard ANT+ profile for running one as the ANT SIG hasn’t agreed one, there isn’t one to implement. i had that as one of the CONS

      I had an especially long section on LIMITATIONS…just to make some of the negative bits clearer!

  4. Just a little doubt. So you don’t need to install the Garmin CIQ running power app to get the power values if a power source is connected(HRM, Rd-pod..)

    1. hrm/rd-pod are NOT power sources.
      but they provide accelerometer inputs. I don’t know why garmin cant use the accelerometer on the watch but that’s another issue
      yes: you do NOT need to install the old CIQ data fields.

    1. nope and no rumours of it happening.
      Google got Youtube music working on iOS before they got it working on wearOS. they have strange priorities

  5. Now the question is EPIX 2 vs FR 955, especially since it appears that you need to wear the watch 24/7 to benefit from Training Readiness.

    1. that is an EXTREMELY hard choice.
      epix 2 is clearly ‘better’ (once features catch up) but I do triathlon so i reckon I’m going to spend a few years being angry at a not so good screen 😉

      your point about the 247 wearing is absolutely key (as is HRV /rest accuracy) which people seem to skip over. it’s not just the training readiness it’s many of the physiology features that need a lot of accurate data, including accurate zones. otherwise it’s garbage in…you know the rest

  6. I thought I’d be able to get away with just wearing the 955/Epix for activities and sleep, but it looks like Training Readiness also factors in daily stress. And with training for multiple marathons each year, I think Training Readiness will be useful.

    The Epix screen is a better replacement for a daily wear Apple Watch, but lighter and cheaper is nice also 😁

  7. Upgrade my 935? Not sure.
    Batterylife of my 935 is down to 10 hours with gps. For me that means charging twice a week, annoying, but still doable.

    I use navigation quite a lot, but the follow the line works for me. Sure, maps might be convenient on y turns or if roads are close together.

    Music is still on my old iPod nano

    I don”t quantify my life and I don’t collect data just to look at it. i read a lot about training and I train at a club and make plans with a trainer. Really don’t need more data that I already collect with doing real life testruns.

    Garmin pay might be convenient.

    My 935 isn’t snappy, but also that slow. Yes, syncing over bluetooth is annoyingly slow. But does a 955 do a better job at syncing 25k runs?

    I think I wait till my 935 dies.

  8. Why would they bring 755 anymore? 6xx has been dumped already. 255 is more or less same features as 745. Atleast now they have really sensible set of 3 different Forerunners in 55, 255, 955. Numbers are quite weird but it gets less complicated with different versions if they just dont realease 7xx anymore. (255 is more like ~455).

    1. 755 would be a small, non ‘Pro’ version.
      admittedly they could call it the 955s instead (which would be easier) !
      anyway, i agree with your sentiment

  9. Do you think the extra options from the FR955 will come to the fenix 7s also? Still not sure what to buy :)!

  10. Screen size 1.3″ is it the same on both versions, is solar “outside” the usable screen?
    Any thoughts on readability / reflections / dullness solar vs non solar?

    I think solar version looks more classy with the black buttons vs shiny ones on non solar.

    1. I agree with the black buttons. My 945LTE had black buttons and the standard 955 with silvers doesn’t look as good – IMO

  11. The whole solar / no solar, music / no music thing is just a stupid marketing ploy. The 955 could easily have one solar version and instead of a pointless black border an enlarged solar ring that would help with energy even better. Again, after three years, we wouldn’t have to look at the thick, black edge of the solar-free version on the best, premium multisport watch in the world. From this position, I would expect better battery life than the 945 and not such a snail shift. I also want a sapphire crystal for a premium watch and not a couch, soft gorilla. Every day I see a scratched second-hand watch. Really? should I pay 500USD and periodically glue a piece of plastic to a premium piece of hardware? Garmin itself does not recommend gluing the protection to solar-powered watches. While 255 made a huge leap, 955 has more problems growing up in terms of hardware. I was looking forward to upgrading my Instinc Solar, but I have nowhere to go, Instinct 2 makes millions of boring colors (disappeared yellow, red) and the only cool one (electric lime) is without solar and without payments 😀 Of course Fenix ​​7 is encouraged … BUT, really? After three years of development, ZERO shift in smart features? Still just preset answers? If anyone dares to put on such a price tag, they should also invest in developing new features. Fenix ​​/ Epix is ​​not just a sports tester, it presents itself as a smart watch.

    1. the usable screen area is bigger and in one other sense i agree that the solar just isn’t needed period.
      screen: i think there is some degree of confusion at garmin with these watches seen as somewhat disposable and solely as a sport watch. fine. but then why introduce smart features and physiology features that require 24×7 wearing…as you indicate, a scratch will eventually come from somewhere and whilst that’s not a problem for a workout it is more of a problem for me when wearing one for the rest of the time.
      i think the no-black ring argument will run and run. garmin and other manufacturers are perfectly aware that people don’t like them (they even shoot their marketing shots to minimise them).

  12. Do I understand correct if the bezeel is larger on the solar version, eg solar ring add to unused watch screen?
    Non Solar have larger used screen?

  13. Just got 955 (I had the 945LTE currently and will decide which to keep). I really prefer the slightly smaller 945LTE footprint , I suppose I shall see what to do in a few weeks. Hope the 945LTE firmware update comes soon!

  14. Hi I have Stryd witch works good with Fenix 6 via app/ciq fields. Does the new 955 work with Stryd Power as Fenix 6 ? Thanks

  15. It was mostly about the comments regarding the extra width of the zone of the usb-c connection. There is only the usb-c no extra usb or anything else.

  16. So more accurate GPS feeds training metrics with cleaner data BUT the 945LTE is smaller and so might offer more accurate HR to feed the data.

    If the 955 was 43-44.5mm I’d of bought it yesterday. I have 18mm wrists.

  17. 255 or 955? Which one if I don’t care about maps and am not a tri athlete. I do use a stryd though. Is stamina the only difference?

  18. Runalyze started writing the average HRV for the night. Hope other softwares go that route, would love for HRV4Training or some other to also fetch that data, avoiding the need for a morning reading.

  19. I noticed that there is a “HRM-Pro™ Plus” available on the garmin website to buy as a bundle with the 955 Solar. Is this a new strap? The colour looks different to the HRM Pro.

    1. Aaaaaannnnnddddd,…. Its gone already from the website…

      At least the delivery times have reduced a bit so I’m hopeful the 955 will launch in South Africa soon (without too much of a markup).

  20. Is there any website (Final Surge, training Peaks, strava etc) that can do what Garmin’s Training Readiness can do?

    I currently have an Apple Watch + Stryd, and would prefer to keep it instead of going Garmin.

    But I’m very new to running and think I could benefit from the Training Readiness feature.

    I’ve seen the HRV recovery apps on the AW but they don’t seem to be as robust as Garmin’s new feature.

    1. hmm
      athlytic app ideally based on a morning reading from a polar h10 strap into its ios app rather than the readings that the apple watch takes overnight 9but that will be alright for you)
      don’t be wowed by lots of contributory factors and shiny bands of gold.

      look at your running stress balance from stryd powercenter, what athlytic says and how you feel. triangulate all 3 and make your decision.

    2. I have the Polar H10 also, but I got annoyed strapping it on every morning. I prefer less effort 🙂

      I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for shiny new features, even though I would probably never end up using half of them.

      Tbh I was thinking of trying to run by pace for a while, I’m new to all of this and still trying to figure out which metrics I should be listening to and which I should pay less attention to.

  21. As a cyclist/runner (80/20) I can’t see any reason to use anything else than Apple Watch 7 and STRYD.
    Except for the Forerunner plethora of data, am I missing something or should I just save my money?

  22. I wear my 955 to bed, get my morning report, and then do my daily workout about 90 minutes later. When I get back I take off the 955 for the rest of the day, putting on my AW for the better display.

    Can you tell me what metrics I might be losing out on by not wearing the 955 24/7? And, can I “make up” them by wearing a Venu 2 (for the display) instead of the AW?
    TIA.

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