Garmin Forerunner45 vs. 245

Forerunner 45

Retail: $200

Garmin's entry-level watch. Good for basic running/biking/cardio tracking.  Two versions, the 45S (smaller) and 45.

Reasons to Pick the FR45

EASY TO WEAR

The 45S is 20% lighter than the 245, and the 45 is 7% lighter.

CHEAPER PRICE

Save $100-150.

Forerunner 245

Retail: $300-350

Well-suited for more dedicated runners going for PRs. Comes in a music and non-music version.

Reasons to Pick the FR245

MORE TRAINING STATS

Training Status, Training Effect, Recovery Time, Race Predictor, PacePro

MORE ACTIVITIES

Also tracks pool swimming, strength, and indoor rowing.

Learn more in  my in-depth comparison.