Garmin has today unveiled the Forerunner 645 Music, a GPS running watch with integrated music. According to the company, the new watch gives athletes the freedom to enjoy their favourite tunes on a run or during a workout without having to take a phone along. Additionally, when in need of a bottle of water or a quick bite to eat, the watch is Garmin Pay Ready – utilising the contactless payment solution from Garmin that lets users pay for purchases with their watch.
In addition to 24/7 heart rate monitoring, the Forerunner 645 Music includes advanced running dynamics, performance monitoring tools, connected features and customization options – with free watch faces, widgets, data fields and apps through the Garmin Connect IQ store. The metal bezel, chemically strengthened glass and interchangeable bands aim to make the watch easy to wear all day, every day.
“Listening to music helps most of us keep our momentum going during those long or particularly difficult runs,” said Andrew Silver, EMEA Fitness Product Manager. “Now, with the addition of integrated music and Garmin Pay, the Forerunner 645 Music will help give athletes the independence they’ve been looking for while still providing them with the quality and accuracy of our other running products that they have come to rely on.”
Featuring similar high-end fitness, wellness and smart connectivity features as on previous Forerunner devices, the Forerunner 645 Music gives users an extra pep in their step with on-device music storage, up to 500 songs. Deezer Premium+ users can download offline playlists or transfer music from a computer directly to the watch. Once the playlist is loaded, the athlete can pair the Forerunner 645 Music with a set of compatible Bluetooth headphones (sold separately) and go.
Athletes can better prepare for a race or training cycle with the help of training features provided by Firstbeat. Training status automatically evaluates previous exercise and fitness levels to let athletes know if they are training productively, peaking or overreaching. Measuring exercise volume from the last seven days, training load helps users determine if they are training in the right zone and whether their sessions are too easy or hard. Additionally, the anaerobic training effect metric will tell athletes how their hard work and training is improving their ability to push the limits.
Clipping a Running Dynamics Pod to a waistband allows users to see all six running dynamics, including cadence, ground contact time, stride length and more on their watch without the need for a chest strap. Built-in GPS and GLONASS let athletes track how far, how fast and where they run – no phone connection required. Furthermore, users can view and follow downloaded courses on their wrist, race a previous activity and train with simple intervals or follow complex workouts. In the pool, the Forerunner 645 Music will track distance, pace, stroke, personal records and more.
With an array of connected features, the Forerunner 645 Music lets users stay in touch with the rest of the world, even while on the move. When paired with a compatible smartphone, it automatically uploads to Garmin Connect, Garmin’n online fitness community where users can track workouts, sleep patterns, join online challenges to compete against friends and earn virtual badges. Directly from the wrist, users will be able to receive and respond to text messages, invite friends to follow their runs in real time with LiveTrack, and view social media updates, emails and more.
Customizable through the Connect IQ store, Forerunner 645 Music users can download free data fields, watch faces, widgets and apps including UBER ETA, SmartThings, AccuWeather MinuteCast and more.
The Forerunner 645 Music features up to 7 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and up to 5 hours in GPS mode with music. Weighing roughly 42g, this is the first Forerunner to feature a stainless-steel metal bezel and always-on Garmin Chroma Display. According to Garmin, this makes the watch easy to read – even in direct sunlight – with the display housed under chemically strengthened glass.
The new Garmin Forerunner 645 Music is available with a black or cerise band and has a suggested retail price of £399.99. An option without integrated music capabilities – the Forerunner 645 – is available with a black or sandstone band with a suggested retail price of £349.99.