Update October 10th, 2023: Amazon’s Prime Big Deal Days have arrived and the price of the Forerunner 945—er—has gone up to $329. There are other appealing deals to consider though. For instance, the Garmin Epix 2 has dropped to its lower ever price. If that doesn’t appeal, check our round-up of Garmin Prime Day deals.
Normally, I’d hesitate to suggest jumping on any Garmin deals at this point of the year, with Amazon Prime’s Big Deal Days and Black Friday fast approaching. Both sale events are certain to feature discounts on the best sports watches.
However, this isn’t a normal deal. This is the cheapest we’ve ever seen the Garmin Forerunner 945, which might be an older watch, but it remains one of the best options for runners and triathletes. The temptation to bag it now for $300 is strong.
Garmin Forerunner 945: was
$499.99, now $299.99 at Amazon
Save $200 The Forerunner 945 is almost always available for less than its RRP, but this is a huge saving and the lowest price we’ve ever seen for what is a terrific sports watch. Along with great sports tracking and training analysis, the 945 offers music storage and color maps. It may be missing some of the bells and whistles of newer Garmins, but the 945 is still an excellent option and outstanding value compared with the latest models.
The Garmin Forerunner 945 has now been superseded by the Forerunner 955 and Forerunner 965 in Garmin’s range, and doesn’t have features you get on those watches. Some of the updates you miss out on are big, like multi-band GPS, Garmin’s useful training readiness feature and heart rate variability tracking, as well as the bright AMOLED display of the Forerunner 965. You can dig into the differences with this Garmin Forerunner 955 vs Garmin Forerunner 945 comparison.
However, none of the upgrades you get are essential, and the Forerunner 945 is still packed with brilliant features. It has music storage, maps and offers lots of analysis to help guide your training. While the GPS modes it has are not as accurate as multi-band GPS, the 945 proved reliable during my testing.
The watch also offers longer battery life than the Forerunner 955 and 965, partly because it doesn’t have some of the power-intensive features on the newer models. During my testing, the Forerunner 945 lasted 10 to 14 days—even when running almost every day.
You won’t be getting new software updates from Garmin with the Forerunner 945 because it’s an older device, though it already has everything you need. I hope and expect to see the Garmin Forerunner 955 feature in sales this Black Friday, but thus far it’s never dropped below $400 on Amazon so, even if it’s discounted, it’s unlikely to drop as low as this deal on the 945.
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Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.