Garmin Forerunner 245 Music Review
Garmin Forerunner 245 Music Review

The Garmin Forerunner 245 Music is a simple but high-quality GPS running watch. It is designed to track distance and pace, keep track of a geographic route, and save data for downloading, assessing, and comparing over time. This watch is one of the simplest in the Garmin GPS lineup, and as such it has fewer bells and whistles than other models, which some users like and some don’t. However, this also makes it more affordable.

The Forerunner 245 Music GPS smartwatch also has the tools you need to improve your race way. The watch measures important race metrics (when used with Running Dynamics Pod or HRM-Run™ or HRM-Tri™ monitors (sold separately), such as cadence, stride length, time and ground contact balance, vertical vibration and vertical ratio. These measures are the key to understanding your form, so you can do the best you can in every race and every race. Your Forerunner 245 Music can track these metrics with a compatible heart rate strap or the compact dynamic running capsule that attaches directly to the waist.

The data is recorded while runners are out on the road or trail, and it can then be uploaded to a computer. The data is then viewable with Garmin’s robust online workout tracking programs (which are free to us with the purchase of the watch). This includes seeing the route replayed on Google maps.

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music, GPS Running Smartwatch

with Music and Advanced Dynamics, Black

  • You’re going to do the race. Forerunner 245 Music makes you think. He even knows you mile after mile and song by song. This GPS smartwatch has memory for your favorite music, so you can keep switching to music without having to carry your phone. It also keeps track of your stats, records numbers, and learn all about your performance, race form, training history and even your goals. All you have to focus on is to put one foot in front of the other.

Garmin excels at GPS technology, and the Forerunner 110 is no exception. Though a few have had trouble in specific geographic areas, most users pick up GPS satellites within 10-15 seconds and rarely, if ever, lose them over the course of a run. This results in highly accurate mapping within the tracking program.

More ways to customize

Take a look at our Connect IQ store, where you can add personality to Forerunner 245 Music by downloading apps, widgets, watch faces and more. It’s easy and, better yet, it’s free. New apps are added every day so you can keep track of when your Uber arrives, turn on the light at home with the SmartThings app, and even use the AccuWeather Minutecast app to find out when the rain starts.

One advantage of the Garmin Forerunner 245’s simplicity is its profile. This watch is smaller, lighter, and generally more comfortable than many of its cousins. This has especially been praised by runners with slim or average wrists, who often find the other watches cumbersome. The slim profile and simple design also allow runners to wear this as a regular wristwatch if they desire.

Another advantage is the ease of use. The Garmin Forerunner 245’s display and controls are straightforward and the setup time is very minimal. Consequently, all of this simplicity also makes this one of the more affordable Garmin GPS running watches on the market.


  • Easy to use / little to no setup
  • Affordable
  • Small, comfortable, lightweight
  • Looks like a regular watch
  • Heart rate monitor available separately, if desired
  • Strong GPS signal (reads satellites within 10-15 seconds in most areas)


  • Less robust features than pricier models (esp. no “current speed” reading)

The only notable complaint about this unit is that it doesn’t report a runner’s current speed. It shows the average speed of the total run, and the average speed per split (which users can set as short as a quarter-mile). The split speed is sufficient for many runners, but those who prefer immediate, current speed display (like a speedometer in the car) may find this watch insufficient for their needs.


Bottom Line:

The Garmin Forerunner 245 Music is a high-quality basic GPS running watch that records route/position, speed, and distance, all of which can be tracked over time using Garmin’s online tools. This is ideal for runners who want a simple, lightweight, affordable running watch. Runners seeking extra bells and whistles should consider pricier models.