If you’re looking for a running watch in the Black Friday sales, then Amazon has come up trumps with handsome deals on two of the very best around. The Garmin Forerunner 45, which we rate as the best beginner running watch and one of the top budget options is now legitimately in the budget bracket £109 (RRP £170), while the Forerunner 245 – our favourite all-round running watch – is £179, down from £250.
The Forerunner 45 offers an excellent core tracking experience, with all the stats you need, plus customisable workouts and personalised training plans for 5K, 10K and half marathon events, with the watch guiding you through each session.
It’s also light and comfortable, and the battery life is solid at 14 hours of GPS. Even if you’re running regularly you’ll get through the best part of a week before having to charge it. If you’re hunting for a watch to give to a new or even regular runner, or want one yourself, then the 45 covers all the bases at an excellent price – the lowest we’ve seen it and we wouldn’t expect it to go any lower this year.
There is a case for upgrading to the Forerunner 245 for £70 more, though. If you do you’ll get a more in-depth workout analysis on the watch that will tell you if your training is proving productive, as well as breadcrumb navigation with turn-by-turn directions for routes you load onto the watch. The 245 also has a beefier battery life at 24 hours of GPS. The only thing to note is that this is not the music version of the watch, which has been left out of Amazon’s sale.
Whichever one you go for, we’re pleased to see two of our favourite running watches discounted so heavily, with both of those prices the lowest we’ve seen them on Amazon (though the 245 was the same price last week). If you’ve been holding fire in the hope of better deals in Black Friday week itself, congratulations, it was worth it! Now’s the time to pull the trigger.
Buy Garmin Forerunner 45 on Amazon | £109 (RRP £169.99)
Buy Garmin Forerunner 245 on Amazon | £179 (RRP £249.99)