Garmin has announced the Forerunner 645 Music, a GPS running watch with integrated music so you can enjoy your favorite tunes on a run or during a workout without having to take a phone along.
The Forerunner 645 Music has 24/7 heart rate monitoring, it includes advanced running dynamics, performance monitoring tools, connected features and can be customised with free watch faces, widgets, data fields and apps through the Garmin Connect IQ store.
It can hold up to 500 songs and you can download offline playlists from select music streaming services, including iheartradio. Once the playlist is loaded, pair the Forerunner 645 Music with a set of compatible Bluetooth® headphones and go.
Garmin Pay, a contactless payment solution, means athletes can leave their cash and credit cards at home and still stop for a bite to eat along their route. Utilising their Garmin Pay wallet, users have the same rewards and benefits of the physical cards, with the convenience of having them right on the wrist for contactless payment.
There are also 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.
The Forerunner 645 Music allows athletes to go even further with their running data. Clipping the Running Dynamics Pod to the 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.
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 42 grams, this is the first Forerunner to feature a stainless-steel metal bezel and always-on Garmin Chroma Display that is easy to read in direct sunlight.
It is available with a black or cerise band and has a recommended retail price of AU$599.00.