While runners can choose between a number of excellent Garmin watches, ranging from the budget Forerunner 45 to the sing-all-dancing Fenix 6 series, triathletes aren’t served as well. Garmin has long reserved its multisport mode for its most expensive watches: the Forerunner 945 and Fenix 6 series were the only new launches to include it, and both cost over £ 500.
The venerable Forerunner 735XT, released in May 2016, is the lowest-priced Garmin for triathletes, and has been available for under £ 200 for a number of years. However, the 735XT is showing its age and lacks many of the advanced training analytics and smart features found on recently released Garmins.
While the 745 may be the cheapest option among Garmin’s recent multisport GPS launches, it is still very expensive. What do you get for your money?
In addition to all of the great sports tracking you’d expect from a Garmin, the 745 was designed to help you get more actively involved in your workout. The detailed workout analysis includes an updated recovery advisor that tells you how long to rest before your next tough session, and that now takes into account your all-day stress stats, sleep and non-sport activities.
The 745 uses this information, as well as your VO2 max measured by the watch, to suggest running and cycling workouts. This is similar to the recommended workouts that Polar devices offer and can be very useful for those who are not yet working on a regulated training plan.
Other notable features of the 745 include navigation through breadcrumb trails and music. The watch can store up to 500 tracks and sync playlists from streaming services including Spotify.
This is a significant improvement on the 735XT and brings the watch in line with the other newer devices from Garmin. However, the battery life of the 745 is overwhelming with just 16 hours of GPS or six hours of GPS plus music.
We’re not sure why this number is so low as other newer Garmins have far better battery life – the Forerunner 245 offers 24 hour GPS and the Forerunner 945 offers 36 hours. Even the old 735XT offered 14 hours of GPS, so this is a rather minor upgrade.
That being said, the 745 is a huge improvement over its predecessor and offers triathletes a slightly cheaper Garmin option than the 945 or Fenix 6. We’re going to put the 745 through its paces asap to let you know how it stacks up on top.
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