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These Garmin Sales Will Help You Get A Cheap Running Watch Or Smartwatch

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The Boxing Day and January Sales almost always throw up some genuine bargains on running watches and fitness trackers, and if you’re looking for deals on Garmin watches in particular you’re certain to find some great discounts. Garmin (opens in new tab) itself is offering some tasty discounts in its New Year sale, which runs throughout January. Amazon (opens in new tab) has some great deals including on the Fenix 6 Pro, undercutting Currys PC World (opens in new tab)H Samuel (opens in new tab) and Garmin (opens in new tab) itself. Wiggle (opens in new tab), Amazon and Currys are offering 27% off the newest entry-level Forerunner 55, bringing it down to £129.99. Wiggle is offering reductions on the mighty Forerunner 945 and the old but still solid Forerunner 35, as well as the best deal on the outstanding Forerunner 245 Music.

Lots to choose from then, so we’ve highlighted the deals that really stand out to us, followed by everything else worth your hard earned, ordered by percentage saving.

Editor’s Picks From The Garmin Sales

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The latest generation of Garmin’s entry-level Forerunner offers guided training plans and daily suggested workouts. It’s an excellent all-round running package that includes strong battery life (20 hours of GPS), customisable workouts, and accurate distance and heart rate tracking. It faces stiff competition at its RRP but now Amazon, Curry's and Wiggle are all offering just over £50 off, we’d say it’s the standout choice for a first running watch.

Buy from Wiggle (opens in new tab) | £129.99 (RRP £179.99) | Garmin Forerunner 55 review


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The Fenix 6 Pro is an incredible all-round sports watch, laden with impressive features to help improve your training. Those include full colour maps, advanced training analysis with details on how well you’re acclimating to heat or altitude, music storage and 36 hours of GPS battery life. Amazon has stepped up, offering a little over 25% off, a great deal on a life-changing watch.

Buy on Amazon (opens in new tab) | £440.20 (RRP £599.99) | Garmin Fenix 6 Pro review


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While we prefer the addition of music storage on the Garmin Forerunner 245 Music (26% off, below), a lot of people will never really use the feature and if you’re one of them it’s definitely worth plumping for the cheaper version of the 245 instead. Aside from music the two watches are essentially the same, and the 245 is often in sales for well under £200. But at £177 it’s an absolute steal, undercutting Garmin's own offer, and will serve all but the most serious of runners well.

Buy on Amazon (opens in new tab) | £170.17 (RRP £249.99) | Garmin Forerunner 245 review


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We weren’t necessarily expecting to see the Venu 2 – one of the newer watches in Garmin’s line-up – in sales this year, so to see it with £50 off is a bonus. The Venu 2 is the top “smartwatch” in the Garmin range, with a delightful AMOLED display and a beefed-up battery life compared with the original Venu. It won’t match the smart features of an Apple Watch, but the Venu 2 offers solid native sports tracking in a more attractive design than you’ll get from a Forerunner.

Buy on Garmin (opens in new tab) | £299 (RRP £349.99) | Garmin Venu 2 review


More Deals In The Garmin Sales

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The Forerunner 35 has now been superseded by both the Forerunner 45 and 55, but it remains an excellent running watch that covers off all the essentials impeccably, so if you’re a runner in no need of frills then it’s always worth scouting out a discount on the 35 and saving yourself a bundle. The best deal we’ve spotted is on Wiggle, who has reduced the Forerunner 35 to £85.

Buy from Wiggle (opens in new tab) | £84.99 (RRP £129.99) | Garmin Forerunner 35 review


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The Instinct takes a few design cues from the popular Casio G-Shock range and is billed as a rugged watch for outdoorsy types. The lightweight plastic build is highly durable: it meets military standards for toughness and it’s waterproof to 100m. The Instinct offers Garmin’s usual terrific sports tracking plus breadcrumb navigation, though it doesn’t have the training analysis you find on most Forerunner and Fenix watches. The Instinct is frequently reduced to below £200, but with £90 off from Garmin this is a pretty attractive deal.

Buy on Garmin (opens in new tab) | £179.99 (RRP £269.99)


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The Venu is another watch Garmin recently updated, with the Venu 2 having more battery life and an improved user interface. However, the Venu still covers all the bases for a Garmin smartwatch. It has a crisp AMOLED display and music storage, while still being a formidable sports tracker with better native tracking than you’ll find on pure smartwatches like the Apple Watch or Samsung Galaxy Watch. It’s been reduced to £219.99 in the Garmin Holiday sale.

If you’re after an even cheaper Garmin smartwatch, there’s the Venu Sq Music (opens in new tab) at £179.99 (RRP £229.99), which still has music and good sports tracking, but a less appealing design than the Venu, and a far less vivid screen.

Buy from Garmin (opens in new tab) | £219.99 (RRP £329.99) | Garmin Venu review


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For most runners the Forerunner 245 Music will tick every box and even introduce them to boxes they didn’t know existed. The 245 will analyse your training to see if it’s improving your fitness for running and has breadcrumb navigation with turn-by-turn directions, all on top of the excellent core tracking experience and music storage it offers. We’ve been keeping an eagle eye out for deals on the 245 Music this Cyber Week, and so far Wiggle has the best one available, knocking £80 off the RRP.

Buy from Wiggle (opens in new tab) | £219.99 (RRP £299.99) | Garmin Forerunner 245 Music review


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Garmin recently launched the Forerunner 55 as an update to the 45, so we’ve been looking out for discounts on the latter. We saw it drop as low as £99 in the Black Friday sales, and now the next-gen Forerunner 55 has been reduced to £130 we wouldn’t bite unless it goes under £100 again. If it does, rest assured the Forerunner 45 is one of the best entry-level running watches available, and in truth will more than satisfy the needs of more experienced runners as well, featuring reliable tracking, structured workouts and training plans you can follow on your wrist for 5K, 10K and half marathons. But the developments on the Forerunner 55 are well worth an extra £10.

Buy on Amazon (opens in new tab) | £122.90 (RRP £159.99) | Garmin Forerunner 45 review


Garmin Approach 12

Save 24%, Now £137

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There are 42,000 courses stored on the Approach 12 golf watch, and when you’re on one of those courses it will give you vital info to help you complete your round in the best possible manner. The Approach 12 will give you the distance to the front, back and middle of the green, plus the distance to any hazards on the hole you’re playing. You can also track your score on the watch, which is available in sales from both Amazon and Garmin this Black Friday, with the slightly better deal on Amazon.

Buy on Amazon (opens in new tab) | £137 (RRP £179.99)

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The solar panels on the face of the Instinct Solar can extend its battery life indefinitely (in certain power-saving modes), but even with regular use they’ll help to ensure you don't need to visit the charger that often, providing you get enough sun where you live. The Instinct Solar is a solid exercise and outdoor activity tracker aimed at the adventurous, with a hardy, plastic design reminiscent of the Casio G-Shock range, and Garmin has knocked a respectable 22% off its RRP in its January Sales.

Buy on Garmin (opens in new tab) | £249 (RRP £319.99) | Garmin Instinct Solar review


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The Forerunner 745 is designed to offer most of Garmin’s very best sports tracking features in a smaller body than the Forerunner 945 or Fenix 6 Pro. That smaller design means the battery life is relatively short at 16 hours of GPS, and the 745 doesn’t offer maps like the 945 or Fenix watches, but it does have all of Garmin’s most insightful training analysis for runners and triathletes. You can get the 745 for £350 in Wiggle's Cyber Monday sale.

Buy from Wiggle (opens in new tab) | £349.99 (RRP £399.99) | Garmin Forerunner 745 review


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The Forerunner 945 offers pretty much the same incredible set of features as the Fenix 6 Pro in a lighter plastic frame. Part of the appeal of the 945 is usually that it’s a bit cheaper than the Fenix, but with this £50 discount in Wiggle’s January Sales it’s actually £1 more than the Fenix 6 Pro costs. However, for some people it's still worth going for the lighter, slimmer 945, which fits better on smaller wrists.

Buy from Wiggle (opens in new tab) | £450 (RRP £499.99) | Garmin Forerunner 945 review

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.