Those looking to buy a new running watch have been treated to a smörgåsbord of terrific deals in the Amazon Prime Day sale (opens in new tab) this year, with a host of Garmin devices in particular receiving substantial discounts.
Some standout deals included discounts on the budget-friendly Garmin Forerunner 45, reduced to £103 from its RRP of £159.99 (opens in new tab), and the all-singing, all-dancing Fenix 6 Pro, which dropped from £599.99 to £479 (opens in new tab).
However, the best deal of all is on the Garmin Forerunner 245, which is available for £165 (opens in new tab), a 34% discount on its usual RRP of £249.99. While this isn’t the Forerunner 245 Music, so you’re not getting music storage and the ability to stream to running headphones, this is still a great deal on what is the best all-round running watch going.
The Forerunner 245 nails all the essentials runners need, providing accurate GPS tracking, structured workouts and insightful analysis to help you keep your training on track. It also offers breadcrumb navigation, and the battery lasts up to 24 hours in GPS mode.
In terms of the amount features you get for your money, the Forerunner 245 is the best running watch you can get. It lacks a few exciting extras like colour maps, epic battery life or even more detailed training analysis, which are found on more expensive watches, but it will cover all the key bases and more for most runners while coming in under £300. And if you can pick it up for £165, the value you’re getting is hard to beat.
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This is also the lowest price we’ve seen the Forerunner 245 on Amazon, and it’s worth noting that it is a watch Garmin is still supporting with regular updates. For example, Garmin’s new suggested workouts feature was recently added to the watch, which will now offer up a run for you to try each day, based on your recent training load.
We’re not expecting an update to the Forerunner 245 to be released anytime soon either, so you should be getting these kind of updates for a while yet. That’s in contrast to the Forerunner 45 which has just been replaced by the Forerunner 55 in Garmin’s line-up and so is unlikely to get key software updates going forward.
If you are keen on going for the best of the best, it’s still worth looking at the Fenix 6 Pro watches in the Prime Day sale, but for the vast majority of runners the Forerunner 245 will cater to your every desire.
Buy on Amazon (opens in new tab) | £169 (RRP £249.99)
Note that the deal is only available to Amazon Prime members, but if you’re not signed up already you can use this free trial (opens in new tab) to take advantage of the Prime Day deals.
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.
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