Garmin Forerunner 245 for £224 @ start fitness + free next day delivery
206°

Garmin Forerunner 245 for £224 @ start fitness + free next day delivery

£224.91£249.9910%Start Fitness Deals
19
Posted 16th May
I've been looking for a good deal on this what since it came out a couple of weeks ago but all site had it at the £250 RRP, and some didn't have it in stock yet.

Came across this this morning and with the 'SAVE10' code brings it to £224.91, the next best I had found was using the new customer £10 off at chain reaction cycles but that makes it £239.

I've been using a fitbit surge for a while for running but feel I need for stats on how I'm running, if I'm over training, and general fitness levels (garmin body battery).

You can also get the music addition for £270ish with the same code.

Watch details:
You do the running. Forerunner 245 does the thinking. This GPS smartwatch doesn't just tell you where you ran. It tracks your stats, crunches the numbers and gets to know all about your performance, your running form, your training history and even your goals. All you need to focus on is putting one foot in front of the other.


Features:

  • Evaluates your training status to indicate whether you would benefit from another session this week or have been overdoing it and need a rest day; offers additional performance monitoring features
  • Get free adaptive training plans from Garmin Coach, or create your own custom workouts on our Garmin Connect™ online fitness community
  • Provides advanced running dynamics1, including ground contact time balance, stride length, vertical ratio and more
  • Safety and tracking features2, such as built-in incident detection, makes it easy to share your location
  • Customise with free watch faces, apps and more from our Connect IQ™ Store
  • Battery life: up to 7 days in smartwatch mode; up to 24 hours in GPS mode
Community Updates

Groups

Top comments
nuttallacpw16/05/2019 08:22

You can get a 735xt for this sort of money?


You could probably buy many smart watches for the money, but this is the new 245, has great reviews, has the new blood oxygen sensor, software interface, body battery (gimmick?), which are the things I'm interested in, the only thing that the 735xt has is the multi sport function but I'm not doing triathlons......yet
19 Comments
You can get a 735xt for this sort of money?
nuttallacpw16/05/2019 08:22

You can get a 735xt for this sort of money?


You could probably buy many smart watches for the money, but this is the new 245, has great reviews, has the new blood oxygen sensor, software interface, body battery (gimmick?), which are the things I'm interested in, the only thing that the 735xt has is the multi sport function but I'm not doing triathlons......yet
Thanks for posting, I’ve been looking for a discount on this since launch too. Heat added.
How do you get the free next day delivery? I went for the 245 Music (down to 269 with the code) but the cheapest delivery option was standard and it was £2.95. Maybe be it's because I'm in Northern Ireland?

EDIT: yep, turns out certain postcodes are excluded. This means all of northern Ireland.
Edited by: "lutin" 17th May
I assume this also works for the music version?

Edit: sorry just read your summary
Edited by: "Rubix78" 17th May
I was happy with my 735xt until you posted this!
Apart from the physical buttons and recovery time estimates the 245 music doesn't add much to the vivoactive 3 music which can be had for 150. It even has cadence. The rest of the differences seem minimal.
zchari517/05/2019 13:43

Apart from the physical buttons and recovery time estimates the 245 music …Apart from the physical buttons and recovery time estimates the 245 music doesn't add much to the vivoactive 3 music which can be had for 150. It even has cadence. The rest of the differences seem minimal.


Yeah, I know what you mean - in fact, the vivoactive 3 has a few things the 245 doesn't have, like a golf app and garmin pay and a barometer.
I actually bought the Vivoactive 3 Music at 150 from Argos, but haven't opened it. I'll probably bring it back to Argos. The things that swayed me to the 245 are:
a) I much prefer the look.
b) increased battery life
c) audio alerts through headphones whilst running
d) newer GPS chip (though I don't know for sure if it's better or not)
e) I prefer buttons over a touchscreen

All these things are fairly minor though, and if I'm totally honest, I would say that the look of the watch is probably what swayed me the most (very vain I know, but I'm gonna be wearing it every day for years)
Edited by: "lutin" 17th May
Fair enough. I think the 245 music is a better looking watch and more functional overall but 120 quid more seemed excessive and I'm a fairly keen runner. The vivoactive 3 I bought doesn't transfer data to my mobile or computer so I may have to replace it too! Will try one last time to fix it this weekend
zchari517/05/2019 13:43

Apart from the physical buttons and recovery time estimates the 245 music …Apart from the physical buttons and recovery time estimates the 245 music doesn't add much to the vivoactive 3 music which can be had for 150. It even has cadence. The rest of the differences seem minimal.


They serve different purposes, the VA3M is a casual fitness watch which does a bit of everything to a reasonable level, whereas the 245 is a running specific watch (high level) that also supports various other activities.

As a runner I'd go for the 245, I previously had a 225 and currently have a 235, which has worked well for me. The 245 has the new GPS Chipset, ultratrac, new HR sensor with Pulse OX, supports advanced running dynamics via RD Pod/HRM-Run, improved race prediction and training stats (training effect, load, recovery etc), physical buttons (think gloves, rain), more customisable data fields, looks better (VA3M is too smooth), the new maps/coarses also look good/useful.

I also use a training app called TrainAsOne, at the moment I have to create and sync workouts manually (PIA) due to Garmin restricting GC apps creating workouts on the 235 however the x45 range can sync workouts via the app.

Consider the 645 if you're a runner and want the features from the 245 but also want Garmin pay and a barometer, you'll get it for around the same price as the 245 when deals pop up.
JellyFox118/05/2019 10:40

They serve different purposes, the VA3M is a casual fitness watch which …They serve different purposes, the VA3M is a casual fitness watch which does a bit of everything to a reasonable level, whereas the 245 is a running specific watch (high level) that also supports various other activities. As a runner I'd go for the 245, I previously had a 225 and currently have a 235, which has worked well for me. The 245 has the new GPS Chipset, ultratrac, new HR sensor with Pulse OX, supports advanced running dynamics via RD Pod/HRM-Run, improved race prediction and training stats (training effect, load, recovery etc), physical buttons (think gloves, rain), more customisable data fields, looks better (VA3M is too smooth), the new maps/coarses also look good/useful. I also use a training app called TrainAsOne, at the moment I have to create and sync workouts manually (PIA) due to Garmin restricting GC apps creating workouts on the 235 however the x45 range can sync workouts via the app. Consider the 645 if you're a runner and want the features from the 245 but also want Garmin pay and a barometer, you'll get it for around the same price as the 245 when deals pop up.


Got the 245 yesterday and coming from a fitbit surge, I'm loving the extract data I'm already getting, I haven't even been for a run yet! ICHING to get out there and get something logged.

The fitbit surge did me well but have been running for about a 1.5 years am ready to try and up my game some. You mention the Pod/HRM-Run which funnily I was looking at this morning, again for more info on stride/technique.

The only thing I missed was the auto back light when you turn to watch over to check the time, but a quick google and a dive in the backlight setting soon solved this.

Very happy with the watch!
Ordered one of these. Had one in the shopping basket for a couple of days so they emailed a reminder with a 5% voucher code... couldn’t get to them to stack though . Depending on how it goes, may sell my Apple Watch 3 which I’ve been using for running.
Damn, annoyed to have missed this - I am quite late to the party though tbf! I've been waiting for a good watch for running with GPS and spotify on-board and the music version of this sounds perfect (I was tempted by the Fossil Sport but only moonlights as a running watch and wearOS reviews are...not great).

Out of interest to anyone who might still be here - do you know why the 245 isn't listed in the "normal" places like Amazon et al.? Even Garmin's own website still says "coming Q2 2019" and is currently unavailable, but it is for sale on their US site and Amazon.com. I can't find any official info about release in the UK either - does this mean that the ones on sale in the UK at the minute are imports? Very tempted to go for the £299 on this anyway but would rather wait for a seller that I know to offer it in case of returns, etc.
jay267628/05/2019 13:35

Damn, annoyed to have missed this - I am quite late to the party though …Damn, annoyed to have missed this - I am quite late to the party though tbf! I've been waiting for a good watch for running with GPS and spotify on-board and the music version of this sounds perfect (I was tempted by the Fossil Sport but only moonlights as a running watch and wearOS reviews are...not great). Out of interest to anyone who might still be here - do you know why the 245 isn't listed in the "normal" places like Amazon et al.? Even Garmin's own website still says "coming Q2 2019" and is currently unavailable, but it is for sale on their US site and Amazon.com. I can't find any official info about release in the UK either - does this mean that the ones on sale in the UK at the minute are imports? Very tempted to go for the £299 on this anyway but would rather wait for a seller that I know to offer it in case of returns, etc.


I think Garmin give it as an exclusive to their partner merchants first before making it a general release, so I don't think the ones on sale are imports.

You could pre-order is from clever-training (there's a 10% discount code DCR10BTF), though i don't know when they'll have any stock.
lutin28/05/2019 13:49

I think Garmin give it as an exclusive to their partner merchants first …I think Garmin give it as an exclusive to their partner merchants first before making it a general release, so I don't think the ones on sale are imports. You could pre-order is from clever-training (there's a 10% discount code DCR10BTF), though i don't know when they'll have any stock.


That makes sense, thanks for the info!
Loving my 245 music, I nearly sent it back for the va3m but it is a better looking watch and buttons work a treat. SpO2 is a gimmick I don't need and also seems a bit pointless given there is no altimeter but it works and it's new and that is what you're paying for! That said I only keep my garmin watches for about 3 months before moving on to the next one which I hope will be the 945 if I can find a sensible price!
For those still looking, Wiggle price matched this for me. I hadn’t heard of Start Fitness so thought I’d check with wiggle and they agreed to price match!
Just noticed that it's 10% off at start fitness again. The code didn't work for a while there.
lutin17/05/2019 13:51

Yeah, I know what you mean - in fact, the vivoactive 3 has a few things …Yeah, I know what you mean - in fact, the vivoactive 3 has a few things the 245 doesn't have, like a golf app and garmin pay and a barometer. I actually bought the Vivoactive 3 Music at 150 from Argos, but haven't opened it. I'll probably bring it back to Argos. The things that swayed me to the 245 are: a) I much prefer the look.b) increased battery lifec) audio alerts through headphones whilst runningd) newer GPS chip (though I don't know for sure if it's better or not)e) I prefer buttons over a touchscreenAll these things are fairly minor though, and if I'm totally honest, I would say that the look of the watch is probably what swayed me the most (very vain I know, but I'm gonna be wearing it every day for years)



Also, vivoactive 3 does not take in the running dynamics data which is gathered by a standalone pod or with a HRM chest strap, hence I'm looking at 245, 945 and 645 right now
Post a comment
Avatar
@
    Text