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 (lol) . Depending on how it goes, may sell my Apple Watch 3 which I’ve been using for running.
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!
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.
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
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)