Garmin’s Forerunner line of GPS-enabled health trackers is bewilderingly complicated. Also, the corporate updates Forerunner fashions so typically even these of us who check them for a dwelling generally have bother maintaining. That’s a great factor—new options are virtually at all times a plus—however it does make picking the right model a problem.
To additional complicate your choice, in 2022 Garmin added the Forerunner 255. The newest mannequin brings multiband GPS help, a barometric altimeter, and much-improved sleep monitoring, amongst a number of dozen different welcome additions. The result’s a multisport, runner-friendly watch. At $350, this is without doubt one of the greatest value-to-features watches within the Garmin lineup.
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For years now I’ve used the Garmin 245, which falls in the midst of Garmin’s Forerunner line and is aimed primarily at runners. With the discharge of the Forerunner 255, Garmin has retired the 245.
As with any health tracker, how a lot any of it will profit you relies on what you are doing. For reference, my exercise routine is body-weight-based, with alternating strolling and sprinting periods thrown in all through the week. I additionally used the 255 on hikes, paddleboarding, and for sleep monitoring.
Like practically all non-touch Garmin watches, the Forerunner 255 has 5 buttons, three on the left aspect and two on the fitting. I discover the buttons extra dependable to navigate with than the touchscreen fashions, however the primary factor to notice is there is not any touchscreen right here. The watch face is totally customizable, with a wide variety of default faces you should utilize to customise to your liking.
There are fairly a number of new options value mentioning, however the one I used to be most enthusiastic about is the sleep monitoring. The Forerunner 255 tracks heart-rate variability (HRV) and sleep levels and provides you an total Sleep Score, with a brand new Morning Report, which incorporates the corporate’s Body Battery characteristic in addition to a each day greeting, the climate, and different tidbits. It’s just like what Apple presents.
To check the accuracy of the Forerunner 255, I had my spouse, who makes use of an Oura ring to trace sleep, use it for a number of weeks. (The Forerunner requires 19 days of use earlier than it can begin making suggestions based mostly on the sleep information it has collected.) To maintain this assessment to an affordable size, the outcome was that she is now not fearful about changing her Oura, on condition that firm’s disappointing trajectory. The Forerunner’s information largely matched that of the Oura and may be very practically as complete. But it would not observe physique temperature whereas sleeping and is lacking another options the Oura presents.
I significantly appreciated my Morning Report, a great way to get a fast overview of the place you are at and what you need to try this day, training-wise. The different factor that jumped out at me within the first week was the brand new auto-detection options.