Garmin Forerunner 255 review: Running back to the top
Garmin Forerunner 255 review. A triathlon-specific version of the Forerunner 255 is now available. Aside from the fact that it’s a running watch and features Garmin’s high-end GPS chipset, it can now swim, bike, and run like the best of them. This is the lowest-cost multisport watch we’ve seen on the market, and it’s also Garmin’s lowest-cost watch overall.
To infer, however, that Garmin has merely included a few sport profiles would be a mistake. Additionally, all of the previous high-end training load and recovery features from the Forerunner 945 were incorporated into the new device, as well as a radically updated daily suggested workouts function that can now lay out an entire season’s worth of training prior to a given race (or series of races). And speaking of power, it’s now got some of its own. It’s possible if you already have a sensor that’s suitable.
In addition, there was an announcement of the Forerunner 255.
New Forerunner 955 Solar models were also unveiled, which match the Fenix 7’s features while adding new ones from the Forerunner 955. You can check out my complete evaluation of that here.
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With the addition of the Forerunner 955’s advanced features, the Forerunner 255 series is effectively a Forerunner 745. As a result, there’s a lot of fresh material here. The new Instinct 2 series, the Forerunner 945 LTE, and the new Forerunner 955 series all have a lot of the same features as the Forerunner 945 LTE and the Forerunner 955 series.
Nevertheless, in comparison to the Forerunner 245, here is an attempt to construct a list of everything new:
Both 42mm and 46mm are now available (price same for both)
There are two price points: $349 for no music and $399 for music.
- Multi-band GPS functionality has been added (dual-frequency support)
- Barometric altimeter and compass were added.
Complete triathlon/multisport assistance and activity profiles have been added.
- Support for cycling power metres has been added.
- Added VO2Max data for cyclists.
- Expansion of sleep stages and trends beyond seven days
- Improved running power (native fields/recording, but RD pod/HRM-PRO/HRM-TRI/HRM-RUN required)
Training zones for running power have been added.
- Added monitoring of HRV status (at night)
- Added a Morning Report (which covers HRV, sleep, and exercise plans, among other things)
- Garmin Pay contactless payments have been added to the system.
- New Race Calendar and Race Details/Countdown Widgets were added.
It has been updated to include a new race prediction widget
- The Acute Load metric has been included.
- Ability to Direct Emergency Aid to a Single Person is now available.
- The daily health snapshot has now been added.
- A new “Up Ahead” function allows you to see how far away various predetermined landmarks, such as aid stations and climbs, are.
In order to see if you’re going faster or slower, Race Predictor has added historical trendlines.
- Run/Walk/Stand detection has been included to workouts.
- Watch activity profiles and data fields can now be customised from your phone.
- Improved Energy Savings Capability (up to 62 days of battery life)
- Massive changes have been made to Training status and load (more details lower down)
- Training load focus has been changed so that you are aware of your complete race schedule.
- In the future, you’ll be able to view suggested daily workouts, long-workout days, and other options…
- It is now possible to link daily suggested workouts to upcoming racing events, creating programmes for the distance/course automatically.
- For the Elevate V4 Optical HR sensor, I switched to Garmin.
- GPS Battery life is increased from 24 hours in basic GPS mode to 30 hours in GPS mode.
- The battery life is extended from 7 to 14 days per charge.
So what’s new here that isn’t found in the recently published Instinct 2 Series, for example? So, here’s the primary hit-list, if you’re curious:
- In this case, the HRV status
- An Intensive Training Program
- The Daily News
- Power Source: Native
- Widgets for Race Calendars and Race Events
- Races on the calendar are now included in the Daily Suggested Workouts.
All the fundamentals of watchmaking will be discussed in this part. Things such as usability, daily activity monitoring, sleep tracking, health tracking, smartphone notifications/integration, and so on are all included in this category. There are no differences in functionality between the Forerunner 255 models. The FR255 Music has…well…music, which is the only change between the non-music and music versions of this review (and 3GB of storage space).
The Forerunner 255 features five buttons, which is standard for most Garmin fitness watches. There are two on the right and three on the left side. In usually, the confirmation button is located in the upper right corner, whereas the back/escape button is located in the lower right corner. The menu can be accessed by using the left buttons. You can also access several menu options by long-pressing any of the buttons:
The Forerunner 255 series just has buttons and no touchscreen. For touchscreen access, you’d have to go up to the Forerunner 955/Fenix 7/Epix series or the Venu 2 series (which is more general-fitness orientated) (which is a bit more hardcore). In theory, the Vivoactive 4 has a touchscreen as well, but I’m not ready to make the switch just yet.
USAGE IN SPORTS
Garmin’s mid-range Forerunners have never supported a full multisport/triathlon event until the release of the Forerunner 255. Even while Garmin has individually implemented sport modes such as swimming in a pool, it has never supported doing all three sports at once as a single event up to this point. There were no power metres in Garmin’s prior Forerunner 245 model.
Triathlon and multisport are not the only options here. However, most people won’t participate in these activities. There are dozens of other sport modes and options to choose from, such as cycling or even jogging.
Simply tap on the upper right button to begin a sport/workout; pressing down will bring up a menu with several sport modes.
Review of the Garmin Forerunner 255: Getting back on track
According to reviews, the Garmin Forerunner 245 was an excellent running watch. For more than three years, it was one of our favourites because of its size, price, and battery life. Three years, though, is a long time in the wearables market. It was time for this moderately priced watch to keep up with the times, as features that weren’t popular at the time of its inception are now a must. Even if Garmin delivers on many of these claims, would that be enough to get the company back on top of the podium? In our Garmin Forerunner 255 review, we answer this question.
The Garmin Forerunner 255: What You Need to Know
The successor to the Garmin Forerunner 245 and Forerunner 245 Music, the Garmin Forerunner 255, will be available in early June 2022. There are numerous similarities between the Forerunner 255 and its predecessors, but it’s more than just an incremental upgrade. In contrast to Garmin’s Forerunner 245 models, the Forerunner 255 comes in a variety of sizes. There is a 41mm Forerunner 255S for those with smaller wrists and a normal model for those with wider wrists.
The Forerunner 255S from Garmin has a 1.1-inch Gorilla Glass 3 display with a 216 × 216 resolution. It’s small, but it’s mighty. For the larger model, the resolution is increased to 260×260 and the screen size is increased to 1.3 inches. Both have a fiber-reinforced polymer bezel and a silicone band that is both sturdy and waterproof. The battery life of the watch is the most notable difference between the two models, aside from their physical dimensions. The 255S has a battery life of up to 12 days in smartwatch mode, while the larger watch has a battery life of up to 14 days. When the GPS is activated, the battery life of the smaller watch is reduced to 26 hours, while the battery life of the larger watch is reduced to 30 hours.
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Why did we like the Garmin Forerunner 245 so much? Let us count the ways. It was a bit like finding the perfect running watch for a child. It wasn’t huge, but for the price, it provided good battery life and accurate tracking. The Forerunner 255, on the other hand, picks up on those strengths and expands on them. It also fills in some of the holes that consumers have been requesting. Garmin Pay’s NFC technology is the first to come to mind. It’s much easier to pay for a snack while running with Garmin Pay than with cash, which I don’t carry very often.
Smaller-wristed runners may appreciate the addition of a choice of Garmin Forerunner 255 watch sizes. It was easy to modify the Forerunner 255 to fit my wrist in the 46mm size. The Forerunner 245 has a 41mm version, but the 46mm version has more room for those who can afford it. This is a huge advantage over buying a larger case because you don’t have to spend more money. To get the ideal fit, you could always go with the larger display and tighten the Forerunner 255 to its maximum. Garmin’s silicone band has plenty of holes.
Garmin’s Body Battery, which is used in the recovery calculation, keeps track of your rest and exertion. You’re given a score out of 100 based on how long it’s been since your last workout and how hard you worked. In spite of my best efforts, I am still unable to adhere to the prescribed amount of rest.
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Q1: How do Garmin Forerunners differ from one another?
When running GPS mode without music, the Forerunner 945 and 245 have an additional 12 hours of battery life. As with Forerunner 35, Forerunner 45 has a 13-hour GPS battery life but a great colour display improvement.
Q2: Which one is superior Garmin Fenix versus Forerunner?
Compared to other smartwatches, the Fenix 7 offers a minor advantage in terms of battery life. If the Forerunner 955 Solar is exposed to three hours of direct sunlight each day, Garmin estimates that it will last for 20 days before needing to be recharged.
Q3: Is the Garmin Forerunner only meant for running?
To be fair, runners don’t simply run, and the Forerunner 245 is equipped to track a wide range of activities ranging from running to cycling to swimming.
Q4: How do Forerunner 245 and 55 vary from one another?
With a battery life of two weeks as opposed to the 245’s seven days, the Garmin Forerunner 55 is the superior smartwatch. This is due to the Forerunner 55’s higher quality screen and its more recent age.
Q5: Is Garmin superior to Fitbit?
People who wanted to get more active on a daily basis were the primary target audience for Fitbit’s products. There are Fitbit and Garmin gadgets for everyone, but the latter is better suited for dedicated athletes who want even more information about their activity than Fitbits provide.
Q6: Does Apple Watch have an advantage over the Garmin?
A GPS tracker may be found on both the Apple Watch and the Garmin watch. Apple’s newest Watches have GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, QZSS, and BeiDou capabilities, whereas most Garmin watches have GPS and GLONASS. When comparing two platforms, accuracy is usually very high.