Garmin updates its mid-range running watch for the first time in three years

Garmin hasn’t touched its mid-range Forerunner 200-series GPS running watches since 2019, but it’s ready to make a major update — plus one more for the most demanding athletes. The enterprise has introduced the Forerunner 255, a successor to the 245 that offers full triathlon support as well as more accurate multi-band GPS, Garmin Pay and race preparation tools that include a multi-function widget and a “Morning Report” with sleep data and workout suggestions. You can also expect heart rate variability tracking and power stats from Garmin’s HRM-Pro or Running Dynamics Pod add-ons.

The battery life is also healthy. You can expect up to 14 days of usage in full smartwatch mode and 30 hours in GPS mode.

The Forerunner 255 line is available now, with pricing driven by media support rather than case size. The series starts at $350 for the 41mm Forerunner 255S, as well as the larger 46mm 255. If you want music from Amazon, Deezer, or Spotify on the device, you’ll need to shell out $400 for the 255S Music or 255 Music. These still aren’t bargains, but they’re now easier to justify if you’re committed to improving your runs.

Garmin Forerunner 955 solar running watch

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However, you now have a better incentive to spend more. Garmin is also launching the Forerunner 955 Solar (pictured center), its first solar-powered running watch. The in-glass panel gives you up to 20 days of smartwatch use and 49 hours with active GPS – helpful for long-distance runners or anyone who just hates to plug in. You also get a touchscreen for easier navigation when you press the five-button control doesn’t go. You can also expect the 255’s multi-band GPS, heart-rate variability and software improvements, while “extras” like music and Garmin Pay are built-in.

The 955 Solar is available now for $600, while a more conventional Forerunner 955 sells for $500. As with previous 900 models, you probably already know if you want one. They are aimed squarely at pro athletes and serious enthusiasts determined to up their pace.

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