Massive Garmin sale brings the Forerunner 945 down to its lowest-ever price — and I'd still buy it over the newer 955

Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE on a person's wrist
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If you’re looking for a new sports watch there are always plenty of great Garmin deals to consider, and the biggest bargain going might just be the $320 saving on the Garmin Forerunner 945 available at Walmart right now for just $280.

That brings the price of the watch down to just $279.99, the lowest I’ve ever seen it, and while the Forerunner 945 is an older watch that’s been superseded by two newer models — the Garmin Forerunner 955 and Garmin Forerunner 965 — it’s still an excellent sports watch and as good as anything newer you can get for $280.

Garmin Forerunner 945: was $599.99 now $279.99 @ Walmart

Garmin Forerunner 945: was $599.99 now $279.99 @ Walmart
This is the lowest price I’ve seen the Forerunner 945 available for, and while it’s an older watch, it’s still a terrific option for runners and triathletes. On top of the usual excellent Garmin sports tracking the Forerunner 945 offers color maps and music storage. If you don’t need the newest watch on your wrist, this is a fantastic bargain and $20 cheaper than you can get the Forerunner 945 for at Amazon.

I’ve tested the Forerunner 945, 955 and 965 (and the 935, which remains an all-time favorite), and while there are advantages to the newer watches, the Forerunner 945 has all the key features runners and triathletes need. It offers accurate multisport tracking, useful training analysis, long battery life, full color maps for navigation and music storage.

The maps in particular are a standout feature on the Forerunner 945 at its reduced price. Garmin’s navigation features are second-to-none and the color maps are a feature restricted to its more expensive sports watches.

When you compare the Forerunner 945 with the Forerunner 955, some features you are missing out by opting for the older watch including dual-band GPS tracking and more insightful training analysis including Garmin’s training readiness feature. Those are all useful features, but not essential and you’ll have to pay a lot more for them, making the Forerunner 945 better value in the sales.

If you do want a newer Forerunner, the Forerunner 955 is reduced to $399.99 on Amazon and it’s still right up to date with Garmin’s best features, though it has an LCD screen rather than the AMOLED display you get with the Forerunner 965.

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Nick Harris-fry
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Nick Harris-fry is an experienced health and fitness journalist, writing professionally since 2012. He spent nine years working on the Coach magazine and website before moving to the fitness team at Tom’s Guide in 2024. Nick is a keen runner and also the founder of YouTube channel The Run Testers, which specialises in reviewing running shoes, watches, headphones and other gear.

Nick ran his first marathon in 2016 after six weeks of training for a magazine feature and subsequently became obsessed with the sport. He now has PBs of 2hr 27min for the marathon and 15min 30sec for 5K, and has run 13 marathons in total, as well as a 50-mile ultramarathon.

He runs 50-80 miles a week and races regularly with his club, which gives him a lot of opportunity to test out running gear: he has tested and reviewed hundreds of pairs of running shoes, as well as fitness trackers, running watches, sports headphones, treadmills, and all manner of other kit. Nick is also a qualified Run Leader in the UK.