Garmin Forerunner GPS Watch Comparison Chart And Buyer's Guide
Garmin GPS Watch Buyer’s Guide and Feature Comparison Charts

Garmin GPS Watch Buyer’s GuidE
AND Feature Comparison Charts

The Garmin Forerunner™ series is Garmin's primary GPS watch product line for runners and triathletes and is considered the standard that other running watch brands try to live up to.

GPS enabled running watches are more accurate and collect better metrics than phone apps which is why I personally recommend them to runners.

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Best Entry Level GPS Running Watches

There are two models in the Garmin Forerunner product line that best fit the category: beginner or entry level running watch. They are the Garmin Forerunner 25 and the slightly newer Garmin Forerunner 35. Both watches cover the basic features that most runners need and do it fairly well.

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Comparison Of Garmin Forerunner 25 vs Garmin Forerunner 35

Here are the Main Differences Between the Garmin 25 and Garmin 35:

  • The biggest difference between these two running watches in that the Garmin Forerunner 35 comes with built-in, wrist-based heart rate monitoring while the Garmin 25 requires the use of the optional heart rate strap accessory which you can purchase separately or as part of a bundle. If you are concerned about the accuracy of wrist-based heart rate watches, simply pick up a heart rate strap as an accessory.
  • When it comes to battery life, the Garmin 35 comes with a slight edge. According to Garmin, the Garmin 35 has an average battery life of 13 hours, compared to 8-10 with the Garmin 25.
  • The Garmin 35 can track Bike Speed but the Garmin 25 cannot.
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Both Watches Share the Following Features:

  • Each of these watches will track your pace, distance, and record your lap and interval times. They each have auto-pause and auto-lap features built in and both watches can store up to 7 activities in their history.
  • Each watch also comes with a Garmin virtual pacer, which is a training tool to help you run at the pace you set, by allowing you to compete with the built in pacer feature.
  • Both watches have the ability to pair with your smartphone or computer allowing you the ability to auto-sync your data from your workout to Garmin Connect. Using Garmin Connect your data can be synced to Strava or other running apps. For those of you participating in our PaceBuilders Run Coaching program, your workouts will also be automatically synced to your PaceBuilder's training plans that we have created for you inside Final Surge. 
  • Both the Garmin 25 and 35 are waterproof and rated 5ATM which means it is suitable for rain, snow, showering, or swimming however neither watch can track swim workouts.
  • Both are LiveTrack enabled. LiveTrack allows friends and family to track you when you pair your watch to the Garmin Connect Mobile App on your phone.
  • Both watches have built in step counters, calorie tracking, sleep tracking  and smart phone notifications.
    Both watches come with rechargeable lithium batteries. Note: battery life is slightly different between the two watches(see table below).  
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Physical Specifications of Garmin FR25 and FR35:

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Garmin Forerunner 25 Review

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Best Mid Level Garmin GPS Running Watches

If you are looking for a great mid-range quality option, you can't go wrong with the Garmin 235 and 245 models. These running watches are the workhorse's when it comes to GPS watches.                                      

I personally own the Forerunner 235 and it has been a great watch. Watches in this price category level tend to have faster connection times to access the satellite and more advanced options and integrated training tools.

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Garmin Forerunner 235 Review

Garmin Forerunner 245 Review

Best Premium or MultiSport/Triathlon GPS Running Watches

If you are working to become the next great runner and your cardio-intensive training goals require more than just an average GPS watch, Garmin FR 935, Garmin FR 945, Garmin Fenix 5 Sapphire, Garmin Fenix Sapphire 6 Pro are currently the best GPS watches to choose from.

The Premium Garmin GPS watches not only track your every move and position but provide in-depth fitness and health analysis. These are helpful and reliable running companions for marathon trainees and serious athletes.

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Garmin Forerunner 935 Review

Garmin Forerunner 945 Review

Garmin Fenix Series - Premium Running And Multisport GPS Watches

The Fenix series is Garmin's high end sports watch. I own a Fenix 5 and it is amazing. The Fenix series are sports watches that can be worn with work clothes and looks like a regular watch.  The Fenix 5 is a back model, with the release of the Fenix 6 but available about $200 cheaper than it was when the watch first came out. Compared to the 200 series watches, these are a little heavier so make sure you are OK with a slightly heavier watch.  

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Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Review

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