We will be permanently lost in Garmin’s huge catalog. And on June 1, 2022, World Running Day, the manufacturer introduced two new running watches in the Forerunner lineup: the 255 and 955.
Forerunner 255 in four versions
The first, mid-range, is an evolution of the Forerunner 245, available in two sizes. The standard model measures 46mm and weighs 49g, while the smallest model, called the 255S, is 41mm and weighs just 32g. Music editions also provide new music features, such as more storage or the saving of playlists via popular streaming services. The Forerunner 255 is waterproof to 5 ATM and has an estimated 14-day battery life of up to 30 hours in GPS mode.
According to Garmin, this GPS will also be greatly improved. Thus, the clock integrates multi-band GPS, a feature that increases the precision of the signal by allowing communication with several satellite frequencies. Forerunner 255 also features a new running widget, sleep heart rate variation status, a new morning report with workout recommendations and insights, and the ability for triathletes to more easily switch between sports with the push of a button. We particularly appreciate the addition of an NFC chip that offers Garmin Pay compatibility to this model.
For the rest, both amateur and more experienced athletes will find a full range of sports and health features: oxygen saturation measurement, continuous heart rate, sleep and rest monitoring, VO2 max measurement and, of course, support for many sports activities.
You can find all the functions of the watch on the dedicated Garmin page.
Pioneer 955, solar charging in the program
The Forerunner 955 represents the top line in the running category at Garmin. This watch mainly differs from the Fenix family in a less robust but lighter design (47mm and 52g). Heir to the 945, this new connected swipe equipped with a color touchscreen is available in two versions, one of which is equipped with solar charging function via Power Glass solar glass. This version is supposed to guarantee a 10% to 15% increase in autonomy. Autonomy is also announced in 15 days – 42 hours in GPS mode for the classic version, or 6 hours better than the Forerunner 945. Note that the touch interface complements the five-button system that can be used separately or simultaneously.
The Forerunner 955 also has the multi-band GPS mentioned at 255; HRV status tracks heart rate variability during sleep, providing a better overview of overall health, recovery, and performance level. “morning reports” and new employee widget. Forerunner 955 stands out with the addition of the Stamina widget, which makes it possible to calculate the endurance level in real time, and the ClimbPro function, which will be especially useful for parkour enthusiasts. The 955 is Garmin Pay compatible and has a storage capacity of approximately 2000 songs.
You can find all the features of the watch on the dedicated Garmin page.
price and availability
The Forerunner 255 and 255S are available today for $350 in multiple colors, including blue and pink. Forerunner 255 Music and 255S Music are already available in black and white for €400. The Forerunner 955 is available for €550 (€650 for the Solar version).