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Garmin Forerunner 945 (International Model) $589 + Delivery @ Kogan / Dick Smith

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cheapest deal i've seen for this watch - BUT note this says it's an "International Model". A review on the Kogan website says that the map features do not work - I would have thought you should be able to download maps to the watch (does anyone know?). Given it's an international model, I assume this means that JB etc won't price match?

The Garmin Forerunner 945 is the GPS smartwatch that’s designed for the driven, the qualifiers and the elite. While you chase your next victory, make sure you’ve got the right tool for the job.

Sync music from select streaming services or store up to 1,000 songs on your watch
Performance monitoring features include VO2 max and training status
Garmin Pay lets you make convenient payments with your watch
Full-colour, onboard maps guide you on your run
Safety and tracking features include incident detection and assistance*
Battery life: Up to 2 weeks in smartwatch mode, 10 hours in GPS mode with music or up to 60 hours in UltraTrac mode
Take your music on the go

Take your favourite music with you when you’re on the run. Sync your carefully crafted playlists from select premium music streaming services such as Deezer, Spotify and more for ad-free listening. You can store up to 1,000 songs right on your watch and transfer music from your own computer library as well. Then queue up your favourite playlist for easy listening through headphones* enabled with Bluetooth technology.

*Sold separately.

Maximise performance

The Forerunner 945 monitors your performance and even offers personalised insight, so you can train smarter, not harder. The smartwatch tracks your VO2 max and adjusts the value based on heat and altitude. Training status evaluates your recent exercise history and performance indicators to let you know if you’re training productively, peaking or overreaching. Recovery time helps you maximise the benefit of your efforts by predicting when you will be ready for your next tough challenge.

An easier way to pay

The Forerunner 945 GPS smartwatch features Garmin Pay, which lets you pay for purchases with your watch. Use it just about anywhere you can tap your card to pay. Now you can leave your wallet behind without missing out on that post-run caffe latte. Just tap and go.

Maps on your wrist

Whether you’re running the city streets or riding densely covered trails, Forerunner 945 provides built-in mapping to help keep you on track. Full-colour mapping comes preloaded with map data optimised for at-a-glance navigation and location tracking. And the device also features Trendline popularity routing, which uses billions of miles of Garmin Connect data to help you find and follow the best trails and routes.

Stay connected and secure

With Forerunner 945, you can head out for a training session without being out of touch. Once paired with your compatible smartphone, you’ll be able to receive text messages and see social media updates, emails and more right on your wrist. And safety and tracking features make it easy to share your location with chosen contacts in case you need assistance – manually or automatically with built-in incident detection*.

Track more than ever before

For such a lightweight watch, you’ll be surprised by everything Forerunner 945 can track. It features multinetwork (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo) satellite reception to track in more challenging environments than GPS alone.

Analyse your running form

The Forerunner 945 GPS smartwatch also has the tools you need to improve your running form. The watch measures crucial running metrics such as cadence, stride length, ground contact time and balance, vertical oscillation and vertical ratio. These measurements are the key to understanding your form, so you can bring your best on every run and at every race. Your Forerunner 945 can start tracking these metrics with the addition of a compatible heart rate strap or the compact Running Dynamics Pod, which clips right onto your waistband.

Run, sprint, swim, bike, tri

Change things up with ease, thanks to built-in activity profiles for running (indoor/outdoor), cycling (indoor/outdoor), swimming (pool/open water), cross-country skiing, paddle sports, trail running and many more. Forerunner 945 even has an auto multisport feature that lets you switch sports with a single button press for brick workouts and du/triathlon races.

A few more extras

Forerunner 945 is still an exceptional smartwatch for everything that happens between races and training sessions. All-day activity tracking keeps tabs on your steps and calories and even provides advanced sleep monitoring.

  • Incident detection requires smartphone to function.

This product is an international model

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    Great watch - have had mine for about a year. LTE version recently released.

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      LTE features don't work in Oz

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        This is true, but also worth noting that the LTE model has other new features, not just LTE (it's really more of an FR 945+), such as:

        • new optical HR sensor
        • smaller size
        • new rotary keyboard

        etc.

        https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2021/06/garmin-forerunner-945-lt...

        Cheers.

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          i don't think garmin will release this model in oz

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            @jasonc: Yeah, its hard to say given the LTE emphasis in the name. It would certainly be interesting to see how they tried to market it.

            Personally, if I was in the market for a FR945, I'd probably buy the LTE version (for the non-LTE features) from Clever Training, for US$649.99, or ~$860 AUD (plus shipping) https://www.clevertraining.com/garmin-forerunner-945-lte - seems like an excellent price the "new" 945.

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      This or venu 2 ?

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    Agreed that it’s a great watch. Lighter than the Fenix 6 Sapphire on currently on sale for $650 but lacks the sapphire glass and the metal bezel (unless I’m mistaken).

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    Any particular reason to buy this over the Fenix 6 Sapphire?

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      Style? More of a sports watch than an outdoor adventure watch.

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      This is smaller and more lightweight.
      My brother finds his Fenix 6 Sapph a bit obnoxious when running. I have no such complaints with my FR935.
      Ultimately it comes down to personal choice I think.

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      Its a plastic case and glass screen so smaller and lighter than the Fenix 6 sapphire. Technically it shouldn't be as durable. However I've had mine for 1 year and no marks at all. Great watch.

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    Thanks OP,
    but how does the international model performs here in the Aus/NZ region ?

    I'm aware the Asian edition are unique in its own way to accomodate with the local characters and fonts, but need to know how this international model is different :/

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      I believe you only gets maps for your region so it won't have australian/NZ maps loaded.
      You should be able to purchase regions regions separately to get the AU/NZ ones but there are also free alternatives such a http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl/

      (Personally I'd buy a local one but this price is great)

      -edit-

      For example, from the GB page which I found easier on google the AU/NZ TOPO light map is 60 pounds, $110AUD
      https://buy.garmin.com/en-GB/GB/p/504827

      So I'm not sure the savings are worth it if you actually want the maps.

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      Pretty sure there is a way to side load other maps. You won't be able to get the official garmin ones without paying, but you will be able to get other ones.

      Keep in mind that Garmin is based off open street map and so are the ones you would side load. So the underlying data is the same although the colours, presentation, line types etc will be a different style. The side loaded ones might even be better.

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    Good price but a but I'd be concerned there could be other problems with GPS or compass if the software is for another region.