We’ve been training for several weeks with the Forerunner 45S to see if it performs as good as it looks.

The circular, color watch face is a showstopper

While all of Garmin’s other Forerunner watches adopted a sleek, circular design, the Forerunner 35 remained an unpleasant exception with its boxy watch face and clumsy four-button design.

Not only does the Forerunner 45S have a circular watch face, it also has the five-button navigation on Garmin’s other Forerunner watches.

The FR45S boasts a 1.04-inch color display that is slightly bigger than the 0.93-inch monotone display of the Forerunner 35.

I had no problem reading the screen during a daytime run or at night using the built-in backlight.

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