Garmin Forerunner 255S review: running with the big dogs - The Verge
The Garmin Forerunner 255S is a midrange running watch that offers premium features like multiband GPS and triathlete support for hundreds of dollars less than its competitors.
Updates to beloved gadgets can go one of two ways. Either a company tries to fix what ain’t broke or builds upon a great foundation to create an even better product. For fans of the popular Garmin Forerunner 245, I’m happy to say that the new $349.99 Forerunner 255S is the latter. The result is a midrange running watch that punches far above its weight.
Besides some refreshed colorways, the Forerunner 255 lineup looks nearly identical to its predecessor. These aren’t the sleekest wearables on the market, but they’re not a crime against fashion either. If you go for a more muted color, these can easily transition from everyday life to the gym. The notable change here is that Garmin now offers four versions of the watch instead of two. I reviewed the smaller 255S, which has a 41mm case and weighs 39 grams. If you have larger wrists, there’s also a 46mm version that weighs 49 grams. That’s roughly the same as an Apple Watch and much lighter than flagship GPS watches like the Polar Grit X Pro (79g) or the Coros Vertix 2 (89g). Each size also has a “Music” version if you want onboard music storage.