Garmin Forerunner 55 GPS Running Smartwatch (Black)

BH #GAFR55BK • MFR #010-02562-00
Garmin Forerunner 55 GPS Running Smartwatch (Black)
Key Features
  • Built-In GPS for Run & Walk Tracking
  • Improve Running Form with Cadence Alerts
  • Up to 2 Weeks Battery Life
  • Wrist-Based Heart Rate Monitor
If you love to walk, jog, or run, the Garmin Forerunner 55 GPS Running Smartwatch can make for an ideal companion. Multiple features are geared towards those who prefer to run, such as integrated GPS for tracking runs and variables like time, distance, and pace. Other features help you prepare for races and track cadence to improve your running form. While the Forerunner 55 is focused on running, it supports more than that with built-in activity profiles that track a host of other workouts and exercises.
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Garmin Forerunner 55 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Running Features
  • 3Made for Fitness
  • 4Built-In GPS
  • 5Garmin Coach
  • 6Recovery Advisor
  • 7Sports Apps
  • 8Long Battery Life
  • 9Fitness Tracking
  • 10Stress Tracking
  • 11Body Battery Energy Monitoring
  • 12Fitness Age
  • 13Respiration Tracking
  • 14Women's Health Tracking
  • 15Smart Notifications
  • 16Safety & Tracking Features
  • 17Connect IQ Store
  • 18Music Control
  • 19Syncs with Garmin Connect
  • 20Additional Features
  • 21Clock Features
  • 22Health Monitoring
  • 23Sensors
  • 24Daily Smart Features
  • 25Safety & Tracking Features
  • 26Activity Tracking Features
  • 27Gym & Fitness Equipment
  • 28Training, Planning & Analysis Features
  • 29Running Features
  • 30Outdoor Recreation
  • 31Cycling Features
  • 32Swimming Features
  • 33Kid Activity Tracking Features

If you love to walk, jog, or run, the Garmin Forerunner 55 GPS Running Smartwatch can make for an ideal companion. Multiple features are geared towards those who prefer to run, such as integrated GPS for tracking runs and variables like time, distance, and pace. Other features help you prepare for races and track cadence to improve your running form. While the Forerunner 55 is focused on running, it supports more than that with built-in activity profiles that track a host of other workouts and exercises.

Monitoring your exercise and run metrics is important, but so is monitoring your body. As you work out, a built-in wrist-based heart rate monitor helps you keep tabs on how far you're pushing yourself. The heart rate monitor also helps with other health and wellness features, such as stress and respiration tracking, and letting you know how well your body has recovered from exercise. Add in smart notifications and control over your smartphone's music playback, and you have a smartwatch you can use throughout your entire day.

Running Features

Daily Suggested Workouts: Get personalized, daily run recommendations of varying intensities based on your training history, fitness level, and recovery time
PacePro: Get GPS-based pace guidance for a selected course or distance in the Garmin Connect app, helping you prepare for upcoming runs and races
Finish Time: Select a distance for a run and this feature will show you your estimated finish time
Track Run: This feature records accurate lap distances when running on the track, showing you your distance in meters
Cadence Alerts: Improve your running form with this feature. You'll get alerts when you've gone outside your target cadence range when you run
Race Predictor: Taking into account your fitness level and training history, this feature helps you work towards your racing goal by showing the impact of your training on your predicted finish time

Made for Fitness

The lightweight construction is combined with a lightweight and durable silicone band, which helps to keep the Forerunner 55 from feeling uncomfortable.

Built-In GPS

Track your routes and gain accurate metrics, such as time, distance, pace, and intervals.

Garmin Coach

Adaptive training plans gives you guidance from expert coaches, along with free training plans that adapt to you and your fitness goals. The workouts sync to the Forerunner 55 via the Garmin Connect app.

Recovery Advisor

After each workout, this feature will let you know how long to rest before another workout.

Sports Apps

Additional built-in sports apps help you track other activities, such as virtual running, pool swimming, Pilates, HIIT, breathwork, and more.

Long Battery Life

On a full charge, you get up to 2 weeks of battery like in smartwatch mode, or up to 20 hours in GPS mode.

Fitness Tracking

The Forerunner 55 can track you throughout your entire day, giving you metrics on basic activities like steps taken and earned intensity minutes (from any moderate and vigorous physical activity).

Stress Tracking

Utilizing the heart rate monitor, the Forerunner 55 can tell if you're having a calm, balanced, or stressful day. When stressed, relax reminders prompt you to do a short breathing activity to help calm you.

Body Battery Energy Monitoring

Track your body's energy levels so you know when the best time is to rest or exercise.

Fitness Age

Using a combination of your chronological age, resting heart rate, and other factors, this feature estimates if your body's condition is younger or older than you actually are.

Respiration Tracking

Throughout the day, while sleeping at night, and during breathwork activities, this feature lets you know how well you're breathing.

Women's Health Tracking

Combined with the Garmin Connect app, women can use the Forerunner 55 to track their menstrual cycle or pregnancy. You can log symptoms, get exercise and nutrition education, and more.

Smart Notifications

Receive emails, texts, and alerts on your wrist when the Forerunner 55 is paired with your compatible smartphone.

Safety & Tracking Features

If you feel unsafe or if the Forerunner 55 senses that an incident has occurred, it can send a message with your current location to your emergency contacts.

Connect IQ Store

Personalize your Forerunner 55 to your own style by downloading custom watch faces. You can also add new data fields and install additional apps.

Music Control

When paired with your smartphone, you can use the Forerunner 55 to control music playback.

Syncs with Garmin Connect

Activities can be updated to the Garmin Connect app, where you can connect with an online community of people to share and compete. You can also share your achievements on various social media platforms.

Additional Features

1.04" color, sunlight-visible, transflective MIP display
Up to 164' of water resistance
Stores up to 200 hours of activity data

Clock Features

Time/date
GPS time sync
Automatic daylight savings time
Alarm clock
Timer
Stopwatch
Sunrise/sunset times

Health Monitoring

Wrist-based heart rate (constant, every second)
Daily resting heart rate
Abnormal heart rate alerts (high and low)
Respiration rate (24x7)
Fitness age
Body Battery energy monitor
All-day stress
Relaxation reminders
Relaxation breathing timer
Sleep (advanced)
Hydration (in Garmin Connect and optional Connect IQ widget)
Woman's health

Sensors

GPS
GLONASS
Galileo
Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate monitor
Accelerometer

Daily Smart Features

Connectivity
Connect IQ (downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets, and apps)
Smart notifications
Calendar
Weather
Controls smartphone music
Find my phone
Find my watch
Smartphone compatibility (iPhone & Android)
Pairs with Garmin Connect mobile

Safety & Tracking Features

LiveTrack
Live event sharing (Android only)
Incident detection during select activities
Assistance

Activity Tracking Features

Step counter
Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it)
Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal)
Calories burned
Distance traveled
Intensity minutes
TrueUp
Move IQ

Gym & Fitness Equipment

Available gym activity profiles (Cardio and elliptical training, stair stepping, HIIT, Pilates & yoga)

Training, Planning & Analysis Features

HR zones
HR alerts
HR calories
Recovery time
Auto Max HR
HR broadcast (broadcasts HR data over ANT+ to paired devices)
Respiration rate (during exercise) (yoga and breathwork only)
GPS speed and distance
Customizable data pages
Customizable activity profiles
Auto pause
Interval training
Advanced workouts
Downloadable training plans
Auto lap
Manual lap
Configurable lap alerts
VO2 Max (run)
Improved recovery time (Limited)
Daily suggested workouts (Limited)
Audio prompts
Finish time
Touch and/or button lock
Activity history on watch
Physio TrueUp

Running Features

Available run profiles (Running, treadmill running, track running, indoor track running, virtual running)
GPS-based distance, time, and pace
Cadence (Provides real-time number of steps per minute)
PACEPRO pacing strategies
Run workouts
Race predictor
Foot pod capable

Outdoor Recreation

Area calculation (via Connect IQ)
Hunt/fish calendar (via Connect IQ)
Sun and moon information (via Connect IQ)

Cycling Features

Alerts (Triggers alarm when you reach goals including time, distance, heart rate, or calories)
Available cycling profiles (Biking, indoor biking)
Speed and cadence sensor support (w/sensor)

Swimming Features

Available swim profiles(pool swimming)
Pool swim metrics (lengths, distance, pace, stroke count, swim efficiency (SWOLF), calories)
Stroke type detection (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly) (pool swim only)
Drill logging (pool swim only)
Basic rest timer (up from 0) (pool swim only)
"Repeat on" rest timer (pool swim only)
Auto rest (pool swim only)
Time and distance alerts
Countdown start (pool swim only)
Underwater wrist-based heart rate

Kid Activity Tracking Features

Toe-to-Toe challenges app (optional Connect IQ app)
UPC: 753759279608

Garmin Forerunner 55 Specs

Display
Display Size1.04" / 26.4 mm
Display TypeMIP LCD
Screen Resolution208 x 208
Pixel Density283 ppi
Watch Crystal MaterialChemically Strengthened Glass
Connectivity
Wireless ConnectivityANT+
Global PositioningGPS, GLONASS, Galileo
Performance
SensorsAccelerometer, Optical Heart Rate
OS CompatibilityiOS
Android
Memory
Memory Retention200 Hours (Activity Data)
Battery
Estimated Battery Life2 Weeks (Smartwatch Mode)
20 Hours (GPS On)
Physical
Watch Case Size42 mm
Water Resistance Depth5 ATM (Pressure Equivalent to 164' / 50.0 m)
Splash ProofNo
Band
Band MaterialSilicone
Band Circumference5 to 8" / 126 to 203 mm
General
Dimensions1.7 x 1.7 x 0.5" / 42 x 42 x 11.6 mm
Weight1.3 oz / 37 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.29 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)5.8 x 2.8 x 2.7"
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