The working display actually shines on the Forerunner 265, however I used to be additionally an enormous fan of the power display. You may customise that too, however the default works nice for me: It reveals your coronary heart fee, a graph of the place that falls in your coronary heart fee zones, time elapsed throughout your set, and reps. As soon as your first set is finished, you press a button to finish it, and also you’re given the choice to edit your variety of reps (your watch counts this for you based mostly in your motion, although it’s not all the time correct) and fill within the quantity of weight you used. In between units, the time elapsed per set modifications to time in your relaxation interval, which I discovered to be actually useful to ensure I’m taking sufficient of a breather. After your exercise, you may see within the app what number of units and reps you probably did at which weight for every train, making monitoring development very easy.
Accuracy is important in a working watch, and I discovered the distance-based GPS to be proper heading in the right direction: I used this watch a number of occasions at a well-liked path that’s labeled each half mile, and every time I handed these markers, my watch’s distance matched up completely. I typically run a set loop round my neighborhood, and my ultimate distance by no means different greater than a hundredth or two of a mile.
I additionally discovered its coronary heart fee information to be very correct, too. In quite a lot of watches I’ve tried, I’d typically discover bizarre coronary heart fee drops throughout intervals or brief occasions of tougher effort, however my Forerunner 265 by no means glitched like that.
I’m spoiled by how hardy my Garmin Venu 2 is in regard to protecting a cost, so I anticipated no much less from the Forerunner 265, and it held up: I just about solely totally cost it twice per week or so, typically extra if I simply plop it onto the charger for a fast enhance of juice whereas I’m preparing. A ten-minute top-off earlier than a run, as an example, introduced me from 42% all the way in which to 60%. Exercise doesn’t sap a complete lot of battery, both. I began a 35-minute indoor bike session at 11%, then after my exercise was over, it was simply all the way down to 10%. A variety of health tracker smartwatches actually hemorrhage battery life—a lot so that you simply virtually have to cost them every day—so Garmin’s resilience is a welcome break.
Consolation and magnificence
The Garmin Forerunner 265 is a workhorse, and, effectively, it sort of appears to be like like one. Although I attempted this within the smaller, 42 mm case dimension, it nonetheless has a rugged, purposeful silhouette—in case you’re trying primarily for a dainty, fairly health tracker to put on to work or whereas out working errands, this most likely isn’t going to be the perfect one for you.
As for consolation, although, I actually loved this watch. The silicone sports activities band is just not as stiff or exhausting as a number of the others I attempted; it’s really fairly stretchy and has quite a lot of give.
The Forerunner 265 is made to face up to water strain as much as 50 meters—greater than sufficient to trace exercise for a lot of completely different sorts of off-land sports activities. I’m not a swimmer, I can’t touch upon the way it holds up throughout these exercises, however I did bathe in it every day and put on it whereas hanging out in each a pool and an ocean the place the machine was submerged, and it dealt with it simply tremendous.
Together with monitoring exercise, the Forerunner additionally gives a bunch of well being metrics—and a few actually enjoyable extras:
The Forerunner 265 lets you create working exercises on the app—organising your warm-up, interval length and goal tempo, variety of repeats, and cool-down—and sync it seamlessly to your watch. To me, this can be a sport changer. I not too long ago did a exercise with brief, one-minute sprints, and earlier than this, I’d should hold trying down at my watch to maintain time, which might break my stride and stress me out. With this function, my watch began to vibrate 5 seconds earlier than the interval was up, and alerted me through voice (it connects through Bluetooth to earbuds) when my interval was really completed. It additionally helpfully instructed me when my tempo was lagging exterior my goal. (Alternatively, if the considered a literal voice in your ear telling you to rush up is extra anxiety-inducing than motivating, you may skip together with tempo targets, which I’ll most likely do some occasions.)