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Garmin’s newest running watch is affordable, lights up and stores music


Light up your run with Garmin’s new Forerunner 165

The latest thing in smartwatch technology is watches tailored to the activities you love most. There are smartwatches designed for hiking, rock climbing, golf, scuba diving and more — and Garmin is leading the charge on this with tailored watches that are durable, high-quality, and absolutely packed with features. Plus, they consistently get high marks from BestReviews testers in our Testing Labs.

Garmin's latest model is the Forerunner 165, a new watch for running. As we've come to expect from Garmin, it has tons of cool features that athletes will love — plus Garmin quality. 

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Garmin's newest running watch is affordable and feature-packed

Garmin Forerunner 165

Garmin Forerunner 165 Music

The Forerunner 165 series from Garmin adds AMOLED displays, personalized training plans, advanced fitness metrics, wellness insights and more to an affordable, easy-to-use GPS watch. It comes in two models: the Forerunner 185 and Forerunner 165 Music. The Forerunner 165 Music has built-in music storage that lets you download songs and playlists from Spotify, Amazon music or Deezer, straight to your watch. Both models feature Garmin's signature health, fitness and connected features, like race-adaptive training plans, wrist-based running power and dynamics, morning report, pulse ox, nap detection and more. With either model, you can get up to 11 days of battery life in watch mode or up to 19 hours in GPS mode from a single charge.

More smartwatches we love from Garmin

Garmin Forerunner 45

One of the most affordable smartwatches Garmin makes, the Forerunner 45 is still packed with features for runners, including estimated heart rate and GPS tracking to measure pace, distance, intervals and more. It also comes with Garmin fan-favorite features like adaptive training plans.

Garmin Enduro

The Garmin Enduro is made for hard-core athletes and outdoors enthusiasts who need a watch that can keep pace with them no matter where their adventures take them. Designed to be rugged and durable, the Enduro has an impressive 80 hours of battery life in GPS mode thanks to a solar charging lens. It also comes with features for tracking descents and cardiovascular fitness based on trail conditions.

Garmin vivosmart 4

The Garmin vivosmart 4 blends function and fashion for those who want a smartwatch without sacrificing style. It has a slim face and unobtrusive design, but is still packed with useful features including advanced sleep monitoring, pulse ox sensors, heart rate monitoring, breathing timer, Vo2 Max and body battery energy monitor.

Garmin vivoactive 4

Want a smartwatch you can customize? The Garmin vivoactive 4 can be personalized with your own faces, apps and widgets, and lets you download music straight to your watch. On top of that, you get Garmin health monitoring features including pulse ox, respiration, menstrual cycle, stress, sleep, estimated heart and hydration.

Garmin epix Gen 2

For all-around athletes, the Garmin epix Gen 2 has built-in sports apps for all kinds of different activities and types of training, plus multiple modes to increase its battery life up to 16 days on a single charge.

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