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Garmin Forerunner 165 GPS Watch

Niel Ubod May 23, 2024


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Garmin Forerunner 165 GPS Watch

The Garmin Forerunner 165 GPS Watch is a smartwatch that provides fitness data on an AMOLED display. Designed for endurance athletes, the Forerunner 165 provides adaptive training plans, suggested workouts and insights into your fitness. It also pairs with your iPhone or Android to provide smartwatch features like notifications, Garmin Pay™ and music control. This watch uses both Bluetooth and ANT+ which means it can connect to additional sensors like chest and arm heart rate monitors.

The Forerunner 165 boasts 11 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and 19 hours in GPS mode. Designed to provide holistic insights into your health and fitness, this watch provides estimated recovery time, sleep monitoring and a race predictor. Each of these features can help you track your fitness and adjust your training accordingly. With multiple activity profiles for running, swimming, cycling, weights and racket sports, this watch offers activity tracking for a wide variety of athletes.

This watch also pairs with Garmin Connect™ to give you data at a glance and compare stats over time. You can customize your dashboard to set goals and make your Garmin experience unique. Garmin Connect™ also allows you to track activities from multiple Garmin devices. Connect your Garmin watch, head unit, scale and more to give you the most accurate fitness and health data.


Key Product Details

Wrist-Based Heart Rate
Using an optical sensor, the Forerunner 165 measures your heart rate throughout the day and during activities. You can set your heart rate zones and track your heart rate variability for a deeper understanding of your health and training.

Running Dynamics
See important running metrics like stride length, cadence and ground contact time to improve for form and fitness.

Activity Tracking
Monitor your daily steps, calories burned and more.

Customizable Data Fields
Select the data fields you want to show on your watch face for each activity. Prioritize the ones that show first and customize the order in which they show. Easily scroll through different metrics with the touchscreen interface.


Advice From Our Staff

The Forerunner 165 GPS Watch is a great entry level watch that has activity tracking for a variety of sports. It is the least expensive Forerunner in Garmin’s lineup and provides great value for the price point. We recommend this to more casual athletes who are looking to make sure the basics are covered with some additional features. While this watch provides activity modes for a variety of activities, it does not connect with power meters. For cyclists looking to pair their power meter to their watch, we recommend the Garmin Forerunner 265 or Forerunner 965.

Garmin Forerunner 165 GPS Specs

  • Unit Dimensions: 1.7" x 1.7" x 0.4" (43 x 43 x 11.6 mm)
  • Display Size: 1.2" (30.4 mm) diameter
  • Display type: AMOLED
  • Weight: 39 grams
  • GPS: GPS, GLONASS, Galileo
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth Smart, ANT+, Wi-Fi
  • Smartphone compatibility: iPhone, Android
  • Heart Rate: Optical sensor
  • Altimeter: Barometric altimeter
  • Water Rating: 5 ATM (50 m) water
  • Battery Type: Rechargeable lithium-ion
  • Battery Life: Smartwatch Mode: 11 days | GPS mode: 19 hours | Battery Saver Smartwatch mode: up to 20 days
  • Memory/history: 4 BG

In the Box

  • Garmin Forerunner 165 GPS watch
  • Charging cable
  • Documentation

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