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Garmin Forerunner 265 GPS Watch

Niel Ubod May 23, 2024


Garmin’s GPS watch for running, cycling and triathlons

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Garmin Forerunner 265 GPS Watch

The Garmin Forerunner 265 GPS Watch helps you plan your training with advanced training metrics and smartwatch features. Using an AMOLED display, the Forerunner 265 provides your training readiness, adaptive race training plans and suggested daily workouts. 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 265 offers 13 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and 20 hours in GPS mode. It uses a dual-band GPS which provides accurate GPS data in cities and densely covered terrain. This watch also provides insight into your recovery with recovery time estimation, a sleep coach and body energy monitoring. Each of these features can help you track your fitness and adjust training accordingly. With multiple activity profiles for running, swimming, cycling, triathlon, snow, weights and racket sports, this watch offers activity tracking for a wide variety of athletes. The Forerunner 265 also allows triathletes to record a swim, bike and run activity in one activity.

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

Power Meter Connectivity
The Forerunner 265 can connect to both power meters and smart trainers.

Dual-Frequency GPS
In urban areas or densely covered locations, this watch continues to provide accurate GPS data. This setting can also be turned off to provide battery life savings when not needed.

Wrist-Based Heart Rate
Using an optical sensor, the Forerunner 265 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.

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 265 GPS Watch is a great watch for runners, swimmers, cyclists and triathletes. It has great battery life and a seemingly endless selection of activity profiles. It also connects to power meters and can measure multisport activities without switching without modes. The only other feature it is missing is mapping and navigation. If you are looking for a watch that provides this, we suggest the Garmin Forerunner 965.

Garmin Forerunner 265 GPS Specs

  • Unit Dimensions: 1.8" x 1.8" x 0.5" (46.1 x 46.1 x 12.9 mm)
  • Display Size: 1.3" (32.5 mm) diameter
  • Display Type: AMOLED
  • Weight: 47 grams
  • GPS: Dual-Frequency 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: Up to 13 days | GPS mode: Up to 20 hours
  • Memory/history: 8 GB

In the Box

  • Garmin Forerunner 265 GPS watch
  • Charging cable
  • Documentation

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