Garmin Forerunner 955 Solar Specifications, Features and Price

$599.99

  • Release date:: June, 2022
  • Display:: 1.3 inches, Transflective (MIP) LCD, Touchscreen
  • Body:: Silicone, Fiber-reinforced polymer
  • Battery Life:: 20 days
  • Storage:: 32GB ROM
  • Compatibility:: Android 6.0+ and iOS 13.0+

EDITOR’S RATING

Design:4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
Battery:4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
Fitness tracking:4.9 out of 5 stars (4.9 / 5)
Features:4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Price:3.9 out of 5 stars (3.9 / 5)
Average:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

Last updated on September 26, 2022 10:50 pm
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Description

Garmin Forerunner 955 Solar Specifications and Features – The Forerunner 955 succeeds the Forerunner 945 and it comes with a host of new features which includes a larger display size, higher storage capacity, and longer battery life. It also features the new multi-band GPS sensor that enables improved outdoor activity tracking for your routes and locations.

Garmin Forerunner 955 welcomes new features

The Forerunner 955 comes in two models, the standard and solar model. The Forerunner 955 Solar is the same as the Forerunner 955 standard model, however, with it’s solar charging power glass, it has a longer battery life that lets you go longer from a single charge. As a result, the Solar model cost $100 more than the Standard unit.

Garmin Forerunner 955 Solar Design and Price

Garmin Forerunner 955 is a durably built smartwatch, it comes in a fiber-reinforced polymer case with Power glass protecting the display. The straps are made of silicone and are interchangeable with 22mm compatible straps. It’s quite compact at 46.5mm but unfortunately thick at 14.4mm. However, it’s a very lightweight smartwatch at 53 grams, and it’s available in two colors; black and whitestone colors.

The Forerunner 955 is also rated 5ATM with support for open water swim tracking added, it’s very safe to wear the watch to the pool or open water.

Despite welcoming transformation in the design and new features, the Forerunner 955 has a $499.99 price tag.

Garmin Forerunner 955 Solar Display

Just like most Garmin smartwatches, transflective memory-in-pixel powers the display of the Forerunner 955. The display is colorful, and it measures 1.3 inches which is slightly bigger than the 1.2 inches of the Forerunner 945. The Forerunner 955 now has a touch-sensitive screen which in addition to 5 physical buttons makes it a lot easier to navigate.

Garmin Forerunner 955 Solar Fitness Tracking Features

Beyond the design, the Forerunner 955 is a comprehensive fitness smartwatch. It comes with an improved Elevate v4 heart rate sensor as well as other sensors such as an accelerometer, altimeter, gyroscope, compass, pulse OX sensor, and the new multi-band GPS sensor. It will track all the basics such as your sleep, heart rate, steps, distance, and calories. It also features advanced metrics like training effects, VO2 max, recovery time, training load, and the iconic PacePro.

It comes with an inbuilt GPS that enables outdoor activity tracking. It’s a premium GPS smartwatch and as such, it features in-depth tools that can help you get the best outdoor activity adventure. It also features a full-color map that can help you find your best routes as well as the turn-by-turn navigation that alerts you beforehand of the next turn. Also present on the Forerunner 955 is the ability to monitor blood oxygen (SpO2), menstrual cycle tracking for women and there are lots of preloaded sports modes to choose from. New workout profiles have also been added.

Garmin Forerunner 955 Solar Music Storage and Notifications

Garmin has rammed up the storage capacity of the Forerunner 955 to twice that of its predecessor. It comes with a 32GB onboard music storage capacity that can take up to 2000 tracks. You can sync and download your favorite playlists from Spotify, Deezer, and Amazon music. It also has an NFC that supports Garmin pay which allows you to make payments directly from this watch.

Beyond these, you can also manage notifications with the Forerunner 955. When notification is enabled for your preferred apps in the Connect IQ app, you will receive SMS, calls, and app notifications when your phone is nearby. Moreover, you can reply to messages but only with Android smartphones.

Garmin Forerunner 955 Solar Battery Life

The Forerunner 955 Solar boasts of a decent battery life that lets you go long from a single charge with smartwatch mode lasting up to 20 days and continuous GPS tracking up to 49 hours.

Garmin Forerunner 955 Solar Features

  • It comes with a 1.3 inches colorful transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) display that is bright and easy to read outdoors.
  • Touchscreen display with 5 physical buttons for easy navigation.
  • Clock features include time/date, GPS time sync, auto daylight saving, alarm, timer and stopwatch.
  • Download watch faces, widgets, data fields and apps from the Garmin Connect IQ Store which is now onboard the watch.
  • Calls reject/text response with preset texts (Android only).
  • Find my phone, watch, control music on smartphone and remote camera control.
  • Keeps you connected to all that matters to you, so you never get to miss important updates.
  • It is rated 5ATM which represents 50 meters waterproof rating (swim-proof).
  • 22mm interchangeable straps with quick release feature.
  • Make payment directly from the watch with Garmin Pay.
  • Compatible with both Android and iOS devices. Check if your device is compartible
  • Sync and upload data from watch to the Garmin Connect community – a thriving community of fitness enthusiasts where you can connect and share.
  • 32GB onboard storage capacity with support for streaming services such as Spotify, Deezer, and Amazon Music.

Garmin Forerunner 955 Activity Tracking Features

Health Monitoring Features

  1. 24/7 heart rate monitoring
  2. Resting heart rate
  3. Abnormal heart rate (high and low)
  4. Respiratory rate
  5. Blood oxygen measurement
  6. Fitness age (shows your fitness status)
  7. Battery energy monitor (gives you insight into your fitness level to help you know the best time to train)
  8. Stress monitoring
  9. Relaxation reminder
  10. Relaxation breathing reminder
  11. Sleep tracking
  12. Sleep score insights
  13. Hydration tracking
  14. Menstrual cycle tracking for women
  15. Health snapshot

Safety and Tracking Features

  1. LiveTrack
  2. Allows your family and friends to follow your outdoor workout activities in real time.

  3. Spectator Messaging
  4. Will allow your family and friends to send your an audio or text message during your outdoor workout activity (phone must be nearby).

  5. Group LiveTrack
  6. Allows you to manage your followers using LiveTrack directly from the screen and in real time.

  7. Live event sharing
  8. Allows you to send real-time updates on your outdoor training activity to family and friends.

  9. Incidental fall detection
  10. Will enable the watch to detect a hard fall. When a hard fall is detected and your phone is nearby, the watch will activtate Assistance.

  11. Assistance

When Assistance is activated, the watch will automatically send a message with your name and current location to a preset emergency contact (phone must be nearby).

Tactical Features

  • Dual grid coordinates

Activity Tracking Features

  1. Steps counter
  2. Move bar (Displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it)
  3. Auto goal (Learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal)
  4. Calories burnt
  5. Floors climbed
  6. Distance travelled
  7. TrueUp
  8. Move IQ
  9. Garmin Connect Challenges app (optional Connect IQ app)

Gym and Fitness Equipment

  1. Automatic rep counting
  2. Available gym profiles (strength, HIIT, cardio, elliptical training, stair stepping, floor climbing, indoor climbing, bouldering, indoor rowing, pilates and yoga)
  3. Strenght workout
  4. HIIT workouts
  5. Yoga workouts
  6. Pilates workouts
  7. Onscreen workout animations
  8. Onscreen workout muscle maps

Heart Rate Tracking Features

  1. HR zones
  2. HR alerts
  3. HR calories
  4. % HR max
  5. %HRR
  6. Recovery time (measures how well you’ve recovered from previous training)
  7. Auto Max HR
  8. Morning report New
  9. Race glance/widget New
  10. HRV status New
  11. Training readiness New
  12. HR Broadcast (broadcasts HR data over ant+™ to paired devices)

Training, Planning, and Analysis Features

  1. GPS speed and distance
  2. Customizable data pages
  3. Customizable activity profiles
  4. Auto pause
  5. Interval training
  6. Improved interval (Includes open repeats, intervals data page, rest screen and auto detection) New
  7. Advanced workouts
  8. Downloadable training plans
  9. Auto lap
  10. Manual lap
  11. Rest timer
  12. Configurable lap alerts
  13. Heat and altitude acclimation
  14. VO2 Max. (run)
  15. VO2 Max. (trail run)
  16. Real-time stamina
  17. Training status (improved)
  18. Training load
  19. Training load focus
  20. Training effect (aerobic)
  21. Training effect (anaerobic)
  22. Primary benefit (Training effect labels)
  23. Improved recovery time
  24. Daily suggested workouts (for 7 days)
  25. Custom alerts
  26. Audio prompts
  27. Finish time
  28. Virtual partner
  29. Race an activity
  30. Auto multisport activities
  31. Manual multisport activities
  32. Course guildance
  33. Garmin live segments
  34. Strava live segments
  35. Round-trip course creator (cycling and running)
  36. Trendline Popularity routing
  37. Touch and/or button lock
  38. Hot keys
  39. Auto scroll
  40. Activity history on watch
  41. Physio trueUp

Running Features

  1. Available run profiles include Running, outdoor track running, treadmill running, indoor track running, trail running, virtual running, and ultra running.
  2. GPS-based distance, pace and time
  3. Running dynamics (with compatible accessory)
  4. Vertical oscillation and ratio (with compatible accessory)
  5. Ground contact time and balance (with compatible accessory)
  6. Real-time stride length (with compatible accessory)
  7. Cadence
  8. Running power (with compatible accessory) (improved)
  9. Performance condition
  10. Lactate threshold (with compatible accessory)
  11. PacePro
  12. Run workouts
  13. Trail run auto climb
  14. Race predictor
  15. Course and weather-specific race predictor
  16. Foot pod capable

Golfing Features

  1. Preloaded with 42000 courses worldwide
  2. Yardage to F/M/B (distance to front, middle and back of green)
  3. Yardage to layups/doglegs
  4. Measures shot distance (calculates exact yardage for shots from anywhere on course) (automatic)
  5. Digital scorecard
  6. Stat tracking (strokes, putts per round, greens and fairways hit)
  7. Garmin autoshot
  8. Auto courseview updates
  9. Green view with manual pin position
  10. Hazards and course targets
  11. Pinpointer
  12. Handicap scoring
  13. Round timer/odometer
  14. Tournament legal

Outdoor Recreational Features

  1. Available outdoor recreational profiles include Hiking, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, backcountry skiing, xc classic skiing, xc skate skiing, stand up paddleboarding, rowing, kayaking, snowshoeing, mapping, navigating, tennis, pickleball, padel, track me and project waypoint.
  2. Point-to-point navigation
  3. Breadcrumb trail in real-time
  4. Back to start
  5. Tracback
  6. Ultra mode
  7. Around me mode
  8. Up ahead
  9. Elevation profile
  10. Distance to destination
  11. Barometric trend indicator with storm alert
  12. ClimbPro ascent planner
  13. Allows you see real-time information on your current and upcoming climbs, including gradient, distance and elevation gain.

  14. Vertical speed
  15. Total ascent/decent
  16. Feature elevation plot
  17. Preloaded topographical maps
  18. Preloaded road and trail maps
  19. Downloadable cartography support
  20. GPS coordinates
  21. Sight and go
  22. Area calculation (via Connect IQ)
  23. Hunt/fish calender (via Connect IQ)
  24. Projected waypoint
  25. Sun and moon information
  26. Xero locations

Cycling Features

  1. Available cycling profiles include Biking, road biking, mountain biking, gravel biking, bike commuting, bike touring, ebiking, emountain biking, indoor biking and cyclocross.
  2. Cycle map with routable cycling-specific street map
  3. Courses
  4. MTB Grit and Flow
  5. Bike lap and lap maximum power (with power sensor
  6. Race an activity
  7. Functional threshold power (with compatible accessory)
  8. Compatible with vector and rally power meters
  9. Power meter compatible
  10. Advanced cycling dynamics
  11. Compatible with Varia Vision (head-mounted display)
  12. Compatible with Varia radar (rear-facing radar)
  13. Compatible with Varia lights
  14. Speed and cadence sensor support (w/sensor)

Swim Tracking Features

  1. Available swim profiles include pool swimming, open water wwimming and swimming/running
  2. Open-water swim metrics include distance, pace, stroke count/rate, stroke distance, swim efficiency (SWOLF) and calories
  3. Pool swim metrics include lengths, distance, pace, stroke count, swim efficiency (swolf) and calories
  4. Stroke type detection includes freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly (pool swim only)
  5. Drill logging (pool swim only)
  6. Basic rest timer (up from 0) (pool swim only)
  7. Repeat on rest timer (pool swim only)
  8. Auto rest (pool swim only)
  9. Time and distance alerts
  10. Pacing alerts (pool swim only)
  11. Countdown start (pool swim only)
  12. Pool swim workouts
  13. Critical swim speed
  14. Underwater heart rate tracking
  15. Heart rate from external HRM (real-time during rests, interval and session stats during rests, and automatic heart rate download post-swim)

Pros

  • Premium design, rugged and stylish design.
  • A comprehensive multisport GPS smartwatch.
  • 32GB onboard music storage.
  • Full color maps with trendline popularity.
  • Up to 20 days long battery life.

Cons

  • Lacks microphone and loudspeaker.

Additional information

ABOUT DEVICE

ABOUT DEVICE

Device name

Garmin Forerunner 955 Solar

Device type

Gender

Release date

June, 2022

Predecessor

Garmin Forerunner 945

Successor

Versions

Garmin Forerunner 955, Garmin Forerunner 955 Solar

BODY

BODY

Dimension

46.5 x 46.5 x 14.4 mm

Weight

53g

Shape

Circular

Case material

Fiber-reinforced polymer

Strap material

Silicone

Bezel material

Fiber-reinforced polymer

Strap size

22 mm

Screen protection

Water resistance

Durability test

Swim-proof

Color

Black, Whitestone

DISPLAY

DISPLAY

Display size

1.3 inches

Display type

LCD, Memory-in-pixel (MIP), transflective

Display resolution

260 x 260 px

Pixel density

282.8 PPI

Always on

Custom watch face

Yes

Input type

5 Physical buttons, Touchscreen

CONNECTIVITY

CONNECTIVITY

Bluetooth

ANT+, Bluetooth

Bluetooth calling

No

GPS

Galileo, GLONASS, GPS

NFC

Wi-Fi

Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

MEMORY

MEMORY

RAM

ROM

Memory card slot

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY

Technology

None

SIM type

Band

NOTIFICATIONS

NOTIFICATIONS

SMS alert

Calls alert

Email alert

Event reminder

Third-party apps alert

MEDIA

MEDIA

Audio

Bluetooth music

Loudspeaker

Microphone

Camera

Radio

SENSORS

SENSORS

Accelerometer

Altimeter

Yes

Ambient light

Barometer

Compass

ECG

Gyroscope

HRM

Pulse oximeter (SpO2)

Yes

Thermometer

Yes

Other sensors

Multi-band GPS sensor

ACTIVITY TRACKING

ACTIVITY TRACKING

Blood oxygen

Blood Pressure

Calories

Distance

ECG tracking

Heart rate monitoring

Sleep tracking

Steps

Stress

Yes

Incidental fall detection

Menstrual cycle

Floors climbed

VO2 Max

Swim-tracking

Underwater heart rate tracking

Yes

On-screen workout

Sport modes

Yes

BATTERY

BATTERY

Battery type

non-removable Lithium-polymer

Battery capacity

Battery life

GPS mode (no music): Up to 49 hrs, Smartwatch mode: Up to 20 days

Charging type

Charging dock

Charging time

1-2 hours

Solar charging

PLATFORM

PLATFORM

Chipset

CPU

GPU

Operating system

Proprietary OS

MISC

MISC

Companion app

Garmin Connect

Compatibility

Android 6.0+, iOS 13.0+

Payment system

Interchangeable strap

,

Voice command

Find my phone

Box content

Charger, Garmin Forerunner 955 Solar, Manual, Straps

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