The Garmin Forerunner 55 is the best watch for new runners – and here’s why


When you’re a new runner, the sheer number of running watches available can be daunting. Prices vary hugely, and many are packed with features and tools that you simply won’t need if you’re just starting out. That’s where the Garmin Forerunner 55 comes in. It’s not the most advanced watch out there (it won’t help you navigate off-road like the Garmin Fenix 6, or tell you when to use energy gels like the Polar Grit X), but it’s ideally suited to the needs of runners who are just starting out.

Watches in the Forerunner series have always ranked well in our guide to the best running watches, and we were particularly impressed by the entry-level Forerunner 55 when we reviewed it earlier this year. It doesn’t just track time and distance – it helps give your training structure in the early days, and adapts to help you reach your first goal, however modest or ambitious it may be. If you’re new to running, we think it’s the best watch you can choose.

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