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Forerunner 265 Watch

4.627586206896551 out of 5 stars
145 Reviews


Size Chart


Why We Like The Garmin Forerunner 265 Watch

When we're hungry for the podium, we train and race with the Garmin Forerunner 265 Watch. As soon as we open our eyes in the morning, the AMOLED touchscreen display uses less battery power to give us a crisper, clearer view of our metrics, including the night's sleep quality, the day's weather, and our current training readiness. The battery lasts up to 20 hours in GPS GNSS mode for reliable tracking of our long runs and races, while the training status rundown, personalized daily suggested workouts, and preloaded cross-training exercises keep us on course toward a new personal best.


  • Multi-sport watch for well-rounded training and race-day readiness
  • AMOLED display enhances colors, contrast, and responsiveness
  • Fortified polymer bezel for wear-, impact-, and corrosion-resistance
  • Tough Corning Gorilla Glass 3 face is light and scratch-resistant
  • Silicone strap is flexible, lightweight, and sweat-proof
  • Rechargeable battery lasts up to 13 days in smartwatch mode
  • 5ATM rating means this watch is submersible up to 50 meters
  • HR and energy monitoring, adaptive coaching, real-time stamina, and more
  • Item #GRMF067
Housing Material
fiber-reinforced polymer
Strap Material
Face Material
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
digital, AMOLED Optional Always-On Mode, touchscreen, 416 x 416 pixels
Heart Rate Monitor
wrist-based, constant
Technical Features
Please see size chart for complete list of technical features
Bluetooth, ANT+, Wi-Fi
Operating System
Garmin Connect
Date Indicator
Weekday Indicator
Battery Type
Battery Life
[smartwatch] 13 days, [GPS-only GNSS] 20hr, [SatIQ AutoSelect GNSS] 16hr, [All-Systems GNSS + Multi-Band] 14hr, [GPS-only GNSS + music] 7hr, [SatIQ AutoSelect GNSS + music] 6.5hr, [All-Systems GNSS + Multi-Band + music] 6hr
Low Battery Indicator
Forerunner 265, USB-C charging/data cable, documentation
Claimed Weight
5ATM (submersible up to 50m)
Face Size
32.5mm (1.3in)
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year
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Overall Rating

4.5 based on 145 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 2 reviews
2 Stars - 4 reviews
3 Stars - 4 reviews
4 Stars - 26 reviews
5 Stars - 109 reviews

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4 out of 5 stars

May 29, 2024

Great watch - but scratched SUPER easily

I love the watch and the features that come come with it. But be aware that it scratches very easily. Already have a noticeable scratch after two weeks of regular usage.


Originally reviewed on Garmin

4 out of 5 stars

May 26, 2024

Very useful

Still getting used to it. Very accurate and full of different functionalities but navigating through settings is haunting and sometimes overwhelming (I often find my self looking in youtube how to access or change some setting). Nevertheless, is the best gadget to really feel I am getting somewhere with running.


Originally reviewed on Garmin

5 out of 5 stars

May 24, 2024

Great Watch

I bought this a month ago and I’m thoroughly enjoying it! It’s such a nice relief to have a reliable watch after having a Fitbit. I love the stats that it gives me, especially since I exercise a lot. It makes me want to challenge myself.


Originally reviewed on Garmin

5 out of 5 stars

May 24, 2024

Fav watch!

I bought this watch around one month ago, and super happy with all its features!


Originally reviewed on Garmin

5 out of 5 stars

May 20, 2024

Excellent Features, Easy to use

I was trying to decide between the Forerunner 265 and the Apple Watch. Definitely the correct choice for a person that wants to track all facets of their fitness and healthspan journey


Originally reviewed on Garmin

5 out of 5 stars

May 18, 2024

Excellent Runner’s Watch

Couldn’t be happier with this purchase. I had been using an Apple Watch 7 for everyday use and a Forerunner 35 for runs. The Apple Watch battery life became an issue and I wanted a running watch that had more features than the 35. After a ton of research I landed on the 265. It does everything my Apple Watch did (except play Apple Music) and the health and training features are fantastic. Oh, and the battery life is great too. I get 5-6 days on a single charge with the always in display and 12-14 without that on. This includes using it for about 30 minutes/day with GPS. The GPS connection is way faster than my old 35 and I haven’t had any delays so far. Would definitely recommend


Originally reviewed on Garmin

5 out of 5 stars

May 18, 2024

My first Garmin watch

I purchased this watch about a month ago and I’m happy I did. I was a prior Apple Watch user, but it was on its last leg. I wanted to take my runs more serious so I started to do my research. After some time reading and watching reviews, I decided the Garmin FR265 was the best fit for me. Battery life is crazy good! I would consider myself an average user of the watch and I charge it once a week (usually charge at 9-12%, I’m sure I can squeeze out a few more days if I wanted too)


Originally reviewed on Garmin

5 out of 5 stars

May 17, 2024

Awesome running watch!!!

I’ve had other smart watches - the Forerunner 265 is BY FAR the best watch for runners! I only wish I’d listened to others and made the switch sooner. The data and tools it provides to help track overall fitness, give suggested workouts (based on upcoming races), keep you on pace, track sleep, etc. is awesome. The user interface takes a little getting used to - but after a few days, it’s now easy to get around and to see the data/info I want/need. The display is bright and easy to read - and a perfect size to clearly show everything you want to see in a clean format. I also enjoy the morning report! The Garmin Connect app is easy to use and provides a great summary of everything I want to know to help improve my running. Very happy I made the switch!


Originally reviewed on Garmin

4 out of 5 stars

May 15, 2024


Great product. However there is no option for just "Walking".


Originally reviewed on Garmin

4 out of 5 stars

May 11, 2024

Perfect with one exception

This watch really is the best watch specifically for runners. I love being able to see my live place, and the recovery suggestions are helpful. My one complaint is that the watch’s calorie counts for anything other than exercise and rest are way off. I felt like my Apple Watch was great at calculating my non-exercise calorie burn, based on me eating the calories it said I burned and maintaining my weight easily. Unless I workout for over an hour, the FR 265 thinks I burn very, very few calories a day, even if I hit 10,000+ steps and never sit down for a break.


Originally reviewed on Garmin