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Forerunner® 265S
$449.99 USD
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You’re a runner who wants to train brilliantly. With the bright AMOLED display, training metrics, recovery insights and smaller size of the Forerunner® 265S smartwatch, you’ll be ready to shine.

You’re looking for a ready-to-go multisport GPS watch that can keep pace with your active lifestyle, 7 days a week. You’ve found it in the fēnix® 7 Series.


Lens Material

Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3

Corning® Gorilla® Glass

Bezel Material

fiber-reinforced polymer

stainless steel

Case material fiber-reinforced polymer with metal rear cover
QuickFit™ watch band compatible

included (20 mm)

Quick Release bands yes (18 mm, Industry standard)
Strap material



Physical size

41.7 x 41.7 x 12.9 (mm)

Fits wrists with a circumference of 115-178 mm

42 x 42 x 14.1 mm

Fits wrists with the following circumference:
Silicone band: 108-182 mm
Suede band: 108-175 mm
Fabric band: 108-189 mm
Metal band: 108-180 mm


39 g

63 g (case only: 47 g)

Water rating 5 ATM 10 ATM
Display Type AMOLED Optional Always-On Mode sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
Display Size 1.1" (28.1 mm) diameter 1.2” (30.4 mm) diameter
Display Resolution 360 x 360 pixels 240 x 240 pixels
Color display
Battery life

Smartwatch mode: Up to 15 days
GPS-Only GNSS mode: Up to 24 hours
SatIQ (AutoSelect) GNSS mode: Up to 18 hours
All-Systems GNSS mode + Multi-Band: Up to 15 hours
GPS-Only GNSS mode with music: Up to 7.5 hours
SatIQ (AutoSelect) GNSS mode with music: Up to 7 hours
All-Systems GNSS mode + Multi-Band with music: Up to 6 hours
See Details

Smartwatch: Up to 11 days
Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 38 days
GPS Only: Up to 37 hours
All Satellite Systems: Up to 26 hours
All Satellite Systems + Music: Up to 7 hours
Max Battery GPS: Up to 90 hours
Expedition GPS: Up to 26 days

Charging method Garmin proprietary plug charger Garmin proprietary plug charger
Memory/History 8 GB 16 GB

Clock Features

GPS Time Sync
Automatic daylight saving time
Alarm clock
Sunrise/sunset times

Health & Wellness Monitoring

Wrist-based heart rate (constant, every second)
Daily resting heart rate
Abnormal heart rate alerts yes (high and low) yes (high and low)
Respiration rate (24x7)
Pulse Ox blood oxygen saturation yes (spot-check, and optional all-day acclimation and in sleep)
Fitness age yes (in app)
Body Battery™ energy monitor
All-day stress
Relaxation reminders
Relaxation breathing timer
Sleep yes (advanced) yes (advanced)
Sleep score and insights
Hydration yes (in Garmin Connect™ and optional Connect IQ™ widget) yes (in Garmin Connect™ and optional Connect IQ™ widget)
Women's health yes (in Garmin Connect™ and optional Connect IQ™ widget) yes (in Garmin Connect™ and optional Connect IQ™ widget)
Health snapshot
Jet lag adviser


Multi-frequency Positioning
SatIQ™ Technology
Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate monitor
Pulse Ox Blood Oxygen Saturation Monitor
Barometric altimeter
Ambient light sensor

Daily Smart Features

Connectivity Bluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi® Bluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®
Connect IQ™ (downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps)
On-device Connect IQ™ Store
Smart Notifications
Text response/reject phone call with text (Android™ only)
Morning report
Weather forecasts
Realtime settings sync with Garmin Connect™ mobile
Battery saver (customizable low power watch)
Controls smartphone music
Plays and controls watch music
Music storage
Find My Phone
Find My Watch
VIRB® Remote
Smart trainer control
Pairs with Garmin Connect™ Mobile
Smartphone compatibility iPhone® and Android™ iPhone®, Android™
Stocks yes (optional Connect IQ app)
Garmin Pay™

Safety and Tracking Features

Incident Detection during select activities
Incident detection alert on phone for wearables
Group LiveTrack
Live Event Sharing Android™ Only

Tactical Features

Dual grid coordinates

Gaming Features

Gaming activity
GameOn™ app compatible

Boating Features

Wearable trolling motor remote

Activity Tracking Features

Step counter
Move alerts (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it)
Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal)
Calories burned
Floors climbed
Distance traveled
Intensity minutes
Move IQ™
Garmin Connect™ Challenges app yes (optional Connect IQ app) yes (optional Connect IQ app)

Gym & Fitness Equipment

Available gym activity profiles Strength, HIIT, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing, Pilates, Yoga Strength, HIIT, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing, Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts, Pilates, Yoga
Cardio workouts
Strength workouts
HIIT workouts
Yoga workouts
Pilates workouts
On-screen workout animations
On-screen workout muscle maps
Automatic rep counting

Training, Planning and Analysis Features

HR zones
HR alerts
HR calories
% HR max
Recovery time
Auto max HR
Race glance/widget
HRV status
Training readiness
HRV stress test (measures your heart rate variability while standing still, for 3 minutes, to provide you with an estimated stress level; the scale of this is 1 to 100; low scores indicate lower stress levels) yes (with compatible accessory)
HR broadcast (broadcasts HR data over ANT+® to paired devices)
Respiration rate (during exercise) yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory)
GPS speed and distance
Customizable data pages
Customizable activity profiles
Auto Pause®
Interval training
Improved interval (includes open repeats, intervals data page, rest screen and auto detection)
Advanced workouts
Downloadable training plans
Power Modes - customizable in-activity battery settings
HRM running pace and distance
Auto Lap®
Manual lap
Rest timer
Configurable lap alerts
Heat and altitude acclimation
VO2 Max (Run)
VO2 Max (Trail Run)
Realtime stamina
Endurance score
Load ratio
Training status yes (improved)
Training load
Training load focus
Training effect
Training effect (anaerobic)
Primary benefit (Training Effect labels)
Improved recovery time
Daily suggested workouts yes (7 days)
Custom alerts
Audio prompts
Finish time
Virtual Partner
Race an Activity
Auto multisport activities
Manual multisport activities
Course guidance
Garmin Live Segments
Strava Live Segments
Round-trip course creator (running/cycling)
Trendline™ Popularity Routing
Touch and/or button lock
Hot keys
Auto scroll
Activity history on watch
Physio TrueUp
Unified training status

Running Features

Available run profiles

Running, Outdoor Track Running, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail Running, Virtual Running, Ultra Running

Running, Outdoor Track Running, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail Running, Virtual Running, Ultra Running

GPS-based distance, time and pace
Running dynamics
Vertical oscillation and ratio
Ground contact time and balance yes (with compatible accessory) yes (GCT balance with accessory)
Stride length (real time)
Cadence (provides real-time number of steps per minute)
Running power
Grade-adjusted pace
Performance condition
Lactate threshold yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory)
PacePro™ Pacing Strategies
Run workouts
Hill score
Trail run auto climb
Race predictor
Course- and weather-specific race predictor
Foot pod capable
Run/Walk/Stand detection

Golfing Features

Preloaded with 43,000 courses worldwide
Yardage to F/M/B (distance to front, middle and back of green)
Yardage to layups/doglegs
Measures shot distance (calculates exact yardage for shots from anywhere on course) automatic
Digital scorecard
Custom targets
Stat tracking (strokes, putts per round, greens and fairways hit)
Garmin AutoShot™
Full vector map
Auto CourseView updates
Green View with manual pin position
Hazards and course targets
PlaysLike distance
Touch-targeting (touch target on display to see the distance to any point)
Handicap scoring
Round timer/odometer
Automatic club tracking compatible (requires accessory)
Wind speed and direction (requires connection to Garmin Golf app)
Virtual caddie
Pairs with Garmin Golf app
Tournament legal
Green Contours (with Garmin Golf membership)

Outdoor Recreation

Available outdoor recreation profiles

Hiking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Classic Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Tennis, Padel, Pickleball

Hiking, Indoor Climbing, Bouldering, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, Backcountry Snowboarding, XC Classic Skiing, Backcountry Skiing, Water Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Surfing, Wakeboarding, Wakesurfing, Tubing, Hunting, Kiteboarding, Windsurfing, Snowshoeing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Motorcycling, Overlanding, Motocrossing, ATVing, Snowmobile, Ice Skating, Boating, Sailing, Sail Racing, Jumpmaster, Tennis, Pickleball, Padel, Badminton, Squash, Table Tennis, Archery, Whitewater, Tactical, Disc Golf, Sailing Expedition

Sport profiles

American Football, Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Soccer/Football, Lacrosse, Rugby, Ultimate Disc, Cricket, Softball, Baseball, Basketball, Volleyball

American Football, Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Soccer/Football, Lacrosse, Rugby, Ultimate Disc, Cricket, Softball, Baseball, Basketball, Volleyball

Point-to-point navigation
Bread crumb trail in real time
Back to start
UltraTrac mode
Around Me mode
Reference point
Up Ahead
NextFork™ navigation
Elevation profile
Distance to destination
Barometric trend indicator with Storm Alert
ClimbPro™ Ascent Planner
Vertical speed
Total ascent/descent
Rest Timer (Ultra Run only)
Auto rest
Future elevation plot
Preloaded ski resort maps
Downloadable cartography support
GPS coordinates
Sight 'N Go
Area calculation yes (via Connect IQ™)
Fish forecast
Projected waypoint
Sun and moon information sunrise/sunset yes (via Connect IQ™)
XERO™ Locations
Expedition GPS Activity
Tides yes (via Connect IQ™)
Tide glance

Cycling Features

Available cycling profiles

Biking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking, eBiking, eMountain Biking

Biking, Road Biking, Mountain Biking, Gravel Biking, Bike Commuting, Bike Touring, eBiking, eMountain Biking, Indoor Biking, Cyclocross, Triathlon

Bike lap and lap maximum power (with power sensor)
Race an activity
Alerts (triggers alarm when you reach goals including time, distance, heart rate or calories)
FTP (Functional Threshold Power) yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory)
Power curve and % FTP workouts
Cycle Map (routable cycling-specific street map)
MTB Grit & Flow
Advanced cycling dynamics
Compatible with Vector™ and Rally™ (power meters)
Compatible with Varia Vision™ (head-mounted display)
Compatible with Varia™ radar (rear-facing radar)
Compatible with Varia™ lights
Speed and cadence sensor support (w/sensor)
Power meter compatible
Power guide

Swimming Features

Available swim profiles

Pool Swimming, Open Water Swimming

Pool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swimming/Running

Open-water swim metrics (distance, pace, stroke count/rate, stroke distance, swim efficiency (SWOLF), calories)
Pool swim metrics (lengths, distance, pace, stroke count, swim efficiency (SWOLF), calories)
Stroke type detection (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly) (pool swim only)
Drill logging (pool swim only)
Basic rest timer (up from 0) (pool swim only)
"Repeat on" rest timer (pool swim only)
Auto rest (pool swim only)
Time and distance alerts
Pacing alerts (pool swim only)
Countdown start (pool swim only)
Pool swim workouts
Critical swim speed
Underwater wrist-based heart rate
Heart rate from external HRM (real-time during rests, interval and session stats during rests, and automatic heart rate download post-swim) yes (with HRM-Swim, HRM-Pro or HRM-Pro Plus) yes (with HRM-Tri, HRM-Swim, HRM-Pro or HRM-Pro Plus)

Kid Activity Tracking Features

Toe-to-Toe™ Challenges app yes (optional Connect IQ Toe-to-Toe™ Challenges app) yes (optional Connect IQ Toe-to-Toe™ Challenges app)