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DEALS: Garmin Forerunner 955 & 955 Solar get first sale on Amazon

Amazon is currently offering 10% off on a new Garmin Forerunner 955 or 955 Solar. This is the first time the retail giant has reduced prices on this popular sports watch line.

The device was launched in June as the high-end Forerunner model. It comes with a plethora of updates over its predecessor such as dual-band GNSS, a larger display, touch-functionality, more time between charges, the latest Gen 4 ELEVATE heart rate sensor and a solar iteration.

There are also some software updates, many of which have subsequently reached the Fenix 7 line, Epix 2 and some other Garmin watches. Most of these are to do with recovery stats and include HRV Status, Training Readiness and more. We won’t go into the other upgrades in this article but you can check in our detailed comparison feature.

Also worth a read is our detailed hands-on review of the 955. This is the best Forerunner yet, a device for those serious about their fitness. Buy it if you want an all-round multi-sports tracker. Or if you were considering purchasing a Fenix 7 or Epix 2 but do not want to pay an arm and a leg.

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As someone who has upgraded from the 935, I couldn’t be happier with the watch. Even those with the 945 may want to think about it. But if you have the 945 LTE, most of the additional features of the 955 are now available on your device. They arrived via a recent firmware update.

So far Garmin has not discounted the $499 Forerunner 955 or its pricier $599 Solar variant. However if you act quick you can pick up both of these devices at 10% off on Amazon (check current price). The deal is only available for certain colour iterations.

It is interesting that we are getting this discount so soon after the launch of the 955. The timing is also strange considering Amazon Prime Day is only 10 days away and we are heading into the holiday end-year sales period.

Perhaps it is to do with the condition of the market. Sales of wearables are stagnating of late as people are holding onto their existing devices for longer. So this could be the reason for these early discounts.

A recent report by CSS Insight expects wearables shipments in 2022 to be below last year’s levels. Price inflation and rising living expenses, combined with the slowdown in the global economy are curtailing smartwatch and fitness band purchases.

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