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How to Choose a Watch Band for Garmin Forerunner?

Garmin released their first wrist-mounted trackers for runners since 2003, Forerunner 101, a giant pill shaped equipment. Forerunner 101 have been updated to forerunner 401, 601, and their similar look equipment Foretrex 601, 701,801,901 have been the best favorite wrist navigator to many military fans. In order to improve runner’s wear experience, they released smaller watches model, like Forerunner 220, forerunner 225, Forerunner 620, and Forerunner 245, Forerunner 255, Forerunner 265, Forerunner 955, Forerunner 965. We have to say that, even today we have a lot smart watch for runner’s tracking purpose, Apple Watch, Fitbit Vervas, Google Pixels and some other brands, if you are a sporter of Triathlon (run, swim and bike), Garmin Forerunner would be still your essential watch collection.

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Do I Need a GPS Running Watch?

While you can always run with nothing, but a good pair GPS running watches can help you track your training progress, understand and body metrics, to protect you from over activities, and help you families find you if you lost your position when you are in adventure. Actually, now we can find many affordable smartwatches instead of Apple Watch or Garmin Watch for tracking purpose at Amazon, get a tracker with your runs will add a lot of fun. In most cases, you’ll get a more accurate data, a long battery life and a high-tech support customer service team with a nicer watch.

How do I choose a watch band for my Garmin Forerunners?

To select a suitable watch band for your Garmin Forerunners, firstly we have to figure out what I watch band size is compatible with your Forerunner models. Below are all the detail information about every Garmin Forerunner.

These models are compatible with the same size of special watch straps, our solution is to design a unique watch strap adapter with size 15mm*20mm, we also deliver a pair of special spring bars and a pair of tools for watch band removal and installation.

  • Garmin Forerunner 220
  • Garmin Forerunner 230
  • Garmin Forerunner 235
  • Garmin Forerunner 235 Lite
  • Garmin Forerunner 225
  • Garmin Forerunner 620
  • Garmin Forerunner 630
  • Garmin Forerunner 735XT

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These models are compatible with standard 18mm quick release straps:

  • Garmin Forerunner 265S 42mm
  • Garmin Forerunner 255S 41mm
  • Garmin Forerunner 255S Music 41mm

These models are compatible with standard 20mm quick release straps:

  • Garmin Forerunner 158
  • Garmin Forerunner 245
  • Garmin Forerunner 245 Music
  • Garmin Forerunner 55
  • Garmin Forerunner 645 Music

These models are compatible with standard 22mm quick release straps:

  • Garmin Forerunner 265 46MM
  • Garmin Forerunner 255 46mm
  • Garmin Forerunner 255 Music 46mm

These models are compatible with Quickfit 22mm straps:

  • Garmin Forerunner 945
  • Garmin Forerunner 945 LITE
  • Garmin Forerunner 935
  • Garmin Forerunner 745
  • Garmin Forerunner 955 Solar
  • Garmin Forerunner 965

What is the difference between standard quick-release straps and Quickfit Straps?

While the biggest difference between them is the spring bars and the quick equipment. Most of spring bars in standard quick release straps have a 1.5mm or 1.8mm diameters, while most of Garmin Quickfit spring bars are 2.0mm, some are 1.8mm or 2.2mm, and Quickfit spring bars are locked into the watch by screws. Standard quick release watch bands come together with spring bars, the quicker-release spring bars are inside of the straps, so you don’t need other spring bars; while the Quickfit straps don’t come with spring bars, most of the time you can keep the original spring bar and push them Quickfit strap onto the spring bar to security it.

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Is the standard quick-release strap interchange with Quickfit strap?

Well, standard quick release straps are not recommended to watch which is compatible with Quickfit straps. The customer would find the spring bars are easy to slide out if they use the standard strap for Garmin Forerunner 945, this is because the spring bars of the standard strap is small, and its not able to lock up. While a Garmin Forerunner 265 can be compatible with 22mm Quickfit straps. Hemsut Watch Bands delivers many strap designs for different Garmin Watches, including Garmin Fenix, Garmin Tactix, Garmin Instinct, and Garmin Forerunner. Many customers ordered the wrong model for their Garmin Forerunner, especially the model Garmin Forerunner 265 or 255 46mm. Customers only know their watch is compatible with a 22 strap, and they ordered a Quickfit 22mm, but they found out that it was unable to install it to their watch. In this case, it just needs a pair of spring bars whose diameter is over 1.8mm, and the Quickfit straps can be able to installed to a Forerunner 265 46mm. Please remember to contact us to request a free pair of spring bars if you want to order a Quickfit strap for your Garmin Forerunner that is compatible with a standard strap of 20mm or 22mm. 

Same as Garmin Forerunner 245,  Garmin Venu is also compatible with a standard 20mm quick release strap. We are going to show you a video on how to exchange a Quickfit strap for a standard quick release strap on a Garmin Venu.

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If you are looking for a replacement watch band for the Garmin Forerunner, we would like to recommend some of our strap that you might be interested in.


Super Rugged Garmin Watch Bands | Hemsut


Rugged standard quick release watch bands are built with high-quality nylon seatbelts and velcro accessories, which are very soft and durable. It’s not only a good replacement straps option when you climb or cycle with your watch, but it can also carry the ability to hold your watch in good condition when you swim or sail. This model comes in two sizes: 20mm and 22mm, it’s compatible with all watch models in these two sizes, please remember to choose different length sizes according to your wrist size. The quick-release spring bar enables you to exchange the band very easy. Try it and you won’t regret it!

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Super Rugged Garmin Watch Bands | Hemsut


The rugged Quickfit watch band is the same style as the rugged standard quick release strap, but enables Quickfit adapters, you can exchange the replacement watch strap very easily. Garmin Forerunner fans can choose either quick release or Quickfit straps. Our Quickfit Garmin watch bands are available at 20mm, 22mm, and 26mm, they can be compatible with most Garmin watches besides Garmin Forerunner model. Try one for your collection now.

We also provide a series of designs of other Quickfit straps, Please check our Garmin Watch Bands collection for more detail.

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