Garmin Forerunner 935 — Full Review

Garmin are the leader in the GPS sportswatch market and they have various series to their name aimed at addressing the needs of all kinds of athletes. Their latest premium offering is the Forerunner 935. This is a running and triathlon watch with new performance monitoring tools and Elevate™ wrist-based heart rate technology. In addition to 24/7 heart rate monitoring, the Forerunner 935 includes new training features, allowing users to fine-tune exercise and recovery to become better athletes.

Garmin 935 comes with GPS, numerous sensors (including heart rate, altimeter, and barometer), and supports Garmin’s extensive range of sports-tracking features. The 935 tracks a number of cardio activities automatically (including cycling, swimming, hiking, and more) but offers particularly in-depth information for runners.

While this volume and depth of data might be overkill for the average wearer, the Forerunner 935 (plus the requisite accessory of your choosing) aims to provide near professional-level data and analysis to serious, data-minded athletes.

Forerunner 935 Design.

The Forerunner 935 utilizes the flatter round housing of the new Forerunner watches. The start/stop button moves from the front to the top left, with the 3 left buttons controlling the light/smart watch options, main options/Up & Down. The bottom left acts a back button.

The new Forerunner 935 is compatible with the Garmin easy-to-swap QuickFit™ bands. With a band to suit every event, you can easily change from sporty silicone to classic leather and even high-end metal.

In the display department there is a 1.2-inch 240 x 240 transflective display to aid visibility in the bright outdoors. It’s not the sharpest or the brightest of displays, but it’s certainly going to be a lot kinder to the battery.

Featherlight Wearability.

The Forerunner 935 weighs in at just 49 grams, making it one of the lightest GPS running and multisport training watches to-date. This sleek, easy-wearing watch is designed to tough it out during your most intense training sessions while still wearing comfortably as an every day watch that captures your daily stats.

Follow Your Heart.

Wrist based heart rate may be an easy option when one wants to move without any restrictions on race day, but the Forerunner 935 goes further by allowing you tap into a lot more data through the additional compatible heartrate strap. Its chest strap HR monitor offers advanced features like lactate threshold as well as heart rate variability (HRV) stress test.

Notifications.

View text messages, phone calls and more while you are your workout and train with smart notifications, music controls, and much more.

High-resolution tracking.

The new Forerunner offers a high-resolution technique tracking function. The 935 incorporates GLONASS/GPS location tracking, and a built-in altimeter provides real-time elevation information. A compass and barometer, meanwhile, predict changes in weather by showing shortterm changes in air pressure. And a VO2 Max sensor estimates blood oxygen content.

Once it’s synced with a compatible Android smartphone, the watch connects to Garmin Connect online fitness service where users can track sleep patterns and their track workouts, and also compete with friends in online challenges for virtual badges.

Software.

The Forerunner 935 supports Garmin Connect IQ platform that third party applications can take advantage of. This platform has numerous applications covering all sorts of things from watch faces to specialized applications for specific race scenarios.

While the app collection is not as huge as you would get in, say Android Wear, you will still get useful apps like AccuWeather MinuteCast and Uber ETA. Strava Live Segments allows users to view real-time results on a run or ride, leader board rankings and how their current efforts compare to their PR. The Garmin Forerunner 935 will be paired with a 60-day trial of Strava Premium.

Also notable is the Training Peaks app that will allow you to download workouts directly into your watch, and then view workout in real-time, complete with interval durations and intensity targets.

And if Garmin’s built-in training apps aren’t enough, you can download other health applications to augment your overall experience.

Battery Life.

Garmin say that with GPS switched on, the Forerunner 935 will offer 24 hrs of battery life, though in low-energy mode it could offer 60 hours and if you decide you don’t need location tracking at all you could squeeze two weeks out of it before it needs to be recharged.

Price and Release Details.

Garmin International announced the new smartwatch on March 29 this year. The Garmin 935 is offered in black for $499.99. They also offer a bundle that incorporates a force yellow strap and black watch face, HRM-Swim, HRM-Tri, and quick release kit for $649.99. You can also purchase additional silicone, metal or leather bands for the new QuickFit compatible watches.

For which activities?

Rather conveniently, the watch is able to track a number of cardio activities such as running, swimming, cycling hiking, trail running, skiing, paddle sports, golf and more. The 935 uses information gathered by its biometric sensors suite to assess stride length, vertical oscillation, cadence, ground contact time and balance to provide actionable and helpful tips on how to correct the form of the user to achieve better overall performance.

To achieve this, the 935 ushers in an expansive selection of new training features. The Training Status feature will analyze all your previous data and let you know when you’re working too hard or perhaps enough, when out on a run or cycle while Training Zone will give you an overall weekly view of your activity and whether your sessions have been too hard or too easy. Finally, Training Effect will estimate aerobic and anaerobic benefits of each single training session.

The 935 is compatible with the complete line of Varia cycling awareness accessories for the cycling enthusiast.

It provides swimming data including pool metrics, auto lap and manual lap and syncs to Garmin’s HRM-Swim for underwater heart rate.

Conclusion.

There are plenty of fitness trackers out there, but most of them are limited to basic functions like counting steps or measuring your heart rate. Garmin wants to assure you that the all-new Forerunner 935 is different: the company’s top-of-the-line sports watch is built for serious athletes who want to get personalized training and maximize their workout results.

Whether you’re training for your first triathlon or chasing your next personal record, the Forerunner 935 GPS Running/Triathlon Bundle from Garmin gives every dedicated athlete the ability to beat yesterday.

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