Garmin Forerunner 935
Athletes are data oriented. The wealth and depth of statistics and information offered by Garmin’ Forerunner 935 are reasons many sing its praises. It is a jack-of-all-trades, tracking across various disciplines such as swimming, cycling, and running. The device encompasses all areas of expertise with no compromise in quality. Ultrarunners are pleased that two watches no longer have t be worn to track progress during long endeavors. The Forerunner 935 keeps up with runners for up to 24 hours.
Triathletes enjoy the ability to track all runs, bikes, and swims with a smooth transition between modes. They simply press a button. Some balk at the price tag, but consistent and reliable tracking has won over many athletes. The device serves as a training buddy. The 935 is also a smartwatch and has every feature of a typical modern-day Garmin watch. It relays smartphone notifications. The watch can be used to control the music on the phone. It has access to connect AQ and shows the weather, calendar, and a few other things. The 935 is not going to die mid-bike ride. The only feature found on the 935 not found on the Fenix 5 is WiFi. Though not a big issue, it does make the 935 stand out. It is not a feature on the more expensive Fenix 5.
- Built-in sensors for elevation, compass, and temperature readings.
- Color sunlight-visible display
- Data field customization
- Extra long battery life
- Many add-ons are available to increase functionality
- Multi-activity monitoring, ideal for triathletes
- Reliable and quick connectivity
- Smartphone compatibility with Garmin Connect
- Water resistant to 50 meters
- Face scratches easily
- High-end ticket price
- Some connectivity issues with water swims
They can also monitor golf performance, strength train, or engage in paddle sports. The watch is also a sleep tracker and calorie and step counter. Even more, feedback is possible when additional external devices such as a wearable biochemical data transmitter or chest strap heart rate monitor are added. The input helps fine-tune experiences to make improvements.
The Forerunner 935 is ahead of the competition with its lightweight design, long battery life, and useful metrics for almost all indoor and outdoor activities. Garmin has been targeting serious athletes since 2000.
The watch has a slightly different target audience than the Fenix 5. The Fenix 5 was mostly a lifestyle watch for the super active. Whereas, the 935 is the quintessential end all, be all of the triathlon watches.
It is a multi-sport watch and is equipped with features found on previous generations of watches. Included are all of the stats for the run, cycle, and swim. The Forerunner 935 is a Garmin flagship watch for swimmers and runners. It is among the top choices for multisport athletes.
Due to the water resistance to approximately 50 meters, it can also record swimming endeavors. Most athletes appreciate the many features and versatility of the watch. Built into the watch is a heart rate monitor that is worn on the wrist and an above average color screen that is readable in sunlight.
Most users are runners who love the accuracy and abundance of available data such as VO2 max, time, distance, pace, and other biochemical metrics like stride length and cadence. Triathletes find switching sports is easy and consider it an asset.
Advanced running metrics like ground contact time and stride length are available if the device is paired with the HRM Tri or the HRM-Run heart rate monitor. Very recently, it can be paired with the Garmin Dynamic Running Pod.
It is a little pod that gives most of the same running stats. All the new training features are included as well as those seen in the past. Training load, training status, and training effect that help determine the workout are available.
Some features showed up first on the Fenix 5. The device has GPS and GLONASS that are not new features. It also has Ultra Track Mode, and like the Fenix 5, it has a gyroscope to help fill in lapses and data from Ultra Track Mode.
It is water resistant to 50 meters. The watch has a golf application. The device is also an activity tracker with everything one would expect from a tracker plus a built-in heart rate monitor. As is always the case, the heart rate monitor is best for running, walking, and hiking.
It is a status quo heart rate sensor. Those who do a lot of weight lifting and CrossFit should not rely on the heart rate monitor. It should be paired with an external heart rate sensor. It works with ANT+ and Bluetooth external heart rate sensors as well as others such as speed and cadence sensors and power meters.
Most feedback is positive. Spot on swimming stroke differentiation and better performance than some of the best sports watches available are reasons behind the positive feedback. Most users take advantage of the multiple locations services such as GLONASS and GPS and sensors such as the barometric altimeter that provides accurate altitude measurement. They are pleased with the overall reliability of statistics, directions, and maps.
Colorful interchangeable bands provide wearers with options. Users can fine-tune a customizable look. It is suitable for casual wear. There is some concern that the chemically strengthened glass face will scratch and reduce visibility and detract from the appeal. Most feedback on style is positive.
The heartiness and life span of the Forerunner 935 pleases most users. A handful of reviewers gave less than stellar feedback. If the glass face were a sapphire crystal upgrade, reviewers would rave.
The screen is big enough to view easily, yet small enough to be considered stylish. Buttons along the bezel side control customizable data field of the watch. Not having a touch screen can be frustrating when maneuvering with sweaty or wet fingers. For safety, the add-on Rand ID face is an option.
Ease of Use
Garmin has other triathlon watches. Why did they make the 935? The 935 is a $500 watch, which is not surprising because Garmin seems determined to raise prices. The 935 has almost every single feature of the Fenix 5.
The external devices provide biomechanic information such as ground contact intervals, stride, and cadence. The feedback helps pinpoint beneficial improvement areas and areas of strength.
Continual monitoring helps athletes attain the best performance by analyzing extended range data available. Interchangeable fashion silicone bands and screen protector glass are offered.
* 24-hour battery life
* Data and location sensors work together for accurate data collection of cohesive measurement
* Impressive all-day tracking activities
* Seamless upload to Garmin Connect
* Water resistant to 50 meters
It has only smartphone notification features and is a tracking tool for daily activities. Some feel the 64mb computing power capacity is an enjoyable everyday watch that meets the needs of an Ironman or someone who is not.
The Garmin Forerunner 935 is a beefed-up version on the 735XT, or more aptly, it is the Fenix 5 Lite. It is like the Fenix 5 in every way. The watch looks eerily similar. It is a bit thinner, lighter, and less durable because it is mostly plastic and it doesn’t come standard with quick bands.
If one is familiar with Garmin watches, the same features are found on the 935. Most of what can be done with the 935 can be done with the 735XT. Why have the 935? It boils down to battery life.
Garmin quoted battery life on the 735XT at up to 14 hours in GPS mode, like that of the Fenix 5. With the 935, it is unlikely to get 24 hours, but it is better than the 735XT. Triathletes are very battery conscious, especially if the device is paired with power meters or other sensors. Reviewers like the watch. They think it is an awesome product. It has an excellent display, it is comfortable, and offers a lot. Triathletes will be all over it.