Garmin Forerunner 935

Garmin Forerunner 935
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  • Rated 5 stars
£499 to £559
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  • Last modified: 12th April 2017
  • Heart Rate functionality
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  • Heart Rate Accuracy
    Editor: 98%
  • Activity Tracking features
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  • Running functions
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  • Cycling functions
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  • Fitness monitoring features
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  • Ease of Use
    Editor: 95%
  • Battery Life
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The Garmin Forerunner 935 was released in April 2017. If you have been trying to decide between the Garmin Fenix 5 and the Forerunner 735XT fear not … the Garmin Forerunner 935 has arrived.  Like the majority of Garmin’s top end sports watches it features wrist based heart rate monitor and built in GPS. Add to that a barometric pressure sensor and digital compass. The Forerunner 935 is suitable for all elite athletes from Triathlete to Adventure Racer. This review of the Garmin Fenix 5 has been brought to you by Tristan Haskins aka CardioCritic

Release Date (UK) > April 2017

Product it replaced > None – the 935 is a new product

Suggested Retail Price (when new) > £469

Who’s It For?

The Garmin Forerunner 935 is for any serious athlete who runs, bikes, swims .. whatever. It’s perfect for outdoor adventure racers, fell runners, triathletes, elite runners, skiers, snowboarders and mountain climbers. It has the most comprehensive array of performance monitoring features on any GPS sports watch. If you have been considering a Fenix 3HR or Fenix 5 but don’t need the Waypoint navigation then the 935 could be for you. (note > for winter sports it even features ski lift versus downhill time detection & data)

Wrist Based HR

The Forerunner 935 has the convenience of heart rate without the need of a chest strap with all day activity and heart rate tracking.  For elite athletes there are many advanced training metrics such as VO2 Max, Running Dynamics and Recovery Prediction.

The Perfect watch for Triathlon

The Forerunner 935 features genuine multisport functionality making it perfect for triathletes. The Forerunner 935 can switch between SWIM > BIKE > RUN modes at the press of a button. The Forerunner 735XT is still a highly recommended triathlon watch but the 935 adds new training features including Training Status and a 7 day rolling Training Load indicator to prevent over-training. 

Which Forerunner for you?

Confused by all the Forerunner watches? Don’t be. The Garmin Forerunner range of GPS sports watches is extensive with over a dozen models in the last 10 years. I’ve produced a short history of the Garmin Forerunner to help you get the latest and most appropriate Forerunner watch for your needs and budget.

Next Model Up

The only model superior to this Forerunner 935 is the beautiful but bomb proof Garmin Fenix 3 HR and Fenix 5. Almost identical functionality with wrist based heart rate, GPS and barometric pressure sensor. The main difference is the Waypoint navigation and optional Sapphire glass found on the Fenix range. The Fenix range are the ultimate outdoor GPS sports watches for adventure racers and anyone who wants a watch that can stand up to pretty much anything. The newer Fenix 5 also offers wrist based heart rate monitor and has the bonus of availability in 3 x different case sizes.

Garmin fenix 3 HR

Garmin fenix 5

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Pros

  • Technique Analysis with advanced Running Dynamics
  • Triathlon mode > Swim to Bike to Run with transition times
  • Barometric Pressure Sensor
  • Training Progress - tells you if you are improving
  • Training Effect - live feedback warning if you are training too hard
  • Training Status - evaluation of the last 7days of training
  • Up to 24hrs battery life in GPS mode
  • Up to 60hrs in UltraTrac battery saver mode
  • 2 weeks charge when using as a day-to-day smartwatch
  • Compatible with smartphone and push notifications
  • Activity Tracking including Floors Climbed
  • GPS+ GLONASS
  • The perfect all round sports watch
  • Compatible with Strava Live Segments
  • Cons

  • What can I say ..... nothing ...
  • Next Model Down

    The model directly below this Forerunner 935 is Garmin Forerunner 735XT. It has all the multisport functionality of the 935 but none of the Outdoor Recreation features. The Forerunner 935 offers these outdoor features thanks to it’s barometric pressure sensor. The sensitive altitude monitor gives access to vertical climb feedback, elevation profile and other ascent/descent metrics. Also, the 935 comes equipped with even more advanced over-training prevention tools like the 7 day Training Load analysis. The bottom line here is … if you can afford the Garmin Forerunner 935 … buy one !

    Garmin Forerunner 735XT

    Closest Competitor

    The product from competitors with the closest functionality to this 935 would be the Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR. Like this one the Suunto offers true multisport functionality with multiple disciplines being recorded in one exercise file. Each has it’s own pros and cons over the others and we would, in all honesty, I’d be happy having to use either for the next 18 months. Note – at time of writing this the Suunto Spartan ULTRA Wrist HR had not been released … that should also be considered as an alternative ….

    Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR

    In Conclusion

    The level of R&D that Garmin put in to their Forerunner range is immense. They have been making GPS sports watches for nearly 20 years and they have access to some of the worlds greatest athletes from all disciplines. All this experience and feedback gives them a huge advantage over some of their competitors. The Garmin Forerunner 935 gets another 5/5 Star Review. There is nothing to criticize in this perfect GPS sports watch …

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