The Garmin Forerunner 935 is a new, lightweight, feature-packed sports watch, tailor-made for runners and triathletes, but also with built-in tracking for activities include hiking, trail running, skiing, paddle sports, golf and more.
Packed into the 49 gram watch is GPS, altimeter, barometer and compass sensors, and 24/7 heart rate monitoring via Garmin’s Elevate wrist-based heart rate technology.
Although built for running and triathlons, there’s also a lot in the Forerunner 935 for cyclists and swimmers. On a bike, the watch will allow you to track metrics for power zones, time seated and standing, platform center offset and power phase. Put the watch in swim mode, and track distance, stroke, pace, personal records and more.
Add the optional extra accessory the Running Dynamics Pod, and you’ll be able to view six running dynamics, including cadence, ground contact time, stride length and more, on the Garmin Connect app on a compatible iPhone or Android smartphone.
New to this watch is technology from Firstbeat that will monitor your workout data, and provide analysis on how effectively you’re training, whether you’re training too hard, or otherwise, and how your body is recovering.
In GPS mode the wearer will get 24 hours of battery life, stepping up to 50 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode, and two weeks in watch mode.
“With similar features to the fēnix 5, the Forerunner 935 is catered more towards athletes focused on performance and results,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales.
“As a top-of-the-line GPS smartwatch, the Forerunner 935 not only provides users with insight into how their body is responding to fitness, but also offers data for every activity, allows them to automatically upload to Garmin Connect, and is customizable with free apps, data fields and more from the Connect IQ store.”
Price and availability
The Garmin Forerunner 935, is available in two colors, or, to be more correct, it is available in two configurations.
The ‘standard’ color is black, and sells for $499.99.
A second option is the tri-bundle option, with a which includes a force yellow strap, HRM-Tri, HRM-Swim, Quick Release Kit and an additional strap in black. This version of the Garmin Forerunner 935 sells for $649.99.
Included in both options is a 60-day trial of Strava Premium — handy, as Strava Live Segments are available on the Forerunner 935, showing your real-time results and leaderboard rankings.