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Designed and built for daily wear
47 x 47 x 13.9mm; 49g
Plastic body and strap
22mm silicone band
5 ATM waterproofing
That is the perfect precis to lead into discussing the Forerunner 935’s design, in comparison with other Forerunner products that is where the largest shift is because of this device. The influence of the parallel Fenix family could be evidently seen here, as the 935 is similar to a wrist watch and less just like the blob that the 920XT was.
It’s also obviously linked to the 735XT and lower rungs of Forerunner devices – although the grade of the 935 looks and feels just a little higher. It’s an inherently wearable watch, as Garmin (and the industry, really) has moved from concentrating on tracking your sports performance to monitoring all of your day, the 935 is something we have been happy to wear continuously. You couldn’t say that about its predecessor.
The Forerunner 935 includes a plastic body, which is one area where it differs from the Fenix 5, which uses materials like stainless to improve the protection further. The 935 is waterproof to 5 ATM, so it is going to enjoy a your water sports and is filled with swimming functions therefore.
There’s a 22mm silicone band, in order to tend to switch bands if you would like, otherwise the watch has a black body and black strap. The QuickFit bands cost £45 if you wish to change them out. If you choose the tri-bundle version that is included with the HRM-Tri and HRM-Swim monitors, plus you’ll receive a yellow watch band.
These silicone bands are nice and comfortable, by using a conventional buckle which is very simple to adjust. There’s enough flex in the band to allow it stretch a little to stay comfortable in prolonged usage.
Like other Forerunner devices, the 935 has buttons left and right of your body – no touchscreen. We such as this arrangement because it’s much easier to manage using button presses, instead of vague swipes as long as you’re trying to perform along a perilous off-road track. These buttons are metal too, so there’s reduced feel in use.
Overall we just like the design. It’s an clear enhancement over the closest model in the number – the Forerunner 735XT – but is pretty big, so those of smaller stature will dsicover it just a little on the large side.
Full group of functions and hardware
Wrist-based heart-rate monitor (HRM)
1.2-inch colour display, 240 x 240 pixel resolution
GPS, Altimeter, Compass, Gyroscope, Thermometer
Cutting to the true details, it’s hardware that basically separates one Garmin device from another. And the number of hardware dictates the functions supported by that device. The Forerunner 935 essentially does almost anything that Garmin offers – the only features its missing are Garmin Pay and offline music support, that your new Forerunner 645 Music offers.
GPS and wrist-based heart-rate monitoring (in addition to compatibility with Garmin chest straps if you like) supply the basics for activity tracking, but with those extra sensors providing you much more data. When compared to 735XT, it is the addition of the barometric altimeter, gyroscope and thermometer that gives more hardware features.
Of these it is the altimeter that probably offers you the more interesting data, because it’s whatever permits 3D distance and speed, accurate changes in elevation and on the day-to-day tracking a way of measuring stairs climbed (if you value that). For cyclists or those into mountain sports, elevation change becomes even more useful than those just running on the flat. You have the choice to carefully turn 3D distance on or off, according to your preferences.
Additionally, there is Wi-Fi in this watch that will let it sync to Garmin Connect (the associated platform and app, where you data could be placed and tracked in friendly visual form) through an agreeable Wi-Fi network with out a phone – although we suspect many will enjoy a the direct Bluetooth link with their device.
As well as the sensors included in the watch, there is also full support for external sensors. We’ve mentioned heart-rate chest straps and we paired the 935 with a vintage strap (one from a Forerunner 610) for use on the bike, in addition to a Garmin cadence/speed sensor (we’re uncertain where this sensor originated from – it has been sitting in a bike spares box for a long time, but it had no issue feeding in this data).
That is an inherent good thing about the Garmin ecosystem. To be able to use existing sensors you may have, or the option to get new sensors as the needs you have change, makes the Forerunner exceptionally flexible – although that isn’t only limited by this 935 model.
With all of this data, it’s actually the packaging, processing and presentation that defines the feature set. Firstly, you have support for an enormous selection of sports, cutting over the common one – running, swimming, cycling – through the combinations – triathlon, duathlon, brick – and in to the more obscure – parachuting (HAHO, HALO and static line); a nod to Garmin’s popularity with military types – all being supported.
There’s a good tactical mode, providing you long/lat coordinates and route-tracking in your normal assortment of screens. We’re guessing that if you are not going tactical you will probably find it rather useful for orienteering.
There’s full support for golf too, with digital scorecards, yardage and full stat tracking, and also TruSwing compatibility (Garmin’s golf sensor accessory). We didn’t test the golfing functions, but that is another area that sets the 935 apart from various other Forerunners – remembering that Garmin gets the Approach devices also focused on golf.
There’s full 24/7 activity tracking, monitoring resting and active heartrate during the day, your steps and even sleep. Random activities that you may not especially record are monitored too, because of Move IQ – which automatically detects the sort of activity, so when you look at a listing of your day, you can view everything you were doing, whether riding your bike to the station or walking with your dog. This feature isn’t fool proof: Move IQ told us we’d a mid-afternoon swim, which we certainly didn’t.
Beyond all this, the true charm of the Forerunner 935 is in the metrics it’ll provide on performance as well as your training status, rendering it a tool for most, with plenty of information on offer.
Performance and training features
Training status measures
Accurate heart and distance, elevation
Navigation and routes supported
Providing enough time, speed and distance of your run is currently just a little basic, with many devices seeking to offer you more. For the Forerunner 935, running is the better served activity inside our opinion, with some features like training status needing you to be running to come back results – sorry cyclists.
When on a run the Garmin Forerunner 935 is accurate in returning heartrate and GPS data, matching the route we’d run and within the expected heart-rate ranges. In addition, it corroborated with this manual pulse testing.