Garmin Forerunner 935

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  • Garmin Forerunner 935
  • Garmin Forerunner 935
  • Garmin Forerunner 935
  • Garmin Forerunner 935
  • Garmin Forerunner 935

Garmin’s Forerunner 935 GPS is everything an activity tracking fitness smartwatch should be.

- Lee Crane, Digital Trends 


If you’re a triathlete or an ultramarathoner looking for a lightweight, long-lasting GPS watch, look no further than the Garmin Forerunner 935.

- Michael Miller, Tom's Guide 

Specs / Features


Premium GPS running/triathlon watch with wrist-based heart rate. Offers advanced running and multisport features in a comfortable watch you can wear all day.

Premium GPS running/triathlon watch with wrist-based heart rate. Offers advanced running and multisport features in a comfortable watch you can wear all day.

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Specification

Specification
Brand Garmin
Model 010-01746-00
Warranty 12 months
Size 1 x 4 cm (0.4 x 1.6 in)
Weight 49 grams
(1.73 ounces)

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • A huge amount of features and measurements for the multi-sport athlete
  • Lightweight, stylish design
  • Two-week battery life
  • Accurate measurements
  • Water-resistant up to 130 feet

What's bad

  • GPS slow to lock signal
  • No touchscreen
  • A bit on the pricey side

For serious sports enthusiasts, something like the Fitbit Ionic or Apple Watch might not provide everything you need. If you’re training for something like a marathon or triathlon, look into the Garmin Forerunner 935.

This round-faced smartwatch looks almost like Garmin’s more rugged sports watch -- the Fenix 5. However, once you hold it, you’ll notice the difference in materials. The Forerunner 935 has a plastic body and silicone band.

The 1.2-inch 240-by-240 pixel screen provides just enough space to view all the digital readouts without overpowering your wrist. And, as it uses transflective technology, reviewers could read the data in bright sunlight.

Unfortunately, it’s not a touchscreen, so you must use the buttons on the outside of the display to navigate through your menus. Experts found the large, tactile buttons easy to find -- even when not looking. This makes the watch ideal if you want to track yourself while swimming, biking, or sprinting.

Thanks to its use of plastic and rubber, it weighs 49 grams. That's 36 grams lighter than the rugged Fenix 5. Even with the weight reduction, it squeezes in an optical heart rate monitor, a barometric altimeter, compass, gyroscope, accelerometer, and thermometer. If that’s not enough, it’s also water resistant up to 130 feet.

It also has GPS, but it surprised many at how long it took for it to get a lock. Most consider it to be the worst they’ve seen in the Garmin range. Getting a GPS lock took anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute on average in most reviews.

Besides this, everything else worked well. The heart rate monitor provided accurate information, and the accelerometer provided useful data on speed. Reviewers found the altimeter particularly useful. It provides you with 3D distance and speed, showing you changes in elevation during day-to-day tracking or when hiking/mountain biking.

While you can view your stats on your watch, most recommend that upload it to the Garmin site via a smartphone app or USB. This offers a better overview of your data and allows you to see improvements over time.

The Forerunner 935 can also pair with compatible smartphones to receive notifications, alerts, text messages, and more while you’re working out.

It’s important for a sports watch to have a great battery life. You don’t want to miss out on data partway through your workout because your watch died. The Forerunner 935 wowed experts with its two-week battery life. Continuous tracking will deplete the battery faster, but most had no issue lasting a full day on a single charge.

The Forerunner 935 is a testament to the fact that Garmin is no slouch in the sports watch department. Reviewers had no issues recommending it to people who want the best fitness tracking with some smartwatch elements. Pocket-Lint states, “For the multi-sport athlete, the Garmin Forerunner 935 is an absolute joy... this is a watch you might just want to wear every day.” Digital Trends states, “No other action-oriented GPS fitness watch even comes close to the depth of features, ease of use, and daily wear functionality of the Forerunner 935.”

Critic Reviews


Stuff

The ultimate sports watch

from Stuff

It has great battery life, all the tech a sports watch needs, and squeezes this all into a surprisingly slim, comfortable package. If you want a professional trainer on your wrist, and prefer your watches to look sporty rather than shiny, it’s one of the best around. 

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It has great battery life, all the tech a sports watch needs, and squeezes this all into a surprisingly slim, comfortable package. If you want a professional trainer on your wrist, and prefer your watches to look sporty rather than shiny, it’s one of the best around. 

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Pocket-lint

The sports watch of champions

from Pocket-lint

The Forerunner 935 is certainly accomplished, not only with the vast range of features it offers, but how it all hangs together. It feels and wears better than the lower-level Forerunner devices, although it's not quite the luxury that the Fenix 5.

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The Forerunner 935 is certainly accomplished, not only with the vast range of features it offers, but how it all hangs together. It feels and wears better than the lower-level Forerunner devices, although it's not quite the luxury that the Fenix 5.

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Digital Trends

The best fitness watch we've ever tested

from Digital Trends

No other action-oriented GPS fitness watch even comes close to the depth of features, ease of use, and daily wear functionality of the Forerunner 935. This is the perfect watch for active people who enjoy tracking every aspect of their fitness exploits with deep metrics.

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No other action-oriented GPS fitness watch even comes close to the depth of features, ease of use, and daily wear functionality of the Forerunner 935. This is the perfect watch for active people who enjoy tracking every aspect of their fitness exploits with deep metrics.

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Apple Insider

Offers Fenix features at lower cost

from Apple Insider

The Forerunner 935 remains aimed at serious fitness fans, no doubt. Arguably the 935 a smarter choice than the Fenix 5 even among serious athletes, since it's at least $100 cheaper, includes Wi-Fi by default, and by using plastic, actually becomes lighter and more comfortable.

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The Forerunner 935 remains aimed at serious fitness fans, no doubt. Arguably the 935 a smarter choice than the Fenix 5 even among serious athletes, since it's at least $100 cheaper, includes Wi-Fi by default, and by using plastic, actually becomes lighter and more comfortable.

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TrustedReviews

Could be the most comprehensive tracking offering available right now

from TrustedReviews

If you do any sport that could be improved with tracking, which is most, this watch will help you do exactly that. The more expensive package with chest strap is ideal for developed athletes looking for more insightful data but for everyone else the watch alone does the job, and well.

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If you do any sport that could be improved with tracking, which is most, this watch will help you do exactly that. The more expensive package with chest strap is ideal for developed athletes looking for more insightful data but for everyone else the watch alone does the job, and well.

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TechRadar

A running and fitness watch with phenomenal battery life

from TechRadar

The Garmin Forerunner 935 is an exceptional multi-sport watch that will just keep chugging along for days and days on your wrist. It's also an excellent smartwatch and fitness tracker in many ways, with perhaps music support the only notable omission. It's a little chunky and expensive to some -...More

The Garmin Forerunner 935 is an exceptional multi-sport watch that will just keep chugging along for days and days on your wrist. It's also an excellent smartwatch and fitness tracker in many ways, with perhaps music support the only notable omission. It's a little chunky and expensive to some - but if you're truly invested in your fitness hobby, it's a worthwhile investment.

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Wareable

Garmin serves up another running and triathlon-friendly sports watch beaut

from Wareable

Garmin is on a roll and the Forerunner 935 is yet another beast of a multisport GPS watch off the conveyor belt. It's a tracking powerhouse and the new metrics based around optimising your training and recovery are really great additions.

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Garmin is on a roll and the Forerunner 935 is yet another beast of a multisport GPS watch off the conveyor belt. It's a tracking powerhouse and the new metrics based around optimising your training and recovery are really great additions.

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ZDNet

Advanced multi-sport GPS watch built to help you improve

from ZDNet

The lighter weight and smaller size make this an extremely compelling high end GPS sports watch that I think many will find compelling. 

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The lighter weight and smaller size make this an extremely compelling high end GPS sports watch that I think many will find compelling. 

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Tom's Guide

Big power in a slim design

from Tom's Guide

The lighweight, long battery life and multisport tracking features in the Garmin Forerunner 935 make it an excellent, if expensive, choice for triathletes and ultramarathoners.

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The lighweight, long battery life and multisport tracking features in the Garmin Forerunner 935 make it an excellent, if expensive, choice for triathletes and ultramarathoners.

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Rizknows

The best triathlon watch to date

The Forerunner 935 is the best triathlon watch out there. Wish price point was lower, but it’s essentially like getting a lighter fenix 5.

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The Forerunner 935 is the best triathlon watch out there. Wish price point was lower, but it’s essentially like getting a lighter fenix 5.

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