Sunday, March 18, 2012

Garmin Announces New Forerunner 935

Forerunner 935 - Amp Yellow, UNITED STATES

Last week, Garmin released the newest device in the Forerunner series. The Forerunner 935 is aimed at serious athletes and has the ability to track multiple sports including running, cycling, swimming, skiing, golf, hiking, and others. The device features both GLONASS and GPS and is compatible with a variety of sensors for measuring exercise statistics.

At first look, the Forerunner 935 stands out from the rest of the Forerunner line with a more slim appearance–more like a smartwatch than a running watch, which may have been the intention. This device shares many features with the fēnix 5 Series, including the replaceable QuickFit bands, but rather than just being a generic watch for active people, the Forerunner 935 is focused entirely on athletes looking to get the most out of their given activity. 

As is standard for Garmin running watches, the Forerunner 935 is compatible with Garmin Connect IQ and through it, users can access a variety of apps such as TrainingPeaks, which allows users to download free workouts directly to the watch, and Strava Live Segments, which allows users to view real-time results on a run or ride. Additionally, the Forerunner 935 comes with a 60 day trial of Strava Premium.

Additionally, the device is compatible with a variety of sensors, including Running Pods, which can be clipped to the waistband to track cadence, ground contact time, and stride length; the full line of Varia cycling accessories; Vector power meter system; and the Index smart scale, to name a few.

However, the device also has quite a bit of power on its own and can track an athlete’s performance and training routines, providing feedback on training sessions. The device analyzes workouts and general fitness over time and can provide detailed analysis of how your fitness level changes and the overall effectiveness of your routine. It also can help athletes stay in the target zone and provides weekly overviews.

As you’d expect, the Forerunner 935 comes with the typical Garmin hardware including GPS and GLONASS connectivity and ABC sensor capability (altimeter, barometer, compass). It also features the Elevate wrist-based heart rate monitor which can track a user’s daily activity and workouts without the need for a chest strap. The device’s battery is expected to last a full day in GPS mode, around two days in UltraTrac battery saver mode, and two weeks in watch mode.

The Forerunner 935 is available now for $499.99, although there is also a tri-bundle option which also includes HRM-Tri, HRM-Swim, Quick Release Kit, and an an additional strap available for $649.99.

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