The tech world is buzzing about Garmin’s release of the Forerunner 735XT, which aims to be a jack-of-all-trades wearable for runners, multisport athletes and the active lifestyle. Though the watch is specifically being marketed toward runners, it has several features that make it look like a good match for triathletes. For brick workouts and du/triathlon races, the auto multisport feature lets you switch sports with just one button press. 735XT is compatible with advanced workouts for running, cycling and pool swimming. You can create your own custom workouts and download for free from Garmin Connect. It also features a wrist-based heart rate monitor.
Even more intriguing is its connectability to outside apps. It is the first device to come with the Strava Live Suffer Score app pre-installed (the Suffer Score is a premium feature of Strava, but those who purchase the 735XT get a free 60-day trial of Strava premium). It also allows users to connect to their compatible smartphone to receive calls, texts, emails, social media alerts and more.
“The Forerunner 735XT is the ultimate GPS smartwatch for athletes who want dialed-in data for training and race day,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “It offers comprehensive data for all of their activities, keeps them connected with smart features including notifications and automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, and lets them customize their device to fit their needs with Connect IQ’s free apps, data fields and more.”
Garmin claims the 735XT’s battery life is up to 14 hours in training mode and 11 days in watch mode. The 1.4-ounce watch retails at $449. Triathletes can purchase the 735XT bundled with Garmin’s HRM-Tri monitor and HRM-Swim monitor for $599.