Garmin Announces New Forerunner 935

Today, Garmin announced the latest latest watch in its Forerunner series, the 935. The biggest draw—and what sets it apart from its predecessor, the 735XT—are its barometric altimeter and WiFi capabilities. It also features a new “Running Dynamics Pod,” a small device that clips to your waistband to let you see six running dynamics, including cadence, ground contact time, stride length and more without the need for a chest strap. As with the 735, the 935 features wrist-based heart rate monitoring and is an all-day activity tracker that also tracks your swim, bike and run workouts.

Garmin touts the following features for triathletes:
Swim: In the water, it will track distance, stroke, pace, personal records and more.
Bike: It will track dynamics including power zones, time seated and standing, platform center offset and power phase.
Run: The new “Running Dynamics Pod.”

The Forerunner 935 also features built-in settings for tracking hiking, trail running, skiing, paddle sports and golf. The watch is also compatible with several third-party services. Strava Live Segments will allow users to view real-time results on a run or ride, leaderboard rankings and how their current effort compares to their PR. It will also send you live feedback during an activity. Those who track their training on the TrainingPeaks platform will appreciate the ability to download workouts directly to the watch and then view results in real time. Following a session, athletes can automatically sync their completed workout to TrainingPeaks for a detailed analysis of their performance.

It claims to feature up to 24 hours of battery life in GPS mode, up to 50 hours in battery saver mode and up to two weeks in pure watch mode—making it a real contender to seamlessly double as an activity tracker and training watch.

The watch will retail for $500, with a tri-bundle option—including a black watch face with force yellow strip, a tri heart-rate monitor, a swim heart rate monitor, a quick release kit and an extra black strap—available for for $650.

For an in-depth review of the new watch’s functions, check out Triathlete contributor DC Rainmaker’s thoughts here.