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Quick Look: Garmin’s New Forerunner 935

Garmin’s new Forerunner 935 will make all XT-model devotees just a little jealous.

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Garmin’s new Forerunner 935 will make all XT-model devotees just a little jealous.

Think of the 935 as a Fenix 5 in plastic clothing. What does that mean? It’s super light (49 grams vs. the Fenix’s 84), and has all the Fenix features the 935’s predecessor, the 735XT, doesn’t, including Wi-Fi, a barometric altimeter and a 64-color display (vs. 16 colors in the 735XT). But what really got us going is the dynamic training load feature.

The watch analyzes previous exercise and fitness levels to tell you how you’re responding to training, and whether you’re going too easy or too hard, to help you train more efficiently. The neon yellow watch face and strap pictured comes as part of a tri bundle that also includes tri and swim-specific heart rate monitors (wrist-based monitoring doesn’t work in the water), a quick release kit, and an additional black strap for $650. Just want the watch? Get it in black for $500.

The Details

  • The 935 has ABC—an altimeter, barometer and compass—for more accurate elevation info, weather prediction and getting your bearings in unfamiliar places.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi makes for lightning-fast workout uploads.
  • 24 hours of battery life in GPS mode means you’ll never again miss tracking an epic workout.
  • A 64-color display handles texts full of emojis beautifully.
  • Wrist-based heart rate gives 24/7 monitoring without the need for an extra strap.

Garmin Forerunner 935
$500–$650, Garmin.com