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I have been running with a GPS watch now for almost 5 years. Over those 5 years, I️ have only ran with one brand of GPS watch, Garmin. In fact, I still remember my first Garmin…Ahh… the Garmin 310XT. How many of you ran with this brick strapped to your wrist??? Since this model, I have purchased 3 other Garmin Forerunner models.
Thankfully, Garmin has come a long ways in its technology. Over the last couple months I have been extremely fortunate to have the chance to try out the Garmin Forerunner 935 GPS watch. This was an upgrade from the Forerunner 235 for me (which I still consider an awesome GPS watch).
There is a lot that the Garmin Forerunner 935 offers that you can not get in the 235. For instance, the 935 model is considered a multi sport watch. You can track activities such as running (of course), treadmill, indoor track, bike, bike indoor, pool swim, open water swim, triathlon, trail run, climbing, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, Rowing, golfing, walking, strength, and cardio. The first thing I noticed about the Forerunner 935 was the weight. So lite weight, I couldn’t believe it. a big difference from my 235.
you can even customize your watch screen through the Garmin Faceit App.
I will be honest here. So many of these options I did not test out. Come on! There is no skiing here in Indiana. But I did get a chance to try out a couple other activity options; hiking, and biking. Both of these seem to work fairly well from what I can tell in a very limited field study as I went camping for one weekend. Would love to try the hiking more but our schedule just didn’t allow for it.
Hiking:<<<<<<<< img class=”wp-image-2346″ src=”https://daddydidyouwin.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/img_0655.jpg” width=”3024″ height=”4032″>I did compare the distance of my bike ride to that of my run (on the same path) and the GPS distance was just about equal so I would say it is accurate.
Now for the real reason I used the Forerunner 935, running. I️ could make this a very long review, but mainly want to focus on 3 features.
1. Performance Condition.at is Performance Condition? The Garmin Forerunner 935 analyzes your pace, heart rate, and your heart rate variability to make a real time assessment of how you will perform on your training run of race compared to other runs you have had in the past. This feature does not work right away out of the box as it requires a weeks worth of activity to give you an accurate reading. 2. Hear Rate Monitor Say good bye to those annoying chest straps and hello to wrist sensors. That’s right, no need for that chest strap any longer, it is all built in to the watch itself. But the heart rate monitor does so much more than just tell you how many beats per minute. The heart rate monitor helps you estimate your training status which shows you how your training affects your fitness and performance. It is based on changes to your training load and VO2 max over an extended period of time. The hear rate monitor also gives you your VO2 max, recovery time, training load (the sum of your excess poster-exercise oxygen consumption over the past 7 days), and predicted race times (I like how fast my Garmin thinks I can run). A lot of great information comes out of the heart rate monitor. 3. Data Screens This is the part I love the most. You get to customize the date screens that you see while you are in the middle of an activity. you can also choose to have multiple screens to scroll through as well. I have added and formatted a couple of screens which I have found to be very helpful to me in training and in races. The first screen has 4 fields to it. It has the distance, timer, pace, and heart rate. This field I like to use during my workouts. This could be an easy run to make sure my heart rate isn’t too high or on an interval work out to make sure I am working hard enough. I also use it during a race, especially in the early stages of a marathon to make sure that I am not going out too fast, and once again, knowing where my heart rate is at. The other main streen I use also has 4 fields. I have Distance, Pace, Average pace for current mile, and Timer. In the later states of a marathon, I will switch to this screen. At that point, I don’t really care as much about my heart rate and just want to make sure I am on the right pace to hit my goal as I approach the finish line. Just because you can put four fields into one screen, doesn’t mean you have to. You can do anywhere from one field to four. it is all customizable. You can also have several different data screens. It is all up to you. Make it work best for you. This is what I like best about the Garmin Forerunner 935.
There is so much more about the Garmin Forerunner 935 that I could share and could probably wright a whole book, like how you can control the music on your phone from your watch or how it is a smart watch, but I am trying to keep this within reason. Other Bibrave Pros have tested the Garmin Forerunner 935. See what they have to say.