Garmin Forerunner 935 Multi Sport GPS Watch

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Garmin Forerunner 935 Multi Sport GPS Watch has a rating of 4.8 stars based on 35 reviews.
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  • Premium GPS Running/Triathlon Watch with Wrist-based Heart Rate
  • Provides elevation changes with a built-in barometer; altimeter and electronic compass help you keep your bearings
  • Evaluates your training status to indicate if you’re undertraining or overdoing it and offers additional performance monitoring features
  • Provides advanced dynamics for running, cycling and swimming, including ground contact time balance, stride length and more
  • Battery life: up to 2 weeks in watch mode, up to 24 hours in GPS mode or up to 50 hours in UltraTrac mode
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    Product Details

    The newest edition to the Forerunner family, the Garmin 935 is the ultimate tool for dedicated runners everywhere. Whether you are a triathlete or trail runner, you cannot pass up on the Forerunner 935xt. Super concise data is a runner's best friend and with the Forerunner 935 you'll have all of the data you need. Multi-Sport dynamics (running, swimming, and cycling), VO2 Max, wrist-based heart rate, recovery time, race predictor, and more. The 935 also offers you more ways than ever to store and track your data. Use automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, or use Strava live segments to turn every run into a virtual race. The FR935 is truly the most powerful Forerunner ever. 

    If you have been researching Garmin Forerunner models and you are looking to invest in the Garmin 935 you may be asking yourself the following questions. 

    1. What is difference of the Forerunner 935xt compared to the Forerunner 920XT or 735XT?
    2. What is different between the Forerunner 935Xt and the Garmin Fenix 5
    Forerunner 935 Forerunner 920XT Forerunner 735XT Fenix 5S Fenix 5 Fenix 5X
    Dimensions: 47mm x 47 x 13 45 x 55 x 12.7 44.5 x 44.5 x 11.9 42 x 42 x 14.5 47 x 47 x 15.5 51 x 51 x 17.5
    Display Size: 1.2″ diameter 1.1 “x .8” 1.23″ diameter 1.1″ diameter 1.2″ diameter 1.2″ diameter
    Resolution: 240 x 240 205 X 148 215 x 180 218 x 218 240  x 240 240 x 240
    Weight: 49 grams 61 grams 40 grams 67 grams 85 grams 98 grams
    Water Rating: 5 ATM (50 Meters) 5 ATM 5 ATM 10 ATM (100 Meters) 10 ATM 10 ATM
    Memory: 64 MB 32  MB 80 Hours 64  MB 64 MB 16 GB
    GPS Battery: 24 hours 24 hours 14 hours 14 hours 24 hours 20 hours
    UltraTrac: 75 hours 40 hours 24 hours 40 hours 75 hours 50 hours


    Let’s start with what has been added to the 935 compared to the 920XT

    • ∼Looking at the metrics above, you can see that almost every aspect physically is better
    • ∼Wrist based heart rate with Garmin Elevate 2.0
    • ∼BLE HRM compatible
    • ∼Training Status, Training Load, Training Effect 2.0, Group Live Track, Golf plus many more activity profiles and a gyroscope. All of which we will go into further detail below
    • ∼Lactate Threshold

    To compare the 735xt to the 935XT:

    • ∼Looking at the metrics above you can see that the major benefit of the 735xt is that it is lighter, but not significantly
    • ∼The 735xt does not have a barometric altimeter or Wi-Fi or BLE HRM compatibility whereas the 935 does
    • ~The heart rate sensor does not protrude the watch like the 735Xt

    So, what about the new Fenix 5?  How does the 935 compare to those new 3 units (Fenix 5S, 5, 5X)?  Well to make things simple, the Fenix 5 and 935 are essentially the same watch.  They all have the same menus and the same features.  The difference is in the battery life, size and makeup of the watch itself.

    Forerunner 935xt compared to the Fenix 5S:

    • ∼The Fenix 5S is smaller but it is heavier due to the metal casing
    • ∼The only other benefit over 935 is 10ATM water resistant but I don’t know many people diving more than 100 meters deep
    • ∼It also comes in a sapphire lens version which is on a scale of 1 to 10 about a 9 on a strength scale compared to about a 4 on the 935 lens
      • ∼After using many different Garmin watches, or any watch for that matter, over the past decades of running, I have only cracked 1 so although the sapphire lens is nice, I wouldn’t overly worry about the non-sapphire lenses being too fragile
      • ∼It is nice to know that you can have peace of mind with the sapphire lens but it comes with a higher cost

    Forerunner 935xt compared to the Fenix 5:

    • ∼The 935 and Fenix 5 are essentially the same watch physically with the Fenix being a bit thicker and much heavier
    • ∼It also has a sapphire lens version

    Forerunner 935xt compared to the Fenix 5X:

    • ∼This is the mack daddy of watches! It is roughly the same size as the former Fenix 3 HR
    • ∼The biggest difference is that this watch comes with preloaded OSM (Open Street Maps) for roads and trails and topo maps as well
    • ∼You can get routing directions, Points of Interest nearby and Round Trip Routing for any given distance
    • ∼It comes with a sapphire lens
    • ∼It is twice the weight of the 935

    All Fenix 5 versions also come with Garmin Quickfit bands so a band can be swapped in seconds.  The 935 is compatible with the Quickfit bands (the Fenix 5 compatibility bands) but just doesn’t come with one.

    A few additional features that comes in the new Forerunner 935 that were not in the 920XT are:

    • ∼Floors Climbed, Intensity Minutes, HRV Stress Test, Compass
    • ∼Additional built in activity profiles (Apps) of Golf, Trail Run, Ski, XC Ski, Snowboard, Climb, Hike, SUP, Row, Jumpmaster, Tactical plus more

    Let’s go a bit more into some of the other advanced features like Training Effect (TE).  I have found this metric to be one of the best during my training to make sure I am not over doing it.  The Training Effect score is between 1 and 5 with 5 being overreaching and 1 not doing much.  You would expect to see a score above 4 for a workout, hard, long run or race but when you start seeing high numbers on recovery or easy days, you know you are doing too much.  Either you are not recovered from your harder training or races or you are just running too hard on these days.  Everyone is different but there are so many days above 4 you should have in a week.

    For anyone that has used this metric in the past, you may have noticed that you don’t necessarily get as a high a number when doing an interval workout as maybe you would expect.  That is mostly due to the recovery after each interval being easier and causing the TE to score lower than if you just ran hard the entire time.  In the new 935, there is now Training Effect 2.0 which also shows an Anaerobic TE which gives you a similar score based on Anaerobic activity.  So now you get a Training Effect and Anaerobic Training Effect after each run.

    Training Status:

    This new feature will analyze your training giving you additional insight as to how you are handling your training.  There are 7 different stages including, Productive, Overreaching and Peaking and calculates this by tracking your Lactate Threshold and VO2 Max.

    Training Load is a 7 days summary of your training to let you know if you are training in the right zone by comparing your HR and V02 Max data.  You can also pull up a graph showing you your last 7 days score and where that falls in the graph.

    Another advanced HR feature that was in the 735XT but not in the 920XT is Lactate Threshold.  This value can be achieved by performing a test or a value will be given if you run hitting specific HR values throughout the run.  The best thing about this is that most people do not know what their HR zones are and once the LT is calculated, you can have the watch use HR zones based off your LT.  This makes the zones much more accurate.

    One thing it is important to understand is that all the advanced HR metrics like TE, VO2 Max estimate and LT all use your maximum HR in the equation.  That is the only number you have control over.  The watch will default to 220 minus your age to calculate your Max HR.  For many people, especially runners, this will be way off.  All the advanced HR metrics will be off if your Max HR is incorrect BUT it will be consistently off.  So, if your VO2 is going up or down, it is still going up or down.  The Max HR will be adjusted up if you exceed what it thinks your max is but you will need to run hard enough to go above that number.  It also cannot automatically adjust down if your max is lower than it thinks.  Not everyone runs hard enough to achieve their max HR.  If you know, or have a better idea, of what you max is, you can manually enter it on the watch.

    Connect IQ:

    Don’t forget about the Connect IQ store.  With the thousands of free apps, widgets and data fields, if this watch doesn’t do something you would like it to do, there probably is something in the Connect IQ store that will do what you are looking for.

    There is much more testing of this watch that needs to be done for me to give a more in depth write up, but if you want the best metrics for your training in a nice looking smart watch that is lightweight and has tons of battery life (over 70 hours in Ultratrac and 24 in GPS Mode), this may be the best GPS watch for you.

    • Premium GPS Running/Triathlon Watch with Wrist-based Heart Rate
    • Offers advanced running and multisport features in a comfortable watch you can wear all day, and it only weighs 49 grams
    • Provides elevation changes with a built-in barometer; altimeter and electronic compass help you keep your bearings
    • Evaluates your training status to indicate if you’re undertraining or overdoing it and offers additional performance monitoring features
    • Provides advanced dynamics for running, cycling and swimming, including ground contact time balance, stride length and more
    • Battery life: up to 2 weeks in watch mode, up to 24 hours in GPS mode or up to 50 hours in UltraTrac mode
    • Use the metronome feature - plays tones at a steady rhythm to help you improve your performance by training at a faster, slower, or more consistent cadence.

    Additional Features


    Elevate wrist heart rate technology gives you your current heart rate — no additional strap required.


    Lightweight for the true athlete (only 49 grams); comfortable to wear when training or all day.


    In addition to real-time elevation and directional changes, you benefit from more signal options, wherever your training takes you.


    Most complete data support available: running, cycling, swimming, multisport, cross-country skiing, hiking, trail running, paddle boarding, rowing, strength/cardio, golfing and others.


    You’ll receive alerts for segment start and finish and leaderboard rankings once you complete the segment.


    Automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, LiveTrack, GroupTrack, audio prompts, music controls, smart notifications and social media sharing.


    See components of your efficiency with ground contact time balance, stride length, vertical ratio and more.


    Gauge the effectiveness of your training with daily training status updates.


    Includes VO2 max, recovery time, Strava Live Segments, FTP, training effect and training status.


    See and be seen by pairing your 935 with Varia bike lights or radar, which detect traffic approaching from behind.


    Monitor watts/kg and cycling dynamics when used with Vector power meters.


    Crank up your training in the pool, on the bike or out on a run with advanced workouts that go above and beyond the standard offering.


    Allows you to keep tabs on your training buddies in real time.

    What's Included:

    Note - Yellow Standard Bundle is a custom product only available from HRM USA. In order to customize this bundle, we have to remove the Tri & Swim Transmitter from the Tri Bundle model. The function buttons on the watch face may not be as pictured due to customization.
     Forerunner 935 Standard Bundle Forerunner 935 Tri-Bundle

    Garmin Forerunner 935

    UPC 753759170349

    MPN 010-01746-00

    Garmin Forerunner 935

    UPC 753759170363

    MPN 010-01746-02

    Charging Cable HRM-Tri Transmitter
    Product Manual HRM-Swim Transmitter
    Quick Release Kit

    Black Replacement Wrist Band (Yellow Version Only)

    Charging Cable
    Product Manual
    Ca Residents: Click here for Proposition 65 warning


    3-axis compass with HSI (horizontal situation indicator) No
    Touch and/or button lock Yes
    GPS coordinates Yes
    Audio prompts Yes
    Sleep monitoring (monitors total sleep and periods of movement or restful sleep) Yes
    Heart rate-based calorie computation No
    Auto CourseView updates No
    Downloadable training plans Yes
    Measures shot distance (calculates exact yardage for shots from anywhere on course) Yes
    Compatible with Varia™ radar (rear-facing radar) Yes
    SwingTempo No
    Task timers (2, 5, 10, 15, 20 and 30 minutes) No

    tempe™ support

    Swim workouts Yes
    Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data) Yes
    Vibration alerts Yes
    Virtual Racer™ Yes
    Hot keys Yes
    Automatic intervals Yes
    Activity history on watch Yes
    Ground contact time and balance (shows how much time, in the running motion, your foot is on the ground rather than in flight and lets you check your running symmetry) yes (with compatible accessory)
    Auto max HR Yes
    Compatible with Varia Vision™ (head-mounted display) Yes
    Foot pod capable Yes
    Compatible with Vector™ (power meter) Yes
    HR alerts Yes
    Training Effect (anaerobic) Yes
    Vertical speed Yes
    Course preview (see detailed, hole-by-hole preview) No
    Lactate threshold (through analysis of your pace and heart rate, estimates the point where your muscles start to rapidly fatigue) yes (with compatible accessory)
    Heart rate monitor No
    Customizable data pages Yes
    Race an activity Yes
    Finish time Yes
    Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to Garmin Connect) No
    Configurable lap alerts Yes
    Elevation profile Yes
    PlaysLike distance No
    Custom maps compatible No
    Virtual Partner Yes
    V02 max Yes
    Customizable alerts Yes
    Back to start Yes
    Vertical oscillation and ratio (the degree of 'bounce' in your running motion and the benefit ration to stride length) yes (with compatible accessory)
    Training Load (combines heart rate and VO2 max to score your intensity over 28 days’ time to help ensure you're in the optimal range to meet your goal) Yes
    Altimeter with adjustable baro setting No
    Physical size

    47 x 47 x 13.9 mm

    Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it) Yes
    Compatible with BaseCamp™ Yes
    Chronograph No
    Face It™ watch face creator Yes
    Ambient light sensor No
    Bezel Material

    fiber-reinforced polymer

    Touch-targeting (touch target on display to see the distance to any point) No
    Hazards and course targets Yes
    Stroke recognition Yes
    TruSwing™ compatible Yes
    Yardage to F/M/B (distance to front, middle and back of green) Yes
    Calendar Yes
    Barometric altimeter Yes
    Weather Yes
    Auto Lap® Yes
    Sunrise/sunset times Yes
    VMG (velocity made good) — the speed vector that is actually in the direction of the destination No
    Floors climbed Yes
    % HR max Yes
    % HRR Yes
    Case material fiber-reinforced polymer
    Pool lap recognition Yes
    Preloaded outdoor recreation profiles

    Hiking, Climbing, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Indoor Rowing, Jumpmaster, Tactical

    Water rating 5 ATM
    TracBack® Yes
    Storm alert Yes
    Advanced Vector support No
    Audible alerts No
    Handicap scoring No
    Autopilot remote control No
    Color display Yes
    Multiple bike profiles No
    Rest timers No
    HR zones Yes
    Stat tracking (strokes, putts per round, greens and fairways hit and average shot distance) Yes
    Connectivity Bluetooth® Smart, ANT+™, Wi-Fi®
    Personal records (running) Yes
    Find my Phone feature Yes
    Stride length (real time) yes (with compatible accessory)
    Custom targets No
    Downloadable cartography support No
    Stroke efficiency (SWOLF) Yes
    Preloaded run profiles

    Running, Indoor Running, Trail Running

    Bike lap and lap maximum power (with power sensor) Yes
    Run workouts Yes
    Open-water swim distance Yes
    Stopwatch Yes
    Training Effect (aerobic) Yes
    Worldwide airport database(s) No
    GPS speed and distance Yes
    Round-trip course creator No
    Tide tables No
    Area calculation yes (via Connect IQ™)
    Find My Watch feature Yes
    Advanced workouts Yes
    Strava features (Group LiveTrack, live segments) Yes
    VIRB® remote Yes
    Smartphone compatibility iPhone®, Android®, Windows®
    Dual grid coordinates Yes
    TrueUp™ Yes
    Timer Yes
    Multiple time zones with Zulu/UTC No
    Swim alerts (time/distance) No
    Courses (compete against previous activities) Yes
    Compatible with Varia™ lights Yes
    Thermometer Yes
    Wirelessly receive flight plans from Garmin Pilot™ No
    Alarm clock Yes
    Group LiveTrack Yes
    Intensity minutes Yes
    Interval training Yes
    Gyroscope Yes
    Time/distance alerts (triggers alarm when you reach goal) Yes
    Compatible with Garmin Connect™ Mobile Yes
    Touchscreen No
    Virtual starting line No
    Preloaded topographical maps No
    Speed and cadence sensor support (with sensor)

    yes (ANT+™ and Bluetooth® Smart sensors)

    Sun and moon information yes (via Connect IQ™)
    Night vision mode No
    Preloaded swim profiles

    Pool Swimming, Open Water Swimming

    Tempo Training No
    Move IQ™ Yes
    Records heart rate while swimming yes (with HRM-Tri™ and HRM-Swim™)
    Advanced swim (drill, rest timers) Yes
    Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate monitor Yes
    HRV stress test (measures your heart rate variability while standing still, for 3 minutes, to provide you with an estimated stress level; the scale of this is 1 to 100; low scores indicate lower stress levels) yes (with compatible accessory)
    Smart notifications Yes
    Sight 'N Go Yes
    Automatic daylight saving time Yes
    Projected waypoint Yes
    Bread crumb trail in real time Yes
    Time/date yes
    Rewards (coins) No
    Calories burned Yes
    Customizable activity profiles Yes
    Personal records (running, cycling, swimming) Yes
    Segments (Live, Garmin) Yes
    Connect IQ™ (downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps) Yes
    HR Broadcast (broadcasts HR data over ANT+™ to paired devices) Yes
    Virtual Pacer™ (compares current pace to target) No
    Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest) No
    HR strap compatible yes (ANT+™ and Bluetooth® Smart sensors)
    Cadence (provides real-time number of steps per minute) Yes
    Music controls Yes
    Power meter compatible (displays power data from compatible third-party ANT+™-enabled power meters) Yes
    Total ascent/descent Yes
    Auto multisport activities Yes
    SwingStrength™ (measures how hard you swing) No
    Garmin Cycle Map (routable cycling-specific street map) No
    PinPointer No
    Step counter Yes
    60-minute play goal No
    Manual multisport activities Yes
    Trail run auto climb Yes
    Chores No
    Physiological measurements Yes
    Save locations (mark course points of interest for future reference) Yes
    Barometric trend indicator Yes
    Recovery advisor No
    LiveTrack Yes
    Point-to-point navigation Yes
    HR calories Yes
    Yardage to layups/doglegs Yes
    Auto Pause® Yes
    Running dynamics Yes
    Full vector map No
    Tack assist mode No
    Preloaded cycling profiles

    Biking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking

    Multisport mode Yes
    Future elevation plot No
    QuickFit™ watch bands

    yes (22 mm)

    Accelerometer Yes
    Recovery time Yes
    Around Me mode No
    Automatic wireless MOB activation No
    Hunt/fish calendar yes (via Connect IQ™)
    Drill logging No
    Course guidance Yes
    Strap material


    Auto scroll Yes
    Countdown timer No
    GPS Time Sync Yes
    Analog hands No
    Round timer/odometer Yes
    Compass Yes
    Digital scorecard yes
    Lens Material


    Shock Resistant No
    Green View with manual pin position Yes
    Performance condition (after running for 6–20 minutes, compares your real-time condition to your average fitness levels) Yes
    Distance to destination Yes
    Training Status (lets you see if you're training effectively by tracking training data, such as VO2 max and anaerobic threshold, and comparing it to recent data) Yes
    Manual lap Yes
    Distance traveled Yes
    Pool swim metrics (lengths, distance, pace, stroke count/rate, calories) Yes
    GPS-based distance, time and pace Yes
    Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal) Yes
    UltraTrac™ mode


    Garmin AutoShot™ Yes
    Unit-to-unit route/location sharing No
    FTP (Functional Threshold Power) yes (with compatible accessory)
    Built-in barometer and tide tables No
    Race predictor Yes