Garmin’s interest in the wearable scene isn’t new, and in fact the company has actually been releasing various fitness trackers and devices before just about every OEM decided to hop on board the bandwagon. That being said, the company is back with its latest offering in the form of the Garmin Forerunner 935.
However unlike Garmin’s previous releases which were aimed at those looking to track their fitness, the Forerunner 935 appears to have been designed for the serious athlete in mind. The company is calling the device a “premium GPS running and triathlon watch”, so clearly this is aimed at users who have need for all of its features as opposed to the average gym goer who just wants to track things like distance and calories.
According to Garmin, there will be new training features included in the Forerunner 935 that has been provided by Firstbeat. “Training status automatically analyzes previous exercise and fitness levels to provide insight into how the athlete’s body is responding – letting them know if they are training productively, peaking or overreaching. Training load gives users an overview of their weekly activity and helps them determine if they are training in the right zone and whether their sessions are too easy or hard.”
The device can also be paired with Garmin’s Running Dynamics Pod, which tracks things like cadence, ground contact, stride length, and so on. There is also built-in GPS which when enabled, will still allow the Forerunner 935 to offer up to 24 hours of battery life, or 50 hours if in low-energy mode. The Forerunner 935 is priced considerably higher than your average tracker or smartwatch at $500, or $650 if you don’t mind springing for a “tri-bundle” which includes yellow and black straps, HRM-Tri, HRM-Swim, and the quick release kit.