According to Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales, “The Forerunner 735XT is the ultimate GPS smartwatch for athletes who want dialed-in data for training and race day. It offers comprehensive data for all of their activities, keeps them connected with smart features including notifications and automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, and lets them customize their device to fit their needs with Connect IQ’s free apps, data fields and more.”
The device will come with a built-in heart rate monitor which means that unlike some of Garmin’s older wearables, this will not require users to purchase a separate chest strap monitor. However the company has also mentioned that if additional information is needed, such as stride length, ground contact time balance, vertical ratio, and more, then a chest strap will be needed.
Customers who purchase the Forerunner 735XT will also be given a free 60-day trial of Strava Premium. Unfortunately the Garmin Forerunner 735XT is not cheap as it is priced starting at $450. There is a bundle which includes the HRM-Run which will cost $500, and there is another bundle that comes with the HRM-Tri and HRM-Swim which will go for $600.