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[Recensione] Garmin Forerunner 935 Best Buy now that the 945 is out

[Recensione] Garmin Forerunner 935 Best Buy now that the 945 is out

In the present day we speak about my present coaching associate on the wrist for almost 2 years: Garmin Forerunner 935 the successor of the Garmin Forerunner 920XT.


How do you say? Is the Garmin Forerunner 945 coming out proper now? It’s true, exactly for that cause it turns into even more handy to purchase the Garmin Forerunner 935 now.

The 945 should officially come out in early June in Italy. However it's already in some on-line stores:



I personally advise you to think about the 935 considering what the variations of the new 945 are:

But what does the 945 have more than the 935?
Little, and no real news, all things already present in the fashions released in 2018 just like the Fenix ​​5 plus and 645 in abstract:

  • the power to load music and use Spotify
  • Garmin Pay to make NFC payments, but in Italy there are still few banks that settle for the functionality.
  • and cartographic maps as on the Fenix5 plus (the 935 has the navigation perform however without the cartographic map)
  • Improved battery: 2 weeks with out using the GPS, 10 hours with GPS and music, as much as 60 hours in UltraTrac mode. But that is what Garmin says, I haven't tested it yet.
  • Cardiac sensor seems to have changed, however I don't have any dependable sources yet, but I don't overreact, I just inform you that then if you would like an accurate measurement and superior operating metrics, you will want the guts price monitor, so I don't give too much weight to the guts sensor, which is excellent even in 935, but not on the degree of the band, as is the case with all wrist sensors.

After this temporary parenthesis mandatory given the moment of my publication, we begin to talk about Garmin Forerunner 935.
I apologize if my evaluate comes after two years, but like all the other Garmins reviewed, I bought it myself, and the finances is what it’s, I didn't handle to buy it first, and then I granted myself an ample yr of use earlier than I might say to you: “IT IS THE BEST GPS CLOCK THAT I HAVE EVER HAD YOU”. Let's just say that that is my seventh fitness watch with GPS and the 5th Garmin I exploit, along with the varied health bracelets not outfitted with GPS, however I might advise you in case your intent is to significantly monitor your physical activities. If you want to study more, in the upper drop-down menu one can find the suitable section, however for comfort yow will discover it right here: All the Health Watches I reviewed

Right here the most effective worth out there on:


👍 Pro:

  • Detection of the beat 24h / 24 additionally from the wrist without band (even if with the band you possibly can have main stroke metrics explained later intimately)
  • Advanced race dynamics and physiological metrics THE TOP DEL TOP!
  • Bluetooth and Wifi (connects by way of bluetooth to the smartphone however can download knowledge by way of the wifi network even without having the smartphone with you
  • suitable GPS and GLONASS and Galileo (larger precision)
  • Offers the estimate of the VO2 max, restoration occasions and forecasting of the tender occasions
  • Notifications of the app (calls, sms, mail, whatsapp, and so on. by installing Garmin connect on the smartphone you possibly can receive notifications from any app)
  • Connect IQ the apps of Further downloadable Garmins (from dial clocks to totally different fields knowledge in coaching)
  • Reside monitor (risk to share training in real time if related by way of bluetooth to a smartphone with lively internet connection)
  • Battery life (as much as 2 weeks in clock mode, up to 24 hours in GPS mode, as much as 50 hours in UltraTrac ™ mode with heart fee on the wrist or as much as 60 hours in UltraTrac ™ mode with out coronary heart fee on the wrist
  • pedometer (so in training also detects the cadence)
  • sleep detector
  • Three-axis compass
  • barometer
  • altimeter
  • navigation perform (it follows a route you’ve got loaded or guides you again to departure, it does not have the maps to know, obtainable on the Fenix5 X
  • Training features and preset sport profiles or loading of personalised ones
  • Operating dynamics (with further sensors like HRM-Run Fascia Cardio or Garmin Operating Dynamic Pod the dynamics might be much more ac curate)

ro Cons:

  • recharge by means of its special accessory and never with the basic micro-usb
  • regardless of being the high quality, for some knowledge it additionally serves a HRM cardio-Run Cardio band or Garmin Operating Dynamic Pod

Before going into the assessment I inform you immediately that it is the most superior and suitable for triathlon, the lightest, with the identical features as the Fenix ​​5 which can also be out there at a lower cost if you need, it's up to you should you favor the aesthetics of one or the opposite, allowing for the difference in weight.

Package deal contents:

  • Garmin Forerunne 935
  • USB cable for recharging with a specific attachment for the clock half (see photograph)
  • paper manuals of primary directions for the first use in a thousand languages ​​together with Italian (the entire PDF guide might be retrieved on-line from the Garmin website here)

Why I took the Garmin Forerunner 935:

In a couple of years I went from the Forerunning 405 which was already a very good system in 2011, however after years I evaluated something extra full, and so I took the Garmin Forerunner 225 that basically glad me, then I switched to the Garmin Forerunner 235 (right here the assessment) that also glad me extra and let's say that for me that I run and don't do other sports, it was greater than sufficient. I had never had a multisport watch, and I by no means felt the need for it not training Triathlon, but now that the Fenix3 HR prices have dropped considerably I made a decision to take it because I've all the time seen it as the gorgeous and unattainable mannequin we are saying, and I was curious to attempt it. Taken however not very lengthy, it was too heavy for me, so I did yet one more madness and I switched to the Garmin Forerunner 935

Garmin Forerunner 935 in two phrases:

With all the newest era units, I really respect the continuous pulse beat detection and direct connection to the cell phone to obtain knowledge and to replace it, with this 935 plus I respect the superior racing dynamics, a cardiac sensor as much as this identify, a weight of only 49 g per the most effective of Garmin know-how so far. I recommend it (as a health watch usually) to all those that need to follow sports activities by retaining monitor of their profile, coaching, walking competitions and every thing you want. The comfort of detecting beat on the wrist mixed with the BT connection to the smartphone are two goodies that let you load all the info mechanically without having to fret concerning the coronary heart fee monitor and knowledge upload. Nevertheless, they are all attainable issues even with the previous models I had, but I like to recommend this because as well as it has:

  • navigation perform (with out maps however solely routes) with relative choice again to base
  • altimeter, compass and barometer
  • wifi connection to obtain knowledge (not important, you are able to do every thing by connecting it to your smartphone)
  • compatibility with ANT + sensors
  • multisport mode essential for triathlon (not present in my previous Garmin)
  • chronometer [19659010] temperature sensor (quite ineffective having it on the arm all the time detects greater temperatures than the environmental ones)
  • advanced physiological metrics
  • Because of the built-in cardio sensor, it could possibly estimate some physiological metrics and supply information about coaching even and not using a coronary heart price monitor : the VO2max, the anaerobic threshold, the discover of restoration and the forecast of the occasions in the race, the indication of the situation of performance and degree of stress. By combining the HRM-Run band you’ll have a extra full evaluation, with different superior operating dynamics: the tilting of the bust, the time of contact with the bottom, the stability between the fitting and left foot

Then again, nevertheless, a worth not likely reasonably priced, but let's speak concerning the prime quality,

Via the Garmin Connect app or from PC you’ll be able to graphically see the typical of the beat in the 24h and thus uncover your heartbeat during sleep, incredible, not the first watch that me allows it however I couldn’t do without it.
Another useful factor is the notifications of the app and for some even the potential of with the ability to answer, any app however after every week I utterly deactivated them as a result of I used to be irritated by the vibration and / or the continuous beep every time they wrote me on whatsapp, so I left it just for calls. Nevertheless, there’s additionally a “don’t disturb” mode, to briefly block all notifications, manually or at sure occasions.

To recap:

  • really helpful for runners or advanced triathletes who need the utmost know-how made out there by Garmin
  • not really helpful for novice runners grappling with the purchase of the first GPS watch (not because it doesn't go nicely, however it's wasted)

How it appears:

Certainly the road of the Forerunner 935 is sporty, it might sound plasticky, even when manufactured from a specific resin that makes it very resistant and with a pretty design, even when maybe not as lovely as a Fenix ​​that adapts more to everyday use being definitely extra elegant. Being designed for the multisport, it couldn’t be waterproof, the truth is it resists as much as 5 AT, however on this I can only belief what Garmin says, I by no means used it in depth, at most a number of swimming pools in the pool. The display is superb, no problem in studying in any mild condition, also because of the anti-glare Chroma know-how and LED backlighting. The dimensions of 1.2 “and the resolution of 218 × 218 pixels are adequate to have a very good view of all the characters in the dial, and of the map in navigation.

What to do first:

The Garmin will will in all probability include software program not up to date, and remembering the problems of the primary update had with the 225, I most popular to go to the previous approach, join it to the PC and replace it by way of Garmin Join. With out this you’ll simplify your life rather a lot, without risking going crazy like me to know why it didn't hook up with the telephone (225 experience). This will not be indispensable, in reality on his first connection even with the smartphone, he ought to notify the replace and allow it by way of bluetooth or Wifi if configured.

Connection to Garmin Connect Cellular:

As soon as the app is downloaded from the dedicated Store (suitable with Android and Iphone) enable Bluetooth on the clock and put it in connection mode SETTINGS ==> BLUETOOTH == > ASSOCIATE MOBILE DEVICE
From the app as an alternative go to units, associate new gadget
IMPORTANT: do not try to join it by way of bluetooth from the cellular phone menu as you do for earphones to know one another, it does not work.

The screenshot is the one made with my earlier Garmin, don't fear, the substance stays the same.


Exercise mode:

Very simple and intuitive the menu to set knowledge to display, it really works all the things to verify forwards and backwards after a couple of minutes you will have already got a sure mastery with the your new watch, in case you already come from a Garmin will probably be even easier.

one click on the start button to activate the coaching mode, the GPS search, Bluetooth connection to the smartphone (if beforehand set on the telephone the Garmin Connect Cellular app) and the guts detector routinely begin. On this second you’ll be able to choose totally different activities from the race, to the bicycle, up to the a number of and probably the most disparate preset, or selectable from the app some deactivated as default mode. In fact, anticipate the GPS sign (very quick outside connection) and you may depart. The displayable knowledge may be set from the menu, as on all other Garmin models, permitting up to four knowledge per display, totally different screens, the cardio display, the map display and the training display in case you are performing a saved workout, and the clock mode. Additionally it is attainable to download further knowledge fields that can be displayed during coaching by way of Join IQ

This is an example with some screens, but might be totally custom-made from 1 to 4 info per web page with extra pages out there relying on the need.

Handy backlighting that is activated mechanically at the change of step or by rotating the wrist in training or if we exit of threshold set or out of monitor if we are following a monitor.
Start, stop and cut up time of coaching in course take place with the beginning and back keys as in a traditional stopwatch.

An extended press of the sunshine button prompts a kind of quick menu with the primary features and subsequently all the features remain out there additionally in coaching mode.

Let's analyze the info at the finish of journey

A end of training by pressing stop, we shall be asked whether or not to save lots of the workout, to cancel it, or to go away just by holding the exercise ready to continue at a later time. The subsequent step will present us some statistical knowledge on how our coaching went:

  • a display with distance, time and average
  • a display with the really helpful recovery time
  • a display with the VO2Max (photograph under of instagram)

Once more we will even find the necessary Coaching Impact matter worthy of a chapter by itself, the actual step forward of this mannequin compared to previous fashions owned, along with complete operating metrics.

Obviously, even after leaving the display, these knowledge will stay stored and synchronized together with your Garmin Join profile.

Training Status, Coaching Load and analysis of training load

There are Apps like HRV4training and websites like TrainingPeaks that have long been a perform to guage the coaching load mechanically. And eventually even Garmin has launched an identical perform, referred to as Training Status. The calculation is sort of complicated, but fortuitously Garmin, in addition to having made it attainable to see this knowledge immediately on the clock, has created easy and comprehensible screens to shortly perceive its state of type, and choose what sort of coaching to do based mostly on their bodily condition and the load faced in the earlier days.

Right here in a single for example you see the Coaching status that is how you’re coaching both for the Fitness part and for the coaching load, and the Training Load, that is the complete minutes of activity within the last 7 days

But let's see intimately what it’s:

Pulse Detection:

The everlasting dilemma, but are the beats detected by these watches exact? The answer is NI … let's face it, the band will all the time be superior to the detection of a wristwatch, particularly on sudden modifications and within the preliminary levels of coaching. Values ​​may be influenced by numerous elements, tattoos, hair and the position the place it is worn. I personally have by no means given it an excessive amount of weight, I hold it tight once I begin a workout, and I’ve all the time had satisfactory results, and that they improve with each new watch I modify, also because of the know-how that makes progress. The band remains the perfect answer, useful even if you want to improve your training knowledge with the racing dynamics.

Solely once has it reported incorrect values, otherwise it behaves nicely:

Which fascia Cardio?

The cardio belt on this gadget just isn’t indispensable, but very helpful. As I stated earlier than, the Fenix3 HR has coronary heart fee detection on the wrist, but the coronary heart price monitor, as on all units, improves the detection of the heartbeat, let's face it, is more exact, and a few of them permit to measure additionally operating metrics. In case you want to purchase one, then think about nicely which one to choose, as a result of there are 5 totally different Garmin originals, plus the suitable ones from other manufacturers.

Right here a comparative table, with the traits of the totally different bands.

 garmin fascia cardio comparative table

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Operating Dynamic Pod

For dynamics full operating, if you don’t want the guts price monitor you need to use the Operating Dynamic Pod, obtainable within the Garmin store for € 69.99 or on Ebay for instance often at a lower cost


The check and comparability of knowledge

What’s one of the simplest ways to confirm the info collected? Hold two in your wrist for a number of days and then examine the info. I did the check utilizing the Garmin Forerunner 935 on one wrist and a Garmin Fenix3 HR on the other wrist they usually proved to be perfectly consistent with regards to steps, heartbeats and distances in activities, rather less for the info collected from sleep, but however I am glad with the outcomes obtained. I feel that the variations found on sleep are attributable to the nocturnal movements of one arm with respect to the opposite for my part

I depart you the display of the info detected each throughout a bodily activity, that the measurement of steps and sleep throughout a pair days. Having used Garmin Join on two smartphones with totally different display resolutions, the info is just not completely visually aligned, I hope you possibly can nonetheless examine them.

On the left the info of the Fenix3 HR, on the proper those of the Forerunner 935.

Day 1

Matchday 2

Racing activity in contrast

On the left the info of the Fenix3 HR, on the proper these of the Forerunner 935. Fairly linear distances and velocity on time, aside on both units two instantaneous peaks mistaken, but within the complete length the info are passable. The identical applies to the guts. The intensity zones don’t take a look at them either, not having the identical subdivision of zones (totally different profiles not completely aligned)

Clock Mode:

Let's see the way it works, when the Forerunner 935 is in clock mode, you can even disconnect it from the telephone to save lots of battery (but does not eat a lot) and we’ll solely see the time and date. From this mode it is going to be attainable to see:

  • steps taken through the day
  • steps of in the present day's aim
  • plans gone up and down
  • distance (estimated by adding the steps not in Gps plus the coaching distance if carried out)
  • calories burned
  • prompt coronary heart fee measurement and the graph of the last 4 hours

  • and a number of other other widgets with totally different features but some want the smartphone related by way of Bluetooth, together with Climate , Calendar, Media Participant Controls

All knowledge associated to sleep and steps might be seen intimately on the cell phone or on a PC by way of Garmin connect.
The info shall be mechanically synchronized with every BT connection to the telephone or USB to the PC (if Garmin Join is put in)

In addition to the dials pre-loaded by Garmin, it’s potential to download further watch dials by way of Connect IQ, which incorporates some examples of those c I used the standard to the downloaded ones:

The Garmin Connect app

Key to getting probably the most out of the clock is its Garmin Join app, by way of which you'll be capable of see statistics in your knowledge at present, on the actions that you’ve finished, set the clock and sensible notifications, and download the Join IQ content.

Some example screens

An example of a clock display:


Though just passed, from the Forerunner 945 the 935 remains a prime quality, full, sporty and stylish. The measured knowledge are passable, aside from some instances of error in measuring the altitude reported by totally different users. I might advocate buying it for those who discover it for lower than € 400

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