Update: Official Released : Garmin introduces the Forerunner 935
It seems we’re getting close to the official release as the pictures are becoming available.
They pop up, stay up and then get removed. However i got the first before they where withdrawn again.
The two versions seen in the picture above are the:
- Forerunner 935 Black/Black
- Forerunner 935 Yellow/Black
The firmware of the FR935 will be very close to the Fenix 5 series.
- Advanced Performance Metrics
- Advanced Running Dynamics
- Compatible with Strava Live Segments
- Outstanding Readability on the Run
- Wrist-based Heart Rate
- Dual Navigation Networks
Optical Swim HR NOT Disabled
update feb 15, 2017: Added Garmin confirmation quote.
update feb 28, 2017: Fact that the Fenix5 series still/again have swim OHR disabled may mean the quality and results are worse than expected. As result of this i wouldn’t be wondered if even this would be the same for the FR935.
Until now Garmin always turned off the optical HR when selecting a swim workout. With the release of the Forerunner FR935 this will NOT longer be the case.
Garmin does warn you to use a HRM-Tri or HRM-Swim for better results but the optical heart rate measurement can be enabled during a swim workout.
This will also be the case for the Fenix 5 series which are about to be distributed.
Official Garmin quote:
Wrist heart rate accuracy during swimming is very limited. Garmin does not recommend using wrist heart rate during swimming activities and on some products, wrist heart rate monitoring is disabled while swimming. Garmin recommends using HRM-Swim™ or HRM-Tri™ heart rate monitors with compatible devices to track heart rate while swimming.
!! To the readers who can play with the Fenix 5 units at the various booths and shows they can verify the oHR is still/already working in swim mode on the demo units with certain firmware versions (confirmed: swim OHR disabled from user menus at launch)!!
(Advanced) Running Dynamics Pod (RDP)
update feb 15, 2017: It seems the pod was tested last week, picture added
Again it was no secret that Garmin was working on a new type of pod to update the existing one.
I didn’t pay any attention this unit as i thought it was a very advanced future design not ready to be released. Then someone told me he would be more interested in new/better/useful metrics than another new watch. I forwarded the mail and got some nice answers the last few weeks. Last info as of today (feb.15) is not to expect a too “advanced” pod.
I would think that with the launch of the Forerunner FR935 this would be a great combination to sell as bundle. Another reason for assuming the unit would be released already is the full support of this unit in the upcoming Fenix 5 series.
Garmin shop buy me now links (offline/removed for now)
Previous Forerunner 935 post
Read all about the Forerunner 935 in my previous post: FR935
Suunto, Garmin or Polar?
We already saw the Suunto Spartan Trainer months ago, recently followed by the Garmin FR935 but until now we didn’t see much of the “new V800”. The big question is: who will be first? All three watches are aimed at a higher sports watch level but the none of them has been announced. Suunto will almost certain win on price, Garmin on features and Polar on the combo?