Garmin introduces the Forerunner 935

It took a while but finally Garmin official released the Forerunner 935.
I think everything you read in the previous posts was true after-all.

  • Biggest uncertain point was the ABC sensor and it is good to see the forerunner 935 includes a full ABC (altimeter, barometer and compass) sensor.
  • One point to mention is the band.
    Under options Garmin mentions: QuickFit™ watch bands: Yes (22mm). The press release text: Compatible with optional Garmin QuickFit™ bands.
    Unless they did a last minute change a QuickFit™ watch band is NOT included.
  • Optical Swim HR Disabled, earlier i wrote the mode was enabled, later this was disabled on the Fenix 5 series as it seems the results where not good enough to allow logging. For the FR935 this remains the same: No optical HR during swim.

For al of the pictures have a look on a previous post as they haven’t changed the last weeks: Garmin – Forerunner 935 – All pictures

All official information is posted below, that’s it, we can now look forward to the next releases, all bike related.

Forerunner 935

The newest edition to the Forerunner family, the Garmin 935 is the ultimate tool for dedicated runners everywhere. 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 935 is truly the most powerful Forerunner ever.

  • 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

Bundles

Watch Only – $499.99 – €549,99

  • Forerunner 935 GPS watch
  • Charging cable
  • Manuals

Tri-bundle – $649.99 – €699,99

The new running dynamics pod is not a part of the current Tri-bundle.
Personal i would rather have a bundle with the HRM-Tri and Running Dynamics Pod.

Main differences between Fenix 5 and Forerunner 935

Fenix 5 Forerunner 935
Lens Material glass or sapphire crystal glass
Bezel Material stainless steel fiber-reinforced polymer
QuickFit™ watch bands included (22 mm) optional  (22 mm)
Strap material silicone or steel silicone
Physical size 47 x 47 x 15.5 mm 47 x 47 x 13.9 mm
Weight silicone band: 85 g
metal band: 156 g
49 g
Water rating 10 ATM 5 ATM
Connectivity Bluetooth® Smart, ANT+™, Wi-Fi with sapphire editions Bluetooth® Smart, ANT+™, Wi-Fi®

Links

Garmin site: Forerunner 935

Garmin – Forerunner 935: Premium GPS Running and Triathlon WatchYouTube or YouTube

Rizknows: YouTube

Clever Training – Garmin Forerunner 935 – Hands on look:  YouTube

DC Rainmakers In-Depth review: link

Garmin – Forerunner 935: Getting Started: YouTube

Garmin – Forerunner 935: A Dedication with Ben True: YouTube

Garmin – Forerunner 935: A Dedication with Charlotte Morel: YouTube

Garmin – Forerunner 935: A Dedication with Ben Collins:  YouTube

Garmin – Forerunner 935: A Dedication with Steve Way:  YouTube

Garmin – Forerunner 935: A Dedication with Timothy O’Donnell: YouTube

Garmin Forerunner 935: A Dedication with Alessandro Fabian: YouTube

Compare the Fenix5s, Fenix5, Fenix 5X and Forerunner 935: Compare

Compare the Forerunner 735XT, 920XT and  935: Compare

Running Dynamics Pod: YouTube

 

 

Garmin News Release

 

Garmin® introduces the Forerunner® 935 – a premium GPS running and triathlon watch with performance monitoring and wrist-based heart rate

New Running Dynamics Pod provides running insights with greater freedom

OLATHE, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced the Forerunner 935, a GPS running and triathlon watch with new performance monitoring tools and Elevate™ wrist-based heart rate technology1. In addition to 24/7 heart rate monitoring, the Forerunner 935 includes new training features, allowing users to fine-tune exercise and recovery to be a better athlete. Easily paired with the new Running Dynamics Pod2, Forerunner 935 users will now be able to see all six running dynamics without the need for a chest strap. At only 49 grams, every detail in its lightweight, comfortable design was chosen with the athlete in mind.

The Forerunner 935 is being announced in conjunction with a new print, digital and social campaign featuring 13 professional Garmin-sponsored elite runners and triathletes from across the world. The campaign showcases how the sophisticated dynamics offered by the Forerunner 935 help these athletes fine tune and elevate their training and be more competitive on race day.

“With similar features to the fēnix® 5 – our popular multisport GPS watch built for fitness, adventure and style – the Forerunner 935 is catered more towards athletes focused on performance and results,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “As a top-of-the-line GPS smartwatch, the Forerunner 935 not only provides users with insight into how their body is responding to fitness, but also offers data for every activity, allows them to automatically upload to Garmin Connect™, and is customizable with free apps, data fields and more from the Connect IQ™ store.”

New training features – with technology provided by Firstbeat – make it easier for Forerunner 935 users to monitor performance and better prepare for a race or training cycle. 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. Additionally, the new training effect metric tracks and reviews the aerobic and anaerobic benefit of a training session, letting athletes know how their training is improving their ability to push the limits. With these training features available at their fingertips, athletes can make adjustments and improvements to their training to become better, faster and more efficient come race day.

The Forerunner 935 allows users to go further with their running data. The simple-to-use and unobtrusive new Running Dynamics Pod clips to the waistband allowing athletes to see all six running dynamics – including cadence, ground contact time, stride length and more – on a compatible device3 without the need for a chest strap. The Forerunner 935 also features advanced dynamics to help with cycling and swim training4. While on a bike, it will track dynamics including power zones, time seated and standing, platform center offset and power phase. In the water5, the Forerunner 935 will track distance, stroke, pace, personal records and more.

With Elevate wrist-based heart rate, Forerunner 935 users have around-the-clock heart rate monitoring without the need for an additional strap. With GPS and GLONASS coverage, athletes can better track their activities in challenging environments than with GPS alone. Additionally, the Forerunner 935 includes ABC (altimeter, barometer and compass) sensor capabilities. The built-in altimeter provides real-time elevation information, while the barometer can predict weather changes by showing short-term trends in air pressure. The compass can help users keep their bearings whether they’re moving or not.

Athletes can easily transition between sports with the press of a button utilizing the auto or manual multisport feature. Additional built-in activities include hiking, trail running, skiing, paddle sports, golf and more. The Forerunner 935 is also compatible with the full line of Varia™ cycling awareness accessories, Vector™ pedal-based power meter system and Index™ smart scale.

Available on the Forerunner 935, Strava Live Segments allow users to view real-time results on a run or ride, leaderboard rankings and how their current effort compares to their PR. Starred Strava segments automatically sync with the Forerunner 935 for live feedback during an activity. Purchases of the Forerunner 935 will receive a 60-day trial of Strava Premium, and owners of Connect IQ compatible devices will receive a 30-day trial.

Installed on the Forerunner 935, the new TrainingPeaks app allows users to download free workouts directly to their watch, then view the workout in real time, complete with intensity targets and interval durations. Following a session, athletes can automatically sync their completed workout back to TrainingPeaks for a detailed analysis of their performance and to measure their progress toward their goals. Users can also customize their watch with data fields, watch faces, widgets and additional apps including Uber ETA (by Garmin) and AccuWeather MinuteCast® Minute by Minute Forecast in the Connect IQ store.

When paired with a compatible smartphone6, the Forerunner 935 automatically uploads to Garmin Connect, an online fitness community where users can track workouts, sleep patterns, join online challenges to compete against friends and earn virtual badges. GroupTrack allows users to keep tabs on those they train with, while LiveTrack lets loved ones follow along on runs and rides in real time.

The Forerunner 935 features up to 24 hours of battery life in GPS mode, up to 50 hours in UltraTrac™ battery saver mode and up to two weeks in watch mode. It is available in black for $499.99. A tri-bundle option – which includes a black watch face with force yellow strap, HRM-Tri, HRM-Swim, Quick Release Kit and additional strap in black – is available for $649.99. Compatible with optional Garmin QuickFit™ bands in leather, silicone or metal, the Forerunner 935 lets users go from workplace to workout – no tools required.

The ever-expanding Garmin fitness segment develops technologies to enhance and promote healthy and active lifestyles. Whether users are runners, cyclists, swimmers, multi-sport athletes, or simply looking to stay active throughout the day, there is a product that can help them reach their health and fitness goals.

For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more information, visit Garmin’s virtual pressroom at garmin.com/newsroom, contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200, or follow us at facebook.com/garmin, twitter.com/garmin, or youtube.com/garmin.

 

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17 thoughts on “Garmin introduces the Forerunner 935

      1. David

        Why not? If they can put one into the vivoactive HR, they can put one in alle the future forerunners because they cost more …

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    1. No, it’s very very quiet on the 635 lately, which doesn’t mean it’s not coming. I have seen no movement the last few weeks. If the 635 is a 935 without lets say the wifi and ABC sensor and crippled firmware it can appear very fast. My personal guess for now is at very least two months away (but i wouldn’t be surprised if they would announce it tomorrow).

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      1. David

        In the FR 935 review from DC Rainmaker, he made a comment that the general consensus is that the FR935 is also the new FR 635 => meaning no difference in multisport and single sport watch any more. Als no FR935XT as this is the new high end running watch also …. Since the FR630 is moved to older watches section this makes sence …
        So we can only wait and see how much of this functionality remains in the FR245 the now mid end running watch … if they keep a barometer and make it compatible with the new RD pod for advanced running dynamics … they will also rule the mid market and make it very difficult for polar and suunto …

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      2. I have read a lot of Ray’s comments but nowhere did i see a hint of this kind. This also doesn’t fit in the strategy they had, a complete lineup from cheap till expensive. Below the 935 to my knowledge there will still be 3 different forerunner watches. The 635 under the 935 with crippled firmware (limited RD, no multisport (sports followed by each other like triathlon) and dropped hardware (WiFI/ABC).
        Just like the combination of the same watch 235/735 (“same” hardware, different firmware (RD/Multisport))
        Under that the smaller watches based on different hardware, follow up of the 235 and 35 (FR335&FR135) with less other sports, less RD etc.
        On the competition side don’t forget Suunto has the Spartan Ultra Trainer ready. Polar on the other hand hasn’t have a good base on which they can launch different variations of the same product (like Garmin and Suunto now have) Polar has been going from left to right using everything crossing their path OS (custom OS, Android, Android Wear) Hardware controllers (jumping around using various C51 and ARMs)

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      3. D

        I’m hoping you’re right on this(possible 635 release). The forerunner 935 looks like an excellent watch and I really want to get one. I can afford one but I am only a casual runner. I have a vivoactive which I use to track my runs and soccer games. I currently use my va with a mio link which works pretty well. I would get a 935 but if I do I’ll probably be using only 20% of it’s feautres. So I’d rather wait and see if there’s a new mid range forerunner coming. Plus being in Canada I don’t see anyone selling the 935 yet. Gpscentral one of the official dealers here have early June as expected availability date. I’ll wait for now.

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      1. No, still silent on Polar.
        My decision is almost final, switching from Polar to Garmin after 12 years.
        Even if Polar releases it’s lineup today the last 10+ years have learnt the firmware will take at least another year to meet the advertised specs. They may have a nicer design, a better product but if functionality is missing it’s unusable.

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  1. Axel

    I really hope Polar announces something now. I love my M400 but since I got it I have become more of a power user. @Appelmoessite – Polar keeps very silent – do you think you’ll get more info on a v800next in the coming 2 months?

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      1. Added a post about that video.
        Lets hope it’s not just a firmware.
        If this is the update they at least have tested it another 6 months since the tradeshow begin November. That could be good for a fast and complete release.

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