Garmin – Bike announcements?, Home automation app!

Garmin Lamp teaser

May 18: Next Garmin announcement will be the Virb 360 which will be released on May 24.

 

For the last week Garmin had a video online with a “home” lamp and the text “Wouldn’t it be nice if you could control your house with your Garmin?” and the date of today.

My guess was that they would pull of the lamp cover and show the new Varia Headligh.

But it seems that video was real home control related:

Garmin is also excited to announce an integration with the SmartThings home automation app – a free download from the Connect IQ store that allows users to control things in their home – lights, TVs, etc. – through their Garmin Connect IQ compatible device.

Well my main focus is not on Bikes or even lamps but i made this post so i can name these items and all other items which are in progress.

Today ? Soon we will see the first and possible two items

  • Varia Headlight
    Full control by ANT+ and very similair (Co-op?) to Bontrager (haven’t read anything on the relation between Garmin and Bontrager but both are very active the last days)
  • Varia Tail Light with Radar and Camera (not soon, poc?)
    I believe the camera is new? (i would think a cam will make it a little expensive)

Later this year (Eurobike?/Interbike?) expect to see the next generation of some of the existing products. Not that the current products are outdated but new metrics and new/added technologies can make a boost in sales. The development of a special edge 1010 external battery pack means that the current internal battery will be enough for the normal rides but the long rides will have to rely on an external pack.
Which metrics and if all items will be bluetooth remains unknown.

  • Edge 1010 & accessoires
    Main unit and accessoires in the form of an external battery pack and mount
  • Vector 3
    Dual-sensing pedal-based power meter
  • Vector 3S
    Single-sensing Pedal-based Power Meter, affordable power meter with option to upgrade to dual-sensing system

 

 

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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.

 

Garmin – Forerunner 935 – All pictures

Garmin FR935 owners manual

Note: The link in the above picture is not working at the moment, it’s a part of the FCC-label document

Update: Official Released : Garmin introduces the Forerunner 935

 

Update: 2017, 22 march: Added scan from advertisement  Triathlete magazine (thanks: Webvan (Larry Lansford))

FR935 Adv crops

It seems the release a getting real close now.  The device was FCC-tested and the Federal Communications Commission published the report last Friday.
Last week we had the Clever Training in which Nick Chase showed the FR935.
Together with a complete set of pictures that got released by Garmin i think it could  be this week. On the other side a lot of people mention the Boston marathon (4 weeks from now) as a launch day.

(Remember:  i know nothing, wild guesses and everything found is floating on the web, for the best information you’ll have to find somebody with inside information (and then report it to me))

Some points from the documents

  • Transmitting methods:  ANT+, BLE & Wi-Fi
  • One of the samples is named 635, coincidence or will we see exact the same FR635  watch with less functionality ?

 

In the last picture are the side views of the Forerunner 935 and all 3 Fenix 5 watches. Not scaled to the right dimensions!

 

Previous posts about the FR935

ELEMNT BOLT & Garmin FR935 Video

Garmin – Forerunner 935 update

Garmin – Forerunner 935 / 635

 

ELEMNT BOLT & Garmin FR935 Video

Update: 2017, 15 march: Video removed from YouTube, placed some stills from that video
Update: 2017, 19 march: New set of pictures added to Garmin – Forerunner 935 – All pictures
Update: 2017, 29 march: Official Released : Garmin introduces the Forerunner 935

While watching some of the video’s on the Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT i saw a video of Clever Training in which Nick Chase, USAT certified coach and pro triathlete, takes a look at the new ELEMNT BOLT cycling computer from Wahoo Fitness.

That part is interesting but the watch on his left hand is even more interesting as he’s wearing the new yellow version of Garmin Forerunner 935 which is released very soon :-).

It seems like the video is removed about a day after first reporting it. A lot of links where placed to the movie after reading this post so it was not a great surprise. I could just re-upload the whole video (100MB) but i don’t think some people would like that, in the meantime i will place some cropped and uncropped stills.
If some of you want more evidence just leave a comment and i will add more with tips on how to recognize a FR935.

FR935 total

Previous information on the FR935

Garmin – Forerunner 935 update

Garmin – Forerunner 935 / 635

Garmin – Forerunner 935 update

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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

Firmware

The firmware of the FR935 will be very close to the Fenix 5 series.
Meaning:

  • 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.

Technical Specifications
Physical size:L × W × H: 35 mm × 25 mm × 7.5 mm (excluding clip)
Weight: 11 g (including battery)
Battery: User replaceable CR2032

Garmin shop buy me now links (offline/removed for now)

Forerunner 935 (FR935): offline
Running Dynamic Pod (RDP): offline

Previous Forerunner 935 post

Read all about the Forerunner 935 in my previous post: FR935

Suunto, Garmin or Polar?

nextgen-suunto-garmin-polar-blur300

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?

Garmin – Forerunner 935 / 635

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update: added latest news and pictures in new post: Garmin – Forerunner 935 update

Looks

Round, Not square, Just another Fenix or “The end of an era” & “Le roi est mort, vive le roi!” as i called the announcement earlier. In this post we assume the FR635 is based on the same hardware as the FR935 we describe here, names and colors have been released but not a side by side or differences overview.

The first thing you will think about when seeing the Forerunner 935 is a Fenix.
Size, shape, buttons and text all very similar with a Fenix 3 or Fenix 5.

On the front the main differences are the start/stop button and the round bezel. No screws on the front like the most Fenix series, just an almost flat bezel with the texts engraved in it.

From the side the you notice the round buttons with icons on it and the flatness of the watch when compared to the Fenix 5 series.
Between the watch body and the front bezel is a ring in the same color as the strap, the ring is similar to the one found on the Fenix Chronos only thinner.

On the back there is only the oHR sensor and the charging connector.

Buttons

The 5 buttons have names in text on top of the watch bezel like the Fenix3, they don’t have the small icons like the previous FR735XT or FR920XT.
On the side of the round buttons there is a icon, except the Start-Stop button which has a flat surface and has a different look than the other buttons.
The button placement is the same as the current Fenix series, meaning the Up and Down button are moved apart and not placed together as in the previous Forerunner series.

  • Start – Stop
  • Back
  • Down
  • Up
  • Light

Colors

  • Forerunner 935 Black/Black
  • Forerunner 935 Yellow/Black
  • Forerunner 635 Black/Gray
  • Forerunner 635 Marsala/White
  • Forerunner 635 Purple/White

Bundles with HR straps will be available at launch.

Optical HR

The FR935 comes with optical HR, this time not the old Fenix3 HR sensor but the latest version which is also included in the Fenix 5 series. Meaning a very small smooth optical bump on the back of the watch.

Band

The new Forerunner doesn’t come with the QuickFit bands introduced with the Fenix 5 series. These watched just comes with same style silicon bands the Fenix 3 series used.

Charging

Charging  is done through the same new USB cable that Garmin has been delivering with the Fenix 5 series. This new charging cable should have been introduced in some 2016 products but due a small delay was first added in the 2017 products.
The main reason for introducing this new cable was avoiding new charging clamps needed for almost every new product in the past. The new USB cable uses  the thickness of the always needed battery in every watch to create a insert in the watch itself in which the cable fits.
The “insert” is located on the left / three button side of the watch just like the Fenix 5X

Special thoughts!

  • Barometric altimeter is nowhere found, not in the very limited description, not in any of the screens and not in any visual inspection of the watch.
  • The different colored start/stop button is unlike the Fenix not surrounded by the protection bumps the Fenix models had. This way the button seems more susceptible to damage.
  • We have a price of 499.99 but we have NO currency. This means it could be $499.99/€549.99 or $449.99/€499.99 or ? (watch only/no bundle). We had the same issue with the Fenix 5 watches but then decided to remove the prices.
  • We got one announcement week: Feb 20-Feb 24. But not a good source to confirm.
    extra information will be available begin march if this turn out wrong.
  • As noted earlier it is to be believed the FR935 and FR635 have the same base. In all information both pop up together. This is however not confirmed.

Forerunner 230/235/630 replacements.

First a little background.
When these 3 watches where introduced in the second half of 2015 they looked like a FR230 / FR235 pair and a 630.
This was not how they where designed, the combination Fr230/FR630 was designed together. And the FR235 was rushed in with Garmins own optical HR replacing the FR225 only introduced a few months earlier.

The FR230/FR630 internally use the same main PCB on which some components are left out for the cheaper FR230. These components are the Wifi chip and the ones needed for the touchscreen. The rest of the differences are made by blocking them in firmware.

If the FR635 is based on the same hardware as the FR935 they will disable multi-sport and other high-end functions and leave the rest untouched. Personally i think the FR230 will disappear, every new watch has oHR even the cheaper ones (FR35/ Vívoactive HR)

The FR235 was the first Forerunner with Garmins own oHR sensor. It was a great success from start. However it was a running watch, a few months later (the replacement for the 920XT would still take months) Garmin decided that it would be smart to launch a “mini” multi-sport watch. They took the FR235 and mounted a slightly higher clocked processor (*1), replaced the oHR with their latest version and enabled the multi-sports firmware options. 99% FR235 + 1% new would make a FR735XT.
(*1, some say the processor was not even changed, only the frequency was increased)

This means that at no cost Garmin could tomorrow release a FR240.
Take the FR735XT disable the multisport options and you have a “new” watch with the latest oHR and CIQ2.x.
Personally i think there will be a new developed FR240 with the combo FR240/FR740 in mind.

As from the hardware side, take a look at the what can be bought for $200

vivoactivehrs

The Vivoactive HR was sold the last month for $199.99 (now back to $249.99)
For this price we got all the hardware available:

  • Color display with touchscreen
  • Wrist-based Heart rate monitor
  • GPS & GLONASS
  • Barometric altimeter
  • Electronic compass
  • Vibration alert

Garmin – PGA show 2017

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Art impression Approach Laser Rangefinder (Virb+G8)

 

update: 31 may 2017: The Approach S60 series have been released at last
update: 30 jan 2017 post PGA2017.
The Approach Rangefinder Handheld did not appear meaning it will be quite a time before it will show.
In the mean time the Approach S60 did appear on various places, not announced but getting close.
the 4 versions will be:
* Approach S60 Golf Black
* Approach S60 Golf White Premium
* Approach S60 Golf Standard Dark
* Approach S60 Golf Standard Light

From January 24 till 28

At CES2017 Garmin didn’t show any Golf related devices, which with the PGA show only a few weeks later was not a big surprise.

With the PGA merchandise show starting next week we sum down the products we expect from Garmin. We would love to include other sportswatch makers as Polar and Suunto but they don’t don’t have a golf division and the TomTom watches are tech-wise not very interesting.

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