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Garmin Forerunner 735XT - Black & Gray
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- Form factor - the most lightweight multisport-capable watch ever from Garmin in an attractive, traditional watch shape, with soft, comfortable silicone bands
- Built-in activities - data support for: running, cycling, swimming, multisport, hiking, xc skiing, strength, paddle sports and cardio
- 24/7 Heart rate monitoring - Elevate Wrist Heart technology gives you heart rate all day and night -no additional strap required
- Connected Features - automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, Live Tracking, audio prompts, music controls, smart notifications and social media sharing. Dimensions & Weight: 44.5 x 44.5 x 11.9 mm & 40.2 g
- Smart notifications - get any notification from your compatible smartphone all with vibration so you don’t miss a thing
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Be a better athlete today than you were yesterday with the 735XT. This GPS running watch with multisport features has wrist-based heart rate so you can run freer on race day. For advanced running dynamics, VO2 max and more, add the chest strap and train your heart out. It also has smart notifications, automatic uploads and compatibility with Connect IQ for custom watch faces and apps.
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Form factor - the most lightweight multisport-capable watch ever from Garmin in an attractive, traditional watch shape, with soft, comfortable silicone bands
Built-in activities - data support for: running, cycling, swimming, multisport, hiking, xc skiing, strength, paddle sports and cardio
24/7 Heart rate monitoring - Elevate Wrist Heart technology gives you heart rate all day and night -no additional strap required
Connected Features - automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, Live Tracking, audio prompts, music controls, smart notifications and social media sharing. Dimensions & Weight: 44.5 x 44.5 x 11.9 mm & 40.2 g
Smart notifications - get any notification from your compatible smartphone all with vibration so you don’t miss a thing
Legal DisclaimerDoes not include hrm-tri or hrm-swim monitors. Watch, charging cable, and instructions only.
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I've only had this watch for a week, but researched for months and knew exactly what features I was looking for.
First, my main use cases:
Running, swimming, cycling; but majority running. I used to do Triathlon's but just run and swim now mainly for health (and honestly stress relief). I wanted an activity tracker also and liked the idea of an optical heart rate sensor. Some limited smart watch functionality would be nice also. But definitely waterproof, built in GPS for running, and basic stop-watch functionality and something I could wear 24/7 as a daily watch also.
Watches I was considering:
Apple Watch, Forerunner 235, 735x, Fenix 3 HR, TomTom Mult-Sport Cardio, TomTom Spark, TomTom Spark+Music, Suunto Sparten, Ambit 3, etc. pretty much any of the GPS sport watches, ideally with the optical heart rate. I don't train hard or by heart rate really, and have had the chest straps in the past; just liked the idea of checking my resting heart rate at times and the activity tracker that comes on most of these sport watches.
Also, the Apple Watch was out, unless I went with the Waterfi version (waterproof version of it at @ $600). Of course, as I'm writing this, the new Series 2 Apple Watch was announced which is waterproof and has built in GPS. Which, may have altered my decision. I am an iPhone user, but in the end, regardless, I don't really care for the Apple Watch look and am glad I chose the 735xt.
I was able to visit a local REI and try on all the Garmin devices. I REALLY love the Fenix 3 HR and the style, but I have small wrists (6.5") and in the end, it was just too large. It wouldn't even fit under the cuff of my basic dress shirt, and didn't see myself wearing it to bed to take advantage of the sleep functionality. The TomTom's didn't really look like I could wear them every day as a watch. I did consider the TomTom Spark Cardio + Music as I liked the idea of not having to carry my phone. But then I really decided that I carry my phone not only for the music, but also in case of emergency.
The Garmin VivoActive HR had everything I wanted and cheaper, and even would have liked the idea of having golf (even though I haven't golfed in 10 years), but it's just darn ugly (IMO).
In the end, it really came down to the Garmin 235 vs 735xt. And whether the multi-sport and swimming functionality of the 735 was worth an extra $120. And so obviously I decided on the 735xt. Which I'm glad I did because it works awesome in the pool. For me it just came down to whether or not I wanted to track distance in the pool instead of just time and if that was worth $120.
Here's been my experience with it, using it for 7 days now.
- Looks OK to wear as an everyday watch
- Light (very light, which may also be somewhat of a con for some, see below)
- Pool Swim function counts distance and time (love how you just enter the pool size and it automatically keeps track of the distance, knowing when you make a turn)
- Connect IQ, this is where you can download watch faces, apps, widgets, data fields, etc. I've added a different watch face and use a stopwatch, timer app that I got from the IQ store. I use the stopwatch and timer a lot plus I've added a nice data field for running that shows HR (and color for zone), Pace, Cadence, Time, Distance all on the same screen
- Has some basic smart watch features. Email, calendar notifications, music controls for phone, etc. I really wanted these features in a watch, but have realized since wearing that I just turned them all off. Honestly, I get bugged enough with text and emails and don't need my watch distracting me also. So I just leave it on do-not disturb, as I do with my phone also when I'm running. Although the watch does have a user profile setting where you can set your sleep hours, so it sets the watch to do-not-disturb automatically during these times
- Garmin Connect Mobile App. Pretty good app, full of data and makes it easy to install and customize watch faces. Many watch faces allow you to customize them (how and what data is displayed, basic colors, etc.). It's pretty awesome
- Only con I can really think of is that the Garmin weather widget on the watch is not working for me. I did download a 3rd party weather widget, but it's not as dynamic as the Garmin version and only shows temp (hi/low) for the day. This is apparently common and happening with other users, so I'm pretty sure Garmin will have a firmware or software fix for this sometime soon. And I've tried about all the troubleshooting fixes I could find (e.g. location services, etc.) on the internet and Garmin forums.
Now about the form factor and weight. It is plastic. And this may be a be negative for some. I remember trying on the display model at REI and it felt like a toy. Of course I know these display versions are basically shells and not the real thing, but even the real thing feels a bit like a toy. So if you want a heavy, steel, metal or oversize watch, this probably isn't for you.
The last 2 watches I've worn were a G-Shock GW2310FB-1CR and for about 5 years a Lunimox Colormark Chrono (BO) every day. I like light watches. And for me, this Garmin 735xt is light, comfortable, and even though a bit "plastic" feeling... because I guess it is, it fits my use case perfectly. And if it ever breaks, I'm lucky enough to live about 30 minutes from Garmin's world headquarters and have heard good stories from friends who've taken their Garmin devices out there for service.
The specs say a bunch of different things, 14 hours in activity mode with GPS, 11 days in watch mode (activity tracking, smart notification, etc.) But here's what I've gotten from the first week. From a full charge and daily activity I went about 4 days and it was at 25%. But that's been with me fiddling with the watch a lot.
I did a full charge of the watch on a Sunday. Did 8 mile run on Monday, 1000 Meter Swim on Tuesday, 5 Mile Run on Wednesday, 1000 meter swim on Thursday and by Thursday evening it was about at 25% and in the evening it beeped and said "save power mode", which I wasn't quite sure what that was at the time so I went ahead and put it on the charger. Looking like it's about 10-12% per day with at least a 30-45 minute activity with GPS each day. Keep in mind I have activity tracking, continuous heart rate monitoring, and use the stopwatch and countdown timer a few times during the day also.
I hope this review helps. I researched (and obsessed) for months on which one of these to buy; weighing features style and price. Of course I'm biased now as I purchased the 735xt, but as of yet have no buyers remorse.
So why not 5 stars? I really never give anything 5 stars, but if the weather widget would have worked out of the box I probably would have.
Here is what it does well (and should at this price) -
1. It provides accurate pace (mile/minute) for running.
2. It provides heart-rate via a wrist-based optical sensor, which (however) is subject to wild swings in accuracy
Here are the problems I have encountered -
1. Insufficient battery life. Garmin advertises this as a leading multisport (meaning triathlon) watch. This weekend I used it in the Ironman World Championships. I charged the device to 100% prior to the start. After a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 23 miles of running - the battery failed. It simply did not have enough juice to make it to the finish. Its frustrating to have your watch fail at mile 23 in the Hawaiian Ironman, to say the least. For that reason alone, you should not buy it if you wish to race Ironman with it.
2. Inaccurate heart rate. In training I experienced wild variation in HR using the optical HR sensor. For e.g., during a light jog the HR sensor would show 180 BPM, when my actual HR was 120 BPM. This inaccuracy seemed more prevalent in cool morning conditions. Much on the web has been written about this.
3. Poor sync tech. Garmin advertises easy data syncing with the Connect app. I have found syncing requires multiple manual attempts, and is inconsistent and unreliable
For training, its OK. But you'd be better off with a far less expensive Garmin for basic pace data (and a chest based HRM), or another brand.
With the Garmin Forerunner 735XT, there's finally a great running, cycling, swimming, activity tracker that works better as a smart watch than many smart watches. Excellent battery life as a smart watch (11 days) and as a training watch it works well even for iron distance triathlons or 50 mile trail runs. Sure, it's not Android Wear compatible. But, all I really care about is getting notifications on my watch. I have my phone to check the weather. Why I think it's a better smart watch is because it does the required feature (notification) and the battery lasts 11+ days when used as a smart watch (unlike most smart watches that last a day, if that).
The Garmin Forerunner fenix 3 was close to hitting the mark, but it's too big/heavy for running. The 735XT perfectly hits the mark. The 735XT made me purchase 2, for me and my wife (she's upgrading from a Forerunner 110). It's overkill if you're looking for a fitbit activity replacement. But, if your a serious runner / cyclist / swimmer / triathlete / hiker, and you want a smartwatch that you can wear daily, this is the watch to get! Here's some notable information:
RUNNING WATCH - Unlike smart watches, this is designed to be primarily a running watch, which it does an excellent job providing the information a runner needs. All kinds of running stats, views, etc.
CYCLING WATCH - Works well as a cycling watch. I was able to pair it with my ANT+ cadence on my bike with no problem. I don't like using a watch for cycling because it's not in a location where I can easily see it. I have a different Garmin device that I have mounted to my bikes. So, while this will work as a bike computer, it wont' be as useful for tracking things in real time like speed and cadence.
SWIMMING WATCH - I haven't tried the watch yet in the pool or open water, but plan on doing this when it gets bit warmer here in Ohio. It does, however, work VERY well as a swimming watch. The heart rate monitor won't work while in water, but Garmin does have a swimming heart rate strap that will pair with this watch. The accelerometer tracks strokes, laps, and estimates distance.
TRIATHLON WATCH - Like all the higher end Forerunners, the 735XT works really well for triathlons including iron distance (as long as you're under a 14 hour Ironman). If you need longer, the 920XT is the way to go. It will switch between swim/bike/run with a single button press and you can also have it track transition times. As it works to track swimming as well, you can wear it for the entire triathlon. You can also set it up to work equally well for a duathlon.
ACTIVITY TRACKER WATCH - Let's be honest, if you want an activity tracker, this watch is WAY overkill. There's loads of Android Wear watches that will do simple activity tracking and will cost a BUNCH less. It does track your steps, goal, and monitors sleeping.
SMART WATCH - It does what a smart watch should do, provide you with the time and notify you of a message or incoming call via Bluetooth. It doesn't allow you to reply or anything like that. It's also not Android Wear compatible, but Garmin does have an app store that allows you to download all kinds of apps for the watch, like different watch faces, weather apps, etc. Do a Google search for "Garmin Connect IQ" to show all the smart watch apps available.
HEART RATE MONITOR - This watch has a built-in wrist-based heart rate monitor. No need for a chest strap. I compared the results to the chest strap and it's really close. There were some differences, but they were small. Overall, it works really well and there's no need for a chest strap monitor when wearing this watch.
RUNNING CADENCE - the watch has a built in accelerometer which can calculate your speed and distance even when you're inside. It also works with a footpod which will give more accurate results in my experience.
SIZE - The perfect size! The Forerunner fenix 3 is too wide, thick, and heavy. As a comparison, the fenix 3 is about twice the weight and about a quarter inch narrower. The thickness is only 0.47" instead of the fenix 3 at 0.6". Overall, the fenix 3 feels really chunky and heavy when running. The Forerunner 735XT, however, doesn't feel like something heavy on your wrist.