Garmin Forerunner 920XT Black/Blue Watch with HRM-Run
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- Note: This product comes bundled with an HRM-Run heart rate monitor with either a black front or a black front with a red border around it. The border color will not affect the functionality of the unit.
- RUNNING DYNAMICS When paired with the HRM-RunTM monitor, the Forerunner 920XT provides feedback on running form by measuring cadence, vertical oscillation and ground contact time.
- METRICS THAT MATTER Record speed, distance, ascent/descent, grade and more. Pair with ANT+ compatible sensors to measure heart rate4, speed, cadence and power. Control VIRB Elite action camera4 to record and relive your accomplishments
- SMART NOTIFICATIONS See incoming email, text messages, call alerts, calendar reminders and more from your compatible smartphone.
- VO2 MAX, RECOVERY TIME & RACE PREDICTOR Forerunner 920XT estimates VO2 max, recovery time and predicts your race times for several distances when used with heart rate. When used with a power meter, it estimates VO2 max for cycling as well.
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Multisport GPS Watch with Running Dynamics and Connected Features
- Running dynamics¹ include cadence, vertical oscillation and ground contact time
- Offers VO2 max estimate², race predictor and recovery advisor
- Features swim distance, pace, stroke type identification, stroke count, drill logging and rest timers
- Smart notifications³ let you see email, text and other alerts on your watch
- Connected features4: automatic uploads to Garmin Connect™, live tracking, social media sharing
From the company that launched the world’s first GPS multisport devices comes a watch that’s qualified to guide the training of elite and amateur athletes alike. Introducing Forerunner 920XT — with advanced features including running dynamics, VO2 max estimate, live tracking and smart notifications.
Advanced Training Meets All-day Activity Tracking
Forerunner 920XT packs a fleet of high-end training features into a sleek watch that is wet suit-friendly and about 15 percent lighter than its predecessor, the Forerunner 910XT. It boasts a high-resolution color display; flexible, hinged bands and a watch mode, so you can wear it all day. The activity tracking feature measures your steps, sleep and calories burned all day, giving you a more complete picture of your daily activity.
Whether you’re training at the pool or out in the open water, Forerunner 920XT captures detailed swim metrics, including distance, pace, stroke count, stroke rate and SWOLF score. The drill logging feature allows you to easily log swim drills and kick sets at the pool, and the 2 types of rest timers keep you pushing off the wall on time. Use time alerts to help you hold your pace, or distance alerts to let you know when a set is over. There are even alerts for calories and stroke rate.
Crank Up Your Training
The 920XT is compatible with sensors such as speed, cadence and heart rate to provide advanced training capabilities for your cycling workouts. It can also display power metrics when paired with ANT+™ power meters, including the Vector™ line of single- and dual-sensing pedal options.
If you train with heart rate and a power meter, Forerunner 920XT can derive your VO2 max estimate for cycling to help monitor changes in your fitness. The color gauge shows how you rank compared to other athletes in your age group. Another feature that lets you see how you measure up to others is Garmin Connect segments. Once your ride’s done and uploaded to Garmin Connect, you can see where you stand on the segment leaderboard.
Perfect Your Running Form
You’ve asked for it and now it’s here — running dynamics data for a dedicated multisport watch. Based on the same technology available in our Forerunner 620 and fēnix™ 2, the 920XT helps you train for optimal running form when used with the HRM-Run™ monitor. This pairing allows the 920XT to report your cadence (total steps per minute), vertical oscillation (amount of “bounce” in your step) and ground contact time (how much time your foot spends on the ground during each step). The 920XT also has a metronome feature with vibe and audible alerts to guide your cadence training.
Advanced Heart Rate-based Features
When used with a heart rate monitor (either a standard Garmin HRM or the HRM-Run), Forerunner 920XT offers additional features that can dial in your recovery status as well as your racing potential. First is a recovery check, which is a real-time indication of your recovery state within the first several minutes of an aerobic activity. After the activity, the 920XT provides a recovery time indicating how long before you should attempt another hard effort. The 920XT can also estimate your VO2 max for running when used with a heart rate monitor and for cycling when used with a heart rate monitor and power meter. Based on that data, it can predict your running race times for several distances.
Now your brick workouts and race activities have a whole new view in Garmin Connect, our free online community where you can save, plan and share your efforts. When you complete an activity using a multisport activity profile on your device, each leg and transition time is stored in one combined file for easy review and sharing. Individual tabs let you access detailed data for each leg.
There are multiple ways to sync your data with Garmin Connect. The 920XT can transfer the data through the Garmin Connect™ Mobile app on your smartphone using Bluetooth® technology. You can also set up one or more Wi-Fi® hot spots, and the 920XT will automatically sync with Garmin Connect when in range. Or sync with your desktop through a USB connection.
Pair the 920XT with your smartphone and the Garmin Connect Mobile app for additional capabilities that can help you stay connected during your cycling and running workouts or races. The live tracking feature lets you invite followers using email or social media so they can see your stats and location on a map in real time. Smart notifications let you see email, text and other alerts on your watch when paired with your compatible Android™ or Apple® device. When the 920XT is paired with your phone and the Garmin Connect Mobile app, your completed workouts can instantly upload.
¹When used with HRM-Run™ monitor; included with some models, sold separately on others.
²When used with heart rate.
³Compatible with Bluetooth® Smart Ready phones. Android devices must also use Garmin Connect Mobile app to enable smart notifications.
4When paired with your compatible Android or Apple device and Garmin Connect Mobile.
The Bluetooth word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, INC. Wi-Fi® is a registered trademark of Wi-Fi Alliance Corporation. iPhone® is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Android™ is a trademark of Google Inc.
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Let's break this down into a few areas:
The watch: This is used as an actual watch where the previous models were not. It has a lower profile than the 910XT, but the buttons are following the curve of the face some. Not 100% sure I like that yet or not, but it is definitely sleeker. It has a color display! And, it is a higher resolution display over the 910. The menu system is vastly improved over the 910 as well. The buttons are also softer to push than the 910 and tell you when you have paused an activity and asks if you would like to resume it.
The packaging: I wouldn't have brought this up, but it did change significantly over previous watches. There is NO AC adapter now. There is a USB cradle (more about that in a minute) that can be plugged into a simple phone USB wall charger or obviously your computer, but this is a stray from the past. It doesn't bother me, but the 910 came with a pile of adapters for international plugs so if you are expecting that, it won't be there, but hey, it is USB and that is about as universal as it gets anyway.
The charger: BIG improvement over the 910. The 910 wasn't bad, but I always had to fumble with it to get it to seat and then it was good to go. The 910 is like a big alligator clip for the charger. The 920 has a true cradle that is easily seats into. It feels and acts like a much better design.
Bluetooth integration and wireless integration: The 910 had none. To sync wirelessly you had to use the ANT+ stick. That is now gone. The 920 remembers wifi hotspots that you have configured (have to be added through your computer though) and will sync whenever it is on that hotspot. The bluetooth integration allows you to sync with multiple apps on your iPhone/Android and it is really easy to setup. Also I can get notifications on my watch from my phone such as text messages or who is calling me and not have to stop and pull my phone out. Clearly my phone has to be on me or within 10-15 feet, but it works great! I did notice myself turning off notifications from some apps though and they have a "Smart Notifications" feature that I am going to play with more.
ANT+ sensors: This through me for a loop at first. I was trying and trying to figure out how to add my devices, it had already added them. This felt a little too smart for its own good. I didn't get any confirmation that it had added or anything, it just started registering my heart rate and my cadence. I will update this section when I sync my power meter on my bike.
Fitness screens: This is great. There are menus for indoor vs outdoor swims, biking profiles, runs etc... Much easier navigation over the 910. It will feel different, not necessarily better at the start, but I can tell that it is going to be faster changing through multiple sports.
Running: The visualization of running was really cool to see on cadence and heart rate both. There is a gauge, much like an RPM gauge in a car, that shows you right where you want to be. Out of the box the hear rate zones are based off of age and not fitness level so it said I was zone 5 most of my run which is not true. That is upper zone 3 for me. I liked the pause screens that I could hit while at a stop light or whatever and having it tell me that it was paused and asking if I want to resume or save my activity. The 910 made you stop and then "reset" your activity which always felt quirky to me. It has a great metronome feature too that I can actually hear (that is saying something) and it great for cadence training.
Biking: To be fair, I haven't had as much time to play with the biking features yet. It is easy to setup power zones though and sync with your ANT+ power meter. Garmin has had great bike features for a long time though and this just builds on that. Like the run cadence, I like the power meter visualization a lot.
Swimming: I will update this when I have a chance to swim more with it, but I know a lot of people were complaining that the Fenix 2 didn't have the swim capabilities that the 910 did. Well, this has all of the 910s features and more, but I honestly didn't use all of those features anyway. It tracks distance well and is a lifesaver in the pool for me not having to count and to set distance or time alerts.
The phone app / Garmin Mobile Connect: This is a little quirky to me and I hope they polish it a little more (I am sure they will) as they go. It doesn't pull all my health data all the time and I am not sure as to why. It uploads to connect.garmin.com correctly, but the app doesn't always show it right. It is good, but not great. This would be my only/biggest complaint of this watch right now.
Activity tracker: As I said earlier, this is a Fitness Tracker / Smart watch. It did WAY more in this arena that I was expecting it to. I wasn't looking for this, so for me it was an added bonus, but I have liked seeing what data it collects. Steps taken, sleep patterns, etc...still accessing weather or not it is super accurate (that remains to be seen), but I don't think any of those devices are 90% accurate anyway. I am talking about the fitbit or jawbone or those types of things.
All in all, I am very impressed with this watch. I noticed that for the holidays they are dropping the price of the 910. I had a few people ask me if they should pay the extra money ($200 more) for the 920 and I would say yes. For me it is a no brainer. You get way more of a watch that you did with the 910. If you are only trying to replace an old 205, 305, or 310 and don't care about the other stuff then you can probably save yourself some cash, but I sure think it is worth the extra money!!!
UPDATE 7-28-2015: The swimming features were even improved over the 910. It now has a rest lap feature that will let you hit the lap button and have it start a rest timer. No more stopping and starting or wondering how much longer in your rest, it will do it for you. Also, the screen changes from black on white to white on black when in the rest lap. It will switch back as soon as you push the lap button again. I still don't worry about my SWOLF or some of the other things that it tracks in the pool, but they are great features if you care. Garmin also just announced that they are selling a swimming HRM strap that will be compatible with this.
OVERALL the 920xt is an amazing device. It does just about everything you can think of related to activities and a lot of things you did not think of. But it is expensive. If you just need a basic running or cycling watch to get the job done and don't have a lot of cash, there are much less expensive options. A lot of the additional features of the 920xt are not needed to train or compete, but they are fun. So if you have the $ and want a really cool fun device, then the 920xt is worth looking into. Just look at it as you are paying a chunk of your money for the fun factor.
AS A WATCH the face is quite large. but unlike the fenix 2 and some other GPS watches, it molds more to your wrist. The fenix 2 what like a big lump strapped on top of your wrist. The 920xt integrates more with the wrist as it is lower profile and kind of curves around integrating with the wrist. But make no mistake, the face is big. The face is very easy to read in bright light. Indoors if the lighting is dim you may need to press the backlight button to see small detail print, but large print is easy to read, even in dim light. However, it does depend upon the watch face you are using. Big digital numbers are easy to read, but some of the faces with the old style watch face with hands can be hard to see the skinny hands. Good news it you can easily try and change the watch faces. The band is comfortable and locks in place, it will not accidentally come off.
MENU is mostly intuitive. The primary thing I don't like it that from the watch face you can only go into an activity (running, cycling, etc). If you want to get to system type settings you do this by first going to an activity. Why not have system settings at the top level menu? Other than that the menus are pretty straight forward. You do need to get use to the difference in a quick push of the button and a hold of the button for a second. They do different things.
FOR RUNNING the 920xt does its job, just like most other running watches. Most of the stats it tracks are common to most running watches, so nothing special here. It does what it is suppose to. I like that I can set my lap times in kilometers but still see my pace in miles. Lots of flexibility in the data screens for when you run. You can set up courses, run against prior times and such. These features are okay but I liked the implementation on the old 210 GPS better.
FOR CYCLING the 920xt does its job. For me its much like running, keep my stats for time, pace, distance etc. It does this well like most running/cycling watches. lots of flexibility in the data screens
POOL SWIM - I have never had a GPS watch which could be used for swimming. The GPS is turned off for a pool swim but as far as I could tell the sensors accurately tracked my laps and even knew what stroke I was using. You just input the length of the pool (I think it only goes down to 17 meters as the shortest pool), then swim and it calculates the distance.
OPEN WATER SWIM - This was quite interesting. My open water swims were back and forth across a small bay in the ocean. The 920xt does use the GPS for this activity. It appears to occasionally catch the GPS signal as your arm comes out of the water and it plots these points. Either I swim extremely straight (not likely) or its only marking a point every couple minutes and at significant turns. Since it only connects GPS when the arm is out of the water, you need to use a freestyle or other stroke where you arm exits the water for it to track. It does not track you if you use a breast stroke, unless you intentionally hold your arm out of the water a few seconds so it can catch the signal. So swimming freestyle, it appeared to do pretty well. My turns appeared to be at about the right place and it ended up being a lot of lines back and forth, which is what I was doing. The overall distance accuracy could be off a bit, but its probably in the ball park. I did not have a set course with known distances to measure against. One suggestion: Before starting the swim make sure the GPS is connected for 10 seconds or so otherwise you starting point may be off a bit.
OTHER ACTIVITIES - You can create your own category for other activities. I created one for hiking. Its similar to running in function, but keeps these activities separate. I have not tried the triathlon setting. It does have some hiking, tracking, maping features but the Fenix watches or handhelds which are designed for this do it better.
ACTIVITY TRACKER - This is my first activity tracker, so I have nothing to compare to. But I expect it is quite similar to others. Tracking steps and distance is an estimate on all of these. So its kind of a relative thing ... how far did I go today compared to tomorrow. That said, the 920xt appears to be fairly accurate. Based upon your profile it estimates your stride, but you can manually adjust this. I don't know what all it senses for a step cut its more than a moving arm. Swinging you arm does nothing. It is also sensing other body motion and appears to do pretty well at not counting movements which are not steps. On the other hand, if you are pushing a shopping cart, which steadies you arm, you do not get step credit - so learn to push the cart with the non watch arm. The default mode is to continually increase your steps goal until you do not meet the goal. But you can also set a specific steps goal which does not change. At night you set the sleep mode and it tells you how much deep sleep and light sleep you have ... based upon movement I assume. Interesting. The 920xt can be set to remind you every hour to move if you have been sitting. In your profile you tell it what your normal sleep hours are, so even if you do not put it into sleep mode at night it appears to quit telling you to move about 2 hours before your bed time. Lots of other little features with the activity tracker. Kind of fun.
BLUE TOOTH - I have had no issues with blue tooth (except for user error) I have a Galaxy 3. The 920xt requires the Garmin Connect app on your phone to make the connection. So when connecting the 920xt does not show up with the other blue tooth devices. The only time blue tooth would not connect was when the my phone was not running Garmin Connect in the background. I restarted the app on my phone and all was well. It took me a while to figure out this was the issue. When blue toothed with your phone, you phone will get text and email notifications. This is very handy with driving, or other situations where the phone is not readily available, like getting sport score updates when you are out with others and do not want to keep looking at the phone, the watch is more discrete. The 920xt only receives information, there is not feature to send messages back.
Wi-Fi - Usually it connects fine and does its data transfer. It does take it about a minute to connect to the network. 5% - 10% of the time it does not find the network. Not sure why. Originally the 920xt would automatically sense the network after a run and then upload the data. Lately I have had to manually connect it to the network (from the watch menu). I think this is because before I complete my route when I was in range of the network. But now I am on a different route and when I complete I am 20 minutes until I get into range of the network. Of course if I am running with my phone blue toothed, the up load automatically happens via the Garmin connect on the phone.
HEART RATE MONITOR - Connects every time and stays connected, no issue. Only takes a few seconds to connect. Although I have never been a big fan of the chest heart rate monitors, this one is as comfortable as they come. The band is soft, but snugs up pretty well and does not feel like its sliding down. The instructions say to remove the sensor piece when not in use (it snaps in place) so I do. I expect there is a battery drain if its not removed. Although I am not sure what to do with the extra data such as ground contact time, VO2 and vertical oscillation, but it is interesting. My primary use is to for training at a specific heart rate and it does this well.
BATTERY LIFE is hard to judge. There are so many factors effecting the battery life. GPS is the biggest drain using about 10 - 12% battery per hour. Activity tracking and blue tooth, if turned on all take a bit of power but not a lot. The selected watch face can make a big difference (there are dozens of different watch faces which can be downloaded). The basic watch face that comes with the watch appears to draw only 1 - 2 % per day, if nothing else is turned on (its just a watch). So as a watch the battery could last 3 months before charging. But other watch faces with more color and features may draw as much as 5 - 6% per day. For me I keep activity tracking on all the time, use the GPS for 2 - 3 hours per week, blue tooth is used a little a few hours per week but always on to sense the phone and Wi-Fi occasionally to upload. Depending upon the watch face I recharge every 1 - 2 weeks and still have plenty of battery when I start the recharge. It recharges pretty fast, between 1 and 2 hours depending upon how depleted it is.
GARMIN CONNECT & Garmin Express - These are Garmin's online tools where your information is uploaded and available and where additional apps and watch faces can be down loaded. There is a lot of information you can review. In my opinion this site was done very well. Its intuitive, graphical and kind of fun to use.
ADDITIONAL APPS AN WATCH FACES - There are dozens of watch faces and apps you can down load, all are free, and more appear every month. I have one which shows me the weather (if I am blue tooth with my phone). Another tracks remaining battery and plots a graph. Some are specific functions such as plotting heart rate, others are games. Most are nice little things for certain nitch users, nothing which is critical.
DURABILITY - The 920XT appears to be well built. The screen material appears to quite durable. After two months of use I had not scratches, but I did get a screen protector like on my cell phone. I figured for something so expensive why not protect the screen with a few bucks. The buttons are very smooth with a small click when you press them. One of my buttons (up arrow) now does stick a little, takes a little extra pressure and click a bit louder, but I think its just a bit gummed up. Washing it appears get it back to new for a while. Other wise not issues. It does well in pool water and ocean water, although I do rinse it in fresh water after those uses.
If I didn't have this watch, I would get one again. I use it religiously. For running and cycling, coupled with Strava I spend all my free time trying to out mileage and out run my Strava friends. It is so much fun to keep a record of everything you do.
As for the swimming feature however, it's good in open water, but in the pool, it isn't accurate enough for me. For example, if I do 100 yards kick with a kickboard, it doesn't record that...? I want it recorded. I want everything recorded. I don't use it in pool swims. It's ok, but not perfect.
It has wigged out on my about 1 time out of 40 during runs or bikes. It sometimes doesn't get a GPS lock or something and skews the results.
I don't think I would do a bike or run without it. Without logging my mileage it would seem...meaningless, almost? I just like the logging and I will keep it at that. Love the watch.