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Garmin Forerunner 735XT GPS

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It’s been almost exactly a month since Garmin announced their latest triathlon watch, the Forerunner 735XT.  This watch aims to take the software of the larger FR920XT triathlon watch and compress it down into a smaller package.  All while also adding in optical heart rate sensor and other new software features.

I’ve now been using the unit for about a month in my day to day training and racing.  Not only has it done typical swim/bike/run workouts, but I’ve also used it in two different triathlon races.  Thus, I’m pretty familiar with what works well and which parts are still a bit wonky.

Note that I have two units.  One that Garmin sent out to trial, and another that I picked up as a normal consumer.  I’ve mostly been using the one I picked up myself, while I’ve also done a number of head to head tests to see if there are any differences (such as in battery life and other accuracy areas).  As is usually the case, once I’m done with the unit here shortly I’ll ship the loaner back to Garmin.

FEATURES

GPS Running Watch with Multisport Features and Wrist-based Heart Rate Measures heart rate at the wrist so you can run freer on race day Provides advanced dynamics for running, cycling and swimming, including ground contact time balance, stride length, vertical ratio and more Offers VO2 max estimate, lactate threshold, race predictor and recovery advisor Connected features: smart notifications, automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, live tracking and more Customize with free watch faces, apps and more from our Connect IQ store You Do It All, Now Your Watch Can Too Be a better athlete today than you were yesterday with Forerunner 735XT.

This GPS running watch with multisport features is for athletes who want dialed-in data for training and a lighter load on race day. A smaller form factor and comfortable band make 735XT the ideal watch to get you from workout through workday. Connected features like automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, our free online fitness community, let you share your stats and triumphs through social media. Run, Sprint, Swim, Bike, Tri Your routine is anything but routine. Forerunner 735XT lets you change things up with ease thanks to built-in activity profiles for running (indoor/outdoor), cycling (indoor/outdoor), swimming (pool/open water), cross-country skiing, paddle sports, trail running, hiking and strength training. For brick workouts and du/triathlon races, the auto multisport feature lets you switch sports with just one button press

  • Tri Bundle – comes with the HRM-Tri and HRM-Swim monitors to measure advanced training metrics in and out of the water
  • 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 rate gives you heart rate all day and night -no additional strap required – Activity Tracking Accuracy (go to garmin.com/at accuracy)
  • Connected Features – automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, Live Tracking, audio prompts, music controls, smart notifications and social media sharing
  • Smart notifications – get any notification from your phone all with vibration so you don’t miss a thing – When paired with a compatible smartphone (go to garmin.com/ble)
PROS:
  • Strong battery life performance
  • Great Strava integration
  • Accurate heart rate data

CONS:
  • Bland looking design
  • Some Bluetooth connectivity issues
  • Garmin Connect app needs refining

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Garmin Forerunner 735XT - Midnight Blue & Frost Blue

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Last update was in: April 25, 2017 4:54 am GMT

$449.99

Garmin Forerunner 735XT - Black & Gray

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  • Tri Bundle – comes with the HRM-Tri and HRM-Swim monitors to measure advanced training metrics in and out of the water
  • 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 rate gives you heart rate all day and night -no additional strap required – Activity Tracking Accuracy (go to garmin.com/at accuracy)
  • Connected Features – automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, Live Tracking, audio prompts, music controls, smart notifications and social media sharing
  • Smart notifications – get any notification from your phone all with vibration so you don’t miss a thing – When paired with a compatible smartphone (go to garmin.com/ble)

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Garmin Forerunner 735XT

The 735XT is Garmin's most compact multi-sport watch yet, offering built-in heart rate and plenty of smart training metrics. At-a-glance notifications from WhatsApp, calendar and calls using a connected phone are also helpful, especially if out triathlon training for hours at a time. The battery goes the distance too while the optical heart rate tracking is surprisingly accurate, all sitting in a comfortable frame and strap combo. Throw in Connect IQ apps to add value and longevity and you've got an impressive long list of reasons to make this your next GPS watch purchase.

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