The Garmin Forerunner 35 is a GPS-enabled running watch that comes with wrist-based heart rate monitoring and can be used as a general activity tracking device. Thanks to the built-in GPS, it can track how far, fast and where you are running, while matching heart rate to runs for extra information.

It syncs with the Garmin Connect to store and compare tracking statistics, slotting into the universe that Garmin has established online. Runners can compare workouts in real time and set challenges and goals online, offering a range of functions that Garmin offers through it's wide variety of Forerunner devices, but the tagline here is that it's easy to use.

The optical heart rate sensor on the rear of the watch saves you from having to wear a chest strap (accepting that it's slightly less accurate), but the design has been softened slightly compared to the Forerunner 25 is sit alongside. It looks perhaps more universal and less stereotypically sporty, perhaps an attempt to widen its appeal.


Unlike some of the Garmin watches which are quite chunky, the 35 is compact, so it should suit all sizes of wrist. We found the strap to be comfortable, and the buttons easy to access. There's a mono display on the front and the overall effect reminds us slightly of the first generation of Pebble smartwatches.

There are modes for walking, cycling and cardio workouts as well as those involving pounding the pavement, with access to a full range of stats on the move.

It can also be used as a smartwatch to control notifications and music played from a connected phone, while the battery life lasts up to nine days in activity tracking mode, 13 hours in training mode.

The Garmin Forerunner 35 will be available this quarter in four colours - black, limelight, frost blue and white - for a suggested retail price of $199.99 in the US, £169.99 in the UK.