Pocket-lint is supported by its readers. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

(Pocket-lint) - Garmin has unveiled a top of the range running and multisports watch that features heart rate monitoring yet is sleek on the wrist.

The Garmin Forerunner 735XT is lightweight and has 24/7 Elevate heart rate monitoring built-in. It also has GPS - after all, this is Garmin - and has the Strava Live Suffer Score app pre-installed so heart rate data can be used to track how hard a wearer has been training.

It is usable for a large array of different activities, including running, cycling, swimming, hiking, XC skiing and more.

The watch is waterproof to 50 metres so can be used with paddle sports too.

Best fitness trackers in 2021: Top wearables to track your activity

It is Connect IQ compatible, which offers other applications to download through the dedicated store for customisation. Both amateurs and professionals can therefore adapt the watch to their own specifications and sport.

The Forerunner 735XT automatically syncs with Garmin Connect throughout the day, which stores tracking data online. And it is capable of controlling music playback on a connected phone, as well as receive notifications, including incoming calls, texts and emails through Bluetooth.

Because of the built-in GPS though, you could go on a run, for example, without your phone.

The Garmin Forerunner 735XT will be available soon in black and grey or midnight blue and frost blue for £359.99. It will also come with HRM-Run in a bundle for £389.99 or a tri-bundle including HRM-Tri and HRM-Swim for £449.99.

The Gear Loop

If you love tracking stats and crunching the numbers on your latest outdoor activity, you'll love The Gear Loop. Our new sister site is here to bring you the freshest news, the most honest reviews, informative guides and inspirational travel features that cover all outdoor active lifestyle pursuits, from sea to summit. Whether that's running or cycling, winter sports or water sports, The Gear Loop has got it covered.

Writing by Rik Henderson. Originally published on 11 May 2016.