Garmin has introduced the Forerunner 935 as a top-of-the-range, do-it-all fitness and activity tracker. It's been designed to be the only companion you need when training for events such as triathlons, as it caters for running, cycling and swimming exercises.
Dan Bartel, Garmin's VP of global consumer sales, says the Forerunner 935 has many of the same features as the recently announced Fenix 5, but is aimed more towards "athletes focused on performance and results". "It offers data for every activity, and allows you to automatically upload it to Garmin Connect. It's also customisable with free apps, data fields, and more from the Connect IQ store".
The Forerunner 935's Training Status feature will analyse all your previous data to let you know if you're working too hard, or perhaps enough, when out on a run or cycle while Training Zone will give you an overall weekly view of your activity and whether your sessions have been too easy or too hard.
You can obtain even more information about your runs by using the Garmin Dynamics Pod, which substitutes a traditional chest strap for a module that clips on to your waistband. The Dynamics Pod monitors six different dynamics including cadence, ground contact, time, stride length and more, and will present the information on the Forerunner 935. Alternatively, the Pod will show information on the Forerunner 735XT, Fenix 5 or Fenix Chronos.
The Forerunner 935 wearable can also monitor power zones, time seated and standing, platform centre offset and power phase when you're cycling, and distance, stroke, pace and personal records when swimming in the water.
A preinstalled TrainingPeaks app can be used to download workouts directly to the watch, for users complete them in real-time, meeting intensity targets and interval durations. Data can then be sent back to TrainingPeaks to be given a report on how well the user did.
Elevate heart-rate tracking is built into the 935 and it even has altimeter, barometer and compass sensors to show real-time elevation information, predicted weather changes and your direction of travel.
The Forerunner 935 isn't just reserved for running, cycling and swimming, it can be used to track activity in other sports including; golf, hiking, trail running, skiing, paddle sports and more.
With the 935 connected to a compatible smartphone, all your activity data will be automatically uploaded to Garmin Connect, where it can be shared with friends. You can also use the community to take part in challenges, see all your data, track sleeping patterns, and earn virtual badges.
The rechargeable battery promises up to 24 hours of life in GPS mode, up to 50 in UltraTac battery saver mode and up to two weeks in watch mode.
The Garmin Forerunner 935 will be available soon, in black for $499.99, or as a tri-bundle pack, which bundles a black watch face with yellow strap, HRM-Tri chest strap, HRM-Swim chest strap, Quick Release kit and an additional black strap for $649.99.