When you are in the midst of your running journey, the latest gadgets are always fun! The great team at Garmin sent Megan a few of their products to try and review. Hopefully this will help you find your Garmin!
Garmin Forerunner 35
Color: Black, Limelight, Frost Blue, White
- Up to 9 days of battery life (13 hours if using GPS)
- Receive phone/text notifications
- GPS-enabled to keep track of running and biking
- Activity tracking (steps, sleep, intensity minutes)
- Heart rate monitor
- LiveTrack capability
For those looking for an easy-to-use running watch, along with the added bonuses of activity tracking, heart rate monitoring, and even notifications from your phone, this is a great option!
This watch is slightly slimmer, offering a nicer feel on your wrist (especially for the women). The display is bright, but somewhat smaller, meaning only a couple of data screens are available at any given time. Like many other Garmin products, this watch does sync with GarminConnect on your phone, meaning you get notifications when someone texts or calls you!
When it comes to running, this watch not only keeps track of your distance and pace, but it also has a virtual pacer to keep you on target. If you are using heart rate training, this watch has a wrist-based heart rate monitor, allowing you to check your rate at any time. You can even set up intervals for speed workouts or run/walk/run training. A live tracking capability is also available, so your family and friends can stay connected while you run. (Note: You can also use this watch for indoor running, however it isn’t completely accurate. This may improve with usage.) After your run, you can look at various components including overall time, distance, pace, heart rate, cadence, and steps.
Throughout the day, this watch also keeps track of your daily steps, based off your activity level. When you need a little nudge, the watch will vibrate and encourage you to move. At night, it will monitor your sleep, so you have a better idea of how well you are sleeping.
Who is this watch for?
If you are looking for a basic running watch that also has the perks of an activity tracker and smartwatch, this is a great option! It is very easy to use, and will keep track of your distance, time, and pace with quick viewing, along with the added benefit of heart rate monitoring. If you would like to use your watch for other activities, the vivoactive HR may be a better option. If you really want to dive deep into the data of running (along with other activities), choose the Forerunner 735XT.
Once again, thank you to Garmin for sending me these watches to try out!