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 735XT
Color: Black/Gray, Midnight Blue/Frost Blue
This GPS smartwatch is a great way to stay connected all day long.
- Up to 11 days of battery life (14 hours if using GPS)
- Receive phone/text notifications (additional alerts can be added)
- GPS-enabled to keep track of running, biking, swimming, triathon, skiing, hiking, strength training, and more
- Activity tracking (steps, floors, sleep, intensity minutes)
- Heart rate monitor
- LiveTrack capability
- Advanced metrics (running dynamics, VO2 max, lactate threshold, etc.)
If you are either a tech geek or multi-sport athlete, then this is the watch for you! This watch combines daily activity tracking, multi-sport workouts (run, bike, swim, triathlon), heart rate monitoring, and a LOT of data to pull it all together. The face is a bit large for smaller wrists, however it is not heavy.
For starters, similar to the vivoactive HR and Forerunner 35, this watch includes text and phone notifications. Throughout the day, the 735XT keeps track of your steps, monitors your sleep, and adjusts your goal as it learns more about your activity level. It will even remind you to move! This watch is also compatible with Garmin Connect, syncing automatically so that you can look at your stats on your smartphone.
When it comes to multi-sports, this watch will continue to track as you bike and swim. For the bike, it is compatible with Vector, or you can add a speed/cadence sensor. If you are outside, the 735XT will monitor your speed and distance based on GPS movement. For the swimmers, this watch has a water rating of 5 ATM, and will give you metrics such as length, distance, pace, and stroke count while in the pool or open water. In fact, it will even identify your stroke type! Need a little extra guidance? You can create your own workouts and follow it! The 735XT can also be set up for a triathlon, so with a quick button push, it will change between the sports.
This watch also gives you the option of recording cardio and strength sessions. It’s largely based on your heart rate, but it can be nice to keep track of. There also is a setting for interval training, if you want to do a little high intensity interval training.
As for running, this watch will likely give you more data than you may need. For starters, it offers the basics such as pace, distance, and overall time during a run (via GPS). If you are running inside on the treadmill, it will estimate that based on the accelerometer, which means it will likely be a little off. From there, the abilities are quite extensive. You can compete against a “digital person”, another activity or even the same course. You can set alerts based on pace, time or distance, or even create custom workouts. Like other Garmin watches, you can set run/walk intervals as well. Want to dive deeper into the data? This watch features a V02 max estimate, recovery advisor, race predictor, running dynamics, and keeps track of your personal records!
Who is this watch for?
This watch is definitely for the athlete that wants all the bells and whistles in a watch. For the multi-sport athletes, it also offers a lot of flexibility. If you aren’t as interested in the data, then the vivoactive HR may be the better option for you.
Once again, thank you to Garmin for sending me these watches to try out!