Garmin has announced the Forerunner 735XT, their new GPS triathlon watch with 24/7 wrist-based heart rate monitoring. It also supports built-in activities including running, cycling, swimming, multisport, hiking, XC skiing, strength training, paddle sports and cardio.
The design features silicone bands and a large display for viewing stats during a workout. Connect IQ compatible, the Forerunner 735XT is the first device to come with the Strava Live Suffer Score app pre-installed so users can track how hard they have been working based on heart rate data.
It’s also customisable with additional free custom apps, watch faces, data fields and widgets from Garmin’s Connect IQ store.
For advanced running dynamics and other detailed measurements, users can add a chest strap during training and receive data including stride length, ground contact time balance, and vertical ratio.
The Forerunner 735XT is also compatible with the Vector pedal-based power metre system and the full line of Varia cycling awareness accessories. Water rated 5 ATM (50 metres), its swim features will push users to crank up their training in the pool as the Forerunner 735XT will guide users through their swim workout. Users can also easily transition sports with the press of a button utilising the auto or manual multisport feature.
The Forerunner 735XT integrates with Strava and is the first device to come with the Strava Live Suffer Score app pre-installed. Suffer Score uses heart rate data to tell you how hard you’re working. So whether a weekend warrior or a professional athlete, if their heart is working hard they can rack up a high score. The Strava Live Suffer Score app is available to all users of Connect IQ compatible devices, but only Strava Premium athletes are able to review their Suffer Score on Strava and compare it with others. The Forerunner 735XT comes with a 60-day trial of Strava Premium, and owners of Connect IQ compatible devices will receive a 30-day trial.
As you’d expect, the Forerunner 735XT automatically syncs with Garmin Connect where you can access Garmin Connect Insights, personalised smart wellness insights and comparisons with other, similar people for extra motivation.
As well as media control, the Forerunner 735XT delivers notifications from your smartphone including incoming calls, texts, emails, app, calendar and social media alerts.
Garmin rates the Forerunner 735XT’s battery life at up to 14 hours in training mode and 11 days in watch mode.
Pricing and availability
It is available in black and grey or midnight blue and frost blue for RRP AUD$699.00. Accessory bands will be available in lava red, charge yellow, midnight blue or frost blue for AUD$49.00.