Garmin Australia has announced the Forerunner 935, a GPS running and triathlon watch with new performance monitoring tools and Elevate wrist-based heart rate technology.
In addition to 24/7 heart rate monitoring, the Forerunner 935 alows athletes to fine-tune exercise and recovery. It can be paired with the new Running Dynamics Pod, and users will now be able to see all six running dynamics without the need for a chest strap.
Training status automatically analyses previous exercise and fitness levels to provide insight into how the athlete’s body is responding – letting them know if they are training productively, peaking or overreaching.
Training load gives users an overview of their weekly activity and helps them determine if they are training in the right zone and whether their sessions are too easy or hard.
The new training effect metric tracks and reviews the aerobic and anaerobic benefit of a training session, letting athletes know how their training is improving their ability to push the limits.
At only 49 grams, every detail in its lightweight, comfortable design was chosen with the athlete in mind.
The new Running Dynamics Pod works with the Forerunner 935 so runners can see their cadence, stride length and other metrics without the need fior a chest strap. While on a bike, it will track dynamics including power zones, time seated and standing, platform center offset and power phase.
In the water, the Forerunner 935 will track distance, stroke, pace, personal records and more.
Heart rate monitoring uses Garmin’s Elevate system and geolocation is handeld with both GPS and GLONASS. Additionally, the Forerunner 935 includes ABC (altimeter, barometer and compass) sensor capabilities.
Athletes can transition between sports with the press of a button utilising the auto or manual multisport feature. Additional built-in activities include hiking, trail running, skiing, paddle sports, golf and more. The Forerunner 935 is also compatible with the full line of Varia cycling awareness accessories, Vector pedal-based power metre system and Index smart scale.
The new TrainingPeaks app, that’s installed on the Forerunner 935, allows users to download free workouts directly to their watch, then view the workout in real time, complete with intensity targets and interval durations. Following a session, athletes can automatically sync their completed workout back to TrainingPeaks for a detailed analysis of their performance and to measure their progress toward their goals. Users can also customise their watch with data fields, watch faces, widgets and additional apps from the Connect IQ store.
When paired with a compatible smartphone, the Forerunner 935 automatically uploads to Garmin Connect, an online fitness community where users can track workouts, sleep patterns, join online challenges to compete against friends and earn virtual badges. GroupTrack allows users to keep tabs on those they train with, while LiveTrack lets loved ones follow along on runs and rides in real time.
The Forerunner 935 features up to 24 hours of battery life in GPS mode, up to 50 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode and up to two weeks in watch mode.
It is available in black for recommended retail price AU$699.