For the runner looking for a simple, highly functional GPS watch with a built-in heart rate monitor, Garmin has your new training buddy. The recently released Forerunner 35 fills a niche between their current entry-level run watch, the Forerunner 25, and the more feature-rich Forerunner 235, offering several advanced features in a not-too-advanced package.
Activity tracking and 24/7 heart rate monitoring are the latest in the 35. These, along with a list of other connected features, are becoming more or less standard within many of the Garmin lineup, but this is the first time we’ve seen these features in an entry-level watch.
One of our favorite aspects of the FR35 is the aesthetics of the watch. The soft band and remarkable lightness make it comfortable for all-day wear, and the new version of Garmin’s optical heart rate sensor is less noticeable than older versions. We might even go so far as to say that this is one of our most comfortable GPS watches.
Thankfully though, Garmin didn’t sacrifice the run-specific performance of the watch. Vibration alerts are new to entry-level Garmin GPS watches, and the interval training feature is surprisingly effective. You can also use the run/walk feature and virtual pacer, which allows you to specify your desired pace and be alerted when you are outside of that pace.
All in all, the Forerunner 35 is an excellent choice for the dedicated runner looking for a simple GPS watch. Garmin is known for being easy to use, and this new watch is no exception, making it a go-to choice for a lot of runners.
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Juli is known around Running Warehouse for her vast knowledge of running product, from shoes to hydration to nutrition to… well just about anything running related. With a background in food science (Read: Bachelor’s degree and an addiction to scholarly journal articles on exercise nutrition), she’s also a trail lover that fiends for long runs in beautiful places.