Garmin Forerunner 935 – First pictures emerge

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Potentially exciting tri-watch times ahead as this little baby hits the shelves.


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ESSENTIAL INFO: This post was written BEFORE the release. See (here) for some post-release info

We have the new Garmin Forerunner 935. To be clear: that’s NOT the 930; not the 930xt; and not the 935xt.

It s likely to be very comparable to the Fenix 5’s firmware and support oHR in the water. Although I’m not too bothered about the oHR underwater as I have forked out a small fortune on two excellent Garmin HRM-TRI straps.

(Here) was some earlier info when we discovered it will be released along with a very similar Forerunner 635 (Edit: maybe the info got them confused and it really is the fabled 635 some have waited for). Remember that the 935 will be similar too to the Fenix 5..that’s a lot of similarity to other models going on.

The earlier ‘revelations’ were that, whilst it will have Training Effect 2.0 ( TE2 ), it might not have a barometric altimeter (edit: it does). Perhaps. And, of course, the other revelation was that it was quite expensive.

Actually the Eur/$/£500 ish price tag for this and the Fenix 5 is quite clever. Whilst eye-wateringly expensive, new adopters will buy it in droves but the sales of the Fenix 3 and 920XT might still keep going too at their significantly lower price points.

Appelmoessite talks about new sensors. I’m half-expecting something like that too with a cross between SHFT and STRYD – and probably the same combined price point as STRYD+SHFT!! Lots of running power, new full-body metrics and integrated audio coaching. (This) post of mine from ages ago tried to predict all of that; so I’m hoping that post’s predictions from 2015 come true as that functionality will be a welcome addition to the market.

Although the reality of filings already made with the FCC is that the new pod will be ‘slightly improved’. That’s not very exciting I know. (Edit: Running Dynamics POD effectively for optical HR devices)

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A fenix 5 MINUS barometric altimeter OR a 735xt PLUS smiw HR (and other software development…)


Well, this has been kind of a trend with Garmin (and to an extent Fitbit)–shove multiple devices with limited options (hardware), but supports conflicting software to other models. I know it’s been said here, but it makes the whole “buy the watch with the options that you need” kind of impossible to accomplish. If this watch doesn’t come with the barometric altimeter, and you primarily do runs (for health and/or competition), why get this when the Fenix 5 in all it’s incarnations do? The 5s is the slim version, most likely in line with the 935 in size, and no doubt will be built of more sturdy materials (the forerunner line is chintzy, let’s not kid ourselves). Does it come down to price? Well, again we’ve all at this side of the market have spent enough of equipment, so what is another $100 for a device that has “All” the trimmings in a better package? I not made out of money, but investing a bit more (and I mean a bit. Anything north of double the price is absurd) for the superior product makes all the sense in the world instead of a limited item that only gets some things… Read more »


That is the new pod you speak of (I believe).


Garmin seems keen on keep rising prices… Honestly, I’m out. I don’t mind paying premium prices, silly even, but the experience better be up to it. Garmin connect and their but infested firmwares are not even close.