Garmin 935 Review | Forerunner Tri Watch

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Garmin 935 Review

In this Garmin 935 Review, we briefly look at why the 935 is widely heralded as the Greatest Triathlon Watch when first released

Triple Awesomeness: 935 + Zante + STRYD
In Brief
  • Price - 90%
  • Apparent Accuracy - 90%
  • Build Quality & Design - 95%
  • Feafures, Including App - 99%
  • Openness & Compatability - 98%

It's the greatest triathlon watch ever made as of March 2019

For just under £400 or just under $500, you can get triathlon sweetness on a stick.

This is the greatest triathlon watch ever made…for now. Expect something even better from Garmin as a replacement in 2019 but you might have to wait until Christmas to get it on your wrist. Even then the new features will likely be ‘music’, ‘maps’ and ‘smarts’, like contactless payments, rather than new triathlon features.

Think of 20 bells and 30 whistles. The 935 has all the bells and whistles for triathlon you can think of…and then some more. I can pick fault with it and, elsewhere, I have but if it’s triathlon features you want then this is the one to go for. It even looks good and I proudly and frequently use mine for training and racing and have done for over a year.

Go on to the Garmin website and look at the features. Even Garmin don’t show the full list of features and often just show you the ones that people regularly compare; then download the manual…even that’s out of date. There are new features being added even in March 2019. OK, I’ll stop you’ve got the point.

Other vendors are highly unlikely to support BLE and ANT+ sensors, they are less likely to support advanced cycling dynamics and, for sure, don’t have an app system as comprehensive for sports as Garmin’s CIQ. It supports complex structured workouts, brick workouts and bizarre multisport combinations including Otillo. Having said that the Polar Vantage V DOES look and feel nicer IMHO.

Garmin struggles a bit with oHR accuracy, though it is not too bad, and its GPS/GLONASS/GALILEO is not as good as it should be. Consequently, I always use an HRM-TRI and STRYD to give me the super accuracy I want.

Go on…you know you want to. It’s features you really want, isn’t it 😉

Garmin 935 Review – An Introduction

You can quite easily complete your first triathlon without a sports watch of any sort. You can quite easily use pretty much any sports watch for a triathlon, even an Apple Watch would be alright for most casual triathletes

However, if you intend to take triathlon at least half-seriously, if you have the money and if you rely on numbers for your triathlon training and racing then the Garmin 935 is undoubtedly the best choice. I used my first Garmin 935 in 2017 at Ironman UK.

Almost everyone at the Ironman Champs in KONA used Garmins in 2017. Most Age Group trathletes, who race with watches, use a Garmin (either the Fenix 5, Fenix 3, 920XT or 935) – at least that’s what I’ve seen from my own experience. They all use Garmin because they are at least vaguely serious athletes and have precise, and often complex, triathlon-related needs.

Garmin 935 Review – PROs

My First Baby’s Cradle

Here is a selection of the many positives:

Milestone Footpod – Cheap BLE alternative to STRYD but only for instant pace

Garmin 935 Review – CONs

It’s not perfect. It has flaws. Some quite serious ones in fact and they are pretty much all hardware related. There are ways around all the flaws and they still don’t stop me recommending it. There are non-Garmin options if the flaws cause you a particular problem.

If someone or some review says the 935 is a 10/10 then they don’t do triathlons. They sell watches!

L-to-R Suunto Spartan, 935, 5s, Epson 810

Garmin 935 Review – Other Stuff


Sorted. Buy it.

If you need further convincing or reassuring in more detail then look here:

  1. Garmin 935 **DETAILED** Review – This detailed review goes through the NEGATIVE ISSUES in much more detail in case you are the sort of person that wants to make a fully informed decision.
  2. What is the Best Triathlon Watch – that article covers EVERY SINGLE alternative tri watch for different kinds of triathlete.

Amazon seasonalise their prices…it’s spring and so UP go the prices. Garmin pretty much controls the prices that their products are sold at. You might as well buy it from Amazon as you can always easily send it back. As I said above: I just re-bought my second one from there.

Discounted Links and Prices

Best REI/Wiggle/PMC price is linked to. Prices are about Eur450/$420/£430 and will stay around that level until Summer 2019. .

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Best REI/Wiggle/PMC price is linked to. Prices are about Eur450/$420/£430 and will stay around that level until Summer 2019. .

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