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Garmin Forerunner 735XT review

We want to ensure that whether you’re spending £10K on a new lightweight race bike, £2 on a cycling water bottle or £229.99 on Garmin Forerunner 735XT, that you’re getting the very best you can get for your money. In today’s Garmin Forerunner 735XT review we’re going to look at why it scores 9.6/10 in our review and why we recommend it over many of the other 116 products in the GPS category. We’ve started by giving you a top level score for each of the key areas when it comes to reviewing these products, these scores include a quality score, price score, review score and an overall score.










Garmin Forerunner 735XT reviews

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Garmin Forerunner 735XT Specification



Garmin Forerunner 735XT specs

Garmin Forerunner 735XT


Number of Reviews


Review Score

4.6 / 5

Average score in category: 4.3


  • . Be a better athlete on the track and in the water with Forerunner¬Æ735XT. This GPS multisport watch is for athletes who want in-depth data as they train and compete. Thanks to a smaller form and comfortable band, the 735XT is the ideal watch to get you through your workout and your workday. Its smart features allow it to connect to your phone to give notifications, calls, calendar appointments and weather updates right on your wrist. It even doubles as an activity tracker to count your steps, calories and sleep. Get the data you need to beat yesterday. Features: Run, Sprint, Swim, Bike, Tri: Your routine is anything but routine. Forerunner¬Æ¬†735XT lets you change things up with ease thanks to built-in activity profiles for running (indoor/outdoor), cycling (indoor/outdoor), swimming (pool/open water), cross-country skiing, paddle sports, trail running, hiking and strength training ¬†For brick workouts and du/triathlon races, the auto multisport feature lets you switch sports with just 1 button press. The 735XT is compatible with advanced workouts for running, cycling ‚Äî and even pool swimming. Create your own custom workouts and download for free from Garmin Connect. Wrist Based Heart Rate Monitors Your Ticker: Forerunner¬Æ 735XT is Garmin’s first multisport watch with Elevate‚Ñ¢ heart rate technology to measure heart rate at the wrist. Now you can compete with freedom when it‚Äôs time to get on your bike or toe the line. There‚Äôs no need to wear a chest strap to see your vital stats ‚Äì see your heart rate zone and beats per minute, all in real-time and displayed on a colourful gauge. Train Your Heart Out: Wrist-based heart rate may suit your needs to a ‚Äút‚Äù on race day, but when it comes to training and recovery, you need more in-depth data. With Forerunner¬Æ 735XT, you have plenty. Here are some of the advanced metrics you‚Äôll gain with the addition of a heart rate strap: Running dynamics¬π such as ground contact time balance, stride length, vertical ratio and more VO2 max estimate, lactate threshold2, race predictor and recovery advisor Underwater heart rate for swimming4 Prove It: With the integration of the Strava Live Suffer Score, you can get street cred for your sweat. Strava Suffer Score analyses your heart rate during a workout and ranks your total activity effort. With the purchase of a 735XT you get a 60-day free trial to Strava Premium, so you can see your suffer score and use it to push yourself harder than ever. Your suffering has value, so use it. Connect and Customise: Smart notifications3, automatic uploads to Garmin Connect3¬†and live tracking make the 735XT the ultimate smart watch for athletes. Keep your phone tucked away when you‚Äôre on a long ride or run and get all your notifications at the wrist so you can decide to respond or keep moving. You can even customise your device with free watch faces, apps and data fields from Connect IQ‚Ñ¢. Save Your Efforts: Get more from your miles at Garmin Connect, Garmin’s free online community where you can save, plan and share activities. Beat yesterday by nailing a new personal record ‚Äî Garmin will keep track so you can view your victories all in one spot. Get digital insights5¬†tailored to your stats and habits, like cues to move and healthy tips. Connect with other users to challenge and compete. Available on your desktop or compatible mobile device. A Few More Extras: Just like you, Forerunner 735XT keeps going all day long. This watch becomes your partner in recovery with all-day activity tracking6¬†that monitors steps, calories and sleep. It‚Äôs also compatible with Garmin’s line of Varia‚Ñ¢ cycling awareness devices, including¬†rear-view radar, smart bike lights and Varia Vision‚Ñ¢ in-sight display ¬πWhen used with HRM-Run‚Ñ¢ or HRM-Tri‚Ñ¢ monitor; included with some models, sold separately on others. ¬≤When used with a chest strap heart rate monitor. ¬≥When paired with compatible phone. 4When used with HRM-Swim‚Ñ¢ or HRM-Tri monitor; included with some models, sold separately on others. 5Available to Garmin Connect customers who are using activity-tracking features 6Activity-tracking accuracy Specifications: Physical & Performance Physical dimensions: 45 x 45 x 11.7 mm Display size, WxH:¬†31 1mm diameter Display resolution, WxH:¬†215 x 180 pixels Weight:¬†44g Battery:¬†Rechargeable lithium-ion Battery life:¬†Up to 24 hours in UltraTrac mode without optical HR; up to 14 hours in activity mode with GPS and optical HR; up to 11 days in watch mode, including activity tracking, smart notifications and optical HR tracking Water rating:¬†5 ATM Watch functions:¬†Time of day (12/24h), calendar (day/date), daily alarm GPS-enabled Colour display GLONASS High-sensitivity receiver Smart notifications (displays email, text and other alerts when paired with your compatible phone) Vibration alert¬†(choose between alert tones and/or vibration alert) Music Control Find My Phone VIRB¬Æ control Includes date and alarmMaps & Memory History:¬†80 hours of activity dataRunning Features V02 max estimate Recovery advisor Race predictor Running dynamics Accelerometer (calculates distance for indoor workouts, without need for a foot pod) Personal recordsCycling Features Compatible with Vector‚Ñ¢ Compatible with Bike speed/cadence sensor (optional)Performance Features Wrist based heart rate monitor Footpod (optional) Virtual Partner¬Æ (train against a digital person) Virtual Racer‚Ñ¢ (compete against other activities) Courses (compete against previous activities) Auto Pause¬Æ (pauses and resumes timer based on speed) Auto Lap¬Æ (automatically starts a new lap) Auto Scroll (cycles through data pages during workout) Multi-sport (changes sport mode with a press of a button) Auto multisport (switch sport modes with 1 button press) Advanced workouts (create custom, goal-oriented workouts) Pace alert (triggers alarm if you vary from pre-set pace) Time/distance alert (triggers alarm when you reach goal) Interval training (set up exercise and rest intervals) Heart rate-based calorie computation Calculates calories burned Training Effect (measures impact of an activity on your aerobic fitness) Customizable screen(s) Power meter compatible (displays power data from compatible 3rd party ANT+‚Ñ¢-enabled power meters) Shock ResistantSwimming Features Pool swim metrics (lengths, distance, pace, stroke count/rate, calories) Stroke type identification (e g. freestyle) Open water swim metrics (distance, pace, stroke count/rate, calories) Swim WorkoutsActivity Tracker Step counter Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal) Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it) Sleep monitoring (monitors total sleep and periods of movement or restful sleep)Garmin Connect¬Æ Garmin Connect‚Ñ¢ compatible (online community where you analyse, categorise and share data) Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to your computer)Additional Connect IQ‚Ñ¢ app support: Yes (watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps) Physiological measurements: Yes ANT+‚Ñ¢: Yes Interface: USB Run/walk feature: Yes Projected finish time: Yes Race an activity: Yes Custom alerts: Yes Customisable lap screen GPS/GLONASS: Yes Wireless Connectivity: Yes UltraTrac: YesIn the Box: Forerunner 735XT GPS watch Charging/data clip DocumentationBuy¬†Garmin Training¬†from Chain Reaction Cycles, the World’s Largest Online Bike Store.
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No matter what type of bike product your buying, from the simple accessories through to the full setup of your custom built road bike, there are lots of important considerations that you should take into account, especially when you’re shopping online and unable to test the product first. This is especially true when you’re buying products like GPS.

Our aim is simple, help you get the very best products for your budget. Whether that’s Garmin Forerunner 735XT or an alternative, we’ll do our best to find you unbiased, genuine customer reviews to help you make your decision. We’ve found 116 different products in the GPS category at Chain Reaction Cycles and we’ve also managed to find 88 products from Garmin (although only 54 of the 88 are in the GPS category).

Our first piece of advice is for you to spend some time really getting to know what it is you’re looking for. An important feature for one person might be totally pointless and irrelevant to you, so get a good idea of what you want and need from your GPS. Note down this list of key features that your product must have, that way when you’re comparing alternatives you have a starting point to decide whether one product meets your needs or not.

Price is the next and probably one of the most important factors of a purchase, so it’s really worthwhile spending a bit of time analysing the price of Garmin Forerunner 735XT and seeing how it stacks up against those offered by different brands or even other alternatives from Garmin. Below we’re going to get into the detail of Garmin Forerunner 735XT to help you see how the prices stack up.

We start this price analysis by looking at the price you can expect to pay for GPS. There are 116 different products available at Chain Reaction Cycles, and of those 116, the average price is £204.13. There’s quite a variance in price in this category too with the lowest priced product we found at £1.5 and most expensive was £759.99.

The next stage we went on to, was to look at the price of products from the brand: Garmin. The average price was £232.29 and we found that the price varies right from as little as £8.99 up to £764.99 with Garmin products.

And finally we thought it would be good to give you an idea of Garmin products that appear specifically in the GPS category. So you can see that the price of Garmin Forerunner 735XT at £229.99 is great value considering the average price of Garmin GPS is £243.71 and the price varies from £8.99.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that we managed to find Garmin Forerunner 735XT during our price scan of several cycle retailers, for the amazing price of £229.99 which represents a £70.00 or 23% saving against RRP. If you think Garmin Forerunner 735XT ticks all of your boxes in terms of quality and features then it’s more than likely going to be a winner bearing in mind the price.

Garmin Forerunner 735XT Reviews

Reviews are obviously a key part of the buying process when buying any cycle gear, and that goes for GPS too. Reading reviews if going to be the closest insight you get into how good Garmin Forerunner 735XT is, without actually trying or buying it. Over at Chain Reaction Cycles we managed to find 39 reviews scoring it 4.6 out of 5. That’s a great result considering the price and quality and the fact that it’s a product made by Garmin. In fact when you consider those points and combine it with the fact that the average review score in the GPS category is 4.3 and the average score of products from Garmin is 4.4 it’s a steal. And actually, if you look specifically at products from Garmin in the GPS category the average review score is 4.3.

That’s why you can see it was easy for us to give Garmin Forerunner 735XT such a high overall score of 9.6 / 10. It seems to have the perfect combination of features, quality and price making it a great all-rounder.

So our last piece of advice that we can offer is to take your time reading plenty of reviews now, you can see that there are 39 reviews for Garmin Forerunner 735XT which score it 4.6, so it’s really worth spending a few minutes reading through lots of these to see what the key advantages or dislikes are. It will really reassure you when you come to buying online.

If you do go on to buy Garmin Forerunner 735XT or in fact any of the other GPS, we would love to hear from you. Sharing your views will really help us to write more comprehensive reviews and we will share these thoughts with customers just like you that are looking to read reviews before they commit to buying.