Garmin Forerunner 735xt

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  • Great for running, swimming, cycling
  • 24/7 activity and sleep tracker with continuous heart rate monitoring
  • Push notifications
  • Special features for triathletes
  • Battery life


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Garmin Forerunner 735XT Review
The Garmin Forerunner 735XT fitness tracker gives pertinent information to triathletes about their sports, including advice you don't often see, like recovery time. It's comprehensive and easy to use but will set you back a pretty penny. Sign up for Lab Report to get the latest reviews and top product advice delivered right to your inbox
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2 months ago
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Can wear everyday and tracks everything I need.
If you're not into long reviews, the title of this review pretty much sums it up. I've only had this watch for a week, but researched for months and knew exactly what features I was looking for. First, my main use cases: Running, swimming, cycling; but majority running. I used to do Triathlon's but ...
6 years ago
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I have had a Garmin 735XT for maybe 3 years. I never had the text/notifications on to increase battery life and have loved the watch. Then a few weeks ago the battery was not lasting as long as it used to. Then on the 4th of July I was swimming in a lake and my watch just totally died.
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Garmin has reached new heights in design and customization, but there will be a learning curve for most in using it
Note: I will update this review as I use the watch more, but wanted to give my initial impressions after two runs with it. Updated 7/10/16: I've worn it for about three weeks now, so provided some additional thoughts at bottom of review. Updated 7/20/16: Something else great about this watch is how ...
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6 years ago
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Anyone considering jumping ship to Apple lately?
Especially HIIT exercise. For something like a long or recovery run I sometimes purely use a wrist monitor though and it's decently accurate. My Forerunner and Galaxy Watch are typically pretty close to each other in HR. As far as distance goes, both watches are typically within 0.01-0.02 miles of each other, which is expected due to how GPS polls data.
Buyer beware : Cross your fingers it doesn't malfunction because Garmin service is terrible.
I loved the watch while it worked (for about 5 months). It completely died during a swim; and now has fallen into a month long black hold of Garmin service. They have 3 day turn around time to respond to emails; they don't offer any shipping support to send back a product under warranty (so I had to...
4 years ago
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No issues with lighting at night nor when sleeping. The battery is also very good. Charges fast and lasts a long time. Never had it go to 0 but I think I've used it about a week without charging so far.
Fantastic, Rugged, Long Lasting
I’ve been using this watch religiously for 2 years now. I generally wear it all day everyday. I appreciate that it tracks my HR, steps, and sleep. The GPS feature for Running and Biking always loads pretty quickly, usually less than 10 seconds, regardless of my location. I’ve used this watch for poo...
6 months ago
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I had Forerunner 735XT for a good year or two and upgraded to a 945 about a year ago. For the past year I've also had a Garmin tri HRM chest strap that died about a year ago and was replaced under warranty, so I've used it most of the year with maybe a few easy days ever I was lazy and just didn't wear it and relied on the built in optical HRM. My personal best 5k was 20:26 about 3 weeks ago.
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Heart Rate Sensor Completely Stopped Working on first one and screen stopped on second.
UPDATE. I received a refurbished model to replace the one with the broken heart rate monitor. That one has lasted FIVE months before the screen stopped functioning. I have been using for 9 months. Interface is a bit klunky and takes some time to get used to. Intensity minutes measure is pure nonsens...
S. arsenault
5 years ago
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