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Smaller, lighter Garmin Forerunner 735XT multisport GPS watch gets wrist HR measurement

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Garmin has expanded their Forerunner multisport GPS watch line with the new Forerunner 735XT that tracks your heart rate 24/7 to help show recovery status, Strava’s new Live Suffer Score and much more. It comes with several sport profiles (cycling, running, hiking, etc.) built in, including an automatic triathlon mode that switches profiles as you transition from swimming to cycling to running without you having to do a thing. Each profile gets its own specific HR algorithm to help improve HR accuracy, and other sport and activity profile are available for download, too.

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For cyclists who consider the term “multisport” to mean road, mountain and cyclocross riding, the Forerunner 735XT works with Garmin’s Varia heads up display and Vector power meter pedals. For that and more diverse pursuits, the device can track your route and speed and show things like running pace and cadence based purely on movement tracking. You can download additional apps (like Accuweather) and custom watch faces through Garmin Connect and set it to automatically share the data there and on Strava. Sync it with your smartphone and you can get call, email, text, app and other alerts.

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The battery’s good for about 14 hours of GPS-tracked activity or 11 days of standard time keeping and HR monitoring. Retail is $449 for the standalone unit. A run bundle is $499 and a tri bundle is $599. The latter add specific heart rate chest straps for more precise HR measurement, which brings along advanced metrics like Running dynamics (ground contact time balance, stride length, vertical ratio and more), VO2 max estimate, lactate threshold, race predictor and recovery advisor, plus underwater heart rate for swimming.

Garmin.com

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CJ Eder
CJ Eder
6 years ago

Finally, avid cyclists can track their heart rate with the same precision normally reserved for those with congestive heart failure.

Marin
Marin
6 years ago

Epson already made a similar device.
I got Epson SF810 GPS watch with optical HR, more accurate than any Garmin or Suunto and with great battery life too. About 20hrs with gps and HR.

Got it for 100€, so much more affordable than Garmin.
Software isn’t the best but works.

jlg
jlg
6 years ago
Reply to  Marin

Which protocol did you use to compare optical heart rate accuracy of Epson, Garmin and Suunto ?

Marin
Marin
6 years ago
Reply to  jlg

I meant GPS accuracy, I don’t think HR is as good as dedicated devices since vibrations during mountain biking or excess sweat can throw or off.

Sturmy Archer
Sturmy Archer
6 years ago

This seems to do a lot more than the Epson, connectivity to speed sensors and power meter would be good for me. How do you know the HR on the Epson is more accurate than Garmin or Suunto?

Shmuel Tal
6 years ago

It’s basically a Garmin Forerunner 235 with hiking and walking profiles for 250$ more.

Dave
Dave
6 years ago

I’m confused, what’s the difference between this and a Fenix 3 HR?

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