Garmin 920xt, triathlon watch: swimming, cycling and running | Full analysis


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The Garmin 920xt has a difficult task, to match its predecessor, the successful 910xt; and of course to surpass it. For this reason, Garmin has equipped the 920xt with all the innovations that we have seen in its products of different ranges (and even in other sports) to create the most complete model to date. With respect to the 910xt, it receives the dynamic of the race that was premiered in the Garmin 620as well as its WiFi synchronization; the LiveTrack function that was already present in other clocks (even lower range ones such as the 220) as in the Edge cycling units; smart clock functions with phone notifications as we saw in Garmin Fenix 2And because it couldn't reach the market without offering some exclusive new features, the Garmin 920xt was the first to join the Connect IQ platform, which will soon be joined by other new models.

Garmin has created the most complete watch in their history, and one of the most powerful watches on the market. They have combined in one product a device for training and competition, along with a daily use watch (something that the 910xt did not offer) that will also monitor your daily activity and display notifications from your mobile phone.

As I always like to clarify, on this occasion the watch has been loaned by Garmin for the development of the test, and Once it's done, I'll send it back to you.

I hope you enjoy this comprehensive review of the Garmin 920xt and that it helps you in your buying decision. If you decide to buy it and want to help me out so I can do more tests like this, buy it at Amazon through this linkYou will get the best price possible and I will get a small commission that will help with the following tests.


The Garmin 920xt is packaged in a small box. The tone of the box matches the color of the watch, so if you buy the black and blue version, the box will have those shades. In addition, it also specifies on the front that this is the unit that includes the HRM-Run sensor.

Garmin 920xt

Looking at it from the back, you will see some details that stand out. It is a triathlon watch, with race and pool dynamics. It allows you to put four data per screen and also calculates your VO2Max level.

Garmin 920xt

El contenido es bastante escueto. Además del reloj, tendrás los manuales y el cable de carga y sincronización. Y en el caso que nos ocupa, el sensor HRM-Run (que se diferencia del normal por el «monigote» de color blanco) junto con la cinta pectoral Garmin Premium.

Garmin 920xt


We're going to remove all the plastic, so we can better see what he's got.

Garmin 920xt

El material en el que está fabricado el reloj es plástico. Pero plástico tipo «Casio». Es decir, que te has dejado una pasta en tu nuevo reloj y la sensación que te da es de reloj barato. Pero esto hace que a pesar del gran tamaño del reloj (48x55mm), no se sienta pesado en la muñeca (61g). Eso si, la correa de goma si da muy buena sensación, es cómoda y en actividades más exigentes como la natación se muestra segura en todo momento y no te da la sensación de poder perderlo en cualquier brazada.

The 920xt has a total of six buttons, two on the left, two in the middle, two on the right (I hope you read this in the voice of an airplane attendant).

On the left side you'll have the illumination button, which will also serve to turn the clock on and off, and underneath the mode button, which you'll press to unlock the screen, switch from one screen to another, activate secondary options or lock the screen.

Garmin 920xt

En el otro lado, los botones de subir y bajar y en el frontal el de «back», para volver al menú anterior y marcar vueltas, y el de «enter» para iniciar o parar una actividad o para hacer selecciones en el menú.

A pesar de tener una batería capaz de aguantar hasta 24h, el grosor se queda en 12,7mm. Que no es poco, pero no se hace incómodo. La pantalla tiene una buena resolución de 205×148 píxeles y la reproducción de los colores va mejorando con cada nuevo modelo que lanza Garmin. No tiene nada que ver con la pantalla de colores «lavados» del Garmin 620but it's not your cell phone screen either.

Garmin 920xt

On the back (which is also plastic) you find the timing and charging pins. Don't worry about them being visible, it has no problems with water and is submersible to 100m.

Garmin 920xt

Initial Setup

Garmin Forerunner 920xt - Activity Settings

Before you start running, the first thing you need to do is to configure the data screens you want to take with you. In the Garmin 920xt you can configure 4 screens with up to 4 data on each one; and you also have the possibility of adding additional screens for map, virtual partner, running dynamics (for running profiles), technique exercise record (in swimming) and clock.

Garmin 920xt - Data Displays

On each data screen you can put between 1 and 4 different fields. The size of the fields is variable, so the less you put on each page, the bigger it will look. I like to keep the pace big, so I can see it at a glance.

Garmin 920xt - Display with 3 data

But you always have the possibility to leave a screen to have many metrics, for more complete consultations.

Garmin Forerunner 920xt - Screen 4 fields

Or if you want to create a competition profile where you don't want any information but one or two pieces of information to see them quickly.

Garmin 920xt - Screen 1 data

Garmin 920xt - Screen 2 data

Many possible configurations that will adapt to each particular use. They are independent among sports profiles, so you must configure each one separately with the data that will interest you for each discipline. By default, these are the activity profiles that you can find in the menu:

  • Career
  • Indoor racing (GPS off)
  • Cycling
  • Indoor cycling (GPS off)
  • Open water swimming
  • Swimming in the pool (GPS off)
  • Triathlon

And you can also add other profiles, each one specified in a particular way. That is, you can add a cycling profile from the menu Settings > Activity Profiles > Add New > Cycling, and you can choose from different varieties, such as roller, road, mountain, racing, etc. All to facilitate the choice of profile and to have for example one to train and another to compete, with less data and screens.

Garmin 920xt - New Sports Profile

Of course if you are not interested in any of the profiles, you can also remove it from the menu. So if you are in Helsinki in February it is unlikely that you will go swimming in open water, you can delete it and add it when the water temperature is more favourable, unless you are a penguin and enjoy the frozen water.

As for the data, in the selection menu it will clearly indicate where the field you are modifying will be placed.

Garmin 920xt - Field Selection

These are the data you can select, totally to your liking.

Time fieldsDistance fieldsRhythm fieldsSpeed fieldsFC fieldsHigh altitude fields
WeatherDistanceRhythmSpeedHeart rateHeight
Return timeReturn distanceAverage paceAverage speedFC MediaTotal promotion
Last lap timeDistance of the last lapRhythm in returnReturn speedFC ZoneTotal descent
Average lap timeRhythm in the last lapLast lap speedTraining EffectPending
Elapsed timeMaximum speedmaximumAverage vertical speed in 30s
RVertical speed
% of maximum average CF
R average
FC return
R per turn
maximum turn
Time in zones
Other fieldsRunning dynamics (running)Cadence fields (running)Power fields (cycling)Power zone fields (cycling)Pedal fields (cycling)
CaloriesVertical oscillationCadencePowerPower zonePedal Fluidity
CourseAverage vertical oscillationReturn rateWorkTime in zonesTorque Effectiveness
Back toReturn vertical oscillationLast lap cadencePower to weightBalance
SunriseGround contact timeAverage power in 3sAverage balance in 3s
NightfallAverage time of contact with the groundAverage power in 10sAverage balance in 10s
Time of dayReturn ground contact timeAverage power in 30sAverage balance in 30s
CadenceAverage powerAverage balance
Average cadenceReturn powerBalance return
Return rateLast lap power
Maximum power
Maximum power of return
Advanced power fields (cycling)% fields of functional threshold power (cycling)Time fields (swimming)Distance fields (swimming)Rhythm fields (swimming)Stroke fields (swimming)
Intensity factor% of functional threshold powerWeatherDistanceAverage paceAverage stroke speed
Training stress scoreInterval timeInterval distanceInterval rhythmInterval stroke speed
Normalized powerElapsed timeThe rhythm of the last lengthLast stroke speed
Normalized power backInterval stroke type
Normalized power last lapType of last stroke
Last length strokes
Interval/long stroke
Long fields (swimming)SWOLF fieldsResting fields (swimming)
LongSWOLF mediaRest Timer
Long intervalsInterval SWOLFRepeat in
SWOLF of last length

And in addition to all these data fields (which are already many), you can add any of them thanks to Connect IQ (section below).

Garmin Forerunner 920xt - Connect IQ Fields


You already have your clock set, so the next thing you should think about is going for a run. The first thing you'll do is unlock the clock to do a satellite search.

The Garmin 920xt has a satellite caching function, so after every sync you make (via cable, WiFi or Bluetooth) this cache will be updated. In addition, the 920xt not only uses the GPS satellites, but also supports GLONASS satellites, the Russian positioning system.

In this video you can see how the search for satellites is usually very fast. In this particular case it takes a little longer than usual, yet in less than 20 seconds it is ready to go for a run. It usually takes about 10 seconds.

The next thing you want to know is how the Garmin 920xt shows the rhythm, especially when you change your pace. So you can check it out, I've prepared this other video for you. Starting from a stop, I accelerate, to stop and start again. The rhythm adjusts quickly.

As you may have noticed, the rhythm is counted in multiples of 5, to avoid constant jumps in the rhythm shown on the screen. This is common to all the watches that Garmin is launching lately.

The Garmin 920xt adds the race dynamics function, something that is not new as we have already seen it in other top-of-the-line American models (FR620 and Phoenix 2The information it gives us is cadence, ground contact time and vertical displacement. The first one is not new either, since it is something already seen in other models. The other two metrics if it is something exclusive to Garmin watches, and we will have them only if we have the HRM-Run pulse sensor. It has an internal accelerometer to obtain this data that it will send to the watch through a private channel to which only Garmin has access (it is not part of the ANT+ specification), so at the moment you will only be able to analyze it with your watch and not with mobile phone applications, for example.

You can see this data in the clock screen if you activate the specific page of race dynamics, or if you add any of the three metrics as a data in any of the configured screens.

Garmin 920xt - Running Dynamics

You'll also have this data in Garmin Connect once you sync up your activity - without being a metric that you'll get a lot of mileage out of your workouts, if it can help you understand your progress, your pace, or why you may have had a harder time keeping up one day.

In this image you can see an example of these metrics. This is a variable interval training session, where you can better see those changes that occur in the data obtained.

Garmin Forerunner 920xt - Synchronized Running Dynamics

Once you have completed your training, and after saving the activity, you can access all the time, pace and distance data. This is the same data you will find in the history option, where you can check how your training has been, both in total data:

Garmin 920xt final training, details

As in data per turn:

Garmin 920xt final training, return details

Finally, the Garmin 920xt will keep track of your personal records, and if you exceed any of them at the end of an activity, it will also indicate this on screen. And you can find them in your statistics, too.

Garmin 920xt - Distance record

These records will be for the fastest kilometer, mile, 5 km, 10 km, half marathon, marathon and longest distance and will be stored in the clock and also synchronized with Garmin Connect, as well as you can synchronize your previous records in Connect to your new 920xt.


Garmin 920xt - Cycling

The operation of the Garmin 920xt when riding a bicycle is similar to when running. The difference is that it will show speed in km/h (or miles/h) instead of pace, so you can put the watch on the handlebar and use it as a mileage counter. To do this, you can either mount it directly with the strap on a handlebar holder or install the Quick ReleaseThis will be ideal for your triathlon competitions as it allows you to change the watch from the wrist to the handlebar very quickly, which is essential for maintaining very low transition times.

When working as a kilometre counter and updating the speed, it shows up very quickly when changes occur. On clear routes and without satellite signal problems, the use of a speed sensor will not be essential. A video where you can check it out.

Where Forerunner 920xt stands out is in the external sensor holder. Of course you can connect the pulse sensor, but it can also be synchronized with ANT+ speed/cadence sensors and power meters, regardless of the manufacturer, as ANT+ is an open system.

Garmin 920xt - Cycling Sensors

On the clock screen you will have the metrics of the full power meter. If you check the fields you can add for the activity profile, you will see that the possibilities are very extensive.

The 920xt also displays the VO2max for the cycling profile, but will only do so if we have a power meter. Without this accessory the watch will not be able to calculate it.

Garmin Forerunner 920xt - VO2max

I must remind you that although the watch has Bluetooth connectivity, it can only be used to connect with your mobile phone, so you cannot use any external sensor that uses this type of connection exclusively.


When it's time to soak with the Garmin 920xt, the clock offers two options, open water and pool swimming.

Swimming in open water

Garmin 920xt

Swimming in open water is anything that is not a pool with a specific measurement, and that is in the open air. Therefore the bathtub at home does not count. You will have the help of the GPS to have references of distances traveled as well as your pace, and when it comes to synchronizing, to have the plan of your training. But you should know that it is not as simple as it seems. Every time you give a stroke and put the watch under water the GPS signal will be lost, to recover it when you take it out. The location accuracy will be low. Therefore the signal will be jumping continuously, and this is where the work that Garmin has to do to make the watch capable of interpreting this location data comes in.

The watch must memorize this data and guess where we come from and the direction in which we are swimming, and from there be able to make the calculations. And it is not easy to achieve this, because every time you take the watch out of the water it must look for a signal again, and it only has a chance to do so during the short time you keep it out.

The result is that the distances offered will have an approximate error of 10%, something that cannot be improved upon. Even military submarines do not have guided navigation when they are under water so you can get an idea of the difficulty of obtaining a signal.

As with the other activities, you can configure the screen with the data you need, which will be time, distance, pace and strokes. You can also set auto lap at a given distance or alerts for time, distance, stroke speed or calories.

Swimming in a pool

The most common way to train will be in the pool, for which we have a specific mode. In this case we dispense with the GPS to take advantage of the internal accelerometer, which will count the strokes and the number of lengths, as it will detect when you reach the end of the street and turn to start a new length. So if you want it to count correctly you must make sure you do not make strange movements because the clock can understand what it is not. If you greet the lifeguard with the intention of flirting, it may be that the clock thinks you have completed three lengths...

When you start the activity, the first thing you have to do is to select the distance from the pool within the activity settings. Here you will find standard measurements or you can enter a custom measurement. You can also select that the watch detects your swimming style, although in my tests this automatic detection has not worked as expected. It has detected my crawl and backstroke styles without any problem, but breaststroke and butterfly have not.

Así que una vez que estás metido en el agua, no tienes más que pulsar el botón de «enter» para comenzar la actividad y ponerte a nadar. En la pantalla del reloj tendrás la información que tu hayas seleccionado en el perfil propio de actividad.

Garmin 920xt - Pool

Cuando estés cansado y quieras hacer una pausa, puedes pulsar el botón de lap («back» en este caso) y pasarás al modo de descanso. Para volver a comenzar a nadar, tendrás que presionar el mismo botón.

Garmin Forerunner 920xt - Pool

As for the swimming mode, there is a curiosity to comment. It is possible to connect the pulse monitor to the clock, in fact at the beginning of the activity it allows the search and connects, showing it on the screen. But among the options of data fields it is not possible to select the heart rate. And it will not be recorded or synchronized with Connect. All this through Mio LinkThis would not be possible with the Garmin frequency sensor, because underwater the signal is not able to reach the watch.

I have found some problems when counting laps, because sometimes, without making any strange movements, it has counted a lap when I haven't finished it, and it's not just that I don't count in the pool, it's that you can clearly see it in the intervals marked. And these cannot be modified within Garmin Connect, so if there is any error when counting, it will stay that way (unless you edit the training in another application).

Garmin Forerunner 920xt - Pool Laps

As for the rest of the activity, once it is synchronised you can access it in Connect, where you will have the graphs and all the details regarding distances, times and specific swimming data such as strokes, SWOLF and rhythm for every 100 metres.

Garmin 920xt - Pool activity

Triathlon mode

Garmin Forerunner 920xt - Triathlon

The Garmin Forerunner 920xt has one of its main selling points in the triathlon mode: in addition to being able to measure data in your swimming, cycling and running training, it is possible to combine all these sports into a single activity. This is the mode you triathletes need in a competition, since you can switch from one activity to another without having to stop one and start the next sport. And you can also save the transition times (T1 and T2).

El modo triatlón es el que viene como actividad predefinida, pero tenemos la posibilidad de añadir un modo llamado «multisport» que es posible configurar con la sucesión de deportes que tu quieras. Por tanto puedes usar también el Garmin 920xt para un duatlón, o crearte cualquier entrenamiento combinado de varios deportes, como pesas, correr, bicicleta, piscina, y que más adelante se sincronizarán a Garmin Connect como una sola actividad.


Garmin 920xt - Navigation menu

The Garmin 920xt came on the market with navigation as one of its options, but in a very limited way. The map view did not allow for zoom variation and was set by default to 500m while on the move.

Garmin 920xt - navigation map

Switching to full map view when you stopped, so when running in the mountains, if you were in doubt about which way to go, you couldn't stop running as the zoom was increased to full view and then you were really lost.

Luckily, this has changed with the new firmware version 2.70, and it is now possible to use the zoom and fix it as you wish.

Garmin 920xt - map photo

La navegación es en forma de «migas de pan», es decir, conectando distintos puntos. El Garmin 920xt no soporta la instalación de mapas, por lo que tan sólo te mostrará el camino que debes seguir. Pero es más que suficiente para prácticamente todo uso, y al disponer de zoom permite usarlo en salidas de montaña que no presenten mucha complicación.

De momento la creación de rutas es limitada, y sólo podremos hacerlas a través de la opción «Trayectos» de Garmin Connect. Su uso es muy sencillo, y tan sólo tendrás que ir marcando puntos por los lugares donde quieras ir pasando. Dispones de una herramienta a la derecha que te ayudará a la creación de la ruta y te irá indicando la distancia total a recorrer. Si indicas tu ritmo o velocidad media, también sabrás cuánto tiempo necesitarás para completar la ruta, y tendrás el perfil de altura a tu disposición.

Garmin 920xt - Connect Path

But it's not possible to import navigation routes that you've created before, nor copy a route downloaded from Wikiloc or passed on to you by a friend. Or at least not directly by putting it into the watch's memory via USB, you can do this by importing the route into Garmin BaseCamp, and then passing it on to 920xt.

Once you have the route on your watch, you can go to the navigation menu and select the route you have created for the day's activity.

Garmin Forerunner 920xt - Route

You can also see other details of the route, such as the altimetry to know what you are facing (in this case, a fairly flat route).

Garmin Forerunner 920xt - Altimetry Profile

And when you start the activity, you will have the map of the route, the remaining distance, the total estimated time and how much time you have left to finish the route.

Garmin 920xt - Navigation, remaining distance

Si en algún momento sientes que te has perdido, podrás encontrar la opción de «Volver a inicio», que te ayudará a regresar al punto de partida.

Garmin Forerunner 920xt - Back to top

So while the Garmin Forerunner 920xt is not an adventure watch like a Fenix 3, if your demands aren't too high and you only need to follow a few marked routes on occasional escapes, the latest update will do just fine.

Indoor training

In the menu of the Garmin 920xt you can find two profiles for indoor training, i.e. GPS off and getting the data through other sensors. Additionally you can add any other, such as force for example.

In the case of running, the 920xt will obtain data on pace and distance through the internal accelerometer of the clock (the same one used to have cadence data when you run outdoors). There is no option to configure, such as step size, because the configuration is automatic when you run outdoors with the GPS activated, and it will memorize the distance you cover in each step.

To test this function I like to run in the street and face another clock with the GPS activated, and compare rhythms and distances. The day I did the test it might not have been the most suitable, because I was testing myself after a week stopped for discomfort, and my rhythms were much slower than normal. But this way I put a hard test, right?

First I leave you with an image with the data obtained with a Garmin Fenix 2, with GPS activated.

Garmin Fenix 2 - Race with GPS enabled

Below are the data from the Garmin 920xt obtained exclusively through the internal accelerometer.

Garmin 920xt - Racing with GPS offThe final result is quite positive in terms of total distance, as there is a distance difference of 300 meters (a 3.7% difference). In terms of rhythms, the distance has been decreasing over all the kilometers, which shows that it has not been very fine and that as the distance increases, the difference in the final measurement will increase.

In that regard, I have not yet found any watch that matches the records of the Garmin 620It makes you wonder if it wouldn't be better to run with the GPS turned off, trusting the data exclusively to the internal accelerometer.

Eso si, no debéis olvidar que el reloj tomará datos del acelerómetro, y la cadencia la obtiene de los movimientos del mismo en primer lugar y, si llevamos el sensor HRM-Run, como «servicio de apoyo». Así que todo lo que hagamos con la mano se puede ver reflejado en el resultado final. Si te secas el sudor, si miras el móvil, si bebes agua… todos esos movimientos pueden confundir a la medición.

Al final son datos aproximados, y como tal hemos de tomarlos. Normalmente un corredor experimentado es capaz de saber a qué ritmo está corriendo sin necesitar ningún GPS, simplemente por sensaciones, y el reloj es una mera confirmación. Pero si os digo la verdad, confío bastante más en los datos ofrecidos por el reloj, que en los que pueden dar las cintas de correr en cualquier gimnasio, que con el paso de los años digamos que su calibración suele fallar «un poco».

Not only can you train indoors with the GPS turned off, you can also train with your bike when you don't have time to go out or simply when the weather is not good in winter.

Garmin 920xt Indoor cycling profile

You can connect with electric training rollers (such as Wahoo Kickr or Tacx Bushido), or traditional rollers and use a speed/cadence sensor connected by ANT+. These two ways you will get very reliable data constantly.

Advanced training

One of Garmin's greatest strengths as a platform is the programming of training sessions. Of all the manufacturers, they have achieved the most complete yet simple system. Preparation is very quick, and once it is complete you simply need to synchronize the training with the clock to be able to do it under the indications of the clock.

Creating your workout is really easy: Name it, select where you will do the workout (running, cycling or other) and start adding steps.

Garmin Connect, training

For example, my last fartlek training, where after a 1km warm up I do ten 400m/400m reps.

Garmin 920xt - Training

Una vez completada la programación, simplemente debes pinchar en «Enviar a dispositivo» y proceder a sincronizar el reloj. Tienes una segunda opción, que es añadirlo al calendario y tener la programación de entrenamientos según el día. Después podrás encontrar en el reloj la sesión de entrenamiento que te toca cada día.

Garmin Forerunner 920xt - Training Calendar

If you do not add it to a date, you will find the session created in the training section.

Garmin 920xt - Fartlek Training

When you start your training, the watch tells you what to do in each phase, and also shows you how much time or distance is left in the current phase of your training, along with your pace and lap time.

Garmin 920xt - Training

When you finish warming up, you will go to the workout part and it will indicate, in the same way, each of the steps of the training with your objective and, in this case, in what number of repetition you are. And so until you finish training, you will always be guided.

Garmin 920xt - Training

This is not the only way to train. You can also compete against yourself in a previous activity.

Garmin 920xt - Competing against activity

Or schedule an interval training directly from the watch, but in a very simple way (without setting pace targets or heart rate).

Garmin 920xt - Fast Intervals

Or set a simple goal, such as distance (today I go out to run 15km), distance and time (today I go out to run 10km in less than 45 minutes) or distance and pace (today I go out to run 15km at 4:00 min/km, I had a big breakfast).

Garmin Forerunner 920xt - Training objective

Garmin Connect Training

And if all these training options seem few and far between, Garmin Connect also gives you access to a range of training for a multitude of races - from plans to run 5km races to marathons, divided by weeks.

Garmin Connect Training Plans

By clicking on any plan, you will have access to the training sessions programmed according to the objective, and you will be able to program them directly on the clock, either by the date you want to start them, or by the date on which the race will take place. If you choose the second option, it will tell you when your first training day will be. This will be synchronized on the clock, and you will be able to access each training session on a daily basis, being correctly structured to mark each step as if it were your personal trainer.

Marathon Plan

VO2Max, recovery control and race forecast

Like other high-end watches from Garmin, the 920xt offers several features to measure your performance as an athlete, as well as a recovery guide after your workouts.

The VO2Max has already been seen on other watches of the brand, it is not a new field for Garmin. The data will be updated after each workout, so you may see slight changes on different days, although an initial period is necessary to reach a reliable data. I usually vary the measurement between 48 and 51. However, for the data to be reliable the pulse sensor must be a chest one, because the algorithm that calculates it is based on the pulse variability, something that optical sensors are not able to read reliably.

Garmin Forerunner 920xt - VO2max

Through this measurement, the watch will be able to give you a prognosis of race finishing times for different events, ranging from 5 kilometres to a marathon. It does not mean that you should reach those times, but it is an indicator of how far you could go with your current physical condition, or rather, how far athletes of your same sex, age and physical condition go.

Garmin 920xt - Race Forecast

What is new is that the VO2Max will now also be displayed for cycling. For this, in addition to the pulse sensor, we also need a power meter mounted on our bike. As with the race, this data will be updated (and stabilized) over time.

Garmin Forerunner 920xt - VO2max Cycling

The Garmin 920xt also features a recovery control. First, when you finish a running workout, it will tell you how long it estimates you should rest until your next hard workout (at high speeds for you, not a piggyback jog so you don't miss the bus).

Garmin 920xt - Recovery Time

But if you are a triathlete (or do other types of training besides running) don't take the data as safe either, because the recovery time only takes into account your running training, so if your next training includes 100km cycling at an intense pace, that won't change the remaining recovery time.

Cuando empiezas un nuevo entrenamiento, aproximadamente a los 7 minutos, el Garmin 920xt te mostrará un mensaje que te indicará cómo te has recuperado desde tu anterior entrenamiento. Mensajes como «Óptimo», «Bien», «Moderado», en ningún momento te mandará a casa por tu pésimo estado de forma.

Garmin 920xt - Recovery Status


It is possible to create a series of alerts so that the Garmin 920xt will warn us of different events. It will do so in the classic way, by sound/vibration/notification on the screen. The alerts will be typical of Garmin, that is:

  • Heart rate
  • Running/walking
  • Rhythm
  • Weather
  • Distance
  • Cadence
  • Calories

And they will be independent of each type of activity, so you can set an alert for heart rate while running, and a speed alert for cycling. All alerts are compatible with all sports profiles, except run/walk which you can only set for running activities.

Garmin 920xt - Alert Settings 4

Algo que es nuevo en el Garmin Forerunner 920xt son las alertas personalizables. Puedes crear la alerta que tu desees para el evento que te interese, a través de la opción de «Personalizar».

Garmin 920xt - Alert Settings 1

A continuación debes seleccionar el tipo de mensaje que recibirás y cómo quieres identificarla. Por defecto lo puedes crear como «Comer», «Beber», «Dar la vuelta» o «Ir a casa», pero también puedes personalizar el mensaje.

Garmin 920xt - Alert Settings 2

The personalized alert will be activated whenever you want, based on time or distance, so you can set an alert to remind you to drink every five kilometers, or to eat every hour.

Garmin 920xt - Alert Settings 3

Another interesting option you'll find in the Garmin Forerunner 920xt is the metronome, in this case, exclusive for running profiles. By activating this option the watch will beep and/or vibrate at the frequency you indicate, in order to do running cadence exercises.

Garmin 920xt - Alert Settings 5
In the settings you can select, of course the cadence (in beats per minute), and the frequency of the alerts, which will be every 2, 3, 4 or 6 steps, so you will have to match the step with the sound or vibration.

Integrated sensors and external accessories

In the 920xt you have a magnetic compass that will help you to find your bearings while navigating, as well as a barometric altimeter that will be able to indicate changes in altitude.

En el caso de la brújula no tendrás ningún problema con su uso, el caso del altímetro si deberás conocer cómo es su funcionamiento para que sepas «lo que hay».

The Garmin 920xt has a barometric altimeter that obtains the altitude from the atmospheric pressure, since this descends as we gain altitude. But we must know that the atmospheric pressure is not something stable, but it varies according to the weather, so a day of sunny weather the pressure will be higher than a rainy day, where the atmospheric pressure goes down.

This means that the altitude we will have on the watch will not be very accurate, but the changes in altitude up and down will be accurate. This is especially noticeable when you are at sea level (as is my case). There are days when your training, practically flat, will have a very correct altitude profile and of which you probably have no doubts.

Garmin 920xt - Altitude

And other days when you know you haven't been out with the diving team, so it's clear that the 90% in your training hasn't been developed underwater.

Garmin 920xt - Altitude

The route is the same, and the profile is very similar. The difference is that the day of the first training was a sunny day, while in the second it was a very cloudy and rainy day. So there is a variation in the altitude marked of approximately 3 or 4 meters, but the important thing is that the data of ascent and descent accumulated will be quite accurate. And unless you have planned to fly low (some of you do it with your rhythms sub 3min/km), I do not think that these problems of altitude measurement can affect you.

These are the two sensors integrated in the clock, but thanks to the ANT+ connection it is possible to connect (almost) any external sensor, of many types and different brands. This is almost because the 920xt is not compatible with scales with ANT+ connection (which will end up being replaced by WiFi scales in the vast majority), the Garmin temperature measurement accessory (Garmin Tempe), or fitness machines that have ANT+ connection. But not all is lost, because thanks to Connect IQ it is always possible to add other types of external sensors later, such as the non-invasive lactate meter from BSX Insight.

Garmin Forerunner 920xt - Sensors

Apart from those cases, everything else can be connected without any problem:

  • Heart Rate Sensors
  • Speed and/or cadence sensors (cycling)
  • Power sensors (cycling)
  • Pedometer (race)
  • Garmin VIRB camera for remote control

Garmin Forerunner 920xt - Sensors

The sensors are not limited to one per type, but you can have several sensors of the same type synchronized. So you can have several bikes, each with a sensor installed, and you don't need to search every time you change from one to another. Or an optical pulse sensor and the HRM-Run, and you can use one or the other as you see fit.

Garmin Forerunner 920xt - Sensors

Despite having Bluetooth connectivity, it is not possible to connect sensors that use this technology. But you don't have to worry, most third-party sensors are coming to market with dual Bluetooth/ANT+ connectivity.

Activity monitor

Another new feature of the Garmin 920xt, compared to the 910xt it replaced, is an activity monitor that measures your daily movements, so Forerunner 920xt will not only keep track of your workouts, but will also keep track of your activity before and after your workout. This is not unique to the 920xt, but is what we're seeing on most watches, both from Garmin and other brands.

This record is carried out thanks to the internal accelerometer of the watch, which provides you with the cadence data while you are running. In this case what it will do is count the steps you take throughout the day and thanks to an algorithm it will also translate it into the distance travelled. It is worth mentioning that it will count the steps taken both while training and when not, so the (approximate) distances it will provide you with will be the totals.

In the main screen of the clock you have a quick information, with the number of steps given at the bottom left.

Garmin 920xt - Main Screen

And if you press the scroll down button once, you will enter the screen where you will see your full activity. A semicircle that represents how you are with respect to the goal and the situation of the day in terms of percentage next to the goal of steps of the day. By default the goal of steps is dynamic (it adjusts automatically to your usual activity), but if you want you can modify it manually.

Garmin Forerunner 920xt - Full screen activity monitor

Another function it has is the inactivity warning. It is designed to warn you when you have not moved for a long time (for example, if you are sitting at your desk in the office), and you start moving. For me personally the function has not worked well, because it ended up warning me that I should move precisely when I was standing and moving. On the screen it is represented by a line at the bottom.

At night, when you're sleeping, it will also measure your activity, or rather, inactivity. Like the vast majority of activity monitors, it will record the quality of your sleep, whether it's light or deep, from the movements you make. The clock interprets that if you don't move, it's because you're in a deep sleep, the opposite of if you move a lot. But this mode is not automatic as we can see in many other clocks and bracelets, but you have to activate it when you go to sleep, and deactivate it when you wake up.

Todos estos datos se sincronizarán con Garmin Connect, donde podremos analizar en las diferentes pantallas tanto nuestra actividad diaria como el sueño. Se encuentra en la sección «pasos». Cada día podrás comprobar tu actividad separada por horas, totales y medallas conseguidas.

Garmin Forerunner 920xt - Activity Monitor 1

En la pestaña «Desglose» tendrás una visión rápida de cuál ha sido la actividad diaria.

Garmin Forerunner 920xt - Activity Monitor 2

«Actividades» indica la actividad total diaria, desglosando los entrenamientos. Así podrás comprobar tu actividad tanto entrenando como cuando no lo estás haciendo. En este caso, separa mi sesión de fartlek de ese día del resto de pasos diarios recorridos.

Garmin Forerunner 920xt - Activity Monitor 3

If you keep the watch on your wrist that night and put it in sleep mode (only for those who don't find it uncomfortable, it's bulky) you'll get the detail of how the activity was during sleep.

Garmin Forerunner 920xt - Activity Monitor 4

Satellite reception

The Garmin 920xt is not only a GPS clock, it also has the possibility of receiving the location through the Russian satellite network, called GLONASS.

Garmin 920xt - GLONASS

During the time I've been using it I haven't noticed any problem with the reception. It has always been fast in obtaining signal and when marking distances in my usual circuits (in which I know perfectly the distances, for sure you do) it has never failed. Besides, trying it together with other watches in the same route -as I usually do all the tests- the results obtained have been satisfactory.

Comparison of Garmin 920xt and Forerunner 220

The biggest problem is when you show the track on a map, with inconsistencies such as telling you that you've run through the water when you're not a duck, or making you jump between buildings like Spider-Man.

This image is a very clear example of a confusing track, obtained in a confrontation with a Garmin Fenix 2 (which does not have GLONASS). Reception problems both in areas with trees or a somewhat more complicated reception, and in areas without any problems.

Garmin 920xt - Track with Garmin Fenix 2

I haven't had this kind of problem with the 920xt, at least as continuously as they can with the Fenix 2. Not that they don't happen, of course they will, because with the accuracy of today's consumer GPS's the most accurate positioning data will be in a range of 3/5 meters (more than enough distance to take you on your way, or over the roofs of the building).

The Garmin 920xt has always shown me some very consistent tracks, and in return it has traced the same place on the map, always with great precision, although of course never a perfect track (which I repeat, you will not find in a device of this type).

Garmin 920xt - Track 1

Garmin 920xt - Track 2

Even more complicated activities where you are running continuously in a reduced space, like a 7-a-side football match, where you cover your demarcation and except for a few occasions you will not step on other areas (in my case, right side).

Garmin 920xt - Track 3

You always have to be practical and not worry so much about the marked track, as about the total distances, which in most cases will not give an error higher than 2%.

Battery life

Garmin 920xt

The Garmin 920xt is a watch designed for triathlon competitions. And of course this includes from a super sprint triathlon that you can finish in about 40 minutes and where the battery of any watch will not be a hindrance, to an Ironman, where you can get up to 17h. The watch is intended for athletes who cover both those disciplines, as any of the distances in between, so the battery of the watch has to be up to date.

Garmin has equipped the 920xt with a battery that can last up to 24 hours with the GPS activated, more than enough for any competition you want to face. If we also activate the reception of GLONASS satellites, the autonomy will be affected. Of course everything depends on the weather conditions and the environment.

If this duration is too short for you, Garmin has introduced the UltraTrac mode in the watch, which we have already seen in other watches of the brand, such as the Phoenix 2By activating this mode, the 920xt would be able to last up to 40 hours, as it reduces the number of times it updates satellite data (which is normally every second). This mode is really only practical for sports where movement is not fast and you do not need high precision constantly, such as mountain expeditions or climbing.

I have made a test of autonomy, charging the battery up to 100%, starting an activity and leaving the watch without touching anything, until the battery was exhausted. The GLONASS was activated and the data recording every second, that is, the most demanding configuration. The result was the following:

Garmin 920xt - Standalone


It hasn't come to 15 hours, far from the 24 hours Garmin promises. So if you need extended battery life, remember to turn off the GLONASS satellite tracking feature. You'll lose some accuracy in exchange for increased range. But for normal training and competition, you'll find you have more than enough battery power.


Among the options that those of us who have no choice but to train at night (and in my case it even means training in the early morning) are looking for is good screen lighting. Not only in terms of quality, but also in terms of configuration.

The Garmin 920xt does not disappoint in this respect, as it allows you to select when the display will light up and for how long. It allows two modes, automatic lighting when a button is pressed or when an alert is received, and setting the time it will remain on from 8 seconds to 1 minute, also giving the option of leaving the display on. In my case, I always opt for lighting in manual mode (when the button is pressed, the power is on) and that it remains on for the entire workout.

Garmin 920xt - Lighting

It is not possible to regulate the intensity of the background light, as for example it was possible to do in the Garmin Fenix 2But at no time will you have trouble seeing the screen because the lighting provided is intense and balanced across the screen.

Garmin 920xt - Night Lighting

Garmin 920xt, the daily watch

In addition to using the Garmin 920xt for training, you can also use it on a daily basis. It may be too sporty in appearance and not compatible with a suit, but unlike the Forerunner 910xt, in this case we do have a watch. Thanks to Connect IQ it's possible to change the time display to one that you download to the watch.

Garmin Connect IQ

As a clock, it works perfectly, adding other day-to-day functionalities such as monitoring your activity or receiving notifications from your mobile phone.

The clock allows you to set an alarm, but it is simple and you cannot select repeat or which days of the week

Garmin 920xt - Alarm Settings

Garmin 920xt, the smartwatch

Garmin 920xt smartphone notifications

The FR920xt offers the possibility to show the notifications from your mobile phone on the clock screen, so you can read messages or emails from your phone without having to take it out of your pocket. At the moment this feature is compatible with Android and iOS, although in Android with some problems.

The clock is powered by the phone's general notifications, so there's nothing special to configure or install.

Garmin Forerunner 920xt - Notifications

You will receive these notifications both in clock mode and when you are training, so if you go out for your workout there is no reason not to be up to date with all your Twitter notifications.

The problem with Android is that Bluetooth works erratically. With iOS, syncing between the Garmin Connect app and the clock is easy and fast (you have to sync the clock through the app, not from the settings menu), and operation is constant and has no more problems than disconnecting at some point, but it will reconnect without major problems.

In the case of Android I have encountered problems with the first time synchronizing the clock. On more than one occasion I have needed three or four attempts to get them to stay in sync. But the most annoying thing is that the connection is not saved. Every time the clock and the phone lose the connection, because you turn off the phone, or simply leave the phone in one place and go more than 10m away. When you return, the phone will ask you if you want to reconnect to the clock, because it identifies it as a new device, not the one that was already connected.

It's a very strange situation and I don't really understand why it doesn't work properly, when in the Garmin Fenix 2 runs smoothly.

Connect IQ

Connect IQ se ha hecho oficial en el Garmin 920xt a partir de la versión de firmware 2.70. Anteriormente estaba presente en forma de beta a la espera de lanzamiento oficial. Este es el nuevo camino que ha tomado Garmin para defenderse de la oleada de smartwatch que está llegando al mercado. Descrito de una forma rápida, Connect IQ permitirá tanto a Garmin como a desarrolladores externos el crear «apps» que podremos instalar en nuestros relojes. Estas aplicaciones podrán ser para entrenar o para usar el reloj como smartwatch. Tenemos cuatro tipos de «apps»:

  • Applications: Complete applications, more advanced than the simple creation of some additional screen. Here we can see how companies like BSX Insight can create a training application and make use of their non-invasive lactate meter, or mountain-specific navigation applications.
  • Widgets: Provide information obtained from other sources. A stock status widget that receives information from the phone would be a good example, or the current weather situation.
  • Customized fields: Data fields that you can add to the screens you have configured. I have one installed right now that estimates the completion time for a half marathon race. Or a beer consumption counter, so you know how much you have to run to make room for the 3 beers you will be drinking post-training with your teammates.
  • Clock dials: New screens to show the time, analog or digital.

These applications can be installed from Garmin Connect on your computer or from your phone. After selecting what you want to install, they will appear on the clock after the next synchronization. The operation will be similar to any application store on a mobile phone. If you would like more information about Connect IQ, I have prepared a specific entry where I explain it to you. Click here to read it.


The Garmin 920xt offers many different ways to connect to other devices. Most importantly, of course, it has plenty of ANT+ sensors to complement our workout data - pulse sensors, cadence sensors, bike speed/cadence sensors, and of course bike power sensors. And it'll have memory for several, so you can memorise different sensors you have installed on two different bikes without having to do a new search each time you switch from one to the other. And it'll be compatible with any sensor with ANT+ connectivity, whether they're from Garmin or any other brand.

Although the watch is Bluetooth enabled, you will not be able to connect external sensors based on this technology, which is reserved exclusively for synchronization with your phone and for LiveTrack functions.

Data synchronization can be done via USB cable, but the easiest way is via WiFi when you finish your workout, automatically. When you finish an activity, the clock will search for the WiFi network you previously set up from Garmin Express. Setup is very simple, simply search for the nearby network or enter the data manually, and it will be recorded on the clock.

Garmin 920xt - WiFi Configuration

En caso de que no llegues a casa inmediatamente después de tu entrenamiento, puedes realizar una conexión manual si mantienes presionado el botón de Modo y seleccionas la opción de «Conectar a Wi-Fi»

Garmin 920xt - Connect to WiFi


Livetrack is not new to the Garmin 920xt. It first came to the cycling units, and then Garmin incorporated it into the 220, 620 and Phoenix 2It allows you to share your workouts and races over the Internet with friends and fans.

This function needs the support of your mobile phone, since the watch does not have connectivity by itself. To do this you must have a phone with Bluetooth Smart connectivity. The activity will start from the application of the phone itself, where you will enter the LiveTrack option and select how you want to share the activity (by Facebook, Twitter or mail).

Garmin 920xt - Livetrack Capture

In the case of choosing to share by mail, this is the message you will receive, so you can also share the link received in any other way (WhatsApp, for example) simply by copying and pasting the address.

Garmin 920xt Livetrack

So once you're out on the road, you simply start the activity as you normally would and the 920xt will send the data to the Garmin server via your phone. The details of your workout can be followed from a mobile phone, where you'll only see the track and mileage markers.

Garmin 920xt Livetrack

Or from your computer, where you'll also have access to graphs and rhythm data. And when you've completed your training, the site itself will alert our fans that it's all over and there's nothing more to see.

Garmin 920xt Livetrack

Garmin Connect

Once you've completed the activity, and after synchronizing the clock in one of the ways offered (by cable, by Bluetooth with the phone or directly by WiFi), it will stay synchronized with Garmin Connect, the web application where all your activities will be recorded. You can also download the FIT file directly from the clock (or from the web once synchronized) and upload it to your workout tracking platform of your choice.

When you log in to Garmin Connect, this is the first screen you'll find. It's the control panel, which you can customise with the widgets you're interested in. A quick look at activities, equipment status, distances covered, or medals earned through the activity monitor.

Garmin 920xt - Garmin Connect

But what interests you most is to see the activities. Once loaded, you can access these and have the complete information of all the graphs, which you can compare between them. Of course you have the general data of the activity and you can see the data of automatic or manual laps that you have been creating while training.

Garmin 920xt - Garmin Connect

Garmin Connect is the most complete web application of all the competition, but remember, if you're used to another platform (or it's where your training partners are and you want to keep track of bites), remember that you can synchronize it, even automatically in the case of Strava (and soon others like Endomondo).

My opinion

The 920xt is a benchmark watch, and Garmin has been able to make it even better than the 910xt, incorporating features from the rest of the range and with new features such as the Connect IQ platform, which will undoubtedly represent a before and after in the brand's watches.

But the Garmin 920xt is not a perfect watch, and we can find two clearly differentiated parts. On the one hand we have the watch as a training and competition equipment, a facet in which it is a very reliable (and trustworthy) watch, which offers you all the features and performance you may need from a watch of this range. Even thanks to the latest firmware update, it is a quite serious option even for trail runners.

Garmin 920xt

En el otro lado tenemos las prestaciones como smartwatch y monitor de actividad, donde todavía necesita mejorar. La sincronización con teléfonos Android es «un castigo» y la función de aviso de inactividad falla bastante, pidiendo que te pongas en movimiento cuando, precisamente, te estás moviendo o llevas moviéndote durante más de 20 minutos. Connect IQ no ha llegado al 100% y todavía no es posible instalar aplicaciones o widgets, y la disponibilidad de pantallas de reloj y de datos es todavía bastante limitada ya que no hay mucha aportación por parte de Garmin o de terceros

However, what interests me most is precisely the part where you train with the watch. And it's a watch very niceThe rest of the features are accessories, which of course you pay for (and should work as promised), but they take a back seat. If you're looking for a watch for triathlon, or just for running and occasional sports, I can't think of any reason to tell you that the Garmin 920xt isn't the watch you're looking for.

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  1. Thank you very much for the test. I'm looking for a replacement for my Ambit 2 and the 920xt is one of the candidates. Are you going to try the Phoenix 3? When? Because if it doesn't take too long, I'd like to wait to read your opinion before making my final decision.

    And, again, thank you very much!

    1. Thanks to you, Fran.

      Yes, I have reserved a unit of the Fenix 3 (buying directly from the store, because through Garmin it would take longer), and I want to get to the analysis as soon as possible. I can't give you a date, because the availability right now is quite limited.

  2. Thank you for this great review. I was about to buy an Ambit 3 Peak, but a friend passed me this address and told me that the navigation was already fixed. Now let's meditate, because with the 920 I can keep my ant sensors current and it would also have vibration.

    One question, can you get routes down from wikiloc?

    1. Thank you Jordi

      You can't enter routes directly, but you can import those routes into BaseCamp and, from there, take them to the clock.

  3. Thank you very much for the analysis. An analysis as deep as yours was missing, touching every aspect of the clock.
    You've cleared up enough doubts I had.
    Since I do trailers, now the only thing is to know if I'm shooting for this one or the Phoenix 3.
    Let's see if it doesn't take too long to get out and see your review.
    Thank you very much.

    1. Hello Ajota

      Thank you for your comments.

      En cuanto a decidirse por el 920xt o por el Fenix 3, en primer lugar recomendarte que esperes, pues ya tengo un Fenix 3 encargado y espero recibirlo a lo largo de este mes, para poder ponerme con la prueba cuanto antes. Por la información y comparándolo también con el Fenix 2, si tus salidas de trail son del tipo seguir una ruta de navegación, pero sin «aventura», cualquiera de los dos te servirán.

      But in the Fenix 3 you'll find some other adventure watch features (sight 'n go, barometer, storm warning, on-screen altimeter, etc).

      In other words, the 920xt is mainly a triathlete watch with a basic navigation support, which will be sufficient for the vast majority. The Fenix 3 is an adventure watch that will also serve for multisport and even triathlon. I don't know if you understand me with the differentiation...

      1. I'm a desperate man and as you can see I'm a 920. I'm the worst haha. I liked it better all over the Phoenix 3 but I couldn't wait.

        1. Buenas anota, que tal tu carmín 920xt, has tenido algún problema con el? Ya que estoy mirando para comprarme un reloj gps. A dia de hoy repetirías su compra?

  4. Congratulations on your review in the mtb forum and I will do it again.
    Now that I have one, I wanted to ask you a question. Last night I put it on for the first time to sleep, and when I sync it up, it doesn't put me any sleep statistics. It just puts in the hours of sleep that I had scheduled. That is, when I go to sleep and when I wake up.
    Is there any change to the configuration on the device in Garcia connect?
    Greetings and thanks

    1. La detección del sueño no es automática, tienes que activarlo de forma manual. Dentro del «widget» del monitor de actividad, presiona enter o mantén el botón de modo presionado, para activar el modo noche. Por la mañana cuando te despiertes desactivarás el modo nocturno.

      Once you sync with Garmin Connect, then the data will be displayed correctly.

      1. So I did, when I went to bed I put it in sleep mode and when I woke up, I took it off, but nothing came out.

          1. Today it seems that I do. What is a pity that I don't differentiate between light and deep sleep as some bracelets do. Let's see if garmin with some update puts it

  5. Good morning Eduardo, I have read at least 3 times your analysis and the first thing I want to do is to congratulate you for this excellent work clarifying doubts; secondly I would like to know what your opinion is between choosing this watch and the fenix 3 for a person who is dedicated to duathlon.
    Because aesthetically the phoenix is much nicer, but the 920's fast extraction theme is a point in favor of the forerunner. A greeting and thank you very much.

    1. Hello, Manu.

      Thank you.

      Si vas a hacer competiciones de duatlón, la posibilidad de extracción rápida del 920xt creo que va a ser primordial. En cuanto a posibilidades del reloj, el Fenix 3 está «construido» encima del 920xt, ampliando opciones de navegación y funciones del barómetro, más enfocadas a la montaña. Todo lo demás tiene el mismo funcionamiento.

      In your case I think you have to decide between the functionality and speed of the quick release, or the aesthetics and additional mountain options of the Fenix 3.

  6. Hi, Edu.

    Very good review. But I would like to know what are the feet of the Polar V800 and its comparison to the 920 XT?

    1. Hi, Jen.

      The V800 is a great piece of equipment, although overall the 920xt seems to me to be a better product, it is more mature.

      But the V800 is superior in terms of materials, activity monitor and underwater pulse capability, and if either of these are very important to you, it's a better choice.

  7. Hello!
    very good analysis!!! excellent
    It's the same unit they left us on the zitaSport blog, I looked up the serial number, that's great!
    We're publishing on Garmin IQ on Monday, so stop by and see if you like it...

    Excellent work and thorough, we have to look for synergies. Very good work.


    1. Hi, Gabriel.

      Thanks for your words. I'm glad you liked the analysis.

      Yes, in the end there are very few units available for everyone, so between one thing and another in the end it takes longer than we would like to have them available, so that's why on many occasions I buy the watch directly...

      I'll come by and read the article, sure.

  8. Good morning, Eduardo,

    The first thing is to congratulate you for the analysis, very complete. I have the Garmin 920xt dsd a week ago and very happy, but a couple of doubts have arisen... the first thing is once the home screen with the graph of the activity has been put up and so on... I have seen that from time to time a letter z appears on the screen, just above the circle that marks your steps... what is it? maybe it is that I have had little activity for a while and that is why it appears... but I am not sure... xq they accumulate quite a lot sometimes...

    La segunda pregunta es algo que me ha inquietado bastante… resulta q despues de cargar el reloj (no se si esto influyó o no) observe q estaba consumiendo bateria mas rápido de lo normal… (10 % en algo mas de una hora) y en las pantallas de inactividad observé, en la segunda q te marca los pasos, una linea roja abajo del grafico de pasos que se movia… (linea con final en punta)… y resuta que al cabo de un rato esta linea desprecio y el reloj dejo de consumir bateria tan rapido… (consumió un 1% en dos horas y media, lo cual considero normal) ¿sabes algo al respecto?

    Thank you and a greeting.

    1. Hello Julian

      I think the first thing you're referring to is that you've activated the sleep mode manually.

      As for the second line you're referring to, it's indicating that you've been idle for quite some time. But that has nothing to do with battery consumption.

  9. I sincerely believe that I am not wrong when I say that for the price the watch is worth... you might as well bring a power adapter to plug it in and charge it. the Fenix 3 includes it. it may seem silly but some like me like to be able to plug the device into its corresponding charger and adapter

  10. Hi Eduardo, congratulations for the complete analysis, it has been very good for me since I've been with the bug for a few hours, the problem I have is that my phone is a nokia 925 with windows phone 8.1 and there is no way to connect the notifications, the phone does recognize the 920xt but it doesn't connect, I guess it's because the connect software for windows phone is missing.

    1. Indeed, notifications are only supported for iOS and Android. For proper pairing, it must be done through Garmin's Connect application, which does not exist for Windows Phone.

  11. Hi, Eduardo!

    First of all congratulations for the review, very good! I am a triathlete and currently use the Fenix 2, which in training issues is very accurate but when using it in competition never gives me the real data, or fails in the swim or bike but always something goes wrong, I was thinking of changing it and for your summary I will try with the 920.

    Once again congratulations on your review and as a detail, so far no amateur or professional triathlete has completed a Sprint Triathlon in 40 minutes!

    1. Thank you, Alex.

      For triathlon use I think it's a good idea to move from the Fenix 2 to the 920xt. It's a watch that is designed specifically for that use.

      About the time... what would become of you if I didn't motivate you? From now on I don't want to see any of you go up from 50 minutes, and I don't want excuses with the transitions :D.

      You're absolutely right, I don't know what I was thinking. I guess any other kind of test and I ended up putting on a sprint triathlon... I'll correct that! (they call me crazy later).

      By the way, don't forget to vote for the Journal Awards!

    2. Acabo de revisar, ¡y esta vez no he fallado yo! Era el súper sprint al que me estaba refiriendo, aún más corto que el sprint (si, de esos de ir con el corazón en la boca), y por eso los 40 minutos… 😉

  12. First of all, congratulations on your dedication to these tests you're doing. It's a hat-off.

    Thanks to one of your links, I have taken this watch and with a good discount. Although I'm not a triathlete, if I like to run and take the bike, but who knows the day tomorrow, I encourage me to do some triathlon haha ... so well, although it will be somewhat wasted now I hope to take advantage of it.

    Muchas gracias por tu gran trabajo aquí en esta página 😉


  13. Good morning Eduardo, is there any news about updating the 920xt with the career dynamics options incorporated in the 630, lactate type, ... Thank you very much, Segor

  14. Very good review. I have a question, I want to use the metronome but I can only activate it with the heart rate. Do you know if it can be activated with the step cadence?

    1. The indications that appear to you are not for the heart rate, they are for the steps. You have to accompany your cadence to the beeps and vibrations that the clock gives.

  15. Hi. First of all, thank you very much for the analysis.
    I have my Garmin 920xt and it's locked up. I turn it off and when I turn it on, GARMIN appears on the screen and the buttons don't respond. It also doesn't work when I connect it to my computer. I can't find an answer in the user manual
    Thank you very much.

    1. Have you tried doing the reset procedure with the buttons, as indicated in the manual? If that doesn't solve it, you will have to send it to the warranty.

  16. Good morning EDUARDO
    I am having trouble connecting my Garmin 920 xt to an Ifhone 5S, I am seeing calls on the screen but I am not getting any notice from Whatsapp or Email
    Thank you very much.

  17. Hi, Eduardo!
    I hope that this message can be posted because I couldn't post it with the previous one (and I bothered you by contacting you). I think it's important that this big problem about the 920XT is known. I've had it for a week and I'm disappointed that I didn't see it before!

    Excellent your blog !!! Very grateful !!! Greetings...

    1. Hi, Eduardo!
      Seeing that my message was posted here, I copy part of the one that I couldn't send in the page of the excellent analysis of the FR 920XT. The error that I make in the previous one seems to me enormous, since like many people, I decided to buy it for triathlon use, and that I can't schedule the pool training seems to me terrifying.

      «… Llegué aquí tratando de encontrar solución a una pequeña limitación (quizas no lo sepa usar todavía), que es la de no tener un timer o temporizador descendente.
      Instalé GymTimer de Connect IQ que es lo que quería pero no lo puedo usar conjuntamente con mi actividad creada «fuerza». Salgo de esta última y me muestra el tiempo transcurrido en el angulo sup/izq. de su pantalla presentación, pero cuando cambio de actividad ya no se encuentra disponible la pantalla de IQ Aplicaciones para poder usar el timer. Hay alguna solución para esto ? O tiene un «timer» por ahi y yo no lo puedo ver?
      Desde ya muchas gracias !!!!! Saludos desde Argentina ! :D»

      1. No, the clock does not count down. If you need to monitor time, you should do so by looking at the elapsed time of activity.

        As for Gym Timer, it's an application, just like the Force application you created, so you can't run two applications at once.

        1. Muchas Gracias por la respuesta ! Pensé que al dejarme sali,r sin interrumpir de la actividad «Fuerza,» podría usar la otra aplicación. Puedo navegar por las otras actividades al salir, pero se activa la ultima y se detiene la anterior. Lo notablees que la pantalla de IQ Aplicaciones ni aparece. Gran abrazo y nuevas felicitaciones por el blog !!!! 😀

          1. No, you can only have one application open, in this case the timer or the Force application.

          2. No, you can only have one application open, in this case the timer or the Force application.

  18. Hello!

    I have this Garmin and I'm delighted, but I have a doubt, you can know (as you could in the 410) the percentage in percent of battery that it has left ... Looking at the battery indicator I think it's close and when I put it to charge I see that it still has a day or two of charge, and the less I put it to charge I guess it will be better.

    Thank you!

  19. Hi, Eduardo!
    Excellent your page. The best one I've found since I got the 920 a week ago. I came here trying to find a solution to a little limitation (maybe I don't know how to use it yet), which is not to have a timer or down-timer.
    Instalé GymTimer de Connect IQ que es lo que quería pero no lo puedo usar conjuntamente con mi actividad creada «fuerza». Salgo de esta última y me muestra el tiempo transcurrido en el angulo sup/izq. de su pantalla presentación, pero cuando cambio de actividad ya no se encuentra disponible la pantalla de IQ Aplicaciones para poder usar el timer. Hay alguna solución para esto ?
    Desde ya muchas gracias !!!!! Saludos desde Argentina ! 😀

    1. Del anterior sumo… Hay algún «timer» que tenga y yo no lo estoy viendo ?

      And I think it's important that this big problem about the 920XT is known. I've had it for a week and I'm disappointed that I haven't seen it before.
      It doesn't keep the pool training calendar of Connect's triathlon plans, and I don't know if it's just me, there are no pool training plans and it doesn't enable me to create one!

      Excellent your blog !!! Very grateful !!! Greetings...

      1. Mil Disculpas !!!!! 3:57 hs despues, cuando vengo a ver si hay alguna respuesta, me doy cuenta que habías trasladado aqui los post. Saludos ! 😀

  20. Hi. In the video you make as you set the pace when you start to run. My watch sets my speed correctly in the cycling activity, but in the running activity it doesn't set it the same as you. It sets my speed/rhythm very slowly. I have talked to Garmin and they have changed my watch 3 times, but all the devices work wrong. None of them work like the video you recorded. Do you know if you have to set it somehow or something to show the pace variability like you?

    1. It depends on the chosen data field. Make sure the field you have selected is the instantaneous beat (if that's the one you want) and not lap or total beat.

      1. If I have it all right, it's a watch fault. It's the third time I've been changed... I'm a little sick of it.

  21. Hello EDUARDO!

    First, great article! Then I have a question... In the BIKE INDOOR mode you don't mark the distance on a stationary bike. Although once you have transferred the activity to Gamrin Connect you can modify the distance field... is there a way to do it right from the start without having to modify it later? ...for sure you can do it on a bike with a cadence sensor, but for example, if we are in a Spinning class?

    If you have the great answer and thank you in advance!

    1. If the bike has no sensors of any kind, it is not possible for the clock to have distance data

  22. I would be interested to know how I can apply the sleep mode...which is very important to see how my heart beats at rest and if I am resting well or I am overdone and stretched

    1. The night mode is automatic. Only watches with an optical sensor have heart rate data throughout the day. Even if you wear the sensor on your chest throughout the day on 920, it is not possible to have this data

  23. Good afternoon, Eduardo:
    I join the Congratulations on the 920 xt review, great job!!!
    Well... I have the watch for several months and I have two problems, see if you can tell me if it's my problem or if it's a watch fault.
    – El primero de ellos es que cuando termino el entrenamiento con bateria baja, el entrenamiento no se sube a garmin connect por falta de bateria, eso lo entiendo…pero una vez cargado de nuevo, sincronizo el reloj y me aparece » transferencia finalizada»…pero la actividad no se sube a garmin connect por más que repito la operación.

    – el segundo problema que se me ha planteado es que cuando realizo una ultra, si conecto el cargador del garmin a un cargador externo, finaliza la actividad por así decirlo , y se pone a cargar sin grabar los datos mientras sigo corriendo…con lo cual… los datos de la carrera se dividen en varios tracks, sin contar el tiempo que esté cargando el dispositivo, que esos datos se pierden…

    Thank you!


    1. In the first case, if you connect the watch with the USB cable you will be able to extract the FIT file of the activity that is left halfway. If the file is not corrupted, you will be able to import it manually into Connect.

      En cuanto al segundo problema, cuando se conecta el cargador el reloj se pone en «modo USB», por lo que termina la grabación. Lo que te recomendaría es usar el modo UltraTRAC.

      1. Thanks a lot Eduardo, I've already managed to pass the activities to Connect... In the next ultra I'll put it in that mode. Cheers

  24. Hello good afternoon Eduardo, I follow you for a long time and I thank you for what you do the page. The reason for contacting you is that I would like to buy the Garmin FR920XT, I saw your analysis and I imagine that is the old version because currently there is the version that you do not need the belt to measure pulses and a lot more utilities.
    Currently I am seeing that you can still buy the old version with pack on the heart rate monitor or without the pack by buying the watch only.
    Then my doubt is that I'm a little afraid to fuck the new one and that because of being all day measuring pulsations the battery life is shorter (I don't know if you can activate or deactivate the option from the clock), and I was thinking about fucking the previous version with the clock alone and I wanted to know if putting a bracelet like mine or the scosche synchronizing it to the clock would have the same as if I wore the chest band because I don't like it because it's uncomfortable. I hope I expressed myself well, I hope your help because I don't know who to ask, a greeting and thanks in advance.

    1. The truth is that I don't think it's worth buying the 920XT and then buying a separate optical pulse sensor. 735XT in that respect is a much better choice, and the battery life is more than enough in almost any circumstance.

  25. Hi, I just bought the FR 920 xt HRM and I have a little doubt about it haha. I am following a training plan provided by Garmin. It is a plan to do a sprint triathlon. Well, I synchronized the plan and I get all the sessions except the swimming ones, which only appear as notes in G-Connect and on the watch they don't appear or I can't find them. Why is that? The running and cycling activities do mark them for me and give me the option to do them.
    By the way, congratulations on this great article.
    A greeting from Lugo.

    1. This is probably because the training plan was created before the update to support swimming training, which is somewhat more recent (mid 2016).

      1. Okay, that's probably because giving gives me the option to create it and then put it in the training schedule myself. Thank you very much.

  26. When you install a workout plan from Garmin connect, is it normal that you don't see the full plan on the heart rate monitor's training calendar? I ask because the one I installed has the last two weeks of the plan missing.
    Thanks in advance.

    1. The remaining two weeks should appear on the clock as you complete the previous training, i.e. when the memory of the clock is released.

  27. Hi Eduardo, I just bought the 920xt and I have some doubt, having a small wrist I see the watch too big, and I consider that the text display is quite small, it would be better option aesthetically speaking because functionally they are very similar, change it for the 735xt? is bigger the display of the latter? is the optical sensor on the wrist annoying? and finally, you can use frequency band with the 735xt?, sorry to be so asked and thanks for the contributions

    1. If you have a small wrist, the 735XT is indeed much smaller in appearance, not so much in size itself, but in a round configuration. For screen visibility purposes it is very similar, but with no buttons on the front, the space is smaller.

      No need to worry about the optical sensor, it doesn't show. And it's no problem to pair it with the breast sensor. In fact if you look at the evidence I connect it with HRM-Tri and HRM-Swim.

      1. Hola Eduardo, gracias por la rapidez de tu respuesta, he estado probando el 920 que compré y no me convence, lo veo un poco debil, es como un casio pero mas grande, me parece muy chino. Un amigo me enseño ayer el fenix 3 y no tiene nada q ver, para mi gusto les falta iluminacion de pantalla pero eso ocurre en todos. Asi que voy a devolver el 920 al decathlon y a comprar el fenix 3, voy a comprarlo a traves de algún enlace tuyo y asi colaboro contigo que haces un papel mucho mejor que el SAT de garmin, deberian ponerte un sueldo. Por cierto otra cosa tengo la banda cardiaca que me dieron cuando compre el edge 520, es una negra, la duda es si cumple la misma funcion que la que mandan ahora, esa que es negra con el circulito rojo, que diferencia hay? es solo estetica?

        1. Thank you for supporting the website and my work!

          The sensor of the 520 works perfectly, the only thing you won't have is the race metric data, for this you would need a HRM-Run or HRM-Tri sensor.

  28. Very good review!! The only thing I'm not clear yet is how to connect a downloaded field app from the IQ to the clock... I downloaded a running one (dozen run) and I don't know how to use it...

      1. Yesterday I bought the 920xt carmine, the heart sensor is not black I have seen in videos but red and does not remove from the magnetic strip. My question is, are they more resistant and do they clean?

  29. Good afternoon Eduardo, congratulations for the work you do and that clarifies all the doubts that we have when buying a device.
    I am interested in acquiring a new gps watch and my interest is focused on the 920xt and I would like to know if you have news about its real replacement(930xt), not the 735 xt.
    For triathlon I like block watches, hard, that hold and fit all the friction of training and competition.
    Thank you very much and best regards.

    1. It seems increasingly difficult to find a direct replacement for the 920XT.
      It looks like it will definitely be the 735XT. And whoever wants something else has three new versions of the Phoenix 5.

      1. So what do you recommend?
        Knowing my taste for sturdy watches, I hope or would it be a good option to buy a 920xt knowing that it stays behind?
        What would be your choice?.
        Thank you for your opinion.

        1. The new models have algorithms that are not present in the 920XT, such as FTP calculation, etc.

          If you're interested in basic use, the 920XT is still a perfect choice.

  30. Good afternoon, excellent analysis. I'd like to know if it's possible to leave the screen light on. In 910 I could do that but with this one I can't. Thank you very much.

    1. You can change the behaviour of the lighting in the menu Settings -> System -> Backlight, where you can select that it stays on until you press the button again.

  31. Buenas Eduardo, en mí caso no logro ver el umbral de lactato en la app de Connect. Al ingresar a dicho apartado me aparece la leyendo » No hay datos disponibles». Debo configurar algo o me falta algún elemento además de la banda cardíaca? Gracias!

    1. You should see the current threshold at the bottom. It indicates that there is no data, because there is nothing new in that week.

          1. If you have the option in automatic, it will appear when you have obtained enough data. Not to train too much is enough, it requires a series of minutes in several ranges of pulses.

            In general, it takes a month for a piece of data to appear, as long as the above-mentioned premise is met. However, a guided manual test can always be done.

          2. The explanation was easy; the lactate threshold does not appear because I do not have a power meter. To calculate the UL the device needs yes or no from both the FC meter and the power meter. Greetings.

          3. The lactate threshold is for running, not cycling. Only a pulse sensor is needed. What is needed is a power meter for the calculation of vo2max in cycling.

          4. Yes, he's right about that. But I've had the 920 for a year now, I train every day in all three disciplines and I've never been marked by the UL. And I have sessions that are too hard for him to get the information out. And I'm not the only one who gets it. The VO2max does tell me. The cycling one doesn't, because as I said, I don't have a power meter. But with the UL there's no point.

  32. Morning,
    Llevo varios meses con el 920xt y estoy encantado. Pero sigo teniendo el mismo problema y ya empiezo a estar «cansado»… los records personales. Me registra los de correr y ciclismo sin problema, pero no me registra nada en los de natación. He nadado en mar, en piscina, con uno u otro perfil de natación y no hay manera… Por qué???
    Although it seems silly, I am quite motivated to see that I can overcome the longest distance, that I can exceed my time of 500m etc etc...
    I was talking to Garmin by e-mail and they gave me long and pointless explanations, their delay made me more and more desperate...
    Has this ever happened to anyone else before? Does everyone keep personal swimming records?
    If you know how to fix it, you'd make me very happy.
    By the way a very well explained article, congratulations!


    1. Swimming pool records were introduced from the 735XT. Therefore the 920XT is only able to display and record running and cycling records.

      1. Thank you very much, Eduardo, for the quick response.
        Partiendo de ahí me ha sido mas fácil buscar en foros etc sobre ese tema y me tengo con conformar con asignar los records personales de piscina o mar abierto manualmente después de las sesiones… 🙁
        Bueno, no entiendo por qué no lo hace automáticamente la verdad pero al menos ya no pienso que tengo algo «roto» en mi reloj.
        Thanks again!

  33. Good afternoon, I liked very much this analysis so complete that you have done on the 920xt ... I have a question ... I have to activate to tell me how much I do the mile when I run? I had it activated but I removed all the alerts and now I'm not with the key, and I liked that, the fact that every kilometer I marked how much I did ... thank you very much in advance, a greeting

  34. Hola Eduardo muy bueno el analisis del reloj una consulta yo tube un 910 y lo cambie porque no apagaba el GPS automaticamente despues de correr como lo hace otros modelos que tengo este como funciona en ese caso ya que ando con ganas de comprame uno de estos gracias y saludos

  35. Hi, Eduardo,

    Tengo sesiones en el dispositivo que no se traspasan a Garmin Connect. Creo que el motivo es porque hubo algún error de conexión cuando se estaban transfiriendo y ahora en el dispositivo están como transferidas cuando en realidad no lo están. ¿Cómo las puedo traspasar? Yo pensaba que al conectar el dispositivo vía USB se traspasaría, pero no ha sido así…

    Thank you!!!

    1. Si el archivo está corrupto no se va a sincronizar. En ocasiones ocurre (igual que en los ordenadores). Conecta el reloj y extrae de la memoria el archivo de la actividad que te falta e intenta subirlo de forma manual desde el ordenador.

  36. Hola gracias por todo el detalle del reloj, es super completo. Por favor quiero saber como configuro Calorías, en la opción NUEVA ACTIVIDAD – CARDIO, ya esta en la pantalla pero no me las esta registrando bien, me imagino que me falta configurara algo mas…..

    Muchas Gracias,

  37. Buenas tardes, Eduardo.
    Tengo un Garmin 910, con banda pulsómetro, en vías de jubilación; y quisiera adquirir o un 920 o un 935. He leído tus excelentes análisis de ambos y entiendo que el 935 es más completo por ser, entre otras cosas, más moderno. Hago triatlón desde sprint hasta larga distancia. A precios similares de ambos, porque el 935 se encuentra ahora por debajo de 350 euros en más de una web, ¿cuál me recomiendas?
    Muchas gracias, y enhorabuena por tus análisis, son excepcionales.

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