Despite having been on sale for a few years (the test I gave him back in the day was no less than 2016), the Garmin Forerunner 735XT is still plenty to talk about.
It is a watch that has gone from being an object of desire of the most advanced triathletes to being appreciated by a multitude of users who do not swim or ride a bike, and of course a triathlon is not among their most remote intentions.
This interest was born from the sales that it has seen over time and that today place it at its historical minimum price (despite having been born as a mid-high range model and as the top of the Forerunner range at the time).
Amazon has raised the price of the 735XT. It is still available at a Black Friday price on RunnerInn
2nd Update: RunnerInn has also run out of stock on the 735XT, so we'll have to wait and see if Amazon will promote it again...
3rd Update: Amazon Spain has not downloaded it again, but you have it on promotion in Germany
The 735XT has totally banished the 235 as, all things being equal, the 735XT is much more complete not only in terms of its swimming possibilities or multisports modes, but also in terms of the other functions it outperforms:
- Route navigation with early warning
- Compatible with pulse sensor memory HRM-Tri and HRM-Swim
- Compatible with ANT+ potentiometers
- Advanced career dynamics
- Metronome function
- Estimation of lactate threshold
- Performance condition
- Live Strava segments
- Compatible with the Garmin Varia radar
As you can see it is a watch that is still very current in many of its aspects, and with a price that is a real teardown.
As a racing watch, it outperforms the contemporary model, and is very much on par with the Garmin Forerunner 935 Yes, the latter has a barometric altimeter or more performance metrics, but in the basic aspect the 735XT is still a model that is up to date to accompany you on your outings and is also compatible with Garmin's advanced training, including swimming.
If you are looking for an economical watch for running, or something that will serve you without any problem for triathlon races up to medium Ironman distance (depending on your level, for full distance the battery may be too tight), do not doubt that the FR735XT will leave you completely satisfied.
If you want to find out more about all that it has to offer, here is the link to the test the Garmin Forerunner 735XTThe Garmin range is now a classic in its own right, and you can find out all the details about this model.
I've been running for 4 months and I want to buy a watch, I'm so lost, reading your reviews I have doubts between a Garmin Vivoactive 3 or this 735. I'm a freelance runner and I want to participate in some popular race. What do you recommend? I wanted a watch to listen to streaming music but I've seen that you have to load it with your mobile so I don't care.
No, you don't need to carry your phone with you, you can do it directly with the watch. The Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music fits perfectly with what you're looking for in terms of freerunning and racing (if you don't have high standards in terms of interval and series training), and you can have music from Spotify or Amazon Music.
Here are all the details about music playback.