Tri pack on the Garmin Forerunner 935/945. What does the Quick Release look like?


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The complete analysis is already finished. So if you're interested in knowing all the details of the Garmin 935I recommend you to read the complete review by clicking here.

The first units of the Garmin 935 Tri pack are now arriving, so it's time to clear up many of the doubts presented by the new Quick Release specific to the new Garmin model. The information so far has been quite scarce, and we only had this image.

Garmin 935 - Quick release

Well, it's time to see some real pictures and find out what's what.

Using the Quick-Removal Kit on the Garmin 935/945

The Garmin Forerunner 935/945 Tri-Pack is very complete. In addition to the Quick-Removal Kit, the following pulse sensors are included HRM-Swim and HRM-Tri But today we are focused on the kit, not on the clock or the sensors.

So from all that it brings I have selected all this for today's article. The two modules (which is the main part of the system), an additional strap, the bike stand with its corresponding rubbers, a set of extra pins for the strap and the installation tools.

Garmin 935 - Quick release

These are the two modules where we must place the clock. The left one is the one we will wear during the first and third segment of a triathlon (swimming and running), while the right one will be mounted on the bike.

Garmin 935 - Quick release

If you turn the bike over, you will see that the bike mount uses the Garmin quarter-turn system, so you can use any mount you have installed on your bike, or the one included with the watch (or kit, if you buy it separately).

Garmin 935 - Quick release


Placing the watch on the bicycle is somewhat different from what was done in the past with other Garmin models. Now we don't wear a quarter-turn holder on our wrist (because it would block the optical pulse sensor), but the watch is attached in a different way.

That's why the Tri pack includes other elements, such as pins and an extra strap.

Garmin 935 - Quick release

The additional black strap is not intended to change the aesthetics of the watch (which is also, but not its main purpose), but to be able to leave it installed in the Quick Release. The procedure you must follow to use it is as follows:

  • First, install the belt in the quick release kit together using the two screwdrivers provided along with the additional pins.
  • Remove the yellow strap from the watch, again with the two tools (the strap is standard, not QuickFit as in the Phoenix 5).
  • After saving the yellow strap, put the pins back in the watch. Because the anchoring is done on these

Garmin 935 - Quick release

And with everything already in place, mounting the watch on the stand is quick and easy. At the top of the stand is a metal clip, which holds the watch in place. To attach it, simply slide the watch and press on top until you hear a click. Garmin abandons the type of attachment used on the 310XT, 910XT or 920XT, with a quarter turn on the wrist; returning to a design similar to the kit used with the 305 but with an improved and updated design (and better materials).

When you reach the transition area, you will simply have to press on the metal clamp and the watch will come out of the housing. When you reach the bike, you will have to repeat the operation on the other support, which will already be mounted in place.

So now it's easier than before, because you don't have to make the quarter turn with the watch to attach or remove it. That's how the watch looks mounted on the stand.

Garmin 935 - Quick release

And here you can check how it would look once it was fixed on the bike.

Garmin 935 - Quick release

Garmin 935 - Triathlon Pack

What, you want to see what it looks like on the wrist? All you have to do is ask.

Garmin 935 - Quick release

Aesthetically it's not the most elegant solution, but given how easy it is to remove the strap and replace the pins it's something you can do perfectly on block training days or before a race. Once you have the strap in the holder, it's an operation that takes no more than 30 seconds.

The other big question is... does the Quick Release block the optical pulse sensor? Here's your answer.

Garmin 935 - Quick release

It does not block it, because as you have seen before the center is hollow, so the sensor is still in contact with the skin. The support is not excessively thick, so it does not separate it from the wrist and allows the correct recording of the pulses.

As for the fixing level, both the lower part of the support and the upper part (the clamp) are made of steel. The clamp's anchorage is quite strong, since the pin is trapped between this metal part and the support itself.

Therefore, there is no need to worry about losing your watch while swimming, not only when you stroke normally, but especially when you are swimming with other triathletes, something that could happen with the old Garmin Forerunner 305, but in this case it is completely solved since to remove the watch you have to press the steel hook that is also protected by the plastic of the support to prevent it from coming off in a stroke.

One drawback of the design is that the loading port is blocked, so you have to take the watch out of the Quick Release in order to load it.

Garmin 935 - Quick release

It's not an additional problem to charge it while you're competing (for those longer distance competitions), as you can't charge it while you're wearing it on your wrist, given the design of the cable. But you can remove it and charge it while you continue to record the activity.

And by the way, if you're wondering... no, the Quick Release is not compatible with the Fenix 5 because the design of the watch case is different.

So there you have it, all the doubts you might have have have been solved. So if you are a triathlete, the Quick Release is an interesting option to wear the watch on the handlebars of the bike and scratch a few seconds in the transition.

And with that... thanks for reading!

Eduardo Mateos

I've been surrounded by electronic devices of all kinds for more than 25 years. Using them, testing them, taking them apart and dissecting them. Long distance triathlete: I swim, run and cycle for a long time. Maybe too much.

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  1. Danke für den Bericht. Ich habe inzwischen zusätzlich ein Quickfit Armband bestellt, um die 935 den ganzen Tag über bequemer zu verwenden.
    Gruß Horst

    Thanks for the report. I've now ordered one more Quickfit wristband at 935 for comfortable all-day wear.
    Horst greeting

    1. Thanks Horst

      I'm happy to have helped you making the decision. Remember that you need the one compatible with the Garmin Fenix 5.

  2. I would try to get an extra quick fit strap, if Garmin's seems expensive to you (which it is), there are alternatives on Amazon and Ali Express, so you forget about screwdrivers forever...

    1. The only thing I would consider is to thoroughly test the strap beforehand. Maybe it's too cheap and the Quickfit system is deficient and it comes off... imagine what happens when you swim in open water...
      So you better set it up at home and make sure there won't be any problems.

  3. Hi, would it work with the Fenix 5s? This model is smaller than the Fenix 5, more like the 935. Thanks

  4. Hey, thanks for the rundown.

    Do you have a link to buy it? I can't find it on Amazon?

    Thank you

    1. You mean the triathlon pack watch? If so, you can find it in this linkIf it's just the quick release it's not on Amazon Europe yet, only on the US one. I guess it will be a matter of weeks, at the moment only through the Garmin website.

  5. Great article, do you know if it is compatible with the forerunner 735xt model? Thanks in advance!

  6. Hi I loved your review, would there be compatibility between the 935 and fenix 5 (22mm) as for the quick release quick release kit

  7. Will adding a steel strap to the quick release
    Kit make it a better looking every day watch? Will it make it look like a fenix 5?

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