Garmin Forerunner 35 Review – Is simplicity the key?

As today’s common person is now becoming more aware of his/her own fitness level, more running watches are now entering the market. As such, consumers are now finding it a necessity to accompany their fitness goals with a good running watch. In that regard, Garmin Forerunner 35 is one of the highest quality affordable watches you can get today.

With the number of positive reviews it has been getting on Amazon and the many watches it has been selling online, I needed to get my hands on this product just to see how good of a running watch it really is. And my experience might give you some ideas about this product.

A brief overview of the product

Garmin Forerunner 35 is an easy-to-use running watch that was designed to give you all of the basics of a high-quality running watch for a price that does not break the bank. Developed by Garmin International, it is a product that promises to deliver you a good running experience.

Who is this product for?

Though running watches are commonly used by everyday runners who are looking for a device that can accurately track their progress, Garmin Forerunner is actually a watch that almost everyone can find useful. Because of how it tracks your heart rate all day, you do not even have to be engaged in any physical exercise or activity to check how well your heart is doing in relation to your day-to-day tasks. And because you do not even need a phone to use it to its fullest, Garmin Forerunner 35 can double as your everyday watch.

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Key features and benefits

  • Water resistant

With a water rating of 5 ATM, you can be sure that Garmin Forerunner 35 is not something that will easily get damaged by water. That means that you can use it not only when the weather is cooperating with you. If you cannot help but run while it is raining, you can still use this running watch. And if swimming is your ideal form of exercise, Garmin Forerunner 35 can resist water damage as long as you are not in the water too deep for too long.

  • 24/7 heart monitoring

A running watch that is able to monitor your heart rate while you are exercising isn’t exactly new. But what makes Garmin Forerunner stand out is that it monitors your heart rate 24/7 so long as you are wearing it. That means that you can check and track what your heart rate is at different times of the day and in the middle of different activities. It even tracks your heart rate even as you sleep.

  • Know when to be active

Garmin Forerunner 35 has vibration alerts that will notify you when you need to be active and when you need to run depending on your schedule. The same vibration alerts also notify you of any of your fitness milestones so that you can easily track your progress and how far you have come during your workouts.

  • Track your location as well as your pace

You do not even need a phone to use Garmin Forerunner 35 as it has its own built-in GPS that allows you to tell where you are at all times and how fast you are going. This allows you to accurately measure the distance you have traveled and how fast you are running at any given time. The GPS works even when you are running through a shaded lane.

  • Connect with your phone

By using a smartphone that is compatible with Garmin Forerunner 35, this running watch can pull text messages and other notifications from your phone and shows them on your wrist. This means that you do not have to always look at your phone whenever you are receiving messages and other important notifications because everything is on your wrist. So, when you are running, it is easier to see if anyone is texting or messaging you.

  • Speed up or slow down

The truth is that not everyone is able to run the entire time during a workout. In such a case, the run/walk mode that comes with Garmin Forerunner 35 allows you to take short walking breaks during a workout. The watch will prompt you when it is time to resume running and when you might need a quick break.

What we like

  • Very water resistant and can be used even when you are swimming.
  • The strap will not smell after using it during a very sweaty workout.
  • It is integrated together with other fitness apps you can download through your mobile phone.

What we don’t like

  • Takes a while to catch up to a change in your pacing.
  • You often need to pause it manually because the auto pause feature does not always work.
  • The user interface isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing.

 

FAQ and additional tips

  • Do I need an additional strap for the heart-rate monitor?

No! You actually do not need another strap for the heart-rate monitor to work 24/7 because that function is already built in the watch itself.

  • Can you see elevation while running?

Through the watch, no. However, you can use the Garmin app if you want to see the change in elevation during your runs.

  • Does the vibrating alarm always stay noisy?

No. You can actually put the alarm in silent mode so that the notifications and prompts won’t bother you when you need peace and silence.

  • Does the tracker work while cycling?

Yes, it does. You do not have to use a different tracker because the watch itself also works for whenever you are cycling instead of running.

  • I do not run but I monitor my steps. Does it count steps?

If ever you are not an avid runner, you can still use this running watch for tracking your steps. It is also quite accurate at that.

  • Does it monitor calories burned?

Whatever your workout is, Garmin Forerunner 35 will track the calories you burned as long as you are wearing it on your wrist.

Final Verdict

Garmin Forerunner 35 is a fundamentally sound high-quality running watch that gives you a bit of everything. It might not stand out but its simplicity is actually what makes it a great watch to use for tracking your fitness level and your workouts.

Overall, I recommend this watch because it is very simple but still complete in terms of all of the basics you need from an affordable running watch. Go check this out if you think this product suits your preferences.

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