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Wrist coach.

You're a triathlete. Your events include three disciplines, and your training regime incorporates these three and more. The Garmin Forerunner 920XT is designed to give biometric feedback, cadence and distance, and training, recovery, and competition information related to every aspect of your sport. As a triathlete, you do virtually everything. With the advent of the 920XT, your digital coach does, too.

The 920XT has a few features that really set it apart, but we'd be remiss if we didn't lead with something that technically exists outside of it: Garmin Connect. Connect is a virtual community of athletes that the 920XT connects to via a smartphone app, a computer, or through its own wireless connection. It automatically uploads your workouts as discrete files for ease of access and organization, and it allows you to build a community of fellow athletes to track and compare data through Connect or social media.

While we recommend a heartrate monitor and power meter to get the most out of the 920XT, it offers an impressive array of features even when used alone. It starts at the biological level, measuring sleep and calories burned, and moves on to the kinetics of training, including all the classics like swim stroke counting, drill logging, distance alerts for running and swimming (because who hasn't lost count of laps?), and even a metronome. If you don't have a dedicated friend or significant other to follow you around clapping rhythmically during your run, that last feature is especially welcome.

When paired with an optional heartrate monitor and/or power meter, the 920XT's feature list explodes. Notable examples include VO2 max estimates and running form metrics — the clever little guy even knows how long your feet are touching the ground during each stride. It also does all the usual bicycle power output mapping of any other power meter and predicts running race times. The rest advisor feature lets you know when it's time to sit down and geek out on Connect during recovery sessions. We recommend Garmin's own HRM-Run heartrate monitor and any ANT+ power meters, like the new Vector pedals, for easy compatibility.

The display is bright and has a much higher resolution than we're used to seeing in similar gear, especially when it has such a low, unobtrusive profile. Its 61 gram weight is also a positive, losing between 10 and 30 grams compared to the 910XT and Fenix 2, respectively. Considering the nearly limitless metrics it gives you, that’s peanuts. The battery life lasts up to 40 hours in the power-conscious UltraTrac mode and 24 hours in training mode, which is what we're primarily interested in. It also has a watch mode, which is boring, and smart alerts for e-mails and texts, so you won't be off the grid even when the 920XT is keeping you on your training schedule.

One final note of interest is that the Garmin Forerunner 920XT speaks Russian. Well, kinda. In addition to Garmin's usual GPS functionality, the 920XT can also take advantage of Russia's revitalized GLONASS system. We think this is a first for multisport tracking devices like this, and it may come in handy if you ever find yourself training or racing in Asia.

  • GPS connectivity and fitness estimates keep you on route to your goals
  • Large, bright touch screen displays workout metrics and recovery indicators
  • Traditional watch functions include date, time, and alarm
  • Syncs through smart phones with Garmin Connect, a free social training app
  • Charging cradle included
  • Heart rate monitor not included

Tech Specs

Heart Rate Monitor:
yes, belt sold seperatly
Speedometer Functions:
current speed, average speed, maximum speed
yes, Ant+
Odometer Type(s):
trip distance, total distance, step, swim stroke
yes, 12/24 hour
Mount Type:
Battery Type:
rechargeable lithium-ion
Recommended Use:
cycling, running, swimming, triathlon
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

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A must for any Triathlete

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is hands down the best multi-sport watch I have ever owned. It is small enough to wear as an everyday watch and has the battery life to last several weeks. I tend to charge mine about once a week because of how often I use the gps functions. In my opinion the swim tracking is the most helpful feature. No more losing track of how many laps you have done or estimating your distance in open water, the 920 tells you everything. The Garmin Connect app is also really easy to use and the 920 can sync with it via wifi or Bluetooth. It also serves as a smart watch, notifying your of call, text and email. I typically don't use this feature because of how it effects the battery life, and I don't really care for notifications while training. The watch band is also very durable, I have had trouble with other watches breaking down due to chlorine, not the case here.

A must for any Triathlete

Best multisport watch out there!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

So features, so much connectivity, this watch rocks. I love the pool and swimming functions. Very light for it's sizes. Excellent product.

Best Garmin so far ...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have owned and extensively used many Garmin devices. Mostly, I use them for triathlon training (swim, bike, run) as well as open water swimming, xc skiing, backcountry skiing and hiking. The 920XT is the best device so far! I actually returned the Fenix2 and replaced it with the 920XT and couldn't be happier. Easy to wear and operate, it's the first Garmin that I actually wear all day long (maybe also because it counts my steps! Never thought that was so addictive ...). I find that the individual sports as well as triathlon and multisport workouts are easy to track, and I love that it syncs with my phone automatically when it is in Bluetooth range. It is lighter and smaller than previous devices, and the red/white model I have stands out from the "all black" sea of watches ...

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Love it

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Been watching this since Oct 2014 when it was making the rounds on the tri blogs prior to release. Bought it the day it came out on Backcountry.

What did I want it for? Step counting, swimming(indoor), cycling, running, and triathlons. Having a timepiece is nice too as I did not have watch before.

What did I NOT want it for? Sleep tracking and a way for my smartphone to spam notifications to my wrist.(turned that off!)

As far as notifications, it gets texts calls and works with google hangouts. Had notifications turned on for 15 minutes total so far.

I use it every day. During the day counting steps and seeing the time instead of pulling my phone out. I'm a younger guy so I try to to avoid feeding into the "young people can't look you in the face while talking because they are glued to their phone" sentiment. The step counting is nice but not critical. If its 9pm and I am 0-500 steps off I will go for a quick walk to get my daily goal but if its 3k I won't sweat it. Its more of a nice thing to have in my book.

As sports equipment I love it for swimming. That's my biggest use for it. It seems to add an extra 50-100 yards while swimming indoors but its mostly accurate after that. This might be something fixable through software updates.

Running I don't have too much say. It works. Full disclosure running is what I do in last resort and don't really care for it.

Cycling this is nice if I do not have my Garmin 510, that usually when I am on my fun bike going around the city.

Battery life is phenomenal! Maybe 2 weeks? I do not do much GPS work with it so that is probably why. That might change once summer hits.

Will it make you happy?

If you are serious athlete in swimming or running this would be great. Cycling I would say get a garmin 510, the screen is bigger and that device is specialized for cycling. This would also be great for triathletes!

Lastly I have big wrists so it fits me great but if you have little stick arms it might be big!