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GarminForerunner 235

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Like an overbearing helicopter parent never content with their child's achievements, Garmin is seldom satisfied with its products for long. Continuously striving for improvement, the brand decided to add a newer, shinier member to its Forerunner family that's bound to inspire jealousy among its older, simpler siblings. With a wrist-based heart rate monitor, smart phone notifications, a host of run features, and a built-in activity tracker, the Forerunner 235 is destined to be the new favorite child — a distinction we expect it to hold onto.

We should say that if you're among the set of runners who has never seen reason to depart from a simple wristwatch with a timer, or even run with a watch at all, the Forerunner 235 is probably not for you. However, if training with data is your thing, the amount of information the Forerunner 235 is capable of delivering in a clear, navigable manner is impressive, to say the least. You'll gain access to the types of metrics you'd expect from a Garmin watch, including distance, heart rate via a strap or the optical heart rate sensor at the wrist, pace, and estimated V02 max. A built-in accelerometer guarantees the watch will have full functionality during indoor track or treadmill workouts, and if you choose to upload your workouts to Garmin Connect, you'll be able to track your progress and gain access to Garmin's detailed training plans.

Departing from the features that have become standard on fitness watches, Garmin enabled the Forerunner 235 to receive smartphone notifications directly to its full-color touchscreen. Addressing the explosive popularity of fitness trackers, Garmin also added all-day tracking capabilities to the Forerunner 235. So, in addition to tracking your run data, the watch can be set to keep track of the total steps you've traveled and calories burned throughout the day — it will even remind you to stand up if you've been sitting for more than an hour at a time. Overachiever, indeed.

  • Wrist-based heart rate monitor
  • Displays pace, time, distance, calories, and estimated V02 max
  • Smartphone notifications
  • Full-color touchscreen
Tech Specs
Tech Specs
Heart Rate Monitor
yes, Elevate technology
Battery Type
lithium ion
Recommended Use
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

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Does it have alltimeter ??, can u see the altitude in real time ?

Great GPS watch!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This watch is amazing for tracking your runs/pace! It has more features than I've used without a doubt, but I like that you can also program your own alerts every X # of miles to remind you to drink/eat/etc on your long endurance runs. Display is large and easy to read, watch face is flat, silicone strap is very comfortable, and even fits under my long sleeve winter running apparel without being too tight. GPS does sometimes take a bit to pick up, but that's probably true for any watch.

Can't live without it!

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I bought this as a gift for my boyfriend and he cannot live without this watch now. The only thing he noted is that the heart rate monitor doesn;t seem AS accurate when he is running in the rain, otherwise... best watch ever.

Has become a part of my body!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The first thing that I noticed about the Garmin Forerunner 235 was how comfortable and light it was. I fits on the wrist naturally and is barely noticeable. Other watches in the past used to weigh down on my arm after 12 miles but not the Garmin FR235. I love the heart rate feature. The ability to calculate my optimal HR for Threshold, Tempo, and Interval run has taken my training to the next level. The battery life is strong; around 4-5 days when not tracking activities. Bluetooth connectivity is a nice feature that allows me to pair the watch with my smartphone. Overall this is an amazing watch for a serious runner. For this kind of price range, it is the best GPS watch around.

I’m obsessed with this watch

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

So easy to use and super functional. I wear it everyday to track my steps, as well as for running, biking, and even at Orangetheory. The app shows different graphs and progress which is really nice too. I had an Apple Watch, but was allergic to the nickel its made of, so Im happy to report this one is nickel free. A great price for all that it does and its super sleek and looks nice.

I’m obsessed with this watch

Runnin' is Funnin'

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First off, this watch has all of the bells and whistles you need not only for running but for biking, training and inside tredmill running (woof). Ever since I got this watch I feel naked with out it, I use it mainly for running, races (to keep me on pace) and for track training! I had a hard time deciding between Garmin and Suunto. After doing some research I decided to go with the Garmin! My husband bought a Suunto (not sure which model) but I am happy I went with the Garmin! This watch keeps me on pace and helps me PR since I have the information saved on my app for making those PR's.

Wish I had my own!

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Bought this for my girlfriend to help train for some up coming races. She loves it! First gps watch and it performs really well. Really durable and good battery life. Great for all types of workouts. People have complained about the wrist based hr, but so far its worked really well. It provides good information while running and keeps track of your progression. Might have to get one for myself!

For the data obsessed

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own this watch and recently bought it for my fiance. It works perfectly for all of our activities: hiking, outdoor running, road biking, treadmill running and studio fitness classes. I love the app UX. Battery lasts a while. Sturdy yet well designed. It's a great GPS watch!

Love it!

    Love this watch! At first, I was a little hesitant on the price, but after I purchased it. WOW! It can do everything. It's a bit bulky on me, but for the amount of features, I'm not sure I care.

    Love this watch, exactly what I needed!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Had for 30 days, love it! Came from a FitBit Blaze and would run with my Forerunner 10 when needed. The 235 does it all! HR, sleep, calories, steps, runs, MTB, etc. Very happy with the watch, I recommend to everyone. It looks a bit big on my petite frame...but I rock it anyway.

    Nice features!!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The FR225 is an advance running watch. I would recommend it for runners is great to improve running abilities. this watch has all the features that I need and some more.Is extremely light weight. The band is flexible, soft and the color is pretty cool and feels good on my wrist. Also it communicates with my phone so I use it not only for running. The con the HR functions, they are not perfect , it works well-at times. HR data that is captured is not smooth; rather, it is erratic at times with "jumps" in HR values over time.

    Unanswered Question

    Garmin 235: Does it have the ability to show bike cadence, power? Wireless quark power meter

    Never taking this off!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Well unless it needs to be charged of course. I frickin love this watch! I've always just used the Forerunner 25 because I liked the simplicity and didn't think I wanted all the features of the 235 but turns out I love all the features. I also thought it was kind of big but turns out I like that too. For running I have it set to time, distance and pace which is all I really want to see. I'm sure there are a million more capabilities I could be taking advantage of but time and pace are all I really care about. I wear it all the time and outside of running I can see my daily steps which is kind of fun. I also like how much storage is has compared to the 25. I can save weeks worth of runs versus just 7 days. I'm still not very good at using the app but it I have synced it a couple of times now and it is cool to see my daily runs, daily steps and how long I slept. The battery life is great too. I charge it maybe every 3-4 days and I run 5-8 miles per day. I also NEVER take it off, like for real I wear it in the shower and the pool and I've banged it on everything and it's totally fine!

    Never taking this off!


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Got one of these a week ago, and have been liking it more and more. The low profile design and light weight are fantastic features for running; you put it one and hardly remember it's on your wrist. The heart rate sensor seems accurate enough for getting a basic picture of how hard you're working. Having multiple data screens that can be set up with whatever information you like is really nice for tracking your runs, and it's easy to scroll from one screen to the next while on the go. I was quite surprised at how much I like the Garmin Connect mobile app, as well. It's well done, and provides a nice simple presentation of all your metrics. Finally, the smart phone notifications are pretty nice--definitely not why I bought the watch, but I've found them to be a nice bonus!

    Great first gps watch

      Simple to use, battery life lasts long, running functions are good and reliable. Happy to have gps and be able to connect to other apps simply.

      Great for Activities

        I liked this watch so much I bought 2. I had gotten one for my fiancé which I started using, a lot, so we got a second. It is a great watch that allows you to track more activities than just running. The only downfall to the watch is the built-in wrist heart rate monitor. I don't think it reads heart rate as accurately as having the chest monitor. Very happy with it.

        Wrist based HR is not there yet

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Garmin did as good as possible with what seems like a not-yet-mature technology. In my experience, measuring HR from the wrist only works in a limited range.

        You must exercise for 10-15 minutes and get warm enough to sweat before the reading is accurate
        If you change your pace, cadence, or exertion the reading is not accurate. It seems especially dependent on cadence. When I switch from uphill to downhill running the watch typically shows a higher HR, which is false.
        If your hands are above your heart (ie climbing) it is not accurate.

        I wanted to avoid a chest strap, but that seems to be the only way to get a reliable HR measurement

        Avg. ride time: 18m per week
        • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

        Great Upgrade to older Forerunners

        • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

        "I wanted to replace my Forerunner 205 with something that could act as both a GPS watch and a fitness tracker. I looked at several FitBit models, but after reading and watching several reviews, I decided that the Forerunner 235 had everything I was looking for and more. The GPS tracking works well and is intuitive to setup and use. The tracking for steps and heart rate also works great and gives me a good sense of if I've been active enough for the day. One of my favorite features of the watch is the smartphone notifications. I'm not interested in a full on smartwatch, so just being able to see who is calling or texting is perfect. You can't respond from the watch, but it's still nice to be able to know who is trying to reach you. I also love that I can customize it through the IQ store and have downloaded a new watch face that I liked better than the default one. Overall, this has been a great upgrade from my old GPS watch and gives me the functionality of a fitness tracker and some of the conveniences of a smartwatch."