The 24-hour training partner.
Garmin knows that the stakes are high in every training session, regardless of which discipline you're targeting, and that fitness and race preparation extend long after your workout has ended. That's why the Forerunner 920XT is built to cover all manner of endurance training as well as tracking recovery periods, all-day calorie burning, and even sleep. By bundling the 920XT with Garmin's HRM-Run heartrate monitor, you're one step closer to the kind of data collection that extends considerations of fitness and training through your entire day, not just your workout.
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 the included HRM-Run heartrate monitor and/or an optional 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 any of Garmin's own 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 ten 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.
- Altimeter, heartrate monitor, speedometer, odometer, time, cadence, run metrics, sleep metrics, email, and text alerts
- ANT+ Compatible for heartrate and power meters
- GPS, GLONASS
- Works with Garmin Connect