Garmin Forerunner 235 GPS Run Watch with Integrated HRM £161.50 @ Blacks
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Garmin Forerunner 235 GPS Run Watch with Integrated HRM £161.50 @ Blacks

£161.50Blacks Deals
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Found 27th May 2016
Currently on sale on Blacks.co.uk for £190, which is a about £40 cheaper then other sites, like Amazon etc.
Add on the code BH15 for an additional 15% off that price, bringing the total down to £161.50.
Cheapest you will find anywhere.
They even throw in free delivery.

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GPS Running Watch with Wrist-based Heart Rate

Tracks distance, pace, time, heart rate and more

Connected features¹: automatic uploads to Garmin Connect™, live tracking, audio prompts, smart notifications and social media sharing

Activity tracking² counts daily steps, distance, calories and sleep

Download data fields, watch faces, widgets and applications from Connect IQ™

It's worth noting, that you can also add an ANT+ heart rate chest strap if you prefer over the optical for High Intensity Interval Training
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Reviews Amazon 3.5/5 ( 53 Reviews) not great. Although unsure of difference between this & 230 £191 which has 4.6/5 ( 16 Reviews).
I paid £20 more for the 230 without a HRM and it's a brilliant watch. Highly recommended.
230 and 235 are effectively the same watch, except the 235 has the integrated heart rate monitor and the 230 does not.
The 230 can be bought using the same deal, which comes out at £136
[img]m.blacks.co.uk/pro…rch?q=Garmin+230[/img]
Purchased. Thanks OP
Been holding on for a deal this good. Must have read 100+ reviews. Was worried about the accuracy of the HR monitor but for £160 really is worth a punt. Shame they dont have the black and Grey options. Great find OP, £190 is the best i have found and I have been looking now for 2 months. Cheers.

Been holding on for a deal this good. Must have read 100+ reviews. Was … Been holding on for a deal this good. Must have read 100+ reviews. Was worried about the accuracy of the HR monitor but for £160 really is worth a punt. Shame they dont have the black and Grey options. Great find OP, £190 is the best i have found and I have been looking now for 2 months. Cheers.



Don't forget the extra 15% with BH15 code
Amkreth you incredible person! I was literally about to buy this watch today from amazon after missing the blacks Forerunner 630 model. Got a marathon in a week so this will be handy.

You just saved me ~£70. You're incredible!
Good price. However, the little knuckle on the underside, which houses the HRM optics, is not terribly comfortable. Further, the HRM data it supplies can be a bit sketchy, much as it's interesting to have constant monitoring.
I've had the 230 for a week now, it's a brilliant watch. Most people I spoke to have said that the wrist based HRM isn't very accurate, so if you are going to be using that function a lot, it may be worth getting the 230 and buying the separate HRM. Still cheap if you do it this way! Great price OP!!
I've had this watch for 3 months now so here's some real feedback.

HRM - normally very accurate unless you haven't put the watch on tightly enough. The monitor itself on the wrist is hardly noticeable once you've worn it a few times.

GPS accuracy. Coming from a Suunto Ambit 2, it's never going to be as accurate, however on normal runs with some foliage it's very good. Brighton marathon came out as 26.34 miles - not bad if you cannot run the racing line. GPS pickup is between 8-20 secs, faster side if it's picked up in your location before.

Information wise, it gives you everything you need with the associated connect software - the only thing missing is ability to highlight specific parts of a run to analyse speed etc.

Bluetooth connection to your phone works well though I've never used it as a smart watch.

Battery lasts relatively long - 45 miles in a week and a few extra days easily (that's wearing it 24/7 for the HRM).

I will replace this watch, but only when Suunto bring out an integrated HRM version.

4.2/5

Final comment: I had a tomtom spark/runner 2 for a month prior to this during marathon training - please don't buy one as compared to this they are appealing for GPS. Flat, open Parkrun (3.1m) would alway come out at 2.9 miles at 7.35 min/mile even though the time was around 21:15 mins
Edited by: "davilown" 28th May 2016
Good price, thanks OP. Is there only one colours choice?
Had mine for approx 2 months. A brilliant watch with A great battery. I run approx 30 miles a week with mine and wear every day. I charge it once a week. Display not the brightest but it the battery lasts longer so I deal with that. I chose black and it looks classy. Great price.
Does this only track running? Or can it track other sports like cycling and swimming like the vivoactive. I couldn't seem to find any info on it, thanks in advance.

Does this only track running? Or can it track other sports like cycling … Does this only track running? Or can it track other sports like cycling and swimming like the vivoactive. I couldn't seem to find any info on it, thanks in advance.


Cycling, swimming, indoor running and other exercises.
Thanks OP!

Been after one of these for a few weeks now.

Tip:

I used my AMEX to pay and i was handily allowed to use my Amex points towards the purchase! All handheld during the final part of the payment process - was a surprise to say the least!

Thanks again OP - great start to my day!
davilown

Cycling, swimming, indoor running and other exercises.



​I thought it must do, thanks for replying.
I got this in December and agree with davilown's findings. I've used it for runs as well as hiking trips. It's not made for hikes but there is a good app you can download that caters towards it.

I took it on a 9 day hike in the himalayas and found the battery to last about 10-12 hours with GPS and heart rate on the whole time. The distance recorded seems pretty accurate but the altitude calculated on the watch (on the hike app) is inaccurate as it uses GPS data only (no barometric sensor). However this watch is not made for this and when you upload you activity into the garmin website it give you altitude data using your GPS data and external altitude data. Thus when looking at it on the phone the altitude is inaccurate but on the website it's broadly accurate.

If you want proper altitude data in the watch then need one with a barometric season eg suunto ambit 3 peak or garmin fenix 3.

As for the HR sensor. It seems pretty accurate, however it completly depended on how good contact it has on your wrist. Thus if your doing an activity where these is lots of wrist movement (no jokes please!) such as cross fit the sensor will intermittently loose contact and you'll loose HR data. It's also depended on blood flow to the skin, thus on cold days it took a minute or so to start showing accurate data while I warmed up and blood flow to the skin increased. I don't need it to be deadly accurate and just want it to give me a good ballpark recording for a run and thus it doesn't bother me if there is an occasional drop out. For those that need accurate reliable data then you'll still need a chest strap.

Its also worth noting that this watch supports GLONASS and so you can get more accurate positional data by using GPS and GLONASS. I think it does impact battery life but I've found the GPS accurate enough and thus not had the need to turn it on.

Good price, thanks OP. Is there only one colours choice?


They have 2 colours available, there is also a light blue
Can only see the teal blue colour

Can only see the teal blue colour


The black and red seams to be sold out
only see it in neon blue?
Oh... HRM The Queen comes with it?
OOS
Awesome watch. Had for 6 months. Battery doesn't last as long as my forerunner XT310 but its lightweight, chock full of functions and mega lightweight. If you set it up right with a good watch face and some good apps it's a heck of a smart watch. Links up well with iPhone. This is a very good price.
sold out!!!!!
£$%~@#! Just bought a 225! Good Deal!
Can it also work with the chest strap from a Garmin Forerunner 310XT? What I wonder is if you can revert back to the other sensor. Thanks guys!

Can it also work with the chest strap from a Garmin Forerunner 310XT? … Can it also work with the chest strap from a Garmin Forerunner 310XT? What I wonder is if you can revert back to the other sensor. Thanks guys!


Yes you can
oos
Looks like I may have bought just in time! Been on the fence to replace my old forerunner which has been on its last legs a while now. Also bagged some discounted airbeds and waterproofs. Great find!
Edited by: "soche" 28th May 2016
Disappeared from the site now..... :-(
Damn I missed it. I phoned them and they said that more stock is due in...in September.

I've had this watch for 3 months now so here's some real feedback.HRM - … I've had this watch for 3 months now so here's some real feedback.HRM - normally very accurate unless you haven't put the watch on tightly enough. The monitor itself on the wrist is hardly noticeable once you've worn it a few times.GPS accuracy. Coming from a Suunto Ambit 2, it's never going to be as accurate, however on normal runs with some foliage it's very good. Brighton marathon came out as 26.34 miles - not bad if you cannot run the racing line. GPS pickup is between 8-20 secs, faster side if it's picked up in your location before.Information wise, it gives you everything you need with the associated connect software - the only thing missing is ability to highlight specific parts of a run to analyse speed etc.Bluetooth connection to your phone works well though I've never used it as a smart watch.Battery lasts relatively long - 45 miles in a week and a few extra days easily (that's wearing it 24/7 for the HRM).I will replace this watch, but only when Suunto bring out an integrated HRM version.4.2/5 Final comment: I had a tomtom spark/runner 2 for a month prior to this during marathon training - please don't buy one as compared to this they are appealing for GPS. Flat, open Parkrun (3.1m) would alway come out at 2.9 miles at 7.35 min/mile even though the time was around 21:15 mins




So would you get the Suunto Ambit 2 S, with HRM instead - is it better...currently half price at Wiggle at £162.50 ?
Suunto Ambit 2

Thanks

Edited by: "n3m3s1s" 28th May 2016
The vivoactive HR has been as low as this and has more features but less running detail.

230 and 235 are effectively the same watch, except the 235 has the … 230 and 235 are effectively the same watch, except the 235 has the integrated heart rate monitor and the 230 does not.The 230 can be bought using the same deal, which comes out at £136[img]https://m.blacks.co.uk/products/search?q=Garmin+230[/img]


230 price comes at 157.25..maybe price went up?

Final comment: I had a tomtom spark/runner 2 for a month prior to this … Final comment: I had a tomtom spark/runner 2 for a month prior to this during marathon training - please don't buy one as compared to this they are appealing for GPS. Flat, open Parkrun (3.1m) would alway come out at 2.9 miles at 7.35 min/mile even though the time was around 21:15 mins



For all the shortcomings of the latest TomTom, in nearly 6 months of frequent use I have never had GPS problems like that. I'd suggest yours was faulty.
has anyone had theirs despatched yet?

So would you get the Suunto Ambit 2 S, with HRM instead - is it … So would you get the Suunto Ambit 2 S, with HRM instead - is it better...currently half price at Wiggle at £162.50 ? Suunto Ambit 2Thanks


I can't wear a chest strap so no I wouldn't but the 2S is a brilliant bit of kit for that price

For all the shortcomings of the latest TomTom, in nearly 6 months of … For all the shortcomings of the latest TomTom, in nearly 6 months of frequent use I have never had GPS problems like that. I'd suggest yours was faulty.


I had three different watches as the shop wouldn't refund initially but after no 3 the shop were in agreement that is was not fit for purpose and refunded me.
However it seems to be a trend for faster runners, especially at around 7min/miles and below
davilown

I had three different watches as the shop wouldn't refund initially but … I had three different watches as the shop wouldn't refund initially but after no 3 the shop were in agreement that is was not fit for purpose and refunded me. However it seems to be a trend for faster runners, especially at around 7min/miles and below



​They've updated the firmware a lot (especially when compared to the Garmin policy of almost never) so I guess whatever the issue was it's been fixed. Or I'm just a very lucky faster runner. That said, I wouldn't buy the TomTom again, the interface is far too simplistic and restricting compared to other watches.
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