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Garmin Forerunner 235 GPS Running Watch with Elevate Wrist Heart Rate and Smart Notifications, Black/Marsala Red at Amazon £129.99
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Garmin Forerunner 235 GPS Running Watch with Elevate Wrist Heart Rate and Smart Notifications, Black/Marsala Red at Amazon £129.99

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  • Tracks heart rate, VO2 Max estimate and recovery advisor through
    Elevate Wrist Heart Rate technology. Smartphone compatibility: iPhone(iOS 9.0 or Later), Android(4.4 OS or Later)
  • Connected features: automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, live tracking, audio prompts, smart notifications, social media sharing and music control
  • Customised training plans from Garmin Connect on your watch for real-time coaching ; Display type:sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel MIP
  • Tracks heart rate at the wrist day or night, to provide more accurate calories burned information. Display size: 3.1 centimeters diameter
  • Activity tracking counts steps, distance, pace, heart rate and calories burned indoors and out ; Memory/History:200 hours of activity data
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I'd take the Garmin anyday over a Fitbit. Cracking deal for this, a few years old but a great watch for running
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How is this compare to Fitbit Versa?
I'd take the Garmin anyday over a Fitbit. Cracking deal for this, a few years old but a great watch for running
This is a fantastic deal
Starkiwi2622/08/2019 01:47

How is this compare to Fitbit Versa?


Really depends on how you wish to use it, here's a feature comparison - dcrainmaker.com/pro…128

I know multiple people with fitbits and every single one of them has broke in some way, however in their defence Fitbit have always just sent out a new unit, no quibbles.

Personally I have a Garmin device, and am pleased with the purchase, but haven't owned it for long enough to truly comment on its reliability.
Garmin product without having to use useless Garmin RMA. great!
Had 3 fitbits, all became defective within 6 months. Now on Garmin, so far so good
Could anybody recommend feedback for this model please?

Its not for me but my OH she has been running 5k's for a while and looking to push on, growing frustrating with carrying her phone and wants to be able to access info via a GPS watch now.

So this is a stand alone unit and can offer full tracking GPS, lap or 1km times, Heart rate and calories burnt etc?

Would there be anything major this watch would be missing?
Good daily wear watch and a real fitness watch for people who are really into fitness. If you think you might cycle or do other stuff regularly then a Vivoactive 3, Instinct, Fenix or higher Forerunner might be a better choice.
adamg6422/08/2019 09:59

Could anybody recommend feedback for this model please? Its not for me but …Could anybody recommend feedback for this model please? Its not for me but my OH she has been running 5k's for a while and looking to push on, growing frustrating with carrying her phone and wants to be able to access info via a GPS watch now.So this is a stand alone unit and can offer full tracking GPS, lap or 1km times, Heart rate and calories burnt etc? Would there be anything major this watch would be missing?


I have had this watch for quite some time now and run 5KM, 10KM and the odd HM. Cycle a bit as well. It does pretty much everything you need including GPS, Laps / Splits (configurable), heart rate and calories burnt (wouldn't rely on that though). I don't think the HRM is that accurate but good enough for most purposes and you can always connect a chest strap if it's important to you.

The only negative I've found is that it isn't compatible (AFAIK) with the Garmin Running Dynamics Pod - if you get serious into running it might be something you want in the future so be aware.
adamg6422/08/2019 09:59

Could anybody recommend feedback for this model please? Its not for me but …Could anybody recommend feedback for this model please? Its not for me but my OH she has been running 5k's for a while and looking to push on, growing frustrating with carrying her phone and wants to be able to access info via a GPS watch now.So this is a stand alone unit and can offer full tracking GPS, lap or 1km times, Heart rate and calories burnt etc? Would there be anything major this watch would be missing?


I've had the Garmin 235 for three years and as a regular/competitive runner I've found it perfect for me and this deal is smoking hot.

As you said, this is a standalone watch with built-in GPS and wrist-based heart rate (although take the HR with a pinch of salt). Does everything you could want in terms of run-tracking for distance, pace, calories burned (based on rudimentary gender, height weight inputs). Syncs with Garmin Connect and Strava. You can create workouts on Garmin Connect app or website - I created a series of Couch-to-5K sessions - which buzzes you as each lap/step starts and ends. You can also hit the bottom-right button during workouts for recording laps on the fly.

Very customisable data display - up to 4 measures on screen at a time e.g. pace, time of day, duration, distance etc. Locks onto GPS typically within 30 seconds and I've rarely had accuracy issues, and never had any workouts going missing. After three years the battery has held up surprisingly well, with about 4 hours of continuous GPS activity.

I also use it for cycling, hiking (tracked as "Other" activity and recategorised as a Hike in-app). I haven't tried but wouldn't recommend for swimming (though it is waterproof and worn in the shower daily). Watch strap replacements with tiny screwdriver sets can be picked up cheap from eBay. A 50p screen protector could also be useful.

On top of the core running capabilities, smart notifications via Bluetooth connection / custom watch-faces and apps have also been useful. The Minutecast app from Accuweather provides minute by minute forecast, and built-in "Find My Phone" feature has saved frustration in the past. You can also control music playback on your phone. You might also appreciate the option to set a vibrate-only alarm - my OH never notices it going off in the early hours.

If you're on the fence I'd say go for it - I picked this up for >£200 near launch and would happily grab another for £130.
this is an AWESOME watch! works well with both android and iphones - will ping you all your messages, emails, app alerts.
I use it for running & long distance hikes. Some great 3rd party widgets I use such as one which gives you your Ordnance Survey grid reference - OS Grid Reference I think its called.
also the IQ Apps are AWESOME - I use DwMap which lets you upload gpx files to a 3rd party website, and then you can download the gpx file to the phone so you can navigate walks using your watch - it pings if you are off route, when you need to turn etc. And it works really really well.
I tried the apple watch versions 1 & 2 and then when my wife bought me this for a Jurassic coast trail run & training I was completely blown away by the battery life and how easy it was to navigate.
Well worth £130. Heat from me
Ordered it guys, Many thanks for the feed back in depth reviews and thoughts. Thank you for taking the time to reply
I’ve currently got an Apple Watch and am going to take up running for fitness. How does this compare?
For anyone who has this can I ask one question... Can it display pace in min/km?

My wife has the vivoactive 3 and it will only display pace in minutes/mile despite being set to metric. I'd love to get the vivoactive 3 but the pace thing does my head in.
great deal
fisiksguy22/08/2019 13:35

For anyone who has this can I ask one question... Can it display pace in …For anyone who has this can I ask one question... Can it display pace in min/km? My wife has the vivoactive 3 and it will only display pace in minutes/mile despite being set to metric. I'd love to get the vivoactive 3 but the pace thing does my head in.


I have the 245 and can confirm that lets you change it to mins/km.There should be no change with the 235. You have to do it on the watch as well as the Connect app. Go into settings, System, Units - change Distance to kilometers. Change pace/Speed to Kilometers. You'll probably still also get the mile marker time prompts whilst running, but will display in kms
milesy2922/08/2019 14:12

I have the 245 and can confirm that lets you change it to mins/km.There …I have the 245 and can confirm that lets you change it to mins/km.There should be no change with the 235. You have to do it on the watch as well as the Connect app. Go into settings, System, Units - change Distance to kilometers. Change pace/Speed to Kilometers. You'll probably still also get the mile marker time prompts whilst running, but will display in kms


Thanks for the advice milesy, I'll give that a try
fisiksguy22/08/2019 13:35

For anyone who has this can I ask one question... Can it display pace in …For anyone who has this can I ask one question... Can it display pace in min/km? My wife has the vivoactive 3 and it will only display pace in minutes/mile despite being set to metric. I'd love to get the vivoactive 3 but the pace thing does my head in.


Can she not download widgets from the Garmin connect store and install them on the running activity screen?
Looked up some images... t h i c c ... definitely one for people with big wrists!
woster22/08/2019 15:39

Can she not download widgets from the Garmin connect store and install …Can she not download widgets from the Garmin connect store and install them on the running activity screen?


I'm not sure tbh. I've not really looked at it myself. I just assumed pace in min/km would be supported as standard. I'll take a look tonight.
fisiksguy22/08/2019 16:09

I'm not sure tbh. I've not really looked at it myself. I just assumed pace …I'm not sure tbh. I've not really looked at it myself. I just assumed pace in min/km would be supported as standard. I'll take a look tonight.


It should be as standard. Check user settings in the app and see if it's set to metric / imperial.
I found when I got my 645M that it wouldn't let me have metric and celcius which was annoying but this has since been patched.
fisiksguy22/08/2019 13:35

For anyone who has this can I ask one question... Can it display pace in …For anyone who has this can I ask one question... Can it display pace in min/km? My wife has the vivoactive 3 and it will only display pace in minutes/mile despite being set to metric. I'd love to get the vivoactive 3 but the pace thing does my head in.


I have a Vivoactive 3 and it displays in km. Just follow the steps from milesy29 to change units.
fuzzy_logic22/08/2019 18:07

I have a Vivoactive 3 and it displays in km. Just follow the steps from …I have a Vivoactive 3 and it displays in km. Just follow the steps from milesy29 to change units.


Just did it. Took me a while to find the setting in the menu but it was there. Thanks @milesy29 . Now I just need to talk myself out of buying the forerunner 235 for myself...
Starkiwi2622/08/2019 01:47

How is this compare to Fitbit Versa?


I love mine. It's also probably the most widely used running watched
I had one for a month a while back upgrading from a TomTom. Ended up sending it back as the Heart rate monitor was flakey at best and was telling me my resting rate was around 35 (it's actual around 45-55).

Ended up getting a Polar M430, granted the Garmin has a colour display but I find everything else about the Polar (including the syncing) better.
Edited by: "cottontop74" 22nd Aug
Paid £200 for this about 3 years ago and still going strong! Had to change strap once but watch itself hasnt had any issues. Battery still lasts 5-6 days with about 4-5 hours of running a week. Cracking price and would definitely recommend!
cottontop7422/08/2019 20:46

I had one for a month a while back upgrading from a TomTom. Ended up …I had one for a month a while back upgrading from a TomTom. Ended up sending it back as the Heart rate monitor was flakey at best and was telling me my resting rate was around 35 (it's actual around 45-55).Ended up getting a Polar M430, granted the Garmin has a colour display but I find everything else about the Polar (including the syncing) better.


I've done several tests over the years many times with my Samsung health app (sensor at the back of galaxy phone) and it's almost spot on almost everytime (occasionally +- 1 or 2 bpm)
Maybe something wrong with the hardware on the watch you had?
Superb watch, highly recommended for beginner to experienced runner. Much better than Fitbit for running and will help you much more than using your phone to track runs.
Nice watch. Thank you @benhornsby1999
apur3222/08/2019 21:54

Nice watch. Thank you @benhornsby1999


It really is and no problem
plewis0022/08/2019 10:19

Good daily wear watch and a real fitness watch for people who are really …Good daily wear watch and a real fitness watch for people who are really into fitness. If you think you might cycle or do other stuff regularly then a Vivoactive 3, Instinct, Fenix or higher Forerunner might be a better choice.


So no good for swimming?
plewis0022/08/2019 22:29

This review suggests …This review suggests no:https://runreporter.com/running-gear-reviews/forerunner-235-swimming/


Thanks so much! Very helpful
seem to have missed this, back up to £169
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