Garmin Forerunner 35 first thoughts
I have been using my faithful Tom Tom multisport for 3 years now I’ve loved it and its straight forward simplicity. It’s had its limitations as these devices always do. One of my main bugbears has always been the heart rate strap. I have always found them annoying and sometimes pretty random and on longer runs they have the habit of rubbing. My other complaint has always been battery life the Tom Tom always said it should last up to 10 hours. As someone who likes to run long distances I know it never lasts that long. Also as much as I like the design of the Tom Tom it is rather big and because of the design and where the GPS sensor is it is not practical to wear it as an all day watch.
So I’ve been saving the pennies for a while and keeping my eye out for an upgrade. I’ve done quite a bit of research through most brands. As much as the idea of having a top of the range model with lots of features I would never use, I’m on a budget and over complicated is well over complicated. So as luck would have it on Amazon Prime day (yes there is such a thing) I saw an offer on the Garmin Forerunner 35. So for £80 instead of the normal price of between £120-£140 (depending where you buy it) it seemed a good deal and seemed to contain the features I wanted. I will go into full details in a full review in the coming weeks/months.
I will go through all the functions when I do my full roundup in the coming weeks. So I used it for a week or so before my injury and my initial impressions are good. It’s simple but still has enough data and functions for me. I do find it funny that in other reviews people quote this as a budget option (so therefore not serious). I do think that a lot of reviewers believe that some runners are made of money. In the real world we all have our budgets and it’s finding the best within our budget.
So unboxing I had picked the green strap (due to my Kermit obsession) the watch is light and comfortable on the wrist. The functions seem to be easily accessible and the screen is easily viewable on the go. The GPS locks in as quick as my Tom Tom does (I do live in a rural area so GPS is never an issue). I’m excited when I get back running to explore the features such as virtual pacing. So if you’re interested keep an eye out for a full write up.