Garmin Forerunner 935 Review

Dragon Analytics - Garmin Forerunner 935

This is not a review of the Garmin Forerunner 935 from the view of what it can do for you as a sports watch. There are already many of these reviews online. This post is for the dragon boat paddler or coach. Dragon boating requires some quite specific data to be collected and this review will see how well this device meets those requirements.

Let’s start with a list of some of the valuable information we would like to gather and then see how many the Garmin Forerunner 935 provides*.

Features Data Recorded and Displayed Garmin
In the boat Speed – peak, average, continuous Y,Y,Y
  Pace – peak, average, continuous Y,Y,Y
  Heart rate – peak, average, continuous, time spent
within zones
  Stroke rate – peak, average, continuous Y,Y,Y
  Distance – total, continuous Y,Y
  Calories – total, continuous Y,Y
  Power – peak, average, continuous Y,Y,Y
  Air Temp. – peak, average, continuous Y,Y,Y
  Water Temp. – peak, average, continuous N,N,N
  Weather conditions* Y
  Water conditions N
  Training session map Y
Other   Ergo data Y
  Other supplementary training data Y
Usability Water proof Y
  Robustness Y
  Comfortable to wear Y
  Easy to charge Y
  Good battery life Y
  Affordability N

*Some requirements may be only available in the accompanying app, Garmin Connect

Garmin Forerunner 935 Overview

The Forerunner 935, at the time of writing, was the most advanced watch in Garmin’s Forerunner range. It was designed to offer in-depth tracking on running, cycling, swimming, and a host of other sports.

Feature-wise the 935 has GPS, optical heart-rate sensor, altimeter, accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, thermometer and support for ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart sensors such as heart-rate chest straps, foot pods and cycling power meters.

The Forerunner 935 also does a great job of tracking your everyday activity like recording steps, floors climbed, resting and active calories, your stress level and even has advanced sleep-monitoring features.

It is waterproof (5ATM), and its 30.5mm display is easy to read even in bright sunlight.

The Forerunner 935’s main strengths relate to sports tracking but it does have some other features which you may like. When your phone is in Bluetooth range, you can get your messages and notifications displayed on your wrist. Another handy feature is the music remote, which lets you use pause and skip music from your wrist.

Some feedback is provided after you finish your training session, starting with an estimate of how many hours of recovery you need. You’ll also be advised on the aerobic and anaerobic benefit of your session.

Now for Dragon Boating

Let us now explore some common Dragon Boat specific use cases and how the Garmin 935 fits in.

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