Garmin Forerunner 235
Garmin / 5/5 / $469 / garmin.com.au
IF you’re in the market to buy a running watch, then this is the one you should run out and buy.
This is not Garmin’s top of the range watch for runners but for most runners, this ticks all the boxes in all the right ways.
Finding GPS is very quick. You can program it with your own workouts. It’s an activity tracker that will track your sleep. There is a very good heart-rate sensor built in so you can ditch the chest strap. It’s got great battery life and it has smart notifications so you can see your texts at the flick of a wrist.
Unlike some Garmin watches, the Forerunner 235 doesn’t have a touch screen but for our money that’s an advantage when your hands are hot and sweaty.
The heart-rate sensor is constantly on, and you can toggle from the time display to a heart-rate display that shows you your resting heart rate and your heart rate for the previous four hours. When you exercise, the watch has a clear and simple colour coding system for showing you what heart rate zone you’re in.
The features it lacks, compared to Garmin’s top-of-the-range 630, are mainly advanced data fields that are interesting for really data-obsessed types but arguably don’t impact much on day-to-day experience.
And the Forerunner 235 offers something that most Garmin running watches lack — a cycling mode that will show your speed in km/h and will sync properly to the app as a bike ride so it doesn’t mess up your running stats.
The problem with Garmin’s range is that there are so many models to choose from. If you just want a running watch, just get this one. It’s the best.