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Garmin - Forerunner 235 GPS Running Watch - Black/Gray-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 606 reviews

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would recommend to a friend

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Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars with 6 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Running watch

    Posted
    JazzyJ
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    I've been wanting a Garmin for years and was gifted one for my birthday. It is exactly what I hoped it would be. I like the apps available to change the face layout, other activities available, training features (i.e. intervals, race predictor, etc.), and the battery life is really good. I've gone as much as 8 days on a full charge once, still being rather active that week. I don't have issues with the screen being dark, if you need to see it brighter, there is a light button, then the face dims again. I love that I don't have to carry my phone unless I want to. Maybe my next Garmin will have the music feature, but until then, I'm happy with the 235. Great buy. Runners will not be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A little Glitchy, but Great Watch/Fitness Tracker

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    jrno
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    I originally bought the apple watch as I am a fitness enthusiast who wanted something to help me get more insight into my overall health. But as I progressed through my fitness routine and used the watch, I found that I would go for runs and be unable to stop my workout because sweat would render the Apple Watch's screen unresponsive. Garmin focuses on fitness and health with this watch, it is a great tool for seeing how your health is progressing and getting the most from your workouts, but it doesn't have all the features that other smart watches offer. The important question you need to ask yourself is if you want a smart watch or a fitness tracker. If you answered fitness tracker to that question - then the garmin is for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great watch!

    Posted
    Marc
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    I bought the watch for my wife. She is a moderately active person, who recently started running competitively. She has used the watch a couple of times during races and the results (e.g.: pace and mileage) are pretty accurate (close to the results from the time race monitored by NYRR). She uses it daily, even in the shower. She has found the watch to be helpful primarily as she would like to break her personal record more accurately. As part of training for the NYC marathon, my wife relies on the watch for an accurate workout'/training view and modifies her trainings accordingly (e.g.: HIIT). There's a bit of a learning curve, but in time, she was able to learn short cuts and quick data mining that are relevant to her training needs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Running Watch, Poor Activity Tracker

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    KheperRha
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    My four star rating is based on the Garmin 235 as a runners watch. The GPS works connects much more quickly than my Garmin 620, and the wrist based heart rate monitor is pretty accurate compared to the heart rate strap. However, Fitbt charge hr, which I also have, the sleep tracker is abysmal. The Garmin 235 thinks I'm asleep when I'm awake and awake, when I'm actually asleep. There steps seem relatively accurate, compared to the Fitbit charge hr, but there is no measurement of stairs or other activities like elliptical machine, aerobics, and other indoor activities. There is a general "indoor activity" setting, but Fitbits is activity specific. So, I use the Fitbit charge hr as my activity tracker and the Garmin 235 as my running watch and it's a good combination.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great athletic watch!

    Posted
    Bronnie
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    I finally decided to upgrade my Garmin and after reading reviews, I decided to purchase this watch. I loved my older model, and even though this one is a little more expensive, I trust the Garmin name and know it will last for a long time. This watch is awesome! I love how it has Bluetooth and I can sync all of my runs to Garmin Connect and to my favorite running app called Strava. This watch does everything- heart rate, cadence, etc. You will not be disappointed! I run half and full marathons and I have never had an issue with this watch. I also like that if I am close to my phone and the Bluetooth is on, I can see message and other alerts on the watch. If you are a runner, this is definitely the watch for you!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid performance

    Posted
    Jeremichi96
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    I choose this watch over another fitbit or polar. I had both a polar m400 and a fitbit surge and they both broke in about 12 months. So far the only issues I've had with the garmin is understanding the software. It has a ton of options and usually I don't read the instructions and just figure the product out. It took me a few days to actually get the watch faces I downloaded to work but now that I have them I really love this watch. It's comfortable and durable. Seems pretty accurate on runs and locks on to GPS quickly. It's my first garmin product and I'll be using them from now on for my fitness needs. The audio prompts while running are great for keeping pace and a good way to keep an eye on your heart rate.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Garmin Forerunner 235

    Posted
    AnonGabb
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    The Garmin Forerunner 235 is an excellent GPS watch to own. Many activities can be performed with this watch from Running, Hiking, Cycling, Indoor Treadmill and Walking. Garmin also provides many other features like programs for cycling, running and get fir programs that run from 4 -12 weeks long. If you are really interested in a GPS watch research this one at an extensive level to make sure it's not going to have too much features that you think you'll never use as you would be wasting your money. It's definitely not for the beginning runner/walker. I highly recommend that you buy a tempered glass screen protector for it as you may end up scratching the face.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    So far so good

    Posted
    Lach
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    I’ve been enjoying the 235 since Christmas. Syncing to the phone gives you lots more options. I couldn’t decide between the 235 and Vivo. My don’t got the vivo and I’m kinda jealous because it’s screen is touch sensitive and mine is not. On the 235 when I run on the treadmill the cadence seems to be off. The treadmill has me at 5 miles and the 235 has me at 6 miles. Not sure how it could be so off but am going to see if it needs to be calibrated or something. Overall happy so far. Have yet to take it on the open road but looking forward to it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love my new running watch!

    Posted
    stacyb83
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    So far, I have not been disappointed with this purchase. (Other than running less than I planned, but that's another problem...) I've been debating about updating my Garmin Forerunner from the old 405 for a year, and I'm so happy I did. The heart rate and bluetooth to Garmin connect work perfectly. I also love the varied screens. I ruled out so many cheaper options because I want a lot of info on my running screen. I do not use it as a smart watch (no need, so I don't want the bother), but everything else has lived up to my expectations. Another note, it is so much more comfortable than the old 405!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice smart watch

    Posted
    Vick
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    I like this Garmin watch. It pairs nicely with my Garmin Ant+ heart rate chest strap. I bought it in Manhattan, New York City while on vacation in December. I got it on sale for $130. The watch has quite a few features that I still need to discover. It has great battery life too. I just wish the screen was brighter like the Samsung Gear S3. Overall a great watch. I would definitely recommend buying this watch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great running watch

    Posted
    Ramirezr3
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    The 235 is a really good watch for running. I bought it when my Vivoactive HR quit working after less than a years use. In the month have had he Forerunner, I have enjoyed using it for running and everyday fitness tracking. That being said it lacks some of the features people wanting a fitness tracker might look for. Also there is no barometric altimeter, so for hiking and trail runs that info is not readily available.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best wearable on the market

    Posted
    Nordikman
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    I've had the surge and charge HR and they do not hold a candle to my 235. The 235 is more accurate for running, biking and even steps. The messages are easy to read and everything syncs up quickly. The big selling point for me is its water proof. I want to be able to shower, swim and do the tough mudder and keep my watch on, I can do that with the 235. The app still needs work but Garmin is working on that. This watch is definitely a keeper!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love it!

    Posted
    Asochable
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    I bought this watch after my Garmin Forerunner 10 stopped holding a charge. I chose this watch over the forerunner 35 because I am running my first marathon in 8 months and I liked the look of the round face on the 235 over the 35, especially if I decided to use it as an activity tracker in addition to a running watch. I absolutely love this watch! I wear it 24/7. So far I've only used the activity tracker for runs, though I will look at the heart rate while in cross fit classes. I know I haven't unleashed all the potential of the watch yet, but I am looking forward to using it more when I get into my marathon training.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Better than an Apple Watch for runners

    Posted
    MikeM
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    For running purposes, this is better than an Apple Watch. It can occasionally take longer than it should to connect to GPS, but when it does the GPS. Tracking is super accurate. I’ve found the heart rate monitor to be very accurate as well. The battery life is not as great as advertised, but it can easily go about 5 days on a full charge, including several runs, if the GPS is toggled off when not using it. When it does need to be charged, it thankfully charges quickly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great as long as you are not on a treadmill

    Posted
    Jb400mar
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    This is a borderline great product. The one glaring issue is that it doesn't calculate treadmill running accurately. Not even in the ball park. Garmin advises that the watch is probably correct and the treadmill is wrong - uh, no. Nice try though. EVERY treadmill run I have been on since I got this, has been off by .1 to .3 per mile. I don't run on treadmills that much so I still like the watch very much but they should just tell the customer - "yeah, listen, if you are going to use this on the treadmill, your results will be off". I would strongly recommend this as long as you are not running on a treadmill.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for running

    Posted
    Alessandro
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    This watch is a great partner for your running. The Garmin Forerunner 235 is a solid running watch that blends top sports metrics with excellent 24/7 daily activity tracking and a lovely design. It's disappointing that the accuracy of the built-in HR monitor isn't good enough for proper high intensity workouts but it's still capable of colouring workout data for less hardcore runners and you can still pair with an ANT+ chest strap to get really serious. Pair this data with the resting heart rate info and you have a powerful tool for tracking every aspect of your health data.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not user friendly

    Posted
    Lindsey
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    Within a month of using the watch I woke up one day and notice the screen had cracked. I have no clue how this could have happened. I work a desk job and did not do any activity that would be rough on the watch. After trying unsuccessfully to submit a claim online (site is not user friendly) I finally called garmin. They said it is not covered under warrenty and offered to fix it for a $50 fee. The features of the watch are great but the low quality of the screen, lack of battery life (2-3 days) and non user friendly software and support it is not worth the price of the watch.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great running/daily wear watch

    Posted
    Cnote
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    Love the Forerunner 235. It's got all the features you need in a running watch (HRM, GPS, VO2 max) as well as some great "smart watch" features such as notification mirroring. The battery last for ~4 days with daily workouts and Bluetooth enabled. I highly recommed this watch but will say newer models 7xx and 9xx series offer a few more features for not too much more money. My only gripe with the 235 is the plastic construction. It definitely does not feel cheap and I have yet to have any breakage issues but I can't help be wary with something that gets knocked around as much as a watch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Cheesy material

    Posted
    JennaL
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    I purchased this watch along with the Fenix 5s to see if price made a difference and it certainly does. The Forerunner was very cheesy feeling, all plastic and I felt that for the price it could be made better. I returned this and stuck with the Fenix since I plan to wear the watch all the time. The features on the Forerunner work well (was told by a few friends who have them) but I prefer the look and feel of the Fenix. Would recommend if you don't plan to wear all day everyday and just want the features of a running watch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love!

    Posted
    Kgoodman
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    Having had a Fitbit for 5 years, I was very worried about switching to a Garmin. While the app isn't nearly as exciting, the watch is amazing. If you are a runner, or even a walker, this watch is for you! I love being able to use the GPS to track my runs! Also, I have tiny wrists but love the fit of this watch. The band is super soft!!! Depending on how frequently I use the GPS feature, I can get over a week out of the battery before needing to charge it. Charging is also way easier than it was with Fitbit. Oh and did I mention I can swim and shower with it! I love it!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend