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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 595 reviews

93%
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

    Great running watch

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    Rick
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    Love this watch. Easy to use. Great for running and training. Vo2 max is fairly accurate. Definitely feel fitter as my vo2 max increases. Only downfall is the discrepancy on the treadmill paces when running faster than 8 minute pace.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good.

    Posted
    RunningIsMyThearpy
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    Love the frost blue color. It's not too big either. It's perfect while running. My only complaint is the GPS is a little faster than me. During a half marathon race it would vibrate every mile and I wasn't to the mile marker yet. It's about .1 or .2 of a mile ahead. Also had trouble getting BT to connect. But Geek squad helped. So many bad reviews on the Garmin Connect app. It self. But the watch is good.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent GPS watch with lots of other features

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    TPAL
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    I've had this watch for about 3 months and I absolutely love it. I actually started off with the Vivoactive HR, but I've a small wrist and found it uncomfortable. The Forerunner 235 is much more comfortable and I wear it all the time except on the rare occasion I'm going to a semi-formal or formal function when the watch is just too sporty. I'm a runner who doesn't run quite as much as I used to, but I love all the statistics regardless. Giving up some of the activity tracking functions the Vivo offered was no big deal (I don't golf or paddleboard) and I'm definitely happier having the additional running functions of the 235. I upgraded from an older model (forerunner 410) and I'm really enjoying all the extra features. I love the activity tracking, although I do find that sometimes the step count can be off by as much 25%. I've a good idea how many steps I cover when I walk and find this watch sometimes (not always) varies significantly. I also use an iPhone and find that to be more consistent and accurate. Having said that, I still give this watch 5 stars because the step count is not the primary reason I got it. Syncing with phone app can be slower than I would like, but again, not a deal breaker for me. Aside from those two minor (for me) glitches, everything else works great. The GPS loads lightening-fast - no more waiting and waiting as I had to previously do on occasion with my older Garmin. The display is great and very customizable. There are so many features, I'ven't even figured them all out yet. The smart notifications are really cool, too. I was at a meeting for work where we all had to turn in our phones. No worries for me; I was wearing my Garmin and got my notifications. I didn't need to worry the possibility of a rare emergency, like my kids' school calling because one of them became sick (highly unlikely, but in that rare instance when the phone is taken away, that's when I just know I'm going to get such a call). Or if I'm out with friends, if I get a text, I can quickly glance at my wrist without being one of those people who's looking at their phone so much, it seems like they'd rather be somewhere else. I love the heart rate monitor, too, as I never could deal with the chest strap. I owned one with the old watch and never once used it. Big waste of $$ because I liked the idea but could never be bothered. I can finally now do heart-rate training without any fuss using the wrist-based heart rate. Another feature that's new to me that I like a lot is the recovery time which automatically pops up every time I finish a run. I don't always follow it, but it's nice to have it, since I tend to overdo it sometimes and push myself too much. VO2 max is another great feature. Battery life is good and charging is fast. Having used a Garmin GPS watch for the past 5+ years as well as owning a Garmin car GPS, I'm big fan of Garmin. Their customer service is fantastic, too.

    I would recommend this to a friend