Checking resting HR over time is the best way to detect fatigue, overtraining or a depressed immune system. So wrist-based heart-rate (HR) monitors are exceedingly handy. But while chest-strap sensors are still more accurate, attaching that tight band under your bra first thing in the morning isn’t everyone’s favoured pre-caffeine activity. The main appeal of the 35 is that, as well as GPS, it records wrist-based HR data constantly – if a little erratically – something the dead-fancy watches don’t do yet.
Compared to the top-end watches, features on the 35 are understandably basic. But its activity tracking (with effective “Move!” alerts if stationary for too long), smart notifications, music controls, weather updates, virtual pacer, alerts for HR and distance, LiveTrack (where friends can locate you) and ease of use, make this an attractive option. Thirteen hours of battery life using GPS is decent, too.
Design is a bit blocky and our tester’s wrist got a tad itchy underneath, but the strap itself is comfy. The smartphone app feels comprehensive at first, but dig about and you’ll find the data you need, eventually.
The 35 has all the key features, especially GPS and HR, the entry-level of casual runner needs. A handy proposition indeed.
More information: garmin.com