If you’ve been after a running watch that’s perfect for someone who’s a bit of a pavement-pounding novice, Amazon currently has the Forerunner 35 for just $100. That’s $70 off the usual price.
That price means it’s also significantly cheaper than buying directly from Garmin as well, where the watch is available for $169.99. The deal is available on the all-black version, so you’ll have to pay more ($129) for one with a brighter, more eye-catching watch band.
Wareable verdict: Garmin Forerunner 35 review
Garmin Forerunner 35 deal
In terms of key features, the 35 has built-in GPS and is waterproof with a 5ATM certified rating, so you can wear it in the shower and go for swim with it. That said, it sadly doesn’t have a swim tracking mode. There’s just running and cycling tracking modes here, with the ability to add additional sensors such as footpods and both speed and cadence sensors.
There’s also an on-board heart rate monitor, notification support to read messages from your phone on the watch display, and it can control music playback. It will of course work with both Android phones and iPhones through Garmin’s Connect app.
Features you’ll miss out on here that you’ll find on high-end Garmin running watches include advanced running metrics and Connect IQ support to add apps, custom data fields and widgets to better customize your training experience. If you can live without those and a few other smaller things, it’s still a great watch even if it is a couple of years old.
When we reviewed the Forerunner back in 2016, we praised the affordable, feature-packed watch for being easy to use, comfortable to wear and great value for money. The heart rate monitor wasn’t the best performing for high-intensity training (like a lot of wrist based sensors), so that is something to be aware of if you’re planning on using it for a lot of heart rate training. However, you can pair an external heart rate monitor thanks to the ANT+ connectivity.
Other than that, there’s not a lot to knock it for and this is the cheapest we’ve seen the running watch available for a very long time.