Today we’re excited to announce the Forerunner 235. The Forerunner 235 is the first product to feature Garmin’s own wrist based technology called, ‘Elevate wrist heart rate’, which displays heart rate and zones on an easy-to-read, colourful graphic interface, so runners new to tracking heart rate can train more effectively. More than that, the Forerunner 235 will keep runners on pace for their next personal record by tracking distance, pace, time, heart rate1 and more. When connected to a compatible smartphone2, runners can stay connected with smart notifications and motivated with music controls and audio prompts that announce their lap times. Daily activity tracking3 features including all-day heart rate tracking on the Forerunner 235 keep runners updated with their all-day steps, calories and sleep. The Forerunner 235 is also compatible with the Connect IQ™ smartwatch platform, which enables users to customise their watch with additional apps, widgets, watch faces and data fields.
“We’re excited to add the new Forerunner 235 to our lineup of GPS running watches,” said Marc Bainbridge, Garmin Southern Africa’s Fitness Category Manager. “This watch provides a new form factor and training toolset, plus the convenient wrist-based heart rate in the 235 is one more way Garmin is helping runners meet their training goals, whether it is starting their running journey or running a marathon.”
Measure more than just distance and pace with the Forerunner 235 by tracking other essential data such as heart rate, heart rate zone and VO2 max. The Forerunner 235 with Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate technology features a built-in optical sensor to measure heart rate at the wrist, giving runners the option to run without a strap. Furthermore the Forerunner 235 has a 44% larger, sunlight-readable display with a colour graphical interface to display heart rate data, so runners can get the data they need at a quick glance. When used with heart rate, Forerunner 235 can calculate user’s VO2 max estimate, predict race times and get a recovery timer, so they know how long to rest before attempting their next hard run.
The Forerunner 235 helps users can stay connected through a compatible smartphone with smart notifications for call, text and email alerts, music controls and audio alerts for lap and lap times during a run. The Forerunner 235 is compatible with the Connect IQ smartwatch platform, so users will be able to customise their watch with additional apps, widgets, watch faces and data fields.
The Forerunner 235 automatically sync with the recently updated Garmin Connect™ Mobile app when in range, so users can check in throughout the day to view reports on activity progress, track their sleep hours, join step challenges and more. Garmin Connect Mobile’s easy-to-use interface provides daily information and trends over time and can be linked to a MyFitnessPal account to automatically sync calorie and nutritional information, allowing users to view active and consumed calories, and remaining calories (based on goals set in MyFitnessPal). The Forerunner 235 can get up to 11 hours of battery life in training mode and up to nine days in activity tracking mode with smart notifications, it is also water resistant to 50 meters4 to withstand the elements.
The Forerunner 235 will be available in black/gray, black/marsala and frost blue/black, and will have a suggested retail price of R5099.