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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great upgrade from my old forerunner I was a little nervous reading other reviews but I am thrilled with this watch. It is accurate compared to my chest strap HR and prior GPS watch and so far I have used it for outdoor running, walking and used it as a daily step counter ( prior forerunner didn't have this). I was surprised how lightweight it is. It is about the size of an Apple Watch and I'm glad I got the black band instead of white- it is actually nice looking even though I have a tiny wrist. You can customize the display for running etc pretty easily and the menus are fairly intuitive. Great purchase so far and I felt comfortable with REIs return policy it it has any problems going forward. Glad I didn't spring for the 235!
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Much improved with software update Bought this in late 2016 and it was useless. Heartrate varied as much as 100 beats per minute in a 10 minute exercise. Inaccurate 90% of the time, varying where I was in the gym. Talked to REI expert 2/24/17, got a Garmin software update, and now it is accurate 90% or more of the time. Plus, there are more features, including indoor/outdoor cycling (had indoor/outdoor running only before). It's more complex than before, but not beyond comprehension. REI expert also recommended tightly strapping it on, unlike a FitBit user who said hers had to be loose. Now, I am very happy with it.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good basic GPS activity tracker I got this for father's day and tried it out but returned it for the slightly better Vivoactive HR. This watch has all the key features you want in a basic GPS enabled activity/workout tracker and works great. It records tons of data about your workouts and syncs via bluetooth with the pretty awesome data rich Garmin smartphone app. However I wanted something which works better for hiking and mountaineering but is cheaper than the Fenix watches so I eventually went with the Garmin Vivoactive HR which is similar to this watch but also has an altimeter, GLONASS, touch screen, and is app capable. If you don't need those things then definitely go with the Forerunner 35.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great running watch This watch is great; it's easy to use, comfortable, and shows all of the stats that I want and need during and after my runs. I wear the watch 24/7 and like seeing my steps and calories burned throughout the day. The battery life is good, too. I turned off some of the tracking options on the watch and a charge lasts a week or more. I run four days a week and like to race from time to time and this watch is perfect for me.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for tracking my walks & rides Thanks to the salesperson at REI, I was able to purchase the perfect garmin for my needs. Have used it on my walks and will be using it Saturday on a 30 mile bike ride. Syncs with my iPhone and fitness app . No problems so far. Great for seeing who is calling and reading texts. Still learning all the other things it can do.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Basics before bells Frustrated at multiple Garmin watches (I have owned almost a dozen over the years now) I tried this model because I just wanted a basic watch to track my workouts. The HR function never really works accurately and I have to remove/re-pair it almost every other week with Garmin Connect. My watch is always "turning on by itself" by trying to do activity tracking so the battery is usually low. All these EXTRA features but basic start/stop tracking of workouts is not worth the frustration.
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great lower end GPS/HR watch its my first GPS/HR watch and i really like it. It does what I want, distance/speed/hr (without a strap). I feel like the calorie count is off but I haven't looked into it much. One thing that surprised me is the length of time it takes for the watch to "calibrate". When you are about to go on a run/bike/etc you basically need to turn the setting on and that can take a really long at times. Not sure if there's anything I can do to speed the process up.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Garmin Need a new watch. Works for all my needs and running is my hobbie.
Date published: 2017-04-20
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Questions & Answers

Will REI be getting this watch in the white color? 

Asked by: KSAS
As of October 2016, we do not have plans to stock this watch in white in the near future.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-30

Do you have this the Garmin Forerunner 35 in the Frost Blue available for shipping?

Asked by: LinJ
As of November 2016, this watch in the Frost Blue color is in stock and ready to ship.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-29

I want to wear it 24/7 but wondering about battery life. Does it only last about 13 hours? If so, since you have to charge it everyday, how long does it take? Can you plug it into any USB charger or does it need the computer as the directed in the manual?

Asked by: SharonCasey
In GPS mode, this watch has an estimated battery life of 13 hours. Without the GPS function turned on, the estimated battery life is up to 9 days.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-01

Does this watch also track HIIT (strength, weight lifting, etc.)? I run, hike, cycle and snowboard in addition to HIIT. I want to make sure this can track all my activities. Also, for cycling, does this require any additional accessories? 

Asked by: calirunner13
The Forerunner 35 does track interval training, running, hiking and cycling. In order to get the full spectrum of cycling data you would need to add the Garmin Speed and Cadence Sensor: https://www.rei.com/product/876303/garmin-bike-speed-and-cadence-sensor
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-04

Could this be used for Stand Up Paddling?

Asked by: Mango
​While this watch does not have any specific SUP functions, it can be used for stand up paddle boarding.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-09-17

Curious to know if the calorie tracker functions during an aerobic/weight lifting class in the gym? I have a Vivoactive that is amazing tracking outdoor activities but doesn't work indoors (besides on a treadmill) I'm looking for a watch that does it all

Asked by: RhiRhi
​The calorie counting functions on this watch will function inside while doing aerobics and weight lifting thanks to the 24/7 wrist-based heart rate monitor.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-23

Can I track laps (such as 400s and 800s)? Also does it track cadence? Thank you

Asked by: Lisa P
​This watch calculates laps and cadence (provides real-time number of steps per minute).
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-09-06

Hi, does this watch have a swipe screen to navigate thru the settings? or do you have to push the side buttons? Thanks

Asked by: S26miler
This watch is not touchscreen compatible.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-12
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