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Garmin Forerunner 735XT GPS Running & Multisport Watch

$349.99 - 499.99

Item # 010-01614-Parent

Garmin Forerunner 735XT GPS Running & Multisport Watch

You’re not just a runner. You’re a multifaceted athlete who needs a GPS watch that fully integrates all of the sports you practice, like swimming, hiking, cycling, skiing and paddle sports, and gives you a full range of choices when it comes to metrics and heart rate. That’s where the new multisport 735XT from Garmin delivers. Fully equipped with a multitude of sports profiles, this incredibly lightweight daily activity-tracking ANT+/Bluetooth Smart watch is with you every step, sprint, paddle, jump, spin and glide you take, with simple navigational features that keep you unencumbered and focused on what you love.


  • Though its Garmin’s lightest multisport watch to-date, the 735XT doesn’t compromise on screen size, giving you a soft, easy-wearing fit with a large readable screen that’s perfect for at-a-glance stats
  • Captures metrics from your cardio, cycling, swimming, strength training, hiking, paddle sports, multisport, XC skiing and hiking efforts, plus advanced running/cycling dynamics like stride length, vertical ration, ground contact time, power phase, platform center offset and more
  • Wrist-based heart monitoring plus heart strap connectivity means you can track your heart rate throughout the day without a strap and free up your load on race days. Pair with your HRM strap on training days, only when you want to monitor more advanced running dynamics*
  • Swimmer? This is the first watch from Garmin that actually coaches you in the pool! Features pool metrics, auto lap and manual lap and syncs to Garmin’s HRM-Swim for underwater heart rate
  • Goes beyond pace and distance, measuring your VO2 max, lactate threshold and stress score, with added Recovery Advisor and Race Predictor features*
  • GPS + GLONASS provides all the satellite coverage you need to track your location however far off the beaten path you’ve wandered
  • Connects to all Varia cycling technology, seamless linking you to Garmin’s advanced network of lights, radars, and visual accessories
  • Stay connected while you train and play with smart notifications, live tracking, music control and audio prompts
  • Personalize your 735XT with downloadable watch faces, weather widgets, apps and more
  • The first device to come with Strava Live Suffer Score Connect IQ™ app pre-installed. This tells you how hard you've been working based on your heart rate. With Strava Premium you can see your Live Suffer Score and compare it with others!

*when paired with Garmin’s HRM-Run or HRM-Tri.


  • Physical dimensions: 1.75" x 1.75" x 0.47" (44.5 x 44.5 x 11.9 mm)
  • Display size: 1.23" (31.1 mm) diameter
  • Display resolution: 215 x 180 pixels
  • Weight: 1.4 oz (40.2 g)
  • Battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion
  • Battery life: Up to 24 hours in UltraTrac mode without optical HR; up to 14 hours in activity mode with GPS and optical HR; up to 11 days in watch mode, including activity tracking, smart notifications and optical HR tracking

What's in the Box:

Watch Only
  • Forerunner 735XT
  • Charging Cable
  • Manual
HRM4-Run Bundle
  • Forerunner 735XT
  • HRM4-Run Heart Rate Strap
  • Charging Cable
  • Manual
Triathlon Bundle
  • Forerunner 735XT
  • HRM Swim & Tri Heart Rate Straps
  • Charging Cable
  • Manual

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. However, if you plan on using your 735XT for any kind of swimming, you’ll need the Tri-Bundle.

The HRM bundles feature separate chest straps that provide you with more advanced data, such as underwater heart rate or running dynamics including cadence, vertical oscillation, ground contact time, ground contact time balance and stride length.

Yes. You can also create interval workouts based on distance and time.

If your sensors are ANT+ wireless, they’re compatible. You’ll need to do an initial pairing when you first receive your 735XT and then they’ll sync automatically with each use.

Check out the differences between the different Garmin Triathlon Watches below.
Feature FR920XT FR735XT Fenix3 Fenix3 HRspan>
Price $449 $449 $499 $599
GPS Battery (Official Durations) 24 hours 14 hours 20 hours 16 hours
Barometric Altimeter Yes No Yes Yes
Optical HR Sensor No Yes No Yes
Quick Release Kit Yes No Yes Yes (but blocks optical sensor)
Largest Display Screen Yes No No No
Swim workout support Yes Yes Yes Yes
Works with HRM-SWIM/TRI Yes Yes Yes Yes
Varia Radar Support No Yes No No
Varia Lights Support No Yes No No
Varia Vision (HUD) Support No Yes No No
Gear Shifting: Shimano Di2 Support Yes Yes No No
Power Meter Support Yes Yes Yes Yes
FTP Testing Functionality No Yes No No
Basic Course Following Yes Yes Yes Yes
Advanced Hiking/Navigation Functions No No Yes Yes
3D Distance, Climbing Screens No No Yes Yes
Lactate Threshold Test No With HR Strap With HR Strap With HR Strap
Intensity Minutes metrics No Yes Yes Yes
Phone based audio prompts No Yes Yes Yes
Supports Connect IQ for Apps Yes Yes Yes Yes
Strava Suffer Score (App) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Strava Live Segments No No No No
Bluetooth Smart/USB Transfers Yes Yes Yes Yes
WiFi Transfers Yes No Yes Yes
Touchscreen No No No no

Function/Feature Garmin Forerunner 735XT Polar V800 Suunto Ambit3 Sport
Price $449 $449 $399
Product Announcement Date May 11th, 2016 Jan 6th, 2014 July 10th, 2014
Actual Availability/Shipping Date May 11th, 2016 May 2014 Sept 2014
GPS Recording Functionality Yes Yes Yes
Data Transfer USB/Bluetooth Smart USB, BLUETOOTH SMART USB & Bluetooth Smart
Waterproofing Yes - 50m Yes - 30m Yes - 50m
Battery Life (GPS) 14 hours in GPS-on Up to 50 hours 25 hours
Recording Interval 1S OR SMART 1s Variable
Satellite Pre-Loading via Computer Yes Sorta, predictive but not cached. Yes
Quick Satellite Reception Great Good Great
Alerts Vibrate/Sound/Visual Vibrate/Sound/Visual Sound/Visual
Backlight Greatness Good Great Great
Ability to download custom apps to unit/device Yes No Yes
Acts as daily activity monitor (steps, etc...) Yes Yes Yes (no steps though)
Can control phone music Yes No No
Has music storage and playback No No No
Connectivity Garmin Forerunner 735XT Polar V800 Suunto Ambit3 Sport
Bluetooth Legacy (pre-4.0) to Phone No No No
Bluetooth Smart (4.0+) to Phone Uploading Yes Yes Yes
Phone Notifications to unit (i.e. texts/calls/etc...) Yes Yes Yes
Live Tracking (streaming location to website) Yes No No
Group tracking No
Emergency/SOS Message Notification (from watch to contacts) No No No
Built-in cellular chip (no phone required) No No No
Cycling Garmin Forerunner 735XT Polar V800 Suunto Ambit3 Sport
Designed for cycling Yes Yes Yes
Power Meter Capable Yes Yes Yes
Power Meter Configuration/Calibration Options Yes Yes Yes
Power Meter TSS/NP/IF Yes NP No
Speed/Cadence Sensor Capable Yes Yes Yes
Strava segments live on device No No No
Crash detection No
Running Garmin Forerunner 735XT Polar V800 Suunto Ambit3 Sport
Designed for running Yes Yes Yes
Footpod Capable (For treadmills) Yes Yes Yes (internal accelerometer)
Running Dynamics (vertical oscillation, ground contact time, etc...) Yes No No (but does work with Stryd for running power)
VO2Max Estimation Yes Yes Yes
Race Predictor Yes Yes, via Race Pace No
Recovery Advisor Yes Yes YEs
Run/Walk Mode Yes Yes, via timers no
Swimming Garmin Forerunner 735XT Polar V800 Suunto Ambit3 Sport
Designed for swimming Yes Yes Yes
Openwater swimming mode Yes Yes Yes
Lap/Indoor Distance Tracking Yes Yes Yes
Record HR underwater WITH HRM-TRI/HRM-SWIM Yes Yes
Openwater Metrics (Stroke/etc.) Yes Yes Yes
Indoor Metrics (Stroke/etc.) Yes Yes Yes
Indoor Drill Mode Yes No Yes
Indoor auto-pause feature No No No
Change pool size Yes Yes Yes
Indoor Min/Max Pool Lengths 17M/18Y TO 150Y/M - 15m/y to 1,200m/y
Ability to customize data fields Yes Yes Yes
Can change yards to meters Yes Yes YEs
Captures per length data - indoors Yes Yes Yes
Indoor Alerts Yes N/A No
Triathlon Garmin Forerunner 735XT Polar V800 Suunto Ambit3 Sport
Designed for triathlon Yes Yes Yes
Multisport mode Yes Yes Yes
Workouts Garmin Forerunner 735XT Polar V800 Suunto Ambit3 Sport
Create/Follow custom workouts Yes Yes Barely with 3rd party apps
On-unit interval Feature Yes No Barely
Training Calendar Functionality Yes Yes No
Functions Garmin Forerunner 735XT Polar V800 Suunto Ambit3 Sport
Auto Start/Stop Yes Yes Yes
Virtual Partner Feature Yes Yes No
Virtual Racer Feature Yes No No
Records PR's - Personal Records (diff than history) Yes No No
Day to day watch ability Yes Yes Yes
Hunting/Fishing/Ocean Data No No No
Tidal Tables (Tide Information) No No No
Jumpmaster mode (Parachuting) No No No
Geocaching No No No
Weather Display (live data) Yes No No
Navigate Garmin Forerunner 735XT Polar V800 Suunto Ambit3 Sport
Follow GPS Track (Courses/Waypoints) Yes Yes Yes
Markers/Waypoint Direction Saved locations only Yes Yes
Routable/Visual Maps (like car GPS) No No No
Back to start Yes Yes Yes
Impromptu Round Trip Route Creation No No No
Download courses/routes from phone to unit Yes Yes Download pre-created only
Sensors Garmin Forerunner 735XT Polar V800 Suunto Ambit3 Sport
Altimeter Type GPS Barometric GPS
Compass Type GPS Magnetic Magnetic
Optical Heart Rate Sensor internally Yes No No
Heart Rate Strap Compatible Yes Yes Yes
ANT+ Heart Rate Strap Capable Yes No No
ANT+ Speed/Cadence Capable Yes No No
ANT+ Footpod Capable Yes No No
ANT+ Power Meter Capable Yes No No
ANT+ Weight Scale Capable No No No
ANT+ Fitness Equipment (Gym) No No No
ANT+ Lighting Control Yes No No
ANT+ Bike Radar Integration Yes No No
ANT+ Trainer Control (FE-C) No No No
ANT+ Remote Control No No No
ANT+ eBike Compatibility No No No
ANT+ Muscle Oxygen (i.e. Moxy/BSX) No No No
ANT+ Gear Shifting (i.e. SRAM ETAP) No No
Shimano Di2 Shifting Yes No No
Bluetooth Smart HR Strap Capable No Yes Yes
Bluetooth Smart Speed/Cadence Capable No Yes Yes
Bluetooth Smart Footpod Capable No Yes Yes
Bluetooth Smart Power Meter Capable No Yes Yes
Temp Recording (internal sensor) No Yes No
Temp Recording (external sensor) Yes No No
Compatible with Firstbeat HR tools - Yes Yes
Software Garmin Forerunner 735XT Polar V800 Suunto Ambit3 Sport
PC Application Garmin Express Polar Flowsync - Windows/Mac Moveslink Agent
Web Application Garmin Connect Polar Flow Movescount
Phone App iOS/Android/Windows Phone iOS/Android iOS/Android
Ability to Export Settings No No Yes (online)

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Product Manual

Garmin Forerunner 735XT Owner's Manual