Review – Garmin Forerunner 35 Watch – Black

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I have always been an active participant from school to adult life, to military service, including jumping out of aircraft and all that it entails.  I have kept myself as physically fit as possible and have trained for half and full marathons.  I have pushed myself to my own limits both physically and mentally.  So I am not just writing this review because I have to, I am writing because I believe in this product and I know it will give me the feedback that I need.

This is my personal review of the Garmin Forerunner 35 which had the minimum that I wanted in a state of the art monitoring watch.  The only reason I wanted a watch like this was to track my heart during physical exertion.  I wanted to see how high my heartbeat got to during a steady run.  As a long time runner, it’s always good to keep a check on how you recover after a run, not just during the run.

I am going to keep this a simple as possible and not include a comparison to other watches available.  There is a reason for this, I have always wanted a Garmin, it’s that simple.

Garmin Forerunner 35 Running Heart Rate Watch - Black 0

About This Product

Garmin Forerunner 35 is a lightweight and easy to use GPS activity watch with Garmin Elevate wrist based heart rate, giving you the option to run without a chest strap. It includes smart connectivity features such as smart notifications, automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, LiveTrack and music controls. Meet your fitness goals with help from various sports profiles, vibration alerts and useful features such as Auto Pause and run/walk mode. Built-in activity tracker counts your steps, calories, intensity minutes and monitors your sleep.

Wrist heart rate monitor measures heart rate all day and night. Connected features include smart notifications, automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, live tracking and music controls.

Sports profiles include indoor/outdoor running, cycling, cardio and features such as auto pause and run/walk activity mode. Activity tracker counts steps, calories, intensity minutes and monitors sleep.

Automatically uploads your data to Garmin Connect, a free online fitness community where you can join challenges, receive insights and share your progress as you meet your goals.


  • Proprietary operating system.
  • Bluetooth 4 connection.
  • USB 2 connection.

Display information:

  • 23.5 mm Memory-In-Pixel (MIP), screen.


  • 180 mAh battery capacity
  • Typical usage time of up to 9 days
  • Low usage time of up to 9 days
  • 2 hour charge

Physical Specification:

  • Watch size H40.7, W35.5, D13.4 mm
  • Strap size L242, W22, T2 mm
  • Weight 37.3 g


  • Water resistant
  • Swimproof
  • Dust resistant
  • Scratch resistant
  • Read texts
  • Receive social network notifications
  • Displays weather
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Pedometer
  • Distance
  • Accelerometer
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • Calorie Count
  • Sleep
  • Accessories included: Charging Cable, (including charger)
  • Manufacturer’s 2 year guarantee
  • EAN: 753759161965
  • Sync Capability
  • Alarm Set


Of the official 134 reviews on Amazon 97 gave the watch 5 stars and 31 gave it 4 stars.  There was a review with a one star rating but I could not find the review but at least I tried.

Garmin Connect is the app that goes with most Garmin models and it was a simple download to either laptop or smartphone, the obvious pro of the smartphone is you can strap it to your arm if you wish.

Garmin Connect™ is your one-stop source for health and fitness data. Whether you’re training for a race or tracking steps, it provides the information and inspiration you need to beat yesterday.

Once paired with a compatible(1) Garmin device, activity tracking is just the beginning of what Garmin Connect™ can do for you. You can create new workouts, build courses and even challenge your friends to compete, all within the app.

Garmin Connect is packed with useful features, including the ability to:

– View today’s health data in vivid detail on your personalized My Day page.
– Analyze your activities and their related statistics. (2)
– Create customized workouts and courses.
– Sync with other apps like MyFitnessPal and Strava.
– Review personal records for steps, distance and pace.
– Earn badges for accomplishments.
– See how you measure up to other Connect users with Insights.
– Get support for Garmin devices and their features.

Are you ready to join millions of users who walk, run, bike, hike and strive to beat yesterday? You can learn more about Garmin devices and how they work with the Garmin Connect app at

All that said, I wear this watch for a specific purpose.

I know there are many more both expensive and inexpensive to choose from and I have had a Fitbit before but I found it cumbersome, not because of its size, but the strap make my wrist chafe.

Having this Garmin Forerunner 35 gives me access the Garmin community and lets me interact with similar minded athletes and share their challenges.  Good luck and thank you for reading.

22 thoughts on “Review – Garmin Forerunner 35 Watch – Black

  1. I didn’t realize that Garmin made watches. I only knew them as a GPS company. This sounds like an incredibly useful watch for runners, but I can see where it could be handy for other active people, as well. It’s amazing that so much functionality is packed into a watch. When the Fitbit craze first happened, I gave it some consideration, but never really decided it was for me. Something like this, on the other hand, seems like a much better investment. 

    1. Hi Randy Thanks for taking the time to read and reply. You are correct, I had a Garmin GPS and it was excellent and so I decided to go with the same brand to monitor my heart. It’s a really good investment and I wish I had one sooner.

  2. Hi,

    I recently purchased a Antimi smart watch, and have to say it’s OK but at the general stuff like heart rate, steps and son. It gives you the option to change you sports activity but doesn’t seem to pick up when doing cardio in the cross-fit class, which is a little disappointing. 

    I have been chatting with a friend and he is the same as yourself, he wouldn’t buy anything but a Garmin. I know you didn’t want to compare other watches/brands but what makes the Garmin Forerunner 35 better than the other options that Garmin have to offer?

    I think I’m going to have to change mine and Garmin seems like a great option.


  3. I had a Fibit Charge 2 for some time. It was really cool experience to own it, with the application and all different trackings I could keep being motivated to move around. It was making me happy about being active. However, as you see, I’m writing in the past tense, cause the strap broke off. Checked how much for the new one and felt it isn’t worth it. I see this Garmin has even more features than my Fitbit. 

    Wonder what could you say about strap quality of this product? 

    Thank you for the review.

    1. Hi Dario.  I will answer your question first.  The strap is lightweight and flexible so it expands as you run and is very grippy, lightweight and simple to wipe down.

      Thanks for reading and replying to the post.

  4. Dave,

    Thank you for the great review of the Garmin Forerunner 35 watch. It’s like you read my mind today. I have been thinking about the perfect watch and you found it for me. Now I don’t have to look any further since you answered all my questions and more with this review. I can’t wait to get it and put it to good use. 

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Russ.  Thanks for taking the time to read and reply.  Go buy this watch it’s great and then download the free app so you can upload and analyse your results.  I knocked 24 seconds off my time today.   It wasn’t the watch that did it as I tried to raise my heartbeat past 150 and I got it to 164, I can then work out what I need to do to get my recovery down sooner.  Let me know what you decide.

  5. Garmin Forerunner 35 Watch is an amazing and fascinating wrist watch, I would like to call it a super Germin wrist watch  which has diverse qualities/features that a normal wrist watch doesn’t. It can monitor the heart rate all day and night which is very important for any athlete. It has no restriction to just the open environment it’s also  Water resistant. With all these features I will say Germin Forerunner 35 watch is the best for all type of athletes. 

    1. Hi Sheddy.  Thanks for taking the time to read and reply.  The Garmin Forerunner 35 is great and I have chosen wisely.  It’s at the cheaper end of the range but it does exactly what it says it should.

  6. I am definitely interested in this garmin.  I am trying to decide between this one and the explorer, because I like the topo map the explorer has for my backpacking and climbing trips.  That being said, for most of the year this would be exactly what I need.  I had a different brand, with a strap because I heard it was more accurate, but the cumbersome chest strap and  low battery life made it almost unusable.  So this was the review I was hoping to see – thanks!

    1. Hi John.  Thanks for taking the time to read and reply.  This is a great watch and I have yet to take it off other than giving it a quick wipe, it even made me run faster today and knock 24 seconds off my run.  I have been trying to raise my heartbeat so I can see how my recovery is coming on and when I download the results I can adapt my training to suit, it’s great.  Good luck on your choice of watch, I’ve got mine. 

  7. A watch with GPS! We really are living in a digital world. This looks like a great product. One that I will look ingot more through this article.

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi John. Thanks for taking the time to read and reply. The watch acquires a GPS signal from a number of satellites and asks yo to wait before you start your activity. Once it has found its position you can start your run/walk/bike activity. The page link is below for the Garmin range, it’s not an affiliate link.

  8. A great looking watch with some great features too.

    I have a cheap watch which I use for running, but with a strap for the heart and it serves its purpose and wasn’t really looking to replace it until I came across your site and this great review.

    I like the fact that it comes with a GPS and a 2-year guarantee as they are normally 1 year, but I guess that’s down to the make.

    Certainly a watch I am going to check out more.

    Thanks for sharing


    1. Hi Mick. Thanks for reading and replying. I had a chest strap before and it was good for what it was meant for but this new watch is just so much better. I hardly notice that it’s on my wrist as it is so light. It tells me to get up and move if I am static for too long, which is a good reminder of what I bought it for. Have a look at the range of Garmin watches before you decide, the link is below and its not an affiliate link.

  9. It’s a shame I bought my Yamay watch a few weeks ago, this looks like a better watch!
    It contains GPS and everything? Very interesting, I will certainly need to keep this in mind if my lower-quality Yamay breaks on me. I know Garmin is a much better brand.

    1. Hi Alex. Thanks for taking the time to read and reply. That’s a real shame, the Garmin Forerunner 35 is fantastic and Garmin Connect gives you professional feedback so you can plan your future activities. Get your money back or have 2 watches. Keep safe.

  10. I’ve been considering a smartwatch lately, and Garmin is one that I have looked at. I’ve been comparing it with the cheaper Fitbit Versa, which does not include GPS. Any reason that you think that GPS is necessary if I’m not a big runner?

    1. Hi Chris. Thanks for taking the time to read and reply. You don’t have to be a runner for this watch. I will be using it for outdoor running, steps, swimming, cycling, gym and fitness and golf mainly. The GPS tracks my runs and then when I get back to my smartphone I sync them and it displays the path I have run, run time, pace, heart rate average and high rate, total distance, calories, min and max elevation, total weekly distance, average pace, average moving pace, best pace per km, ave speed, max speed, speed per km, and cadence and it makes me a cup of tea at the end. This watch dwarfs the fitbit range. Keep safe.

  11. Hi David – this is a great and thorough review. I too feel like I’ve always been physically active and fit but never knew too much about the digital, wearable accessories world. All I know is Fitbit and Apple but after reading your review I feel inspired to look into it more, especially Garmin now. Pardon my ignorance in this field but how would this compare with the apple watch?

    1. Hi Sadie. Thanks for taking the time to read and reply. You know I never even looked at Apple, mainly because I don’t like Apple even though I have a mobile. First thing is the cost of Apple watch products which can be hugely expensive, the second thing is that Apple products only take Apple apps, and having looked today you can pay up to £750.00, no thanks. The cheapest I looked at was £149.00 and it was not as good as the Garmin and I didn’t see any app that went with the Apple’s where as the Garmin does have an app and it is excellent. If you are looking at buying an active watch then I refer you to my review, buy Garmin.

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