Any fitness band can help you track your running, cycling, and general activity stats. If you want accurate monitoring, exhaustive statistics, and advanced metrics, though, you’ll probably need something with a more powerful feature set – something like the Garmin Forerunner 735XT.
The new flagship GPS running watch in the outfit’s line, the device will monitor and log all the standard activity metrics, like steps, calories, and speed just like every fitness band. With more powerful hardware, though, it will take more advanced readings, apart from accurately tracking other activities, including cycling, swimming, skiing, paddle sports, trail running, hiking, and strength training. Even better, you can quickly switch whatever sport it’s tracking with a simple push of the button, making it easy to use for the kind of mixed workouts plenty of people now participate in.
The Garmin Forerunner 735XT comes with an integrated wrist-based heart monitor, so there’s no need to wear an inconvenient chest strap to track them in your workouts. With the heart rate reading, it’s able to calculate additional running dynamics (ground contact time balance, stride length, and vertical ratio, among others), VO2 max estimate, lactate threshold and underwater heart, apart from offering race predictions and providing recovery advice. It can also function as a pretty capable smartwatch, with the ability to receive all notifications from your phone, so you can check everything with a glance on the wrist, along with downloadable apps.
Available now, the Garmin Forerunner 735XT is priced at $449.99.