A fort­night train­ing with the…

…Garmin 735XT

Runner's World (UK) - - GEAR - £399.99, garmin.co.uk

The lat­est mul­ti­sport of­fer­ing from Garmin.

DAY 1 Sim­ple to set up and sync with Garmin Con­nect app and Garmin Ex­press soft­ware. It takes about 10 min­utes: easy.

DAY 4 Ex­cel­lent bat­tery life. I don’t charge it un­til after a long run, a bike ride and two train­ing ses­sions – and even then, the bat­tery isn’t com­pletely flat.

DAY 6 GPS lock in under 30 sec­onds and it holds up even run­ning through built-up ar­eas – re­sult!

DAY 9 Have a lit­tle trou­ble on a pool swim with lap counts. The watch adds on a pool length when you turn back/for­ward even if you don’t do a stroke – could be an­noy­ing for se­ri­ous swim­mers.

DAY 10 I for­got my heartrate-mon­i­tor strap, but do a tried-and-tested ses­sion and find the wrist-based mon­i­tor is very ac­cu­rate.

DAY 12 Race-pre­dic­tor func­tion seems to think I can run a 3:19 marathon… may be a tad op­ti­mistic!

DAY 14 A great ad­di­tion to the Garmin mul­ti­sport range – a cou­ple of mi­nor is­sues, but over­all the per­fect watch for any­one tri-cu­ri­ous or big on cross-train­ing.

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