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Meet The New Garmin Forerunner 735XT: The Ultimate GPS Smartwatch For Athletes

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The new Garmin Forerunner 735XT is a GPS smartwatch that not only tracks running, but also a number of other sports including swimming, cycling, hiking, multi-sport, strength training, XC skiing, paddle sports and cardio.

It is so far the most lightweight running watch created by Garmin and boasts a sleek design, comfortable silicone bands and a large color display for easy viewing of stats.

"This GPS running watch with multi-sport features is for athletes who want dialed-in data for training and a lighter load on a race day," says Garmin. "A smaller form factor and comfortable band make 735XT the ideal watch to get you from workout through workday."

The Forerunner 735XT is the first device built with the Strava Live Suffer Score app out of the box. With the app, users can keep track on whether they have been working hard or not based on the gathered heart rate data. They can also further customize the wearable by downloading free custom apps, data fields, watch faces and widgets from Garmin's Connect IQ store.

"Strava Suffer Score analyzes your heart rate during a workout and ranks your total activity effort," says Garmin.

Users can also take advantage of the free trial to Strava Premium, which is good for 60 days.

Other notable highlights of the Forerunner 735XT include recovery advisor, race predictor, lactate threshold, VO2 max estimate, smart notifications, live tracking, automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, auto multi-sport feature for one button to switch to another sports, and underwater heart rate for swimming.

Similar to its predecessor, the Forerunner 735XT works compatibly with Vector, Garmin's pedal-based power meter system and with a number of Varia cycling accessories. Users can also pair the device with the HRM heart rate strap, capable of providing advanced running dynamics and measuring other data, such as vertical ration, ground contact time balance, stride length and more.

Users can connect the device to their smartphone for easy manipulation of music and to receive notifications on calls, emails and social network.

The latest model from Garmin is made from soft silicon material and lasts up to 14 hours in training mode. Used as a regular watch, the device can last up to 11 days of use. Color options include black/gray or midnight blue/frost blue.

The Forerunner 735XT is available for the retail price of $450.

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