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Garmin Forerunner 920XT Review

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We review the latest Garmin triathlon watch called the Forerunner 920XT, which includes many advanced features such as running dynamics, V02 max estimate, live tracking, smart notifications and a metronome feature that enables to perfect your running form. Read on for the Garmin Forerunner 920XT review.

Garmin Forerunner 920XT Review

Overview
The Garmin Forerunner 920XT is a sleek looking watch that features an array of high-end training features such as running dynamics, V02 max estimate, live tracking and smart notifications. The FR 920XT is also about 15% lighter than the previous Forerunner 910XT. A specific new feature that our readers might like is the metronome feature that has vibration and audio alerts. This allows runners to perfect their running form by allowing you to monitor and improve your cadence training.

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Garmin Forerunner 920XT

With a high-resolution color display and normal watch mode, users can happily wear the FR 920XT all day. For people that like to keep track of their daily activity, the Garmin FR 920XT also features an activity tracker that measures your steps, calories burned and how you sleep, which gives you the full picture of your daily activity.

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Garmin Forerunner 920XT in white

For swimmers, the Garmin FR 920XT also captures and provides swim metrics such as distances, pace, stroke count and stroke rates. You can also log swim drills and kick sets using the drill logger. The FR 920XT is also compatible with sensors such as speed, cadence and heart rate monitors to provide additional advanced training capabilities. Like with most new Garmin watches, you can sync, plan and share your training with Garmin Connect, Gamin’s free online community.

The Garmin Forerunner 920XT is priced from approx. $449.99 for the standard watch only model or $499.99 with the heart rate monitor. In terms of colors, the FR 920XT is available in either black/blue or white/red color combinations.

Positives

  1. High resolution color display makes it easy to see your stats at a glance in any environment
  2. Sleek design, which can be worn as an everyday watch
  3. Fast and accurate GPS
  4. New metronome feature with vibration and audio alerts makes it easy to perfect your running form
  5. Advanced training features such as running dynamics, V02 max estimate, live tracking smart notifications
  6. Provides swim metrics such as distances, pace and stroke count
  7. 15% lighter than the previous 910XT model
  8. Smart notifications allow you to see email, text and other alerts when paired with your phone
  9. Activity tracker that tracks your daily steps, sleep and calories burned giving you a picture of your daily activity
  10. Compatible with speed, cadence and heart rate sensors
  11. Ability to sync, plan and share your training plans with Garmin Connect

Negatives

  1. Priced from approx. $449.99, the FR 920XT is not cheap but is the best multisport watch with the most features currently on the market

Specifications
Dimensions: 1.9” x 2.2” x 0.5” (48 x 55 x 12.7 mm)
Display size: 1.1″ x 0.8″ (2.9 x 2.1 cm)
Display resolution: 205 x 148 pixels
Touchscreen: No
Weight: 2.1 oz (61 g)
Battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life: Up to 24 hours in normal GPS mode; up to 40 hours in UltraTrac mode
Water rating: 5 ATM
GPS-enabled: Yes
High-sensitivity receiver: Yes
VIRB® control: Yes

Maps & Memory:
Basemap: No
Ability to add maps: No
Accepts data cards: No
History: 100 hours of activity data
Waypoints/favorites/locations: 100
Routes: 0

Features & Benefits:
Heart rate monitor: Yes (included)
Bike speed/cadence sensor: Yes (Not included)
Foot pod: Yes (Not included)
Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to your computer): Yes
Garmin Connect™ compatible: Yes
Virtual Partner® (train against a digital person): Yes
Virtual Racer™ (compete against other activities): Yes
Courses (compete against previous activities): Yes
Auto Pause® (pauses and resumes timer based on speed): Yes
Auto Lap® (automatically starts a new lap): Yes
Auto Scroll (cycles through data pages during workout): Yes
Multi-sport (changes sport mode with a press of a button): Yes
Advanced workouts (create custom, goal-oriented workouts): Yes
Pace alert (triggers alarm if you vary from preset pace): Yes
Time/distance alert (triggers alarm when you reach goal): Yes
Vibration alert: Yes
Interval training (set up exercise and rest intervals): Yes
Heart rate-based calorie computation: Yes
Training Effect (measures impact of an activity on your aerobic fitness): Yes
Customizable screen(s): Yes
Barometric altimeter: Yes
Unit-to-unit transfer (shares data wirelessly with similar units): No
Power meter compatible (displays power data from compatible 3rd party ANT+™-enabled power meters): Yes (records data approx. 1 per second)
Temperature (displays and records temperature while you ride): No
Sport watch: Yes

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Additional Features:
GLONASS: Yes
V02 max estimate: Yes
Recovery advisor: Yes
Race predictor: Yes
Running dynamics: Yes
Watch functions: Time of day (12/24h), dual time zone, calendar (day/date), daily alarm
Run/walk feature: Yes
Smart Notifications: Yes
Activity Tracking: Yes
Personal Records: Yes
Projected finish time: Yes
Customisable lap screens: Yes
Custom alerts: Yes
Indoor pace and distance: Yes
Stroke counting: Yes
Stroke type identification: Yes
Calories: Yes
Swolf score: Yes
Quick timer workouts: Yes
Configurable training pages: Yes
Auto-detect rest times: Yes
Works for drills: Yes (user input required)
Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyse, categorise and share data): Yes
Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to your computer): Yes
Data storage: Yes (at least 30 workouts)

What’s in the Box?

Watch only
1 x Garmin Forerunner 920XT
1 x Charging/data cradle
1 x User manual

Watch and HRM-Run
1 x Garmin Forerunner 920XT
1 x HRM-Run
1 x Charging/data cradle
1 x User manual

What Other People Say About the Garmin Forerunner 920XT
Loaded with features – the 920XT has everything I was hoping for“I had patiently been waiting for Garmin’s latest release. Last week, with great difficulty, I finally managed to get my hands on a pre-release version of the 920XT. I’ve tested it for various activities (run, swim, bike) and so far I like what it has to offer.” By FreeSpirit

Best Garmin product I have owned – “I have had a lot of Garmin devices and this is the best yet. I bought it to use for a Half Marathon. The syncing is faster than my old Forerunner 610, and its Bluetooth and WiFi abilities make data upload easy. I also like the smart notifications that flash up on the watch from my phone, i.e. reading a text or seeing who is calling in. (I am in a lot of meetings and it is a discreet way to screen).” By Brett Nelson

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Conclusion
The Garmin Forerunner 920XT is packed with the most features currently available on the multisport sports watch and as it stands, is the best multisport watch currently available on the market. This makes it ideal for the multi-athlete that likes to monitor their running, swimming or cycling workouts.

With many advanced training features such as running dynamics, V02 max estimate, live tracking, smart notifications and the metronome, the Garmin FR 920XT is recommended for the serious multi-sport athlete.

Where to Buy?
Priced from approx. $449.99 for the standard watch only model or $499.99 with the heart rate monitor, you can currently buy the Garmin FR 910XT directly from Amazon or Garmin 920xt.