Get striding for less with these Garmin Forerunner 235 and 630 Black Friday finds

Impressive choices for a lot less

If you’re feeling like the impending deals season is a good time to be stepping up your running watch game, then this lower-cost Garmin Forerunner 235 is a great shout for Black Friday.

And it's now been joined by the excellent  Forerunner 630, which has bagged a price drop of over £130 from the RRP.

Both are part of the impressive Garmin Forerunner 30 series, offering good entry points into the brand’s new range of running features, with the Forerunner 235 just £199.99 over at Amazon, down from £269.99.

For that cash, you’re getting a pretty comprehensive watch, offering far more than just running metrics. 

The Forerunner 630 is a very tempting £235 from Cotswold Outdoor, and comes complete with the HRM that enables monitoring of running dynamics, giving you more information your running style than you'll ever know what to do with.

Let’s dig into what these watches can do: with the 235 you’re getting an integrated heart rate monitor on the rear (no need for a separate chest strap), which can provide your VO2 Max readout and let you know how much fitter you’re getting.

It can also help predict your race times based on your fitness, although experience tells us it’s a good idea to ignore that – unless you’re into being told you should be running 5K two minutes faster when you’re still on the ground feeling sick from trying so hard.

Garmin also offers dedicated, downloadable workouts to keep you on track – and for some people the best news of all is that the Forerunner 235 comes in the same ‘Blue Frost’ colouring as the more powerful 735XT triathlon watch; experience tells us that people love this shade.

The Forerunner 630 can do all the above and offers a longer battery life, sleeker chassis and, using the included heart rate strap, can tell you how high you're bouncing, which foot you're more dominant on and the exact point you'll get too tired in race (which is an amazing thing to know).

Good for your phone 

You're more than just a runner though, and the Forerunner 30 series is able to track your steps and monitor your sleep automatically. You’re able to see that information on the decent Garmin Connect app, which is rich in data to help you see what you’ve actually done.

And if you’ve got a smartphone with Bluetooth (come on, you know you do) you can use the Garmin Forerunner 235 and Forerunner 630 as smartwatches too, getting notifications on the go and even on a run, to let you know whether it’s worth stopping to take that call (although you can turn them off too).

In terms of where it fits into the new Garmin range, the Forerunner 630 is the more impressive with running metrics and better battery life, and the Forerunner 735XT is a triathlon watch with sleeker lines – but the 235 for this price a decent option for your loved one (or yourself) this gifting season.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Global Phones, Tablets and Wearables Editor

Gareth (Twitter, Google+) has been in charge of phones, tablets and wearables at TechRadar for the best part of a decade. He can instantly recommend the best phone for you, or can be found running around the nearest park with the latest fitness tech strapped to his wrist, head or any other applicable body part.