Garmin Forerunner 920XT launched

Latest triathlon watch includes ANT+, GPS, VO2 max estimates and more

Garmin's new Forerunner 920XT is a new triathlon watch with a deep menu of features, from GPS, ANT+, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity to altimeter data to VO2 Max estimates. The latest Forerunner also comes in a slimmer body than previous iterations, with a color screen.

In addition to providing a wealth of sport-specific data on a customizable screens, the Forerunner 920XT also can bring in notifications from your smartphone and push out information Garmin calls live tracking through the phone's data connection so your friends and family can follow your activities online in real time.

If this isn't enough measurement and reporting for you, the watch can be set to count your steps and calories through the day.

Beyond sports

Although it's no Apple Watch, the Forerunner 920XT does link to smart phones via Bluetooth if you want notifications on your wrist for incoming texts, emails, calls and calendar reminders. The daily activity tracking mode calculates steps, distance and calories burned, and can remind you to move after an hour of inactivity. 

For users who have a Garmin Virb video camera, the Forerunner 920XT can be used as a remote, to start and stop recording, plus take still images.

Data upload can be done wirelessly to Garmin Connect through WiFi or via the Garmin Connect app on a Bluetooth-enabled smart phone.

The forerunner 920xt comes in red/white and blue/black:
The forerunner 920xt comes in red/white and blue/black:

For cycling

Forerunner 920XT cycling features include many of the standard elements you'd expect from a modern cycling computer, including power (average, current, left/right, zone, etc.), heart rate (average, current, zone, etc.), speed and cadence. As with the newer Edge bike computers, it also has the dual GLONASS/GPS receptor, which means it can pick up a satellite signal quickly. 

For running

When used with Garmin's HRM-Run heart rate monitor, the watch can deliver a range of metrics, including cadence, vertical oscillation and ground contact time. In addition to the standard pace and heart rate features, the Forerunner 920XT has a metronome with vibration and audible alerts to guide cadence training, and a race time predictor, which is based on a VO2 Max calculation the watch does based on heart rate and your best times. For this latter feature, the more often you run — and the harder you run — the more accurate this becomes. After each session, the watch also suggests how long you should rest before another workout. In our experience with the Garmin Forerunner 220, this recovery feature provides a decent ballpark estimate. (For ultra runners, you can switch the watch to "UltraTrac" mode, which extends battery life to a claimed 40 in GPS mode.)

Garmin forerunner 920xt

For swimming

Besides recording swim distance and time, the watch can also detect stroke type and stroke count, Garmin claims. Vibration alerts can be set for distance or time.  

The Forerunner 920XT comes in black/blue or red/white for US$449, or US$499 with the HRM-Run heart rate strap.

The new forerunner is slimmer and lighter than previous iterations:
The new forerunner is slimmer and lighter than previous iterations:

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team Issue, Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Priority Eight city bike... and a constant rotation of test bikes
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

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