Garmin Forerunner 920XT Review

From the company that launched the world’s first GPS multisport devices comes a watch that’s qualified to guide the training of elite and amateur athletes alike. Introducing Forerunner 920XT — with advanced features including running dynamics, VO2 max estimate, live tracking and smart notifications.

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Product Description:

The Garmin Forerunner 920XT is a multisport GPS watch that has running dynamics and connected features. The running dynamics include cadence, vertical oscillation and ground contact time. It also offers VO2 max estimate, race predictor, and recovery advisor. Some other features include swim distance, pace, stroke type id, stroke count, drill logging, and rest timers. The watch can also be set to receive smart notifications, including email, text, and other alerts. Some connected features include auto uploads to Garmin Connect, live tracking, and social sharing features.

Feature Table:

Display LCD
Fitness Tracking
Heart Rate Monitoring
Sleep Monitor
Comfort Score 80
Battery Life 4 Months
iOS Compatibility
Android Compatibility
Windows Compatibility X
Color Options 2
Water Proofing 5 ATM
Warranty 1 Year
Review Score 8.3

Common Questions:

What comes in the box with the Garmin Forerunner 920XT?

Depending on which model you purchase, they all come with the Garmin Forerunner 920XT watch, a charging cable/cradle, and manuals. Some include the heart rate monitor (called HRM Run).

What colors does the Garmin Forerunner 920XT come in?

Black with blue or white with red (see image at the top of this page).

How does the Garmin Forerunner 920XT heart rate monitor work?

You wear a strap that is only included in some models of the watch.

How long does the battery in the Garmin Forerunner 920XT last?

The battery lasts up to 4 months in watch mode.

What devices is the Garmin Forerunner 920XT compatible with?

It works with iOS and Android devices, but not Windows currently.

Does the Garmin Forerunner 920XT come with warranty?

Yes, a one year limited warranty.

What Others Are Saying:

Gareth Beavis, TechRadar:  “A very powerful watch designed for those who are serious about their swimming, cycling and pavement pounding. The high price reflects that, but is justifiable in this case.”

Ben Delaney, Bike Radar:  “The best multisport GPS device we have tried – if cycling is just one part of your exercise routine, you need to be checking this out.”


Do you need an amazing performance smart watch for swimming? If so, then the Garmin Forerunner 920XT might be a good option for you. It is accurate, fairly waterproof (5 ATM), and has a lot of swimming tracking features like swim distance, pace, stroke type id, stroke count, drill logging, and rest timers. It also has a good battery that lasts up to up to 40 hours in UltraTrac mode; up to 24 hours in training mode; and up to 4 months in watch mode.

For other, non-swimming uses, the device is still accurate and has a lot of good features like sleep and heart rate monitors. However, there are a lot of cons to this device. It is big, bulky, and not that comfortable to wear. It is priced extremely high (currently almost $450 whereas the Apple Watch is almost $350 and has more features). The heart rate monitor is a band you wear rather than wrist based. It also doesn’t come with every version of the watch (so you need to buy a package that includes the HRM Run (heart rate monitor). The devices connection with your phone also isn’t that great and can be spotty or slow.

If you don’t want this for swimming, I think you should get the Apple Watch instead as it is cheaper and has more smartwatch features.

Garmin Forerunner 920XT

Garmin Forerunner 920XT



    Has all the top features like fitness tracking, sleep and heart rate monitoring


      Accurate and has a good battery life



        • One of the best performance swimming fitness watches available.


        • Heart rate monitor is addon band (versus wrist based) that only comes in some packages
        • Chunky, not that comfortable to wear, and really expensive