Garmin 920 XT vs. Garmin 910 XT Review


I get asked about my Garmin 920 XT a lot, especially in with athletes I coach wanting to know what tool they should use for tracking their workouts.  These workouts are eventually uploaded to Training Peaks and eventually analyzed by me, the coach.


I’ve found it helpful to compare and contrast the Garmin Forerunner 920XT with the Garmin Forerunner 910XT, given that I’ve owned both. In general, the Garmin 920XT fixes everything I hated about the Garmin 910 XT.  There are four major changes I’d like to highlight:




(1) The 920XT is lighter than the 910 XT.  This makes it less cumbersome to wear all day as a watch.  Actually, the 910XT was so heavy that during open water swims whichever arm I had the watch on would get significantly more fatigued than the other.  Sometimes I would even switch it to the other arm in the middle of the lake!


(2) In addition, the 920XT is built to function as a watch!  Once the power save mode kicks in a watch function is displayed.


(3) This is a big one – no need to use the stupid ANT+ dongle!  The Garmin 920XT auto uploads to your smartphone using bluetooth.  It can also use your wireless network connection and then transmit to Garmin Express.  The intermediary device of the ANT+ Agent has been eliminated.


(4) The time it takes to locate Sattelites has been drastically reduced.  I don’t know about you but when I am ready to hit my first stride I don’t want to have to wait for 2 minutes for my device.  I am ansy to get the workout started!


There are a couple other minor things I have noticed that seem better with the 920.  One is that the face plate seems less likely to get scratched, and I have also had less errors and less workout files being corrupted with the 920. Durability is always a concern with Garmin products.  So far my 920XT has had zero issues after 10 months of heavy use.


Lastly, the 920XT does act as a smartwatch, so you can get notifications on the watch.  I don’t really want to see emails and texts coming in while I am out on a run or ride, nor have I met many athletes that want this, so I don’t consider this to be a big advantage, but you might!


If you’ve found this review helpful and you’re ready to buy a Garmin 920XT, you can do so using my Amazon Affiliate link.  It’s likely you’ll want the Garmin heart rate monitor strap to go along with your unit, so I’ve listed that option first.


Garmin Forerunner 920XT Black/Blue Watch with HRM-Run

Garmin Forerunner 920XT White/Red Watch With HRM-Run


Here is the Garmin 920 XT without the HR strap.  Basically you’re looking at $40 to buy as a bundle.   It’s a negligible cost savings to buy as a bundle so  you can always add the HR strap later if you’re unsure you want it.


Garmin Forerunner 920XT Black/Blue Watch

Garmin Forerunner 920XT White/Red Watch


Thinking about the Garmin 920 XT Triathlete Bundle?  Really all this does is add another HR strap that can be used while swimming.  This would be a huge advantage if you could get heart rate for the entire swim, but sadly this is not the case (not Garmin’s fault, the technology is just not there yet).  The additional HR strap will only communicate once you pop up out of the water, capturing your heart rate at rest intervals.  I don’t use the triathlete version, but if you really want it, go for it!


Garmin 010-01174-40 Forerunner 920XT Tri-Bundle

Since everyone has gotten so much value out of this post, I decided to create an online tutorial to go along with the review.  I hope this helps you get accustomed to the 920XT.  Enjoy!



Until we ride (or run, or swim) again,




My Final Rating

Fantastic upgrade to the Forerunner 910XT because (1) It's lighter, (2) It's built to function as a watch, (3) There's no need to use the ANT+ dongle, and (4) The time to load satellites has been drastically reduced.
- Matthew Sheeks


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