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Garmin VivoActive HR Watch

Garmin
VivoActive HR Watch

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Never lose track.

The Garmin VivoActive HR Watch includes an Elevate™ integrated heart-rate monitor and GPS tracking, making this a compact, do-it-all, multi-sport device. The optical heart rate sensor measures HR right at the wrist, so there's no need to wear a separate chest strap, while GPS and GLONASS reception obviates the need to carry a smartphone to track location. However, the VivoActive still allows smart device pairing in order to display text / call / social medial notifications, as well as allowing music control and fitness updates through Garmin Connect.

Activity profiles cover specific metrics for running, biking, swimming, skiing, golf, rowing, and more thanks to customizable apps, widgets, and watch faces from the Connect IQ™ store. The Chroma high-resolution color touch screen is bright, vivid, and readable even in direct sunlight, and a 5 ATM waterproofness rating means it's ready to go in even the most inclement weather conditions. An 8 day battery life when in watch / HR mode makes full use of 24/7 activity tracking, including step count, calories burned, and sleep monitoring.

1.19" x 2.24" x 0.45". Includes watch, charging / data cable, and user manual. Claimed weight is 47.6 g.

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Updated Review 1 year in
by John
Cycling Enthusiast
Minnesota

Watch died in 20 of water after 1 year and 1 month. I had doubts about its durability for most of that year, but it's still a disappointment that the device didn't last longer.

Reviewed 7/16/2018
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Great bang for the buck
by pdxwop
Cycling Enthusiast
Oregon
1 of 4 customers found this review helpful.

Running, biking, general health

Reviewed 6/29/2017
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Excellent GPS, not very useful HR readings
by Xenos
Casual Cyclist
Northwest
5 of 6 customers found this review helpful.

GPS acquired quickly and works accurately and flawlessly. Heart rate acquired slowly (and continues 'reading' a HR for 30s after taking off), lags effort, and sometimes is completely random (this morning, during a short climb, showed 60 bpm, while during an easy flat stretch indicated 118 bpm, which latter is about 75 % of my max HR) . Compared this unit (simultaneously during a ride) with another Garmin unit using a chest strap, and the wrist HR had a large error, exceeding 20 bpm or so, 10 % of the time. Unfortunately, the inaccuracies were greatest during a hard effort, when I'd most want accurate data.

Reviewed 6/1/2017
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Awesome devicewatch!
by CaptML
Cycling Enthusiast
Monterey Bay Coast
4 of 5 customers found this review helpful.

I've had my VivoActive HR for about 4 months now and I could not be more pleased! I've been riding with Garmin GPS devices for years and currently use a Garmin 510 on my bike. They are very, very close to each other on everything, I use both because occasionally my G-510 goes crazy and loses its location in the middle of a ride. I've been able to compare my Vivo with friends using other similar products and nothing compares.

Reviewed 4/8/2017
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This HR watch works exactly as advertised and with it's two buttons and touchscreen it is simple to use.
by Danno12
Cycling Enthusiast
Nashville, TN
3 of 4 customers found this review helpful.

I use this HR watch for running and biking. I like it's ease of use and the fact that the charge lasts several days. I would like to see a trail running function on the watch.

Reviewed 1/20/2017
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Always have gps handy
by Frank
Sf bay
4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.

If you want to Strava all the outdoor activity, get this. Small size, good battery life, all day Heart rate for monitor RHR.

A random tip, once the touch screen freezed. Might be due to static in the winter, I'm giving up and almost return it. But it unfreezed in the shower, works fine afterwards.

Reviewed 1/17/2017
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not particulary user friendly but worth it in the end!
by leewood356
Cycling Enthusiast
The Florida Keys
3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

I hav'nt taken it off since I got it a month and a half ago. I continually monitor my sleep and heart rate, I especially like the water proof feature but don't like the difficulty in setting up. It has motivated me to move and keep moving, take up serious cycling once again and to monitor my weight. All the set up and using faults are more than compensated for by the sophisticated and technical abilities it provides.

Reviewed 1/17/2017
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fun and easy
by Pam
Tennessee
3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

This is a fun watch that you can get your important data from very easily. It is also easy to set up and use. The battery lasts about a week before needing recharging.

Reviewed 1/17/2017
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Awesome!
by Anonymous
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

I have use this watch now for about a month. I am extremely happy with it it is accurate on the treadmill, GPS is accurate and all the cycling segments, and I love the fact it tells me to get up move to move! I am looking forward to trying it out swimming, rowing, and, indoor cycling thank you Garman for providing this watch to us active people!

Reviewed 1/16/2017
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Awesome for many fitness activities!
by Anonymous
Casual Cyclist
San Antonio
3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

Love it! Can customize and track many different fitness events! Easy to use and always reminds me when to move. Primary use is cycling. Nice to know elevation changes.

Reviewed 1/9/2017
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Good device with many apps, maybe too many.
by Anonymous
Casual Cyclist
Springfield, GA

I use my watch to count steps,walk, play golf, and set goals. It is easy to use and can be use for many different activities. It is great for setting goals and motivating one to meet the goals set. In other words it is very versatile. The screen is cracked on mine. It would be nice to be able to repair the screen or replace it at a reduced price(It would cost $120 to replace.) It would also be nice to have more than one golf course on the watch at a time. An improvement would be to have the golf stats that are available with the approach series.

Reviewed 9/26/2017
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Nice gadget - heart rate not fully working for cycling
by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
San Ramon, CA
7 of 7 customers found this review helpful.

I've owned this Garmin for close to two weeks now and I do like it for the many activities it can track and the really good software it comes with. It also works well on stationary bike and treadmill. Linking to Strava is a breeze and all activities are tracked very well.

The heart rate monitor works well for all running but not so much for cycling. On all even and uphill routes it is giving you good data, but as soon as you descend it produces garbage due to your muscle flex - values are far too high and your suffer scores are completely wrong.

If you want full heart rate data, you'll need to link a strap to the watch.

Reviewed 6/9/2016
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Loving it!
by Bob
Casual Cyclist
Seattle, WA
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

I am training for my first triathlon and new to the active watch world. This watch keeps my swimming, cycling, and running all in one place. It has also been paired with my speed and cadence sensors when cycling. Dennis provided excellent customer service as the item was shipped same day and received the next day..nothing beats free 1 day shipping. Thank you guys!

Reviewed 5/15/2016
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Great!!! Unless you have a Windows phone
by AV Biker
Cycling Enthusiast
High Desert CA

I use it to track sleep, steps and cycling - but in a relative sense. I am not looking for exact heart rate, sleep hours or steps - because on each of these you have to take the numbers given with a grain of salt. You move your arm too much and it seems to show up as steps, you wake up but don't get moving - seems to count as sleep, cycling... speed, time, distance and elevation seem fine - but if you take a walk from your bike into a market or out on a trail without pausing or stopping the Garmin- seems like it shows up as cycling very slowly. And as noted, I have a Windows phone and as the forums report - windows doesn't seem to agree all the time with Garmin Connect. Sometimes it just won't connect to update - other times the app just loses any memory of my device and I have to re-pair. A relative has this with an android phone and does not have any of my issues - so for non-windows phone folk... it's great.

Reviewed 8/23/2017
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Great watch and innards, but the case is soft.
by eltracko
Competitive Racer
Twin Cities, MN
0 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

I like that it's a great way to apply some metrics to my day-to-day activity, and I like some of the actual watch features as well. So far I'm only disappointed with the material that encases the electronics. It has dented, scratched and chipped. So it's not impervious to minor scuffs resulting from construction-site activities, which may or may not be a part of your normal routine. Luckily the glass has remained in perfect condition.

Reviewed 8/17/2017
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Good sport watch - great value
by Tim
Cycling Enthusiast
Houston, TX
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

This watch is well thought out. The only negative for me is the display is somewhat dim. I know it is meant to be used outside but I wear it most of the time. When the backlight comes one, it has a washed out appearance.

The functions of the watch are good. They provide good insight into your activities when combined with Garmin Connect. However, not all of the features work well - not sure if it is the watch or the connected phone. LiveTrack works occasionally. When it does work, it only works for about 10 minutes even though the Bluetooth is showing it is connected to the phone.

Garmin support told me that is a known issue with their latest firmware and Windows Mobile OS changes that were released concurrently and that there were mismatches. Both Garmin and Microsoft are aware and are working on updates.

Reviewed 7/31/2017
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Great product!
by O.B
Louisiana

This is an awesome watch. The apps on this watch are very easy to use. I would highly recommend the vivoactive hr to anyone.

Reviewed 7/31/2017
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great smartwatch with some flaws
by tsutaoka
Competitive Racer
oakland, ca
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

It has all the features I need for running hrm paired to my edge 520. however it sometimes has glitches with hrm sensing and usb syncing

Reviewed 7/7/2017
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the garmin vivoactive hr atch is gret and it dies all that i need.
by Jim Jmaes
Cycling Enthusiast
salida colorado
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

I use it for walking, biking, stationary biking I use it to monitor my heart rate and my sleep patterns. It was a great investment

Reviewed 6/19/2017
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Excellent GPS, not very useful HR readings
by Xenos
Casual Cyclist
Northwest
3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

GPS acquired quickly and works accurately and flawlessly. Heart rate acquired slowly (and continues 'reading' a HR for 30s after taking off), lags effort, and sometimes is completely random (this morning, during a short climb, showed 60 bpm, while during an easy flat stretch indicated 118 bpm, which latter is about 75 % of my max HR) . Compared this unit (simultaneously during a ride) with another Garmin unit using a chest strap, and the wrist HR had a large error, exceeding 20 bpm or so, 10 % of the time. Unfortunately, the inaccuracies were greatest during a hard effort, when I'd most want accurate data.

Reviewed 6/1/2017
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