I’ve been busy! I m still running, cycling, swimming, rowing and hiking. And I ‘ve did all this while wearing a Garmin Vivoactive HR watch. This is t just for athletes like some other watches might be. The vivoactive HR is a fitness tracker that has some smartwatch functions, which make it an appealing option for people like myself with hectic schedules.
The Vivoactive HR appears to be able to do everything. There is all-day activity tracking (for things such as steps, floors climbed, calories burned, and sleep), smartphone notifications from your own iPhone or Android device, an integral optical heart-rate sensor, and GPS for tracking the number of activities. On top of the kinds I already mentioned, this watch can track field hockey, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, rowing, walking, weight lifting, and even paddleboarding.
One impressive feature of this watch is that it only needed charging every other night. I typically got a week’s worth of use, but that was with five days of GPS tracking workouts for 40-50 minutes each day.
As you’ve likely gathered, I’m a fan of the Vivoactive HR-it’s an attractive watch with enough capability to keep most active consumers satisfied at its $250 asking price ( 210 in AU$400). That said, there are a few things you’ll need to know before heading out and buying one.
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The look won’t appeal to everyone
The Garmin Vivoactive HR is just as big and bulky as the original. It’s not something you want to wear to work, let alone a wedding.
The Vivoactive HR comes with an always-on display that’s simple to read outdoors, but it can look a little dull inside.
Wrist-based heart rate gets better, but it isn’t perfect
The heart rate sensor on the back of Vivoactive HR is spot-on when it comes to tracking resting heart rate, so you can monitor it all day long. Wearers also benefit from not needing to wear a chest strap.
You’ll see some fluctuation in your heart rates, but because these sensors rely on the electrical impulses of your skin for a reading they are inherently inaccurate. I also found that it fluctuated when performing a high-intensity interval workout, though it didn’t perform as badly as some other devices
Garmin’s mobile iPhone app needs work
The main issue with Garmin products that I noticed in my review is the software. For example, I experienced occasional syncing and connectivity problems when using an Android phone (I found the iPhone to be more stable). The connection may not have been as strong on the Vivoactive HR, but it was still an area where Garmin could improve.
The Garmin Connect app on Android and iOS delivers a wealth of information from the watch, but it can be difficult to use. Even for someone like me used to using the software, I find it difficult sometimes to locate specific metrics. To put it succinctly- Garmin needs a better app.
Who can purchase this?
The Vivoactive HR is a perfect option for active consumers who want an all-day, all-activity tracking with a waterproof design.
While the watch does function as a multisport tracker, it lacks some of the more advanced features that have made Garmin one of the most popular brands for runners.
One of the most popular features of Garmin is its Forerunner 230/235 that has a built-in bike computer and fitness analysis. Triathletes may be interested in the Forerunner 735XT, an older Forerunner 920XT, or Fenix 3. All of these have a car multisport function where you can switch sports at the push of just one button.
This form of trait has its advantages for triathletes since they are often scheduled to compete in You are not able to find a Garmin Vivoactive HR.
The Vivoactive HR is a good buy for an everyday walker, runner, golfer, swimmer, biker, or another person.