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Garmin vivoactive 3

GPS smartwatch with wrist-based heart rate monitor (Black and Stainless)

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Our take on the Garmin vivoactive 3

Whether it's a morning run or ride, busting out some weight sets at the gym, or buying a latte afterwards, Garmin's vivoactive 3 is the kind of fitness tool I'd like to have on my wrist. It combines the best features of sports watches and activity trackers in a slim, elegant design that looks great. And if you're into customization, use Garmin's Face-it™ app to change the display background to any picture stored on your smartphone. Topping it off, vivoactive 3 is the first watch with the Garmin Pay™ mobile payment solution. You can use it for cashless payments just about anywhere you can tap your card to pay. Whether it's a sports drink or an adult beverage, just tap and go for refreshment and more.

On the road, in the gym, on the go

Whether it's a morning run or ride, busting out some weight sets at the gym, or buying a latte afterwards, Garmin's vivoactive 3 is the kind of fitness tool I'd like to have on my wrist. It combines the best features of sports watches and activity trackers in a slim, elegant design that looks great. And if you're into customization, use Garmin's Face-it™ app to change the display background to any picture stored on your smartphone. Topping it off, vivoactive 3 is the first watch with the Garmin Pay™ mobile payment solution. You can use it for cashless payments just about anywhere you can tap your card to pay. Whether it's a sports drink or an adult beverage, just tap and go for refreshment and more.

Garmin Vivoactive 3

Stay in the loop with vivoactive 3 and Smart notifications (black and stainless model pictured).

So easy to use

The bright display on vivoactive 3 does more than just look good. Its touchscreen surface gives you easy access to all of the watch's menus and functions with Garmin's Side Swipe™ feature. You can even customize the display for right- and left-handed users.

Connected to your tech

Once this Garmin is paired to your smartphone, you'll receive alerts for incoming emails, calls, texts, social media, and appointments. And you can use a variety of apps from the Connect IQ store to sync up with home automation, ride hailing apps, weather, and more. After your workout, the watch automatically syncs with the Garmin Connect™ mobile app, so you can immediately review info about your workout or activity level on your smartphone. And Garmin Connect will sync with many other popular fitness apps, so you can easily share your workouts with your friends.

Choose your sport

vivoactive 3 is a lot more than a running watch. It includes presets for running, swimming, strength, yoga, rowing, and more, and you can work with Garmin Connect to create custom workouts with your own reps, sets, and rest intervals.

Golfers rejoice!

If you want to hit the links, you can access over 38,000 golf courses from Garmin's golf course database. Download your favorite and you'll always know layup and dogleg distances, plus yardage to the front, middle, and back of the green.

Supporting your wellness

Garmin's Elevate™ wrist heart rate technology can track your heart rate during your exercise or throughout the day — no chest strap required. Heart rate data provides an accurate look at the calories you've burned, and also provides real-time feedback on the intensity of your training efforts — giving you the edge to make your workouts really count. Based on your data, you can determine your VO2 max — an excellent indicator of your aerobic fitness.

Staying active throughout the day

The vivoactive 3 activity tracking app records your steps and assigns you a daily step count goal to provide you with an incentive, adjusting the count as you hit your goals. And to remind you to get up from your desk, the red move bar appears on the display after 1 hour of inactivity. Since a good night's sleep will recharge you for the next day, you can use vivoactive 3 to record your sleep patterns.

Product Highlights:

    General Features:
    • GPS smartwatch with color display
    • fits wrist sizes of 5" to 8" (148-215 mm)
    • 1.2" (30 mm) diameter display
    • wrist-based heart rate monitor
    • compatible with Garmin Pay™
    • Side Swipe™ controls
    • customizable display fields, compatible with connect iQ app for custom watch faces, widgets, and data fields
    • smart notifications when paired with your smartphone
    Fitness Features:
    • more than 15 preloaded sports app
    • VO2 max, stress, and fitness age calculations
    • activity tracker with step counter and auto goal setter
    • move bar
    • sleep monitoring
    • compatible with Garmin Connect
    • works with optional bike speed/cadence sensor
    • ANT+ and Bluetooth capable with compatible devices
    • music and Garmin VIRB control
    • 5 ATM water rating
    Other Specs:
    • built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery lasts up to 7 days (13 hours in GPS mode)
    • 1-3/4"W x 1-3/4"H x 1/2"D
    • weight: 43 grams
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    What's in the Box:

    • GPS smart watch (black w/stainless hardware) with black adjustable band
    • 21" USB data/charging cable (Type A USB on one end and proprietary connector on other end)
    • Quick Start Manual
    • Important Safety and Product Information booklet

    Awesome watch I literally just love it.

    James, Madison, WI


    Garmin vivoactive 3 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (13 Reviews)

    Great Fitness Watch

    Robert from Dubuque, IA on 1/12/2019

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very happy with the Vivoactive 3. I purchased this to replace my Vivoactive HR that was damaged after dropping it on the floor. Have only used the walking app so far. The GPS function works well, but really drains the battery. I recommend you take the charging cord with you on extended outings. The watchfaces that are pre installed on the watch are pretty lame. I highly recommend going online to the excellent Garmin website to download additional watchfaces, as well as to help configuring the watch settings. As is usual with products today, the watch comes with no detailed instructions. Make sure you download the owners guide from Garmin. I suggest you explore the various apps that are available and don't settle for the default configuration. Garmin added a flashlight function as well as an easy way to set the watch time by syncing to GPS without having to engage the walk, run or other GPS function. This is a very nice GPS watch, the only disappointment is the short battery life when GPS is used. I have not used this watch with a smartphone connection, so no comment on that function.

    Pros: Easy to use, very versatile, very accurate GPS and step counter

    Cons: Poor battery life

    Looks great

    James from Madison, WI on 12/10/2018

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    Awesome watch I literally just love it.

    Pros: Looks and function

    Cons: No mic

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    Elieser from Anasco, PR on 11/11/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Its functions are good although it does not have "Cadence" for runners like the "Forerunner" models in addition to the "touch" screen system when sweating hands while running does not work well.



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    Jonathan Foote from Nashville, TN on 10/27/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is my third Garmin Wearable I have owned. Having previously owned the original Vivosmart and then the Vivosmart HR. I have been very pleased with the device so far. Initial set-up was quick and easy and then as I got familiar with the device I was able to customize it to my liking. While my previous Vivosmart products had notification capabilities the screen was small, difficult to read, and harder to read when lighting was low. The upgrade to the Vivoactive 3 is well worth it. The display is normal watch size, bright and easy to read (even with the brightness setting only at 50%). You have the ability to dismiss notifications, send a small number of pre-set quick responses, and even have your phone call back the person who just called or texted you. The activity list from the device is fairly extensive and the GPS function works well. Once again, both upgrades from my previous devices and worth the extra price difference. Previously, for example I had to select cardio on my device and after the activity change it to Elliptical, etc within the app.

    Pros: Customizable GPS Heart Rate Extensive Activity List Bright, Easy to Read Display Smart Watch Functionality

    Cons: Digital watch face has limited data fields compared to some of the analog watch face options included on the device. I was able to easily find a free downloadable watch face that I liked from the Connect IQ store within the app.

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    Brian from Haddon Hgts, NJ on 6/26/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good price and arrived fast. Works great with good multi sport functionality



    Very cool looking sports watch

    Steve from Sudbury, MA on 3/20/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just got the vivoactive 3 black & slate color version - After years of wearing an activity tracker it's so nice to have that big classic watch face with all the perks of a smart watch device. So far everything works well starting with its very easy set-up. I have given it a 4-Star rating so far because i haven't tested the GPS or other activity apps other than running (which worked perfectly). I did noticed the battery life didn't last a full week but that could be because i used a brighter back light setting. So far very happy

    Pros: sleek looking watch lots of features, and activities pre-installed Loads of widgets and apps to choose from very comfortable to wear but maybe not 24/7 Easy to change watch bands

    Cons: More pre-loaded watch faces would be nice Battery might not last as long as advertised

    Great watch!

    Curtis from Trabuco Cyn, CA on 2/18/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this Garmin for my wife. She's loving it for all of it's functionality. She wears it all day for complete motivation. I own the Garmin Fenix 5. The comparison is about the same and the vivoactive 3 edgeing it out with the touch screen.

    Pros: All the functionality!

    Cons: Non

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    Crutchfield customer from Oconomowoc, WI on 1/15/2018

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    really like the vivoactive, it does everything I want and you can even customize it



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    Crutchfield customer from Austin, TX on 1/3/2018

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    It's a great watch once you get through the setup process. For some reason, it took multiple attempts to get the latest software downloaded right out of the box.



    Nice activity tracking watch

    Dan from Saratoga Spgs, NY on 1/2/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I like the watch. I did two runs with it so far. The GPS locks quickly, and tracks reliably even on a trail with lots of trees around. I use the digital face - I think it looks pretty good. The screen looks great outside and looks OK indoors with the light on, even though I am not big fun of the purple background. My biggest complain is that the watch did not notified me when my phone called on a few occasions. I had to reset the phone to make it work in this regard. I hope this will be solved with a software update.



    Great so far minus one major screen issue

    JJ from Lufkin, TX on 1/1/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased for the wife to replace an original vivoactive that was getting old. Usage is intuitive and the look and feel is fantastic . Early runs were outstanding and she could not stop raving about it. Then she ran a marathon. Granted, it was cold (around 26 degrees), but there were several problems. The data field screens began switching constantly halfway through the race and she couldn't get it to stop. When she crossed the finish line she was able to stop the activity because it works off of a physical button, but the touchscreen wouldn't work at all and she couldn't save it. I could stop and start the activity again, but the touchscreen wouldn't function at all to save it. I hoped it would work after warming up, but it simply stayed on and frozen until the batter died. After it died I plugged it in and it magically returned to the run activity upon booting up and the touchscreen now worked. Thankfully we were able to save the activity as if nothing had happened! Further testing is needed before we decide if we have a dud and I'll be contacting Garmin to investigate. Other than this one run it has been exceptional.

    Pros: Functionality Look/Feel Features

    Cons: Touchscreen reliability

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    Crutchfield customer from La Center, KY on 12/29/2017

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    This watch does everything as promised! Love the fact that it is waterproof



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    Crutchfield customer from Spanaway, WA on 12/9/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So far a great watch. This is my 6 th Garmin watch and they just keep getting better over time. With regular use and 30 minute runs 3x a week the battery life is about 5-6 days before you are at 20%. Barely notice the watch on my wrist, I just wish the band was a bit wider for looks, still trying to find a good aftermarket band for that but the stock band is comfortable. Overall a well built and solid watch.




    Hands-on research

    Product Research


    Overview: The Garmin vívoactive 3 is a GPS smartwatch with built-in sports apps that help you track your activities. With the built-in Elevate wrist-based heart rate technology, your heart rate is measured 24/7. When paired with your smartphone, vívoactive 3 can alert you when you receive a call, text, email, or a calendar event. You can use the device with wireless ANT+ sensors, such as the optional foot pod, temperature sensor, or bike speed/cadence sensor. The device has a waterproof rating of 5 ATM, allowing you to swim, perform outdoors in the rain, sweat, or even shower with it on. vívoactive 3 has a thin profile (less than 1/2") and a high-resolution color touchscreen display that you can read in the sunlight. The watch is powered by a rechargeable battery, and comes with a charging/data cable. It has an extra large band, which fits wrist circumferences of 5" to 8".

    Design: The vívoactive 3 features an attractive, durable stainless steel bezel and a fiber-reinforced polymer and stainless steel case. The unit is equipped with a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 lens, which is shatter- and scratch-resistant.

    Garmin Connect: The vívoactive 3 has built-in Bluetooth Smart technology so you can automatically pair it to your smartphone or mobile device. You can also use the supplied charging/data cable to connect the device to your home computer. With the Garmin Connect app on your smartphone or computer, you can keep track of your activities, your daily goals, the calories you've burned, and help motivate you to keep active. You can also share your activities and goals with your friends on social media. Garmin Connect for your home computer is compatible with Windows 7 SP1 and newer and Mac OS 10.10 or higher. Garmin Connect Mobile works with Bluetooth 4.0-enabled devices running Android (version varies with device) and iOS 9.0 and above.

    Sports Apps: The vívoactive 3 contains several sports apps that you can use to track your activities, including both indoor and outdoor activities. Some apps require you to pair the vívoactive 3 to a compatible smartphone. Optional ANT+ sensors can provide additional data to the tracked activity. In addition, the Find My Phone app can help you locate a lost phone that is connected to the watch via Bluetooth. Sports Apps that are available for the vívoactive 3 include running, biking, skiing, swimming, golfing, strength training, and treadmill workouts.

    History: The vívoactive 3 gives you access to up to 14 days of activity tracking and heart rate monitoring, and up to seven timed activities. Your saved activity data is automatically uploaded to the Garmin Connect Mobile app. When the built-in storage becomes full, the oldest files are deleted to make room for new data.

    Widgets: The device comes preloaded with Widgets that provide information at a glance, track specific activities, or allow you to perform specific activities on your smartphone. Some of the widgets require a Bluetooth connection with the smartphone. By swiping the display, you can cycle through the following widgets:

    • Calendar: Displays upcoming meetings from your smartphone's calendar
    • Music Controls: Control the music player on your smartphone: play/pause, next track, and previous track.
    • Weather: Current temperature and weather forecast are displayed.
    • My Day: Displays a summary of your activity today, including your last recorded sport, intensity minutes, floors climbed, steps, calories burned, and more.
    • Activity Tracking: The device tracks your daily step count, step goal, distance traveled, calories burned, and sleep statistics.
    • Steps: The unit logs your steps and keeps track of your daily count, step goal, and distance traveled.
    • Intensity Minutes: Keeps track of the number of minutes spent participating in moderate to vigorous activities, and compares them to your weekly goal.
    • Heart Rate: Displays your current heart rate in beats per minute (BPM) and graph form.
    • Last Sport: Gives a brief summary of your last recorded sport.
    • Calories: Shows your daily count of calories burned.
    • Golf: Displays information on your last recorded round of golf.
    • Floors Climbed: Keeps track of the number of floors climbed and progress toward your goal.
    • Stress: Displays your stress level, and provides a breathing activity to help you relax.
    • VIRB Remote: The vívoactive 3 can wirelessly control a paired Garmin VIRB Action Camera remotely.
    • Notifications: The vívoactive 3 will gently vibrate to alert you if you receive a phone call, text, social network update, and more, based on your smartphone notification settings.

    Garmin Pay: The Garmin Pay feature allows you to use your watch to pay for purchases at participating stores using a stored credit or debit card from a participating financial institution. After you have set up a credit/debit card on your watch, you can pay for purchases by pressing the key, entering your four-digit passcode, and aim the watch at the payment reader within 60 seconds. The watch will vibrate and display a check mark if payment is accepted. Multiple cards can be stored in the device, and you can swipe the face to choose a desired card.

    Connect IQ: The Connect IQ Store, found on the Garmin Connect Mobile app, allows you to add extra features to your vívoactive 3. You can download custom watch faces, new data fields for sensor activity, more Widgets, and additional apps.

    Navigation: The vívoactive 3 is equipped with GPS, allowing you to use the device to save locations, navigate to locations, and find your way back to the start of your activity. This is helpful if you are running or biking in an unfamiliar city, of hiking a trail for the first time. In addition to GPS navigation, the device has a 3-axis compass with automatic calibration.

    Rechargeable Battery: The vívoactive 3 is powered by a built-in Lithium-polymer rechargeable battery. The battery lasts approximately 13 hours in GPS mode, and up to 7 days with heart rate, but no GPS. The battery is charged when the watch is attached to the charging/data cable, and the cable is plugged into a USB port on your computer or a USB power port.

    USB Cable: The included USB cable is used for charging the battery, as well as data uploads to Garmin Connect. The USB port is located on the back of the watch.

    Interchangeable Wrist Bands: You can customize the look of your vívoactive 3 with interchangeable wrist bands (sold separately). Standard 20mm Quick Release bands are compatible. Tools needed to swap the wrist bands are included with the accessory bands.

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    Why did you buy this?

    Wanted a smart watch that was not the typical square clunky looking arm weight. Prefer the more classical look. Will use it to monitor activity and hr. The bluetooth is a nice feature. [ Don  Dec 12, 2018 ]
    Because of features and reviews [ Paul  Nov 23, 2018 ]
    GPS feature [ Rita  Aug 01, 2018 ]
    Great price [ RAYMI ORTIZ  May 21, 2018 ]
    for sports [ Pedro C. Pagan  Mar 25, 2018 ]
    Gift. [ WESLEY  Jan 09, 2018 ]
    I have a heart condition and need to exercise to keep it healthy. Out of all the watches that I looked at, the Garmin vivoactive 3 seems to have all of the functions needed to allow me to monitor my routines and heart rate safely and affectively while I workout. Plus, it's very cost efficient considering all of it's functions. [ Bernice  Dec 29, 2017 ]
    I had a Crutchfield eGift card burning a hole in my pocket! [ Michael  Dec 27, 2017 ]
    for sports [ Pedro C. Pagan  Mar 25, 2018 ]
    Good price point btwn features and cost. Friend has one and I needed another fitness watch after fitBit fell apart. [ Darren  Feb 14, 2018 ]
    Most features for an active person. [ Chris  Dec 21, 2017 ]
    Wife wants a smart watch [ Michael  Nov 16, 2018 ]
    A good backup to my Forerunner 935 (which I cracked the screen on today) while it goes in for repair. Like the white with the silver - rose gold pretty, but not worth an addition $30 IMHO. Great for people who want to track, without in depth stuff like cadence, gps for open water swim. Gets the job done, good price. Same charger as the FR935. Sure I will love it. [ Christina  Jan 01, 2019 ]
    I have the Garmin Vivoactive currently and love it. Mine still works great after a year, but I was excited to get the latest version with more features. [ Tracie  Nov 01, 2017 ]