Overview: The Garmin vívosport is a water-resistant smart activity
tracker with GPS and a built-in heart rate monitor that helps you reach your personalized daily
and long-term fitness goals. The slender, lightweight
device is worn on the wrist, and has a 0.38" x 0.76" Garmin Chroma Display
color touchscreen (72 x 144 pixels). On the display, you can view your steps, calories burned, distances traveled,
heart rate, floors climbed, reps completed, and activity intensity. Vívosport also alerts you when it's time to move,
you receive an email, text, a call on your smartphone, or a social media alert.
It can even monitor your sleep. This large-sized vívosport weighs just under an ounce, and
has an adjustable silicone wrist band that fits a wrist circumference between
5.8" to 8.5".
A small/medium-sized version is also available (in
for those with a wrist circumference of 4.8" to 7.4".
GPS: The vívosport is equipped with a high-sensitivity GPS
receiver that enables you to get accurate distance and pace statistics, as well
as a map of your outdoor activities. When you take your device outside in an
open area, it will locate satellite signals within 30 to 60 seconds.
Elevate: The vívosport is equipped with Elevate wrist-based
heart rate technology. The optical heart rate monitor is located on the bottom of the
activity tracker and continuously measures your heart rate at the wrist. There
is no need to wear a separate heart rate strap. Using the heart rate monitor
during vigorous activity, the device will provide your VO2 Max estimates and
your "fitness age" to show your fitness progression. The vívosport can broadcast
your heart rate to other compatible Garmin
devices, such as an Edge cycling device or VIRB action camera.
Garmin Connect: The vívosport has built-in Bluetooth Smart
technology so you can automatically pair it to your smartphone or mobile device.
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. The vívosport settings are configured on Garmin
Connect, including Time Format (12-hour or 24-hour), Measurement Units (miles or
kilometers), Visible Screens, and Auto Goal. Garmin Connect for your home
computer is compatible with Windows Vista SP2 and newer and Mac OS 10.10 or higher.
Garmin Connect Mobile works with Bluetooth 4.0-enabled devices running Android
4.0 or higher, iOS 9.0 and above, or Windows 10 Mobile and above. Click
here for a list of compatible
or Windows phones.
Widgets: The Garmin vívosport's on-screen widgets provide
feedback on many activities. You can keep track of your activity
level throughout the day and view the results on the screen at any time. Additional sensors, such as a bike speed sensor, can be paired to the device. You can swipe the touchscreen
display left or right to scroll through the widgets. Some of the
activities and display screens include:
- Time/Date: Displays the current time, day, and date
(can be set manually, or automatically when it syncs up to your mobile
- Steps: Provides a count of the steps you take, and you
daily step goal. As you progress, the device will propose a new step goal
- Heart Rate: Shows your current heart rate and 7-day
average resting heart rate in beats per minute (BPM).
- Floors: Similar to the Steps widget, the device keeps
track of the number of floors climbed and your goal for the day.
- Distance: Keeps track of the total distance traveled
for the day, expressed in miles or kilometers.
- Intensity Minutes: The vívosport counts the number of
minutes spent in vigorous activity, plus your goal for the week.
- Calories Burned: Keeps track of the number of total
calories burned for the day, including active and resting calories.
- Stress Level: Displays your current stress level, based
on your heart rate variability while you are inactive. The lower the number,
the lower your stress level.
- Temperature/Weather: Displays the current temperature
and weather forecast. Requires connection to a smartphone.
- Notifications: You receive notification of new texts, emails, social
network updates, and phone calls received from the paired mobile device.
- VIRB: Remote controls for a paired VIRB action camera.
- Music Controls: Music controls for the music player on
a paired mobile
Rep Counter: If you are participating in a strength training
activity, vívosport can record your reps and sets of a single move. Using the
built-in timer, the device counts your reps (at least 6) until you complete one
set. Each rep is counted when the arm wearing the device returns to the starting
position. (It may not work well with leg exercises.) As you begin your second
set, you can begin the counter again, and the device will count your reps. The
Rep Counter works with bodyweight or free weight exercises, and over a wide
range of motion. When completed, you can upload your strength training activity
to your Garmin Connect account.
Stress Tracking: The device can analyze your heart rate
variability while you are inactive to determine your overall stress. Your stress
level is expressed within a range of 0 to 100: 0-25 resting state, 26-50 low
stress, 51-75 medium stress, and 76-100 high stress. When stress levels are
high, you can use the relaxation-based breathing timer (a 1 to 5 minute
breathing exercise) on the stress widget to help lower your stress level.
Syncing your device to your Garmin Connect account lets you see your stress
level throughout the day, stress trends, and which parts of the day are the most
stressful. For best results, you should wear the device while sleeping.
Move IQ: The vívosport's Move IQ feature automatically
detects activity patterns, such as biking, swimming, walking, or running, for at
least 10 minutes. This eliminates the need to start or stop the activity timer
each time you begin a new activity. You can view the event type and duration on
the Garmin Connect timeline, but they do not appear in your activities list,
snapshots, or newsfeed.
History: The device can store up to 14 days of activity data
(daily steps, calories burned, sleep statistics), heart rate monitoring data,
and up to 7 timed activities. Data storage capability depends
upon how often you upload the data to your computer.
Water Resistance: The vívosport has a water resistance rating
of 5 ATM, which means it can withstand pressures equivalent to a depth of 50
meters (164 feet). Not only can you wear the device in the rain and wet weather,
you can even shower or swim with it. The device also has a wide operating
temperature range of -4°F to 122°F.
Battery: The vívosport is powered by a built-in rechargeable
Lithium-polymer battery with a battery life of up to 7 days in watch mode. When
used in the GPS mode, battery life is approximately 8 hours. A 21" charging/data
cable is included with the device.