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Garmin vivoactive® HR

GPS smartwatch with wrist-based heart rate monitor (X-large fit)

26 Reviews

Item # 150VAHRXL

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Garmin's vivoactive® HR GPS smartwatch breaks new ground in wearable technology for the person who's on the go. Whether you're trying to develop healthy habits or taking your sport-specific training up a notch, vivoactive HR 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. 

Get active and get credit

Garmin's vivoactive® HR GPS smartwatch breaks new ground in wearable technology for the person who's on the go. Whether you're trying to develop healthy habits or taking your sport-specific training up a notch, vivoactive HR 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. 

Garmin Vivoactive

vivoactive HR measures your activity throughout the day.

Full-time heart rate tracking

vivoactive HR employs Elevate™ wrist heart rate technology to track your heart rate 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.

Truly connected

vivoactive HR 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.

And once it's paired to your smartphone, you'll receive vibration alerts for incoming emails, calls, texts, social media, and appointments. Plus you can customize vivoactive HR with free watch face designs, apps, and widgets from the Garmin Connect IQ™ store.

Run, bike, swim, row...

Lace up your kicks for a training run, and vivoactive HR uses GPS to measure and record your distance and pace. If you're stuck on the treadmill, a built-in accelerometer and wrist-based speed and cadence trackers estimate the data for your run.

The cycling app uses GPS to accurately measure your time, speed, and distance. And you can use it with an optional cadence sensor to get an even more accurate look at your efforts.

When you hit the lap pool, vivoactive HR takes the hassle out of counting laps and automatically records your distance, intervals, and stroke count.

And there's more. 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. vivoactive HR also measures paddle boarding and rowing stats, whether it's on open water or in the gym.

Stay on the move

Staying active throughout the day is one of the keys to good health. vivoactive HR's 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. Get up for a walk to reset it. Since a good night's sleep will recharge you for the next day, you can use vivoactive HR to record your sleep patterns.

Product Highlights:

    General Features:
    • black GPS smartwatch with color display
    • wrist-based heart rate monitor
    • fits wrist sizes of 5-5/8" to 7-5/8" (regular); 6-5/8" to 8-7/8" (x-large)
    • 0.80" x 1.13" (205 x 148 pixels) LCD screen
    • customizable display fields, compatible with connect iQ app for custom watch faces, widgets, and data fields
    • Face-it app lets you change the background to any picture on your smartphone
    • smart notifications when paired with your smartphone
    • run, cycling, swim, and row apps
    • golf app with downloadable info on over 38,000 courses
    • activity tracker with step counter and auto goal setter
    • move bar
    • sleep monitoring
    • built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery lasts up to 8 days (13 hours in GPS mode)
    • 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
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    What's in the Box:

    • GPS smart watch with black extra large adjustable band
    • Charging/data clip with attached 22" USB cable (Type A USB)
    • Quick Start Manual
    • Important Safety and Product Information
    Reviews

    Garmin vivoactive® HR Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (26 Reviews)

    Outstanding device

    Jack from Plainwell, MI on 10/22/2017

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    Exceeded my expectations

    Pros: Easy to read. Lots of features. Customizable. Long battery life.

    Cons: None

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    Anonymous from Ankeny, Ia on 9/5/2017

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    The Vivoactive HR does almost everything I was looking for in a fitness tracker, and does them well. I am not an athlete or hard core fitness enthusiast but I run a couple time a week and do some strength and cardio workouts at home most other days. It seems to monitor my steps, heart rate and calories burned fairly accurately as far as I can tell. The gps is also great for tracking runs and bike rides which you can go back and review any detail you could want. I really enjoy the live tracking of pace and time breakdown while running. My wife has used her Fitbit charge 2 and many thing make her jealous of my Garmin. The only thing I notice it doesn't track well is my stair flights climbed and sleep tracking, it simply seems to measure if you are still and thinks you are sleeping. Love my purchase, and crutchfield got it to me quickly.

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    Have Watch Will Travel

    Joseph from Spring Hill, FL on 9/4/2017

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    I would have given the Vivoactive HR 5 Stars if it wasn't for the dim display. I don't think that you should have to turn the backlight on to clearly see the display indoors. Take note also that the music widget is nothing more than a remote control for your phone. No phone no music. I do like how the Vivoactive HR fits on my wrist. You hardly know that you are wearing it. The band has a slight stretching feature built into it. I was amazed at how quickly it charges. The GPS links up quickly. Overall I am very happy with my purchase. I do hope that Garmin addresses the dim display with an update in the future.

    Pros: Fits great, Charges fast, GPS links up quickly. You can add your own activity to the list, Reminds you when you are inactive, Good battery life.

    Cons: Poor setup instructions. Dim display, Music and temperature does not work without your phone, Will not connect to any of my Android Tablets,

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    jim from vancouver wa. on 5/19/2017

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    the Hr's heart monitor was very accurate, battery would probably lasted 7 days. all in all was very satisfied with the Hr however had to return it. I am 78 and except for bright day couldn't read it. This was an old eye problem, my younger friends had no problems. I hike, bike and walk all over,me and the Garmin would have done good .

    Pros: all good

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    Great fitness watch

    John from New Hampshire on 4/3/2017

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    So far I am very happy with this watch. The heart rate is right on with the gym equipment i have been using. I haven't been able to try it outside with the GPS but i'm expecting that to be fine as well. Comfortable and easy to read. I can't wait to start outdoor activities with it.

    Pros: Everything is as expected so far

    Cons: Haven't found any yet

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    Anonymous from Whittier, CA on 2/13/2017

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    Great service, great product, and from a great company.

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    Aaron from Dallas, TX on 2/10/2017

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    Good functionality, light weight, easy to use. GREAT battery life. GPS isn't as consistent as I was hoping. More boxy than I was thinking but comfortable.

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    All around great watch

    Ryan from Santa Clarita, CA on 1/30/2017

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    This is an amazing watch. It covers all the activities I do. I am a trail racer and road racer, occasionally bike, swim, walk and weight train. It gives me all the data i need. The only reason for a 4 star is I wish the screen were brighter in dimly light rooms and night time. its amazing in weel lit rooms and outside. Its very comfortable and all the phone notifications are very helpful. I never take it off, and so far have gotten 7 days between charges. I would recommend this product.

    Pros: Great for running, covers lots of sports, good, battery life.

    Cons: Screen is dim in poorly lit situations.

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    Anonymous from Denver, CO on 1/22/2017

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    Over all very useful. Screen could be brighter

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    Am returning

    Herb from Potomac, MD on 1/18/2017

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    It didn't work for me. I also have a chest strap which I've checked at health clubs. All machines were within 1 to 2 beats per minute of my chest strap. I expected similar results with Garmin, but the readings ere all over the place --sometimes high , sometimes low by up to 10 to 15 bpm. The step counter also seemed off when I counted paces and compared the resu step cou

    Pros: Looked nice, easy to set up.

    Cons: Inaccurate HR and step counts

    Very accurate

    Bert from Roswell, GA on 12/20/2016

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    Excellent product and very accurate. I tracked the HR against my chest strap Polar strap and it was within a beat or two. The GPS is quick and the watch operated flawlessly. A huge improvement over it's predecessor.

    Pros: Accurate HR, GPS, and steps. Not to big, looks great

    Cons: The only issue is the sync with my iphone. The app can get stuck causing me to restart it.

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    Anonymous from Lincoln, NE on 12/16/2016

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    Love it easy to read and use. Still waiting on using the Golf function

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    Anonymous from San Francisco, CA on 11/30/2016

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    This is the watch I'm looking for.

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    ZA from Lancaster, OH on 9/4/2016

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    Great product!

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    Rafael from Ft Lauderdale, FL on 8/20/2016

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    Great watch to keep my daily activity. It's been great for my biking and swimming. Lightweight, long battery life

    Pros: Lightweight Battery life Good user interface

    Cons: Unable to combine activities following each other, i.e. swimming, biking like triathlon. No open water swimming

    Good Running watch

    raul from Melbourne, FL on 8/8/2016

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    Good watch for running, great heart rate monitor. Does everything well except music control, once your finger gets sweaty the touch music control is difficult. Won't change songs or volume without a lot of screen tapping.

    Pros: Notifications all work perfect Many tracking apps Heart rate monitor works great Looks good Easy to see in sun

    Cons: Music control is terrible

    Great, but not 100% :(

    AJayZed from Charlottesville, VA on 8/4/2016

    All things worked well. Well, a wee frustrating to get Garmin Connect and my iPhone to talk to each other. But, after resetting (ie turning off and then on) both the watch and the phone), things synced up perfectly.

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    Cons: When my hands are sweaty (summer early AM workouts), it's hard to swipe on the screen. Dunno if others have this problem. That was my biggest issue. I have subseuently exchanged this Vivoactive HR (sigh) for a Forerunner 225, which I'm still testing out at the moment.

    Best Sports Watch/Fitness Tracker Ever

    Hoppy from Lexington, KY on 7/5/2016

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    This watch has it all. Large face (different face apps available) Strapless HR, step counter, water proof, fitness/sports apps (my favorite Golf GPS), email and text message alerts.

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    A step up from the Forerunner 210

    Jerry from Austin, TX on 6/21/2016

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    So far I am very happy with the watch. The various activities are easy to use, the heart rate works well and I like the interface with my Samsung Note 5.

    Pros: Upgraded from a Garmin Forerunner 210 to the Vivoactive HR for the heart rate function. I am not one who is tied to my phone 24 hours a day and the apps are a great way to get text notices and temperature, etc. without having the phone at your side all day. The intensity and steps function seem to be pretty accurate too.

    Cons: I'm 63 and some of the text is nearly unreadable. Wish there was a way to increase the font size and the background lighting, but then I haven't experimented with many of the apps and maybe there is a larger print one I have not discovered yet.

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    Guillaume from New York, NY on 6/16/2016

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    Great watch, very precise while running but when I bike it takes 2 or 3 minutes for the GPS to start so it's quite frustrating especially if this happens during a race

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    basically a bike computer

    JK from New York, NY on 6/10/2016

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    I bought this mainly to replace an old garmin bike computer and HR chest strap, so for my purpose it's ok. The cycling info (distance, speed, etc.) is fine but I don't think the HR function works as well as the chest strap did. For instance, I rode a hill that I've ridden many times in the past, and the Vivoactive showed my HR at 120 when it would normally be in the 140s. As for the other features, I was not looking for something to sync with my smartphone, so I basically shut off all of the notifications except calendar reminders. I find the notifications tough to read because it's small print, and I haven't found a way to make print larger.

    Pros: Easy to use for cycling. GPS connects very quickly and info seems very accurate.

    Cons: HR function seems off; probably not as accurate as chest strap setup. Tough to read notifications because small print.

    Useful

    J from Georgia on 6/9/2016

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    I am relatively happy with this. I wish it was better at intervals for running but I am happy with its other functions.

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    Great Watch

    Ric from Waunakee, WI on 5/26/2016

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    I've had this watch for a little over week now and I love it. I mainly use it for biking (mountain and road), so I can only review it from that perspective but it keeps track of my HR and routes (via GPS) very well and is easy to use. I can't vouch for accuracy as this is my first watch like this but it seems good. I love that it is waterproof, so I can shower with it and not worry about jumping in the pool with it. I also like that my workouts get automagically synced up with my Strava account when ready. The notifications from texts, emails, etc. are nice to have but that isn't the main reason I went with this watch. It would be nice to swipe messages away and see multiple messages one by one (for multiple emails, etc.) but, again, not why I bought this watch. It does its job fine with message notifications and I haven't had any connection issues. Battery life is FANTASTIC! I didn't want another thing to manage on a daily basis for keeping charged, so this is great. I suspect this is why the screen isn't the brightest in darker locations but that is OK. Some watch faces are better than others for readability (contrast) and they can be adjusted.

    Pros: - Battery Life - GPS and HR - Waterproof - Notifications -- sync's well with my Android

    Cons: - Screen not the brightest but can adjust via watch face selection and customization --- big benefit is battery life.

    Highly Recommend

    USMCDandy5811 from Trenton, MI on 5/26/2016

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    Incredible battery life, everything works well. Easily pairs with connect app on my iPhone 6s. Love everything about it.

    Pros: Battery life, connectivity, gps function, wide variety of uses, comfort, looks, support

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    So far, so good...accurate heart rate which is really nice

    Christopher from Shelton, CT on 5/19/2016

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    I have been wearing this watch now for a little over a week, and I must say I am very impressed. I have a Garmin Fenix 2, the Nike gps running watch, a Sunnto Ambit, and have had others in the past. This Vivoactive is turning out to be my favorite. I have used it for daily step count...wash dishes and your count will climb, although I think that is true of just about any motion based counter...I have ran with it where it synced with my foot pod flawlessly, and acquires sats very quickly...I have not biked with it yet. The app notifications have worked great, bluetooth has been trouble free, and the heart rate monitor seems to be very accurate. What has pleased me the most is the battery life, over week and down to about 17%...very impressive

    Pros: Long battery life, bluetooth glitch free, accurate heart rate counter. Fast GPS lock

    Cons: Color selection...not really a con, but all I can come up with.

    Works as advertised

    Dave T from Menlo Park, CA on 5/18/2016

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    I got this as a gift for my wife- so far so good, easy to set up and touch screen works well

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    Features

    Overview: The Garmin vívoactive HR is a GPS smartwatch with built-in sports apps that help you track your activities. With the built-in Elevate wrist heart rate technology, your heart rate is measured 24/7. When paired with your smartphone, vívoactive HR 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 HR has a thin profile (only 9/16") 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 6.38" to 8.86".

    Garmin Connect: The vívoactive HR 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 Vista SP2 and newer and Mac OS 10.8 or higher. Garmin Connect Mobile works with Bluetooth 4.0-enabled devices running Android 4.3 or higher and iOS 8.0 and above.

    Sports Apps: The vívoactive HR 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 HR 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 HR include: running/walking, golfing, cycling, swimming, ski/snowboarding, paddle boarding, and rowing.

    History: The vívoactive HR gives you access to up to 14 days of activity tracking, and up to seven timed activities. With Auto Upload activated, 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.
    • VIRB Remote: The vívoactive HR can wirelessly control the Garmin VIRB Action Camera from a distance.
    • Notifications: The vívoactive HR will gently vibrate to alert you if you receive a phone call, text, social network update, and more, based on your smartphone notification settings.

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

    Rechargeable Battery: The vívoactive HR is powered by a built-in Lithium-polymer rechargeable battery. The battery lasts approximately 13 hours in GPS mode, and up to 8 days with no GPS. The battery is charged when the watch is attached to the charging cradle and the charging/data cable is plugged into a USB port on your computer.

    Interchangeable Wrist Bands: You can customize the look of your vívoactive HR with interchangeable wrist bands (sold separately). In addition to the standard black band, you can choose Lava Red, White, or Force Yellow. Tools needed to swap the wrist bands are included with the accessory bands.

    Note: The accessory bands are only available in regular size (for wrist circumferences 5.39" to 7.68").

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    Why did you buy this?

    Gift [ KAREN A  Aug 24, 2017 ]
    Seems like the best all around wrist base HR to capture most all information needed, including golf! [ THOMAS  Jun 04, 2017 ]
    it was a gift request [ Jeff  Dec 19, 2016 ]
    Someone asked for it [ Joe  Dec 16, 2016 ]
    Price and functionality. [ JEFF  Dec 11, 2016 ]
    training for a triathlon, this watch has a great price for my goal [ Richard  Nov 25, 2016 ]
    already own one, buying one for my wife because your garmin vivo she has does not have all these great features [ DOUGLAS  Nov 22, 2016 ]
    it covers the type of exercise I do, and I want to keep track for health purposes. It is also compatible with other items that I currently have. [ Daniel  Sep 16, 2016 ]
    Relatively small and decent looking for a fitness watch. Works well with (most) ANT bike sensors (speed/ cadence). Great battery life. Took this on a 500+ mile bike ride and was able to track everything I wanted to. Heart rate monitor is much more accurate than the Apple Watch. [ Alex  Sep 13, 2016 ]
    Garmin has a great reputation for making quality products. This item has been out for quite a while in Europe and got great reviews.....couldn't wait for it to arrive in USA where I could buy it! I liked that it could handle both swimming and golf as well as my walking! [ ROGER D  May 22, 2016 ]
    The Vivoactive HR appears to be the best fitness tracker on the market under $250. The FitBit Surge is good but is due for an update. The FitBit Blaze is nice with a nice interface but does not do all the things that the Vivoactive HR does. Also, I will now be able to have HR integration with my Garmin 1000 Touring cycling computer without using a chest strap HR monitor. [ Randolph  May 07, 2016 ]
    features, price, garmin brand, Crutchfield professionalism [ Peter  Sep 18, 2017 ]
    Always had great results with Garmin products. Wanted to step up from my Vivofit 2. [ Joseph  Aug 22, 2017 ]
    Great price and good product reviews! [ J  Aug 21, 2017 ]
    Because it does everything that I needed to do, from walking steps to cycling statistics. [ MICHAEL  Jun 25, 2017 ]
    I chose Garmin vivoactive HR XL because it is the only one I could find that will fit my 8" wrist and is also waterproof. [ JAMES  Jun 19, 2017 ]
    Good reviews and new lower price. [ MILTON  Jun 10, 2017 ]
    Good for swimming, accuracy [ Herb  Dec 31, 2016 ]
    I chose this product because I started a new medicine that influences my heart rate. I am also a swimmer and want to start running as well. When I read the reviews for this product I just had to have it. I chose this company for it had no additional fees like tax or shipping. [ SHEENA  Dec 29, 2016 ]
    Husband wanted a tracker that would allow him to use it in the water as well as withstand his daily activity. [ Angela  Nov 27, 2016 ]
    Garmin is a trusted name. It has GPS, wrist based Heart rate along with Golf app and is waterproof [ D  Nov 21, 2016 ]
    The price is lower than other sites, free and fast shipping to PR. [ Norma Ivelisse  Nov 20, 2016 ]
    According to Garmin, I need the XL band. [ Matthew  Aug 01, 2016 ]
    My son used a similar product and said it was useful in several specific ways which would also benefit me. This model had additional features which justified its high price. [ Richard  Jun 12, 2016 ]
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