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Garmin vivofit® 3

Water-resistant activity tracker (Black - X-large fit)

7 Reviews

Item # 150VF3BXL

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Our take on the Garmin vivofit® 3

Intelligent tracking

There are plenty of activity trackers on the market, but it may be a safe bet to say that Garmin's vivofit® 3 is one of the smartest out there. If you've used an activity tracker like I have, you know it's fun to keep track of your steps — at least initially. But if you do a lot of different types of exercise, it can be a chore to enter those manually into your workout log. vivofit 3 solves that problem with a cool piece of tech Garmin calls Move IQ.

Move IQ

Move IQ detects different types of activities and records them automatically. Walking, running, swimming, biking, using an elliptical — they're all recorded as distinct activities, and automatically uploaded to Garmin Connect. When you've finished your day, a couple swipes of your phone's touchscreen and you'll have an accurate record of all you're doing to improve your health.

Get social

Garmin Connect does more than just log your data. You can use it to join challenges or start competitions with your friends for bragging rights. Compete for virtual badges or just for bragging rights — it's a great motivator.

Take it to the next level

Once you're moving and establishing a routine, use vivofit 3 to expand your horizons. The activity timer lets you record the duration of a walk, run, bike ride, or other activity, and then automatically upload the activity to Garmin Connect, so you can keep a handy record of the positive changes you're making in your lifestyle. And you can use an optional heart rate monitor with vivofit 3 to record your heart rate during exercise, so you can establish heart rate zones for training and get more accurate calorie consumption figures.

Keep moving

Even if you're deskbound during the day, vivofit 3 is ready to help. The move bar provides a visual reminder to get up from your seat and take a walk — a simple strategy that pays big health dividends. Sit too long and a red bar appears, and it even provides an audible reminder if you want. Or set it to provide a vibration alert through your compatible mobile device if that's a better cue. And vivofit 3 doesn't take time off — it will track the quality of your rest while you're sleeping, too.

Fits into your life

The stylish yet comfortable vivofit 3 blends effortlessly fit into your routine. It's water rated to 50 meters, so ducking into the shower or taking a swim won't phase it at all. And it will run for a year or more before you have to change its two coin cell batteries.

Product Highlights:

  • activity tracker wristband
  • wirelessly syncs with Garmin Connect online community
  • Move IQ automatically detects different types of activities
  • tracks intensity minutes
  • audible move bar alerts, compatible with your smartphone
  • activity timer for walks, runs, or other exercise
  • selectable display: daily step count, goal countdown, distance, calories, time of day
  • compatible with optional ANT+ heart rate monitor
  • heart rate based calorie consumption
  • 1-year battery life, uses two replaceable coin cell batteries
  • wrist size (circumference): regular 5.4-7.7"; X-large 6.5-8.9"
  • weight: regular 26 grams; X-large 28 grams
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Vívofit 3 activity tracker inserted in black extra-large wrist band
  • Quick Start Manual
  • Important Safety and Product Information

Garmin vivofit® 3 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(7 Reviews)

Garmin vivofit® 3

Anonymous from San Juan, PR on 4/5/2018

excelent tracker



Garmin vivofit® 3

Felicia from Connecticut on 1/30/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great tracker. For me it's working fine, I'm on my way to a more fit lfe

Pros: Helping lead a more active life


Vivofit 3 and Me.

Cathy from Cedar Island, NC on 1/23/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Really like the vivofit 3. Only complaint I have is that the Garmin Connect App doesn't always work properly. I have had to remove and reinstall my device 3-4 times to get it to sync with the App. It's not a problem with the vivofit but instead with the Garmin App.

Pros: I Like the lighted dial function. Does what I need.

Cons: Will not always sync with the Garmin Connect App for android. I would give it 5 stars if not for this pesky problem.

Not completely up to speed.

Bernie from Venice, FL on 6/5/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Somewhat disappointed. The step count is inaccurate. Counts driving as steps, many steps counted while in the shower, plus counts more steps than I actually take when I count steps and compare with the device. That said, it appears to be consistent in tracking my activities, which was my basic intent. Also wish the display was a little brighter for night viewing.

Pros: Compact & light weight. Numerous exercise options. Waterproof.

Cons: Inaccurate step counts

Garmin vivofit® 3

Anonymous from Bath NY on 12/30/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It was a little had to set to my phone



Better than Fitbit

Gregg from Manteo, NC on 12/4/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I use this as a step counter and it works well. Like that it has a watch feature and doesn't need to be charged like my Fitbit that this replaced. Would have given 5 stars if the clasp hadn't broke in less than a week. Garmin is sending a replacement strap.



This Vivo Not a Fit For Me

John from North Texas on 6/22/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I should start by saying that I just returned this Vivofit 3 to Crutchfield, my first Crutchfield purchase return in over twenty years. I bought the Vivofit 3 primarily because it has an internal battery (life a year or so) that does not require the frequent recharging of other Garmin devices, Fitbits or an Apple Watch, and because Garmin suggested that the Garmin "Move IQ" would detect activities like swimming, weights, etc.. I sent the Vivofit back after a few days for the following reasons: The Vivofit does NOT detect swimming, or any other activity as best I can tell. It has a ridiculous band which is too long, and the 'tail' of it dangles out from under the band-you could cut it. The Garmin Connect software does not merge manually entered activity like treadmill walking steps with auto detect activities like steps (Fitbit does merge manual and auto detect activity into one panel). Finally, the internal, no charge battery does have a penalty-the device is fatter than most fitness bands-this bothered me but it might not bother you. So, for me a bust on the functionality, software, and hardware-about a complete failure. If you want a decent wrist mounted pedometer with a battery which does not need recharging, this is for you. I sadly went back to my Fitbit Charge, (and recharge, and recharge.....Fitbit batteries are not very good, but everything else better than Garmin for me).

Pros: Battery lasts a year with no recharging Syncs easily with Garmin Connect app and software Display on Vivofit 3 changed to vertical when used as a watch Soft silicone-like material band is comfortable (but length, clasp and fatness require rethinking)

Cons: "Move IQ" does not detect activities Device will not detect treadmill walking (unless you swing arm throughout), but if you try to manually enter time and distance, steps will not add to device or weekly totals steps-software will not merge activities. Band is pretty long and end comes loose-clasp and band needs work Garmin Connect software is not intuitive Device only detected walking/steps, nothing else. Internal battery is a great idea, but makes band fatter than most wrist fi


Hands-on research

Product Research


Overview: The Garmin vívofit 3 is a water-resistant activity tracker that helps you keep track of and reach your personal fitness goals. The slender, lightweight device is worn on the wrist, and displays your steps, calories burned, and distances traveled, and alerts you when you've reached your daily goal. With the optional ANT+ wireless premium heart rate monitor, it shows your current heart rate and your heart rate zone. It can even monitor your sleep. The vívofit 3 weighs less than an ounce, comes in a choice of colors and sizes.

Garmin Connect: The vívofit 3 has built-in Bluetooth Smart technology so you can automatically pair it to your smartphone or mobile device. You can also use an optional wireless USB ANT+ stick 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. The vívofit 3 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 10.8 or newer. Garmin Connect Mobile works with Bluetooth 4.0-enabled devices running Android 4.3 or higher and iOS 8.0 and above.

Wrist Band: This vívofit 3 comes with an extra large-sized wrist band (for wrist circumferences between 6.5" and 8.9"). A version of the device with a regular-sized wrist band (5.4" to 7.7" wrist circumference) is available. The vívofit 3 should be worn all day to monitor your activities, and all night if you wish to monitor your sleep.

Activities: The Garmin vívofit 3 keeps track of your activity level throughout the day and displays the results on the 0.39" x 0.39", always-on liquid crystal display with a resolution of 64 x 64 pixels. You can view at a glance your daily step count and the percentage of your daily step goal, the distance you have traveled, the number of calories you have burned, the time of day, your current heart rate, and your heart rate zone (when used with the optional ANT+ heart rate monitor). If Auto Goal is enabled, the device will adjust your daily step goal up or down depending upon your previous step totals. If worn at night, the vívofit 3 monitors your rest, including total hours of sleep, periods of movement, and periods of restful sleep. The vívofit 3's memory stores up to 4 weeks of 24/7 activity data, (less if the heart rate monitor is used). You should sync the device with your phone or home computer periodically to clear the memory.

Move IQ: The vívofit 3's Move IQ technology recognizes from your movements the different activities you perform. Whether you're walking, running, biking, swimming, or on a treadmill or elliptical, you don't need to adjust the device when you change your activity.

Move Bar: Sitting for long periods of time can be detrimental to your health. To remind you to keep moving, vívofit 3 displays the Move Bar and gives an audible alert after one hour of inactivity. Additional segments of the Move Bar appear after every 15 minutes of inactivity. Walking a short distance will reset the Move Bar.

Water Resistance: The vívofit 3 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 14° to 140°F.

Batteries: The vívofit 3 is powered by one user-replaceable CR1632 coin cell battery with an estimated life of approximately one year. The battery never has to be charged, so it's always ready for your next activity.

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The value seems like a no brainer plus water resistant and 1 year battery life [ kirk  Feb 23, 2018 ]
Price [ ROBERT  Nov 27, 2016 ]