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Garmin vivosmart® HR+

Water-resistant GPS activity tracker with built-in heart rate monitor (Black - XL fit)

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As a runner, I know that mileage is king — and there's no more convenient way to measure it than with GPS. Garmin's vivosmart HR+ activity tracker features a sensitive GPS receiver that'll accurately record your mileage when your run or walk, so you can track your fitness goals and hit your marks when you're training for your next (or first) race. 

GPS tracking

Garmin vivosmart HR+

Thanks to built-in GPS, you'll always know how far you've run.

As a runner, I know that mileage is king — and there's no more convenient way to measure it than with GPS. Garmin's vivosmart HR+ activity tracker features a sensitive GPS receiver that'll accurately record your mileage when your run or walk, so you can track your fitness goals and hit your marks when you're training for your next (or first) race. 

Heart rate metrics

vivosmart HR+'s Elevate™ technology measures heart rate at the wrist, so you won't need a heart rate strap on your chest. This versatile tracker meaures calories burned and the distance you've traveled, plus — thanks to a built-in barometric altimeter — it can even record the number of floors you've climbed.

Make your move to better health

Your tracker will adjust your goals each day so you make a smooth transition to a better, more active lifestyle. And when you need a prompt, vivosmart HR+ reminds you to get up and move after a period of inactivity. Once you've done so, the timer resets and starts tracking your inactivity again.

Integrates with your smartphone

vivosmart HR+ pairs with your smartphone transfer data automatically to the Garmin Connect™ app so you can track your progress, join online challenges, earn virtual badges, or just compare notes with family and friends. And the smart notifications feature will alert you with a gentle vibration when you receive a text, email, or phone call.

Touchscreen display

The cool integrated screen also displays the information — just touch and swipe the screen if you want to read more. You can also control select music players on your smartphone, or even take charge of a Garmin VIRB action camera when you're recording an epic adventure.

Product Highlights:

  • black activity tracker wristband (extra large)
  • built-in GPS receiver records distance
  • built-in heart rate monitor with heart rate based calorie computation
  • touchscreen display (1.0" x 0.42")
  • smart notifications of texts, emails, and phone calls from paired Bluetooth devices
  • measures steps, stairs climbed, activity intensity, calories, and distance
  • music control of select smartphone music players
  • VIRB® control
  • wirelessly syncs with Garmin Connect online community
  • inactivity alert
  • band size: 7-1/8"-8-3/4" (extra large)
  • rechargeable lithium battery, up to 5 days between charges
  • water rating of 5 ATM
  • weight: 33 gm (extra large)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • vívosmart HR+ personal fitness device (XL black/shark fin gray)
  • 22" Charging/data cable (Type A USB)
  • Quick Start Manual
  • Important Safety and Product Information
Reviews

Garmin vivosmart® HR+ Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(12 Reviews)

Good tracking

Ralph from Springdale MD on 10/13/2017

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Great product. Easy setup!

Pros: Easy setup ~ good tracking!

Cons: Attaching the charging cord can be frustrating. Always takes me multiply attempts. Feels like it might break each time ..

Good activity monitor

Ben from Rio Rancho, NM on 8/20/2017

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Good step counter, and activity monitor. Ease of use a plus, heart rate monitor not very accurate.

Pros: The phone app and ease of use.

Cons: Heart rate monitor and stairs do not appear to be very accurate.

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Margaret from Palos Verdes Estates, CA on 5/31/2017

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The GPS tracker and heart rate are good for both measuring the distance accuracy and heart rate all from your wrist. Much better than having the chest strap for my Garmin Forerunner. The rubber in the band is soft and very flexible, so it's comfortable to wear all the time. It is a bit bulky but not too bad. Would be nice to have a smaller women's version. It would also be nice to have specific biking and swimming activity tracker and be able to change the lap distances for different activities. And in a perfect world it would be nice to use for golfing. Being able to see email, texts, weather are a plus. I also love the sleep tracker. Very interesting.

Pros: Overall, it is a pretty good fitness tracker.

Cons: Could use longer battery

Good product so far...

Rick from Farmington, MN on 5/31/2017

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Good product for far...still learning all of its functions.

Pros: Quick delivery from Crutchfield...

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Great Motivator

Kit from Oakland, CA on 5/28/2017

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A great product which motives me to walk more, run more, to get into better healthy physical shape. To have the body I always wanted.

Pros: All of it.

Cons: None.

Garmin vivosmart HR+ is a winner!

Steve from Seattle, WA on 3/13/2017

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I've owned the Vivosmart HR+ for about a month. I picked this device because I wanted to keep track of my steps and a general reading of my heart rate and I thought the GPS was a good idea. Charging the Garmin was simple and straightforward. When I put it on my wrist I can barely tell it's there. The wrist band is narrow and comfortable. When I set it up the on my device the instructions were straight forward and walked me through the set up of the unit. So far so good! I need to explore more of the ways to use this unit but I haven't taken the time. This is a much better device than my old one (a different brand).

Pros: Fit on my wrist is comfortable! I like the charging unit. Screen is visible. I like the swipe feature to go to different screens.

Cons: None

Garmin vivosmart® HR+

Anonymous from Lincoln, NE on 12/16/2016

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Love it easy to read and use. GPS map tracking awesome

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Great tracker of my daily activities

Barry from Ridgecrest, CA on 12/8/2016

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I purchased this item based on ratings in a leading consumer review of like items. So far, I am still getting acquainted with all its features. I particularly like the GPS option which gives me a more accurate indication of how far I have walked, plus the ability to review my route on my iPhone. The heart rate monitor seems to be a little slow in updating (perhaps this is normal). This item was on sale when I purchased it, which was a deciding factor in my selection.

Pros: GPS accuracy, heart rate monitor

Cons: Could use a longer battery life

Love it

Casey from Minneapolis, MN on 12/8/2016

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Well this was a deal too good to pass up. I have been using Garmin fitness products since 2008, and the one thing I never liked about them was the heart rate strap. Now I have HR measurement on my wrist - no more chafing when running! As wearables go, this was my second. I previously wore a Jawbone, but it had far less features than this Garmin. It was also considerably smaller. Still, this one is better for me. I can wear it instead of my Forerunner when I run, thanks to the GPS (and Strava integration). I can wear it with my Edge when cycling, using it to broadcast my HR to the Edge, and I still get to use all my Edge features. The waterproof aspect is great - never have to take it off. I also like the Move reminders and the increase in goals automatically to constantly improve from one day to the next. Got it for a great price, which makes it all the more sweet. I'm still getting used to all the features, but I'm happy with the purchase and recommend it. Hoping some friends get one so we can challenge each other!

Pros: Part of the Garmin universe - easy integration w existing products; waterproof; move reminders; easy to use

Cons: Takes pretty long to charge; a bit bulky on the wrist - problematic for kettlebells, especially in the racked position

Garmin Vivosmart HR+ Black

Anonymous from Lee, MA on 12/8/2016

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Excellent device, does everything I was looking for...steps, stairs, heart rate, sleep patterns. Good tracking of all this data in the app. Like the fact that I can take shower with it! Four stars because the app is sort of complicated and some desired info is buried 2 or 3 levels deep.

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Lloyd from Las Vegas NV on 11/6/2016

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This is my 3rd Garmin vivosmart. The third time is a charm. I had the two earlier and cheaper versions of it and was not impressed with them. (The step count and mileage was way off). Fortunately with this one and the GPS the steps track accurately. There are lots of good features and am constantly finding new features. It interacts well with my phone (Samsung Galaxy S5).

Pros: Lots of great features Quick link with satellites for GPS use Like the night light on it (earlier cheaper models of Garmin's did not have this)

Cons: Relatively short battery life (need to recharge it every 3 days or so)

Really love this unit - expensive but worth it!!

Dennis from Highland, MD on 8/21/2016

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Love the features of the vivosmart HR+. The GPS tracker and heart rate are worth the extra bucks for both measuring the distance accuracy of your activity (to the hundredth of a mile) and heart rate all from your wrist. I didn't like the hassle of using the chest strap for my original vivofit (which I loved and worked great for 18 months - until I lost it in the ocean). Having a real clasp on the band of the HR+ means I won't lose this one. The rubber in the band is soft and very flexible, so it's comfortable to wear all the time. Being water resistant is a big plus. One of the things I liked about the original vivofit that you don't get on this is the long battery life. I've found after 2 months of ownership that charging the vivosmart is really quick so it's not the big deal. I bought an extra charging cable for cheap to throw in my travel bag. The other features are great. Being able to see email, texts, weather are a plus, as is being able to stop/pause/backup or go forward on any audio program from your phone... but the meat and potatoes of the tracker are workout features. You can see the basic data on the tracker while you workout, then you can then see a full/very detailed analysis of your workouts on the phone. You can overlay your heart rate graph and elevation or steps per minute to see the correlation... it gives you your pace... and more. My wife liked it so much she wanted one.

Pros: Great features and easy to use. Charges quickly when needed. Gets 5 days of operation on a charge (less when the GPS is actively tracking - but I only turn that on when taking a new route).

Cons: Not the most attractive of the trackers (but acceptable). My wife suggest a his and hers version (maybe a smaller size for women). It would be nice to have more color options or interchangeable bands.

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Features

Overview: The Garmin vívosmart HR+ is a water-resistant activity tracker with GPS, and a built-in heart rate monitor that helps you reach your personalized daily goals. The slender, lightweight device is worn on the wrist, and displays your steps, calories burned, distances traveled, heart rate, floors climbed, and activity intensity. It also alerts you when it's time to move, or when you receive an email, text, a call on your smartphone or a social media alert. It can even monitor your sleep. This XL-sized vívosmart HR+ weighs just over an ounce, and has an adjustable wrist band that fits a wrist circumference between 7.1" to 8.8". A regular size is also available for those with a wrist circumference of 5.4" to 7.6".

Elevate: The vívosmart HR+ is equipped with Elevate wrist heart rate technology. The 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. The vívosmart HR+ can be used as a heart rate strap on your wrist when paired with other compatible Garmin devices.

GPS: The vívosmart HR+ 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.

Garmin Connect: The vívosmart HR+ 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 vívosmart HR+ 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 higher. Garmin Connect Mobile works with Bluetooth 4.0-enabled devices running Android 4.0 or higher, iOS 8.0 and above, or Windows 10 Mobile and above. Click here for a list of compatible Apple, Android, or Windows phones.

Activities: The Garmin vívosmart HR+ keeps track of your activity level throughout the day and displays the results on the 1.0" x 0.42" (160 x 68 pixels) touchscreen display. Additional sensors, such as a bike speed sensor, can be paired to the device. You can swipe the touchscreen display left or right to see what activities are available. 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 device)
  • Activity Tracking: Provides a count of your daily step count, floors climbed, distance traveled, calories, and intensity minutes. The move bar displays the amount of time you are inactive.
  • Goals: Displays your progress toward your activity goals. It learns and proposes a new step goal for you each day. Goals can be customized for daily steps, daily floors climbed, and weekly intensity minutes using your Garmin Connect account.
  • Heart Rate: Shows your current heart rate and 7-day average resting heart rate in beats per minute (BPM).
  • Notifications: The number 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 device.

Move IQ: The vívosmart HR+'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 vívosmart HR+ 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°F to 140°F.

Battery: The vívosmart HR+ is powered by a built-in rechargeable Lithium-ion battery with a battery life of up to 5 days, or up to 8 hours in GPS mode. A 22" charging/data cable is included with the device.

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Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

I have used Garmin fitness trackers in the past and liked their features and interface. The fact that they are waterproof is a huge selling point for me because I don't want to be having to constantly remove my watch. [ Kerry  Sep 27, 2017 ]
she wanted to keep track of her work out [ esequiel  Nov 25, 2016 ]
Garmin is a trusted name. Unit has GPS Heart Rate and is waterproof and display shows all the time [ D  Nov 21, 2016 ]
Best Seller and good reviews [ K  May 03, 2017 ]
Gift request. [ Sylvia  Dec 09, 2016 ]
Currently use a basic vivofit..wanted something that has gps tracking to ensure better accuracy [ Judith  Nov 28, 2016 ]
It has a regular watch band type closure. I've had a Fitbit fall off in the past. [ Deborah  Nov 25, 2016 ]
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