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The bright life.

Garmin's Vivoactive is an intuitively simple wearable that — when paired with compatible sensors — displays biometrics gathered from the myriad aspects of your life on a bright, vibrant touchscreen. It brings the usual functionality that we've grown to expect from smart wearables, including text and call notifications, calendar synching, playlist control, steps taken, calories burned, sleep patterns, and even social media alerts, so you know the moment someone snakes one of your Strava segments. The training functions display speed, distance, and pace and heart rate alerts so you'll stay on track to reclaim your KOMs.

In addition to all of these relatively standard capabilities, the Vivoactive can connect to Garmin's app store, Connect IQ, which opens the unit up for virtually limitless customizability through third-party apps and features. It does also come with some unexpected features, like activity goals that are assigned based on inveterate activity levels and sedentary alarms, which warn you when life at the desk is threatening to hamper your metabolism.

For all these included and potential features, the Vivoactive's strongest selling point may be its body. The screen is a huge, always-on affair that's readable even under the bright Kona sun. Despite the impressive display, Garmin still manages to keep the claimed weight to just 38g, and the 8mm profile is slim enough to transition seamlessly from saddle to pool to track or even to the golf course in the event you want to ruin an otherwise restful recovery day with a frustrating 18 holes.

Tech Specs

Date Indicator:
pace, inactivity, heart rate
yes, 5 ATM
Face Size:
28.6x20.7 mm
Claimed Weight:
[w/out band] 18 g, [w/ band] 38 g
Recommended Use:
casual, cycling, fitness, running
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

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Updating my review after some time..

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Sadly, I must say that while initially this watch was great and everything I needed, over time it has showed its true colors. Around Christmas time I started having software glitches with the watch were all my data would be randomly deleted while having a full battery and just trying to sync the watch. I contacted Garmin for trouble shooting and customer service, and they did not provide me with any help or insight into what the problem could be with with the watch, other than telling me to turn it on and off again and make sure I had the most up to date software (which I did and still no solution).

Sadly, with wanting to use this watch to track my fitness and keep records of things, I will have to retire it because of the continual deletes I am dealing with for no reason.

what more do you need

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

this watch has everything you ever need on it. you can track pretty much anything and everything with this watch. you can link it to your phone and like me if you are always loosing it, just push a button and your phone starts screaming so you can find it. Love that little trick.
this is a huge upgrade from my last watch that I owned. I cant believe it took me this long to be able to get this one!

Love it but not super comfy

    I have owned many Garmin's over the years from the Fenix to a couple Forerunner's and even a couple Edge's. While I love what it does and at that price point you cant really complain, it's not the most comfortable watch. I haven't had it for long but I will say with the Forerunner 920 I never noticed it on my wrist but this watch I'm adjusting all the time. Not really sure why. But because of that I can't give it 5 stars. Maybe the leather band would feel better, but then running with it probably wouldn't be the best. Oh well. These first world problems suck!!!

    Cool watch!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This watch is pretty awesome! I got it to help pace myself for my first half marathon and also track some activity on a backpacking trip I was going on.

    I got the watch a week before the trip and used it to track some practice hikes that were only an hour or two long. The battery life was good and I didn't have to recharge it all week. So before I left on the trip, I charged the watch to full and left the charging cable behind. To my surprise after the first hike (approx 4 hours), tracking with the Run function, my watch was down to around 50%! That was really surprising and disappointing. I'm not sure what caused that. I know that the GPS does drain the battery a bit more, but maybe being in such a remote location had something to do with it?

    I definitely don't have any battery issues when just wearing the watch and using the smart phone functions or even tracking shorter runs (30min-1hour) at home. I've probably gone the last 6 days without charging and tracking my runs for the week (about 23 miles or 3 hours), and have 40% battery left. I used the swim function once which seems to track my distance accurately, I'm not sure about the other stuff it tracks so won't speak to that.

    One thing that I did notice, but maybe it's because I added a protective skin, is that when the surface is wet and my fingers are wet, it's tough to use the touch screen.

    The watch as a pacer has been excellent! I was able to learn to pace myself for longer runs and even set a PR for my half marathon (I've only run 1 ever, so of course it'll be my PR).

    Connecting to Garmin connect (iphone 6) was pretty easy and there are a few other widgets and stuff that you can add. It takes a little to figure out, but overall pretty simple if you spend a few minutes to really try to figure it out.

    I was also able to connect Garmin Connect with Strava and Nike +, it adds current information pretty much instantaneously as long as you sync it to Connect first. At first my history did transfer over, but after a few days, most of my history showed up. I don't think all my runs transferred, but after accepting no history being synced, I was happy that most of my old runs showed up in Strava and Nike +.

    Overall, this watch has been really good and the stats that it tracks has helped me become a smarter runner when it comes to long distances.

    I tried tracking my hockey games with the run function, but that hasn't worked out too well. Not that I expected it to either though. I just wanted to see what my max pace would be.

    I don't know the difference between the run and walk function either. I've used the treadmill function once and the tracking was different than what showed on the treadmill. Treadmill showed 1 mile, but the watch only tracked .69 miles. I've started to run outdoors more so haven't many chances to try the treadmill again.

    The smart functions work well. I only pay attention to my calendar, notifications, weather. I had a pebble before and essentially has the same functions for notifications in terms of reading them, but you wont be able to dismiss them either.

    So much wow on my wrist!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I did a lot of researching before I sunk down the money on a smart watch. I wanted something that would work for the phone I have now, iPhone 6, but could also work with an android phone, should I choose to change phones. This suited my needs! The app makes this very simple, and set up is a breeze.

    The initial charge is pretty substantial, so you can wear it straight out of the box. And when you do need to charge it up, it charges very quickly.

    The watch can be customized to your desires with changing the watch face. Its touch screen is simple to use and a swipe of the finger changes you between your various options. It's really nice that you can read this in all types of lighting as well, from bright daylight to night time with the back light.

    Connecting to my phone is nice and simple, and it's sweet being able to see texts, emails, calendar, calls and social media all on my wrist without having to pull out my phone. It's also cool that you can turn that off by shutting down the app in your phone.

    The sleep function is pretty cool because it's allowed me to get a better feel for how I'm really sleeping at night, and on days where I wake up feeling less rested, I can see if it was due to limited time sleeping, or just restless sleep. I wish that it was an automatic sense of when you sleep, since you can set the time frame you generally sleep in, but it is simple to enter sleep mode.

    The GPS feature that tracks your activities like biking is really cool. When it uploads into the phone, you can get all sorts of stats about your workout that other programs don't always give. Pretty cool to see your progression in gaining strength or speed over a period of time.

    The one downfall I wish that could be adjusted is how sensitive the pedometer is. I've noticed that while driving (since I have a manual transmission) it tends to count steps for me. As well as when I do other things around the house like brushing my teeth.

    Avg. ride time: 13m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Upgrade from the Vivosmart

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I upgraded from the Vivosmart because I wanted a watch with GPS. The interface could use some updates but overall this watch is excellent. I love that I was able to order a leather (likely a bonded leather) band to put with it fairly cheap. When you want your running / biking watch to tell you when you have notifications on your phone too, I recommend this. Battery life beats comparable watches and it looks good too.

    Do you know the times?

    The size of the watch makes it great for any activity. Big enough to see the time and the data you want, but not too big to get in the way while getting rad knowing when to show up fashionably late.

    Do you know the times?

    Estoy Vivo!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I was looking for a computer to track my bike rides, and being a big fan of watches, the Garmin Vivoactive is the perfect way to keep track of what I do!

    I was really just interested in the fact that I could track my bike rides, which was the reason I bought the Vivoactive, but now that I have it I am finding more and more things that it can do everyday!

    It tracks my bike rides, counts my steps, helps me with my walking goals, tells me to move when I've been inactive, monitors my sleeping patterns, can alert me of notifications on my phone, and also syncs up with my Strava account so I can make sure all my friends know that I only ride 4 miles on my bike.

    The Vivoactive is super solid, feels sturdy, and is made for the long haul. It's the simple things that make the watch so great. With just two actual buttons and the rest being a touchscreen, the watch is easy to use, navigate, and see while tracking activities or reading text messages.

    The battery last a surprisingly long time, even while in tracking mode, and charges super fast for when it finally does get low. I love how it uses a magnetic base for charging so you don't have to fumble around with a port.

    If you want a Garmin computer with the ability to connect to your phone and double as a smart watch, this is the perfect watch for you! Would definitely recommend!