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Set goals and get active.

Although Garmin has been on board the activity tracking trends for some time now, the Vivosmart HR Activity Tracker marks a new venture for the company with its newly developed Elevate optical sensor to constantly track heart rate unobtrusively at the wrist. As with its standard sibling, the Vivosmart, the Vivosmart HR packs a heap of functionality to keep track of your daily incidental activity and includes built-in vibrating reminders to get up and be active when you've been sitting too long. Everything from steps to stairs to total minutes of activity can be carefully tracked and evaluated using this handy little piece of technology.

Wrapped in a sleek yet unassuming strap with a clean, intuitive touchscreen, the big news about the Vivosmart HR is its ability to continuously monitor heart rate through its proprietary Elevate optical sensor at the wrist, eliminating the need for a bulky, uncomfortable chest strap. The continuous data stream allows the watch not only to provide feedback on current heart rate, but also to accurately assess your resting heart rate in addition to all its other activity tracking features. This can help indicate fitness and health changes over time and is a huge perk for athletes looking to catch early signs of overtraining. While Garmin claims Elevate is appropriate for tracking intense activities and training zones, it may be a good idea to stick to your traditional chest strap for interval sessions until Elevate's accuracy is proven, given the issues with many of the other optical sensors currently on the market.

For daily tracking, the Vivosmart HR has a plethora of options for collecting data. It tracks steps, stair flights ascended, active minutes, sedentary minutes, calories burned, distance walked, sleep, and of course heart rate and resting heart rate. It uses the CDC guidelines for 150 minutes of physical activity per week as a benchmark and calculates your progress towards that goal as the week progresses, as well as progress towards step count goals which are calculated based on your day-to-day activity patterns.

To meet the demand to stay connected, Garmin builds in smartwatch notifications. The Vivosmart HR pairs with your smartphone to receive notifications to keep you in the loop out on the walking path. You can't read full messages on the watch face, but it gives you enough to screen and decide whether or not you need to pull out your phone. The Vivosmart HR also syncs with Garmin Connect to provide graphs and additional analysis of your daily activities.

  • Built-in Elevate optical heart rate sensor
  • Tracks: steps, flights of stairs, active minutes, sedentary minutes, sleep
  • Calculates resting heart rate and current heart rate
  • Compatible with Garmin Connect
  • Displays smartphone notifications

Tech Specs

Movement:
digital
Technical Features:
smartphone notifications, Elevate optical sensor heart rate tracking, accelerometer
Alarms:
activity
Backlight:
yes, always-on display
Submersible:
yes, 5 ATM (50-meter/165-feet)
Includes:
Vivosmart HR, charging/data clip, documentation
Face Size:
1.0 x 0.42 in
Recommended Use:
activity tracking
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Size chart

Garmin

vívosmart Sizing
 SL
Wrist Circumference 5 - 6.8in
(127 - 172mm)
6.1 - 8.7in
(155 - 221mm)
How to Measure:
Keeping the tape a bit loose, measure around the widest part of your wrist.

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So Far So Good

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I've only used this a couple of times so far but with good results. Agree with the feedback about small wrists - not the most comfortable but not enough to make me want to return.

The good and the bad

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had to return mine for replacement. Heart rate and walking steps were VERY accurate but it was showing only about 3 out of every 10 stair steps. The second problem was that I didn't receive MOST of my notifications.

It is a little bulky for small wrists but more comfortable that the Polar I had tried on. I would loosen it when the heart rate wasn't important, especially to sleep.

The alarm worked fine I only wish the vibration was as strong as the Vivosmart without hr I owned before this one. . I think they weakened it because people were complaining in the reviews. I loved the Vivosmart so I'm giving this one a second try.

For the price you can't find better features...but they need to work. Backcountry's customer service is great!

Works well but not for skinny wrist

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The functionality of this tracker is great. No complaints about it at all. But, after two days my wrist was bruised, so switched to my other wrist and had the same effect. I have very skinny wrists--no meat, just bones. So wish this would have worked out because I really liked the functionality of the tracker.

More Goods Than Bads

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

Great for tracking daily activities. It's being used less as a fitness tracker and more of a 'hey, what have I accomplished today' device. It works great for that!

It seems to use a lot of phone battery since it requires bluetooth and location to be on to be used to its full extent. Battery life on the Vivosmart itself has been right around the advertised 5 days.

It does NOT work well for cycling since it has no app support and you cannot connect it to ANT+ device like every other Vivo device.

No complaints about fit, finish, and quality even though the HR monitor on the underside takes some getting used to.

Don't!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

If you are a fitness enthusiast looking for the best product that costs $150 and pretty much only tracks steps and HR. This is your thing. It does give you the weather now and then, when there is "app connection". Notifications don't work.... Alarm?! What alarm.? Wait!! That doesn't work either!!! My call notifications worked ONCE, then went AWOL. No text, email or messenger notifications. As for the app. It sucks too!! Not sure which sucks more. You can select a menu item... You go to that screen but there is no 'back'. The only way back to main menu is to close out of the app all together and start over. You would think with what is out there in terms of apps and products, Garmin would have it together. Ha! Absolute worst app I've ever used. Returning it today. Spend your money on something else!

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Highly recommended

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The ability to read phone notifications makes this the perfect "watch" for the fitness tech geek!

Awesome Activity Tracker

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I upgraded to this from a cheap-o Xiaomi Mifit ($13) and for the most part they perform similarly.
The good:
I love about the Vivosmart is the HR function and that I don't have to wear a chest strap for tracking.
The smart function and intuitive UI on the tracker itself. There's plenty of info and function that is all easy to swipe to.
Daily goal adjustments based on performance helps keep you making gains. (see The Bad about this as well)

The bad:
Battery life, I seem to be getting 4-5 days compared to my dumbtracker's 45 days. Takes some getting used to.
The App on Android is fairly confusing and not nearly as intuitive as the device itself.
Not the device's fault, but my employer doesn't allow activity trackers at work. That's a 10-hour shift of being on my feet that is not being tracked and accounted for in the Smart Goal function. This makes the ability to have the device challenge me completely useless.