Garmin vívofit Fitness Band - Black Bundle (Includes Heart Rate Monitor)
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- Pairs with heart rate monitor chest strap for fitness activities (chest strap included in bundle package).
- Move Bar - Motivates you to be active throughout the day by displaying a red move bar after one hour of inactivity. Additional segments light up for every 15 minutes of inactivity. Just walk for a couple of minutes to reset.
- Long battery life - Stays on for more than a year without having to change the battery. Easy-to-read display - View the time of day and your stats right on your wrist.
- Achieve your goals - Vivofit learns your activity level and assigns a personalized goal each morning. Count calories - Records calories burned throughout the day including base metabolic rate.
- Monitor your sleep - Set the sleep mode when you go to bed to track the quality of your rest.
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- Learns your activity level and assigns a personalized daily goal
- Displays steps, calories, distance; monitors sleep
- Pairs with heart rate monitor¹ for fitness activities
- 1+ year battery life; water-resistant²
- Save, plan and share progress at Garmin Connect™
You already know the active steps you take now can improve your overall wellness today, tomorrow and well into your future. And while it seems simple to get out of that chair more often and move, making it stick is another matter. That’s where vívofit can turn good intentions into lifelong habits. It’s the only fitness band that greets you with a personalized daily goal, tracks your progress and reminds you when it’s time to move.
Personalized Daily Goals
vívofit learns your current activity level, then assigns an attainable daily goal. As you meet your milestones, vívofit will adjust your goal for the next day, gradually nudging you toward a healthier lifestyle. At Garmin Connect™, our free online fitness community, you can earn virtual badges and view your progress.
Tells Time and "Time to Move"
Research shows prolonged periods of inactivity such as sitting at a desk decreases your body’s production of fat-burning enzymes. You can reverse that effect by taking frequent, short walk breaks throughout your day. And while you might lose track of time and forget to move, vívofit knows. A red move bar appears on the display after 1 hour of inactivity and builds when you’ve been sitting too long. Just walk for a couple of minutes to reset the move bar.
When you’re ready to take the next steps toward better health, vívofit has additional features to keep you motivated. Use a heart rate monitor¹ with vívofit to record your heart rate and zone data and get more accurate calorie burn information for any fitness activity, such as a run or a cardio class at the gym. At Garmin Connect, you can join online challenges with other vívofit users or start your own competition with friends to compete for virtual badges and bragging rights.
vívofit follows your progress 24/7, and it can stay on for more than a year without a battery change. Set the sleep mode when you go to bed and vívofit will monitor your rest. At Garmin Connect, you can see your total sleep hours as well as periods of movement and restful sleep. The vívofit band is water-resistant², so you can shower or get caught in the rain, worry-free.
With the touch of one button, you can wirelessly sync vívofit with Garmin Connect to see a complete picture of your progress, join online challenges and earn virtual badges for extra motivation. You can access our free online community from your computer or on your compatible mobile device³ with the Garmin Connect™ Mobile app.
¹Included with some models, sold separately on others.
²Water-resistant (50 meters).
³Includes Bluetooth® Smart Ready phones; contact your provider to verify if your phone is compatible. The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc.
Top customer reviews
*If you want a quick pros/cons list, just scroll to the bottom. It likely covers the gist of it*
The good stuff:
The VivoFit feels fine around the wrist. It's definitely a bulkier fitness band, but I personally found it comfortable. It can very easily be worn in the shower (it handles water like a champ). I haven't swam with it, but I believe it is waterproof to 50 meters - so unless you hunt for sunken ships, it will be just fine in anything. The display is awesome - it's very crisp and shows useful information. Additionally, it shows the time and the date...this is actually a feature that I wouldn't have thought twice about, but after having it on my wrist I came to really appreciate it.
There is a red bar that grows along the top of the display to show your inactivity - I love this. The red bar is a visual indicator that I need to move around. It's very annoying to see it (in the best way possible), and I've found myself walking around when I otherwise would not have gotten up for a short walk.
Sleep tracking is important to me since I have a very hard time sleeping. You should note that the VivoFit does not break down your sleep tracking into "light, deep, and awake" time. Literally all it does is give you a graph of how much you moved. Personally (being a data person), I like this. However, the graph is only a graph, and doesn't give you any information beyond what you can interpret from it. I really wish Garmin put a measurement in of what is "deep" sleep and what is "light/awake".
The step counts reported from the VivoFit are very consistant with other fitness bands I've tried. I've noticed that it does tend to miss steps as I sleepily stumble around my room in the morning (carpeted, wearing socks), but that's no big deal. It does a great job of knowing what are steps and what are other things. It works wonderfully in the car - virtually zero added steps when hitting potholes and traffic cones. As far as step count is concerned: I would say the Garmin VivoFit is very accurate.
The calories burned throughout the day are MOSTLY accurate, but I've done a very lengthy study on caloric burn from walking around, and I've found that the VivoFit is slightly low (10-20%) when it comes to calories burned from walking. Note that I used only the wrist band and do NOT have the heart-rate monitor. During a workout, the HRM would likely give much more accurate results. However, when walking around all day one is unlikely to be wearing the heart rate monitor.
The website has some OK qualities. It shows a fair amount of data, and gives you the option to look at it in as low as 15 minute intervals.
The fact that the batteries last about a year is amazing. Really, you won't have to take this thing off for a while - it's a very robust product.
The bad stuff:
Holy syncing issues. I'm hoping that this will be ironed out eventually, but it takes AT LEAST 3 attempts to get this thing to sync. The syncing isn't exactly fast. At first I thought this would be no big deal, "I can be a little patient." However, it really gets annoying.
The display has no back-light. This isn't a HUGE deal, but it does mean that you need to put it in sleep mode before you turn the light off (or do it by cell-phone light like I do). Other watches which last years have an indeglo thing - I understand the VivoFit draws more power than a regular watch but it might have been a good addition.
Even though the website/app have some redeeming qualities, they're pretty terrible. It is not nearly as elegant as the FitBit or the Jawbone. The app/website shows all the relevant information that would be important (aside from any sort of sleep analysis), but it's insanely slow and is a sight for sore eyes. If you want to view data from previous days, be prepared to wait. All of this, of course, will hopefully be ironed out in the future. However, at this time, research the app/website and see if it's suitable for you.
Furthermore, (for us techies) there is NO API. If you want access to their API, it's a $5000 fee. Not even kidding - that's the price.
The design itself isn't the most elegant either, but this isn't a huge deal to me.
* Summary *
- Comfortable fit
- Great screen, shows useful information
- Inactivity bar is a great motivator
- Accurate step count/mostly accurate calorie burn
- Compatible with a heart rate monitor (this is a huge plus)
- Sleep tracking shows movement data
- Can see calorie/step information in 15 minute intervals via website
- Batteries last around a year
- Totally showerproof, waterproof to 50m
- Also shows time/date
- Not the most elegant looking device (comfort aside)
- No backlight on display
- LOTS of syncing issues (need to try around 3 times, every time)
- Website is slow and unattractive
- App is also unattractive
- Sleep data does not give any analysis - only a graph which is open to your own interpretation
- Access to API costs $5000
I would recommend the Gamin VivoFit. I believe it is generally a very solid product. However, do an image search for the website/app and see if it works for you. Get ready for syncing frustrations.
* The bracelet itself tracks calories, distance, steps, and sleep.
* You must be wearing the chest strap for the bracelet to record heart rate. It does NOT sense heart rate through your wrist like a Fitbit. However, chest straps tend to be more accurate, especially for exercise.
* It syncs to an app on your phone or computer, but you must sync it manually using the button on the bracelet. It does not automatically send real-time data to your phone.
* It does not need to be charged. It has batteries that last 1+ year.
When I first set it up, I was pretty upset that I already had a "low battery" warning come up, however the warning went away and it's been 2 weeks and it's still going. I've also seen a lot of reviews about how terrible the Garmin Connect app is, but I find that it does its job and I've never had a problem syncing it. Today, the app has been down all day for "maintenance," which has been annoying, but will most likely be fine again when it comes back up. Other than that, I've had no issues with it. I ordered some cool colored replacements bands off of amazon too so I can switch the colors every once in awhile. Overall, it's been a great device so far.
1) If you like to exercise on a bike (indoor or outdoor), you don't get any steps for that workout. Seems pretty obvious, as you are not walking, but nonetheless, I find myself spending less time on the bike now as i am counting my steps. Since I have the heartrate monitor, I still get the heartrate and calorie count that comes with a bike workout, but no steps.
2) If you do a lot of shopping at large stores like Walmart, Target, grocery, etc., you may not be counting steps. I criss crossed Walmart one day, figuring I'd done over a mile at least, but when i looked at my tracking I had not added any steps. That is because I was holding on to the cart. If you are walking but not moving your arms, it won't register your movement. So now I have to make an effort to push the cart with one hand (annoying, but whatever).
3) If you have a job where you move your arms a lot but don't walk, it can be misleading. I once wore it while I was drying my hair, and noticed that I registered about 200 steps or more in that 10 minutes, but my feet had been rooted to the floor. This came up again when my hairdresser asked me about it, and for that reason, I couldn't recommend a wrist monitor to her.
Just a few things to keep in mind when you think about this product and your lifestyle and preferences.
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