Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band – Black

Fitness Band That Moves at the Pace of Your Life

  • 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.

Keep Moving

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.

Always On

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.

Get Connected

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.

Product Features

  • 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.
  • 24/7 Wearable – Stylish, comfortable and water resistant2 wristband that is always on and ready to go.
  • 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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3 comments for “Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band – Black

  1. Stratman "Don"
    December 24, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Fantastic device, better than Fitibit and Polar competitors I’ve been using an activity monitor for a couple of years now, and have owned the following in addition to the Vivofit: Fitbit One, Fitbit Flex, Fitbit Force, and Polar Loop. Since the Fitbit devices are very popular and widely used, I’ll orient this review around a comparison to those (and the Polar Loop for good measure).First, my main activity is road biking: I average about 2,000 miles a year, mostly from March to November. In winter I try to regularly ride a trainer or a recumbent gym bike. I wear a heart monitor when riding or training because I like to see how I’m doing as a late middle-aged male. As you’ll see, one of the advantages of the Vivofit is its ability to pair with a HR strap, something the Fitbit products lack. So here we go:The Vivofit is a bit reminiscent of the Fitbit Force as far as the form factor. They have similar bracelet styling, though the body part of the Vivofit is slightly thicker. The clasp design is similar to the Force, but locks more positively. The actual Vivofit unit is removable from the bracelet unlike the Force (more like the Flex), so you can replace the band (it comes with both large and small bands) and change to different colored ones.The biggest differences from the Force are these: 1) the Vivofit uses two small watch batteries that are purportedly good for at least a year versus the rechargeable battery used by the Force, and; 2) the Vivofit display doesn’t light up like the Force (which has both positive and negative attributes; read on).I liked my Force – even though I think Fitbit’s customer service is abysmal, perhaps rivaled only by Comcast among companies I’ve dealt with – but the Vivofit is ultimately what I wish the Force had been. Here’s why.I didn’t particularly mind having to recharge my Force periodically (about once a week), but the battery always seemed to go dead at the most inopportune times, i.e., when I didn’t have my charger available (and remember it only charges with USB via a computer). So there were times where my activity tracking would be interrupted until I could get to a charging source, and then of course you can’t use the device while it’s charging. Not so with the Vivofit. I like the idea of using watch batteries: they add just a smidgen of bulk, but you don’t have to worry about recharging. The batteries are the common 1632s, so they’re easy to find if even if you don’t keep spares on hand, and with a year of life, continuous operation is a given.As to the display, I actually prefer the Vivofit’s overall even though it isn’t lighted. With the Force you have to press the button when you want to read it, although you can then read it even in pitch darkness. The Vivofit displays continuously; you cycle through the different readings by pressing a button, just like on the Force. It’s readable in all but near darkness (reminds of a Kindle), so the lack of lighting is a non-factor for me. It’s also VERY sharp, with gold characters on a black background. I’ll sacrifice a lighted display for the year-long battery life and continuous display of the Vivofit.The other nice thing about the Vivofit vs. the Force is that it pairs with a HR monitor strap. So if you like to keep track of your heart rate when doing vigorous exercise – like I do – then the Vivofit is the hands-down winner. In fact, I think it slightly beats the Force even without that feature, based on the better battery configuration, continuous display, interchangeable bracelet and more secure clasp.A word about the clasp. It’s basically the same design as used on the Force and the Flex, but for some reason is more secure. The Fitbit bands have a tendency to uncouple, especially the Force, but the Vivofit is rock solid. I think the reason is that the Vivofit’s material is slightly less neoprene-like than the Force’s: it’s a tad less springy, so when the clasp pins penetrate the holes they’re held firmly.I’ll finish the Fitibit comparison by mentioning the Flex and the One. The Force tried to integrate the best features of both of these: in effect it’s a One incorporated into a Flex-like bracelet design (albeit a larger one). With the One you have a display that lights when the button is pushed (like the Force) and gives you a readout of various measures by cycling through with repeated button pushes. With the Flex the display only shows a series of dots that track your progress on a measure of your choosing (steps, calories burned, etc.). You can check your stats at any time by pairing the Flex with your smartphone (you can also pair the One and the Force to a smartphone) or by syncing it to your computer with a USB wireless dongle (also supplied for the One and the Force). I found the One too easy to lose, since it’s not a bracelet, and found the battery life of the Flex to be a bit on the short side, probably because of its small size (which…

  2. R. Montgomery
    December 24, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Best Activity Tracker Out There! 0

  3. DavidMA
    December 24, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    This review has failed to sync. The Garmin VivoFit is mostly awesome, but also has some terrible annoyances. Note this review is for the fitness band only, and I do not have the heart rate monitor.*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 *Pros: – 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…

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