We first got word that the world’s largest wearable tech family was getting a new member back in February. 3 months later and the Garmin Vivoactive HR has been born..

The original Vivoactive is no slouch; it has a great battery life, GPS, all the fitness tracking essentials, sports modes; including metrics for the swimming pool, a color touchscreen, and a full suite of notifications.

Along with a revamp in design, the new Vivoactive HR has all the same features, but with the addition of a wrist-based heart rate monitor and plenty more.

New to the Garmin Garmin Vivoactive HR are new apps for paddleboarding and rowing with metrics such as: duration, distance, pace, stroke rate and number of strokes.

There’s a new app for snowboarding and skiing that measures your speed in 3D by combining speed and distance on the incline vs longitude and latitude.

Garmin’s new Move IQ automatic exercise detection is also onboard the new wearable , along with barometric altitude, moderate and vigorous intensity minutes, and support for the Garmin Varia Radar.


The Vivoactive HR is best described as a fitness tracker/smartwatch hybrid. It’s geared up for running, walking, cycling, golf and swimming. It tracks your steps, distance, calories and all the metrics that come with a built-in GPS including , pace, elevation, route mapping and real-time speed readings.

There are also some smarts onboard, including: music control, VIRB control, phone finder; and calls, text, email, calendar and socila media motifications.

The Garmin Connect app is compatible With Android 4.3 + / iOS iPhone 4S + / Windows 10 / desktop/laptop. It also works with Garmin Connect IQ so apps, widgets, data fields, watch faces and more from Garmin and third parties can be downloaded for free.

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