Garmin Vivosport – Review Pros and Cons: Best fitness tracker with GPS for runners
Garmin Vivosport can be considered as the rightful successor to Garmin Vivosmart HR+, which is one of the best fitness trackers in the year 2016. If you are the one who had passion for Garmin Vivosmart HR+ and Garmin Vivosmart 3 then you will find Garmin Vivosport quite familiar because Vivosport is a nice blend of these two wonderful products.
Garmin Vivosport: Release Date
Garmin Vivosport was officially launched in the early September of 2017 in IFA Berlin. Now it is available at a quite high price with some worthy upgrades
Garmin Vivosport: Price
Garmin Vivosport currently costs around 169$, which seems to be fairly expensive for a normal fitness band. However, it is still worth a try because of the improvement in features. Also, the design of Vivosport is pretty good. You can order it in Garmin’s website or Amazon.
Garmin Vivosport: Design
First of all, you will be impressed by the compact and dynamic design of this product. It looks just like Vivosmart 3 and Vivosmart HR+ with slim and discrete at 0.8 inches wide and more than 0.4 inches thick, which is smaller than Polar A370. It has always-on color touchscreen display that works great and has full color and backlit. but there’s no longer a physical button below that touchscreen display, which is is similar to the Polar A370 and the Fitbit Alta HR. The screen is a little bit small, so you may find it quite difficult to swipe between the menus or adjust something since your whole finger covers up the entire display and your not really able to navigate as well as you might if the screen was a little bit larger.
With the weight 24g for Small/Medium version and 27g for Large version, it is so lightweight that you hardly even notice it on your wrist. For me, I felt fairly comfortable when wearing it and going for cycling, running or walking with it or just wearing it as an accessory. You have 3 color options: Fuchsia Focus, Limelight and Slate
Garmin Vivosport: Features
Activity and stress tracking, GPS and VO2 max estimation are basic functions of Vivosport
Garmin Vivosport Features Pros:
The built-in GPS is really a facinating feature here, giving you the ability to track running, walking/hiking and cycling sessions with no need of taking your phone. It works incredibly well and accurate compared to Apple watch series and some other Garmin wearables. Vivosport gives you metrics that you just do not really get on a lot of other fitness trackers of the same price point including elevation information, running dynamics, cycling dynamics and heart rate information. This will provide you with the same accurate information that you get from much more expensive GPS watches, so it seems to be a notable feature you can consider choosing it over the rivals.
Good battery life:
Up to 7 days in smartwatch mode and 8 hours in GPS mode. It is pretty good because GPS and color screen may drain lots of battery. From my experience, if you use the GPS or heart rate sensor when doing exercises, you will have to charge it about once every four or five days, possibly more if you use the GPS feature a lot and it takes roughly around 1.5 hours to fully charge it.
Stress tracking and VO2 Max estimation:
This is a feature that usually only appears on the expensive watches, but now it is available in the Vivo line. When you activate this function, Vivosport will use algorithms to determine whether you are stressed or not, based on the heart rate and some mysterious parameters. From that, you might know whether you need to rest a little bit more or you can push yourself a little bit harder. The VO2 Max estimation feature also appears, but it only can calculate VO2 max for running and walking exercises. However, this is a huge selling point since it is a feature that is usually only offered on some much more expensive Fitness Wearables.
Automatic activity and sleep trackers:
For the most part, Vivosport can automatically track activity such as steps, floors climbed, calories burned, intensity minutes and sleep. You can also use Vivosport when doing weightlifting as well since it can have gym modes that can record some interesting datas such as reps, sets, rest time and heart rate during your free weight or bodyweight exercises. The heart rate monitor of Vivosport is a newer version than that of Fenix Chronos. It is slimmer but still accurate.
Garmin Vivosport Features Cons:
Slightly buggy in automatic exercise tracking:
Sometimes it do not perform well in gym context. I put it through several gym workouts and found for some certain exercises like pushups or exercises in which my wrist need not move a lot, it ran into some difficulties tracking that movement and counting reps. Nevertheless, it seems to do great at cardio exercises.
No swim modes:
Although Vivosport has the 5ATM certified waterproofing that protects it up to 50 metres deep, there is an obvious flaw that it has no swim modes that offer you ability to count your length.
Garmin Vivosport: Final Verdict:
To recap, Garmin Vivosport is a solid and slim fitness tracker which give you built-in GPS, basic activity and stress tracking, good battery and VO2 max estimation. For the price around $169, this is a nice choice in this price range. If you want to experience a simple fitness tracker that provide you with some features in some much more expensive watches, you should get my suggestion.