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Garmin - vívofit Fitness Band + Heart Rate - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 352 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great bundle buy

    Posted
    Norman
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    I have owned activity trackers and this one is pretty decent. It’s very sturdy, doesn't look corny (cheap), syncs quite fine with my android phone, and does just about what the $149+ fitbit and other trackers do already, waterproof,trackes sleep, etc..etc... I love that when you set it up it asks what time do you usually go to bed, and for how long. So if you forget to set it to the sleep mode before you go to bed, it will know that you were sleeping due to the inactivity and the set parameters that, that is your usual bedtime and track it. I have never owned a heart rate monitor band so this was new and took some homework. Very easy to use, and wow, definitely wished I would have used one a long time ago to get a better reading of my calories burned for my workouts. So this bad boy automatically syncs your workout to your MyfitnessPal from the activity data off the heart band monitor for an pretty accurate calorie burn. I seriously wish that I would have bought the 2nd generation bundle and spent the extra I don’t know? 20 bucks? Why? No backlight…yeah I learned to work my way around it, but it can be annoying when going to bed, checking the time, syncing, and well just wanting to look at your progress in the dark…yeah not cool. For this reason the battery life on this bad boy is amazing. This is not the end of the world, but for 20 bucks, I’d say get the one with the backlight and take advantage of a great tracker, especially for the one with the bundle. Feel free to ask questions that I maybe didn’t cover in my review. Also, the app takes some time to configure. Kind of funky, maybe the iphone one is better who knows. All these company put more resources into making the apps for trackers more user friendly. God knows why. One major thing that I had to figure out. The tracker WILL NOT track an activity with the heart rate monitor unless it was for at least 15 minutes. If you’re going to lift weights do not wear it on your wrist. Clip to your shoes, or just put it in your pocket. It will record steps if you’re doing curls, shoulder presses….weird.. I wore two different smart watches on two different occasions with the tracker and the steps were only off by 15 steps at the end of the night… I can live with that..Pretty accurate. ALso if your butt hasnt moved it will display bars of red until it fills up...basically get up and move...(wont do this during night mode of course)..great motivator to get up

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Wanted to love it

    Posted
    Fitzy44

    I was so happy to here it contained it had a heart monitor as I have had three heart surgeries and am scheduled for a cardio version. In two weeks to correct a fib. Never read it was a batman belt you had to put around you that hurts your sternum . The heart monitor was not accurate neither were most of the other features . The software was atrocious. Would not sync with iPad iPhone nor iPod . Constantly lost sync with ,my pc destop and laptop. I'm a big fan of Garmin there gps are second to none and there support for them is awesome. With a little more research and refinements they will have the best out there in this genre . Tried Fitbit, also terrible. Software stinks and really no third party apps for either of these.so fit bit went back to. Tried messing with jawbone apps and that stop me from trying that one . Heard bad reviews on the nike band, I think there is great potential in this area but for now there all very for off . I do believe Garmin has the head start and I'm hoping to try there next for ray . I mean I wore a Holter monitor a few weeks ago it fit right in my pocket . Back in 88 I wore a Holter monitor and they were so big you had to hang ti around your neck. I'm anxiously waiting for a more polished product and please companies . You need severe 3rd party software help from distinguished developers!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    One of the strongest but....

    Posted
    Monte
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    Overall, this fitness band is a solid performer. It’s easy to use, the clasp fits will and stays snug. The heart rate monitor (HRM) strap is probably the most comfortable strap I've worn, though I don't like straps in general. I've been looking for a wrist HRM fitness band and have tried the FitBit Charge HR, the Samsung Gear Fit and the Microsoft Healthband and all of them give poor and inconsistent HRM feedback – have sent them all back. The one negative (and it's a big one) is the fact that this device is not backlit. So in the dark and sometimes outside, it's impossible to see. VivoFit should have included an optional backlit option like you see on many watches. They did this to preserve the battery life. The online Web portal that documents your workouts is also substandard compared to the Polar Loop. Polar has a well thought out interface that is pretty useful whereas the Vivo interface seems labored. Overall, a good product but there are some soft spots in their offering. The field is still wide open in the wearable market.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for the price and average person

    Posted
    RAV44
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Received for Christmas 2014, and been holding off giving a review until I had some run time on it. Pro’s – Time, Date, No Recharging, Steps, Heart Rate, Activities, Easy to use, sleep tracking, comfortable to wear, cost Con’s – Software interface and Sync is not the best Garmin has had some Sync issues, but I am not one to sync other than once a day. Interface and link to MyFitnessPal is spotty. Heart rate monitor is chest strap and for me seems to be accurate with manual checks. Putting a drop of water on the band on each side of the monitor where it contacts your skin really helps in having the monitor not drop out. I sync once a day through computer with the USB ant. Have Mobil app but seems to work better through the computer. Extra closure on the band keeps it secure and is nice feature. I am not a fitness fanatic and sure for serious workout athletics there are better devices but for price and all this does it is real good. Having a device that I can see the time was a big plus. For the average person who wants to track their information I would recommend this. If not for some of the sync issues this would have been a 5.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great if you don't want to hassle with charging

    Posted
    Soap
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    A great device that keeps track of the date, time, your steps, steps until you've reached your goal, distance in miles, and calories burned- all of whih you can see on the wrist band itself which is one of my favorite features. I also like that the vivofit uses a watch battery so you do not have to worry about charging it on a daily or weekly basis. Unfortunately, the device does not have a backlight so when it is dark outside, it's impossible to read so if you enjoy exercising when its dark this deviceis not for you. The device was not compatible with my samsung galaxy tab 3 tablet, so I initially had to use the usb stick to sync the data onto my laptop. I could then look at the data using my laptop or using the garmin connect app on my tablet. It is compatible with my new phone, google nexus 6p, but I now have a hard time getting the vivofit to sync the datayo my phone , so I can only view my steps and distance on the vivofit. This means the app has become pointless and I can't track my sleep or view any progress made. :/

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic device, better than Fitibit and Polar

    Posted
    ElVergueador
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love it!

    Posted
    Jimbo1
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    Got the Garmin Vivofit a few weeks ago and I love it! The Vivofit is lightweight and very comfortable. I haven't taken it off since it arrived. Set up was easy and it syncs to my iPhone 5 without any issues. I got the heart rate monitor combo, but only used it once. It worked well and I am looking forward to using it on a regular basis. The Vivofit band holds well and it hasn't been an issue. The connect app is really nice and easy to set up. All the features work as advertised, this is a top notch product! The sleep monitor is a nice option and the display in the app tells me how I sleep during the night. Thanks Garmin for creating a product that works.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Validation

    Posted
    Patricia
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    I'm in my mid-50's and by some standards overweight... about two years ago I decided to change. My Employer offers a gym subsidy and I took them up on it. I changed my diet, I have Lupus and Fibromyalgia so I train hard but under supervision. Earlier this year, I completed the local 'Zombie Run' as our company's team leader (and survived) I'm currently in-training to compete in the Navy SEAL's civilian 'Bone Frog Challenge'... an obstacle course and protracted run. I don't expect to come in the foremost competition BUT I WILL 'finish' and earn my coin and shirt. My Trainer and this device keep me honest and on-track. ~ :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good basic device

    Posted
    HPLP
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    I really like my Garmin. It helps hold me accountable and reminds me to get up and move. Since I have a desk job, I find myself having less eye strain, in addition to the other benefits of getting up from the computer more often. I've paired with My Fitness Pal, and like how that keeps track of calories consumed against calories burned. Makes me think twice about that late afternoon snack. I do wish that it had an illumination option as it would be awesome to be able to see time and info at night. I'll probably upgrade before too long, but this was a good way to get started in the fitness band world.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Loving it!

    Posted
    LoveLife318
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    I'm just loving my VivoFit! Not only does my Vivofit show my sleep patterns...how much I move at night, how restless I am...which is the purpose I bought it....but it shows my steps during the day, how many calories I've burned .... and it also shows me the time...so it actually takes the place of a watch also!! I can also use it as a calorie tracker but I haven't done that. There are things I can use this for that I haven't done yet....I only bought it because I wanted to check on my sleep patterns....but I got way more than I was looking for!! So very happy!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best band yet

    Posted
    Robb
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    Coming from a Fit Bit Force recall, I was honestly just waiting for Fit Bit to make a new band and was going to get whatever that will be since none of the others really fit what I was looking for, till I found the Garmin. A year for battery life, amazing. Easy to read and great looking. Extremely comfortable on the wrist and extremely accurate. Ability to wear it while I shower of swim, great. None of the other fitness bands come close to this and I no longer regret sending the Force back for this at the same price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Keep on moving

    Posted
    Tats
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    Happy with the watch / activity / sleep tracker. It helps each of my family members to realize when they are inactive, and how our sleep patterns are. Interesting! Stay with the black or grey bands - the lighter colors show wear much faster. Disappointed that the watch does not have seconds. Disappointed that the Garmin GPS does not track / map your activity. Still have to use programs like Map My Fitness to see my route and breakdown of each section. Nor does it have elevation. Heart monitor works well with the watch. Have not been able to connect it with the app. Garmin is working on this problem.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      GarminProductExpert

      Thank you for your feedback, we are happy to hear that the vivofit is motivating you and your family. While the vivofit was not designed with the features you have described we love your ideas and suggestions and encourage you to let our designers know, you can do this by visiting http://www8.garmin.com/contactUs/ideas/

      If you are still experiencing issues with the sync, we recommend you contact Product Support at http://www.garmin.com/us/support/ there could be several reason why you are experiencing this issues, one of them is the Bluetooth compatibility with your phone, and other system requirements.

      ~QKO Garmin

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    okay product

    Posted
    clongo
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    I like that this has a heart rate monitor, the chest strap is similar to others I have used. So, equally uncomfortable but you get used to it. The Garmin app really sucks though, especially on an ipad. The heartrate information is basically useless because you can't look back at what time it was really collected. also, it is hard to add in activities - haven't been able to figure that out yet. I like that it gives you a goal based on your personal activity and not a "generic goal" for everyone. overall I like this product, but it could be improved, especially the website/app.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome!

    Posted
    amgrassi
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    This little nugget is awesome! It is the only monitor of its type that has a watch on it, which is what drew me to it to begin with. It also has the date, heart rate monitor (when band is worn around chest), steps taken, steps needed to reach goal, how many miles you've walked, & how many calories burned. On top of all of this, you can get extra wrist bands in different colors to change it up. This puts my Polar monitor to shame. I love love love it & would recommend it everyone!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent but basic tracker

    Posted
    GalFriday
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    Curiously, this device from GARMIN does not have GPS tracking. That didn't deter me from trying it out. I've had the Vivofit for about two months now, and I like it. It keeps me motivated to get steps in. It's not too fancy, like the Jawbone (which will vibrate when you've been sitting for too long), but it comes with a chest strap to measure your heart rate. The strap itself is a bit uncomfortable (probably designed by a guy), but it's a nice option to have. Good for tracking running and walking. Garmin continuously updates the app - though I find it to be a bit slow to sync.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best activity tracker that I have tried.

    Posted
    redtweetypie
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    I have tried 3 different activity trackers, and this one is by far the best one in my opinion. It is easy to use, easy to track your progress on the device without having to sync with a smart phone or computer to see your data. The one thing that I don't care for is that there are no options to change from a wrist band to other means of wearing like a belt clip or necklace. The rubber wrist band tends to bother my skin when wearing in hot weather or doing something that makes the arm/wrist area sweat.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great fitness tracker for less

    Posted
    ArrynKhaldun
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    Being the first generation fitness band from Garmin, the vivofit band has surpassed my expectations. While it would be nice if the heart rate monitor were built in, having a built in screen with date/time, steps taken, steps to goal, distance and calories burned all available at a glance makes me a happy customer. I'm also excited about the Bluetooth functionality for syncing with my phone and only having to replace the battery once a year instead of charging it every few days.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Piece of junk

    Posted
    Anonymous
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    It took me two days and three devices just to activate this thing. It failed with my iPad3 and my iPhone 5c. I was finally able to get it started with my desktop using Garmin Express. I can only see steps taken, goal,and heart rate. It did not reset steps taken until it reached 35,000. It now resets at 5:00 pm EST instead of midnight. I can not enter sleep or snyc mode. It has not downloaded one piece of data. This appears to be a "rush to market" product. No testing, no quality control. I am sending it back.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      GarminProductExpert

      We are very sorry for the problems you had with your vivofit. There have been some stability improvements released via software updates, which will hopefully resolve the problems you had regarding the steps resetting. If you still have this product, you can use Garmin Express to install these updates.

      If this continues, our product support is more than happy to help you resolve this. You can reach them at http://www.garmin.com/us/support/

      -NM Garmin

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    So far, so good

    Posted
    RegularGuy
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    I bought this as a gift for my wife. She's been wearing it for the past couple of days and seems to really like it. The web interface is really great. It sets goals for steps and tracks your daily activity as well. It even tracks movement during sleep and lets you know how restful your sleeping habits are. This is the first activity tracker I've purchased, so I really can't compare it to others on the market, but overall, it seems like a really great product and neither myself nor my wife have any complaints.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not so good

    Posted
    SoClose

    I was so excited to strap this bad boy onto my arm and was sadly disappointed. I found it to be uncomfortable, kind of ugly and incomplete. The app is awful (compared to others). Unless you go to bed at the exact same time every night, the sleep function is a joke. The app needs a serious face lift. Perfect example of an app being designed by a computer tech, not a user! I found myself having to re-synch multiple times. You have to wear the chest strap to get your pulse...really?? The UP app is really intuitive, it's a nice alternative.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      GarminProductExpert

      We appreciate your feedback. Garmin Connect had a lot of updates recently, including a re-design. There is now a sleep detection feature that doesn't require you to place the device into sleep mode. The app will simply search for a sleep period and sync the hours. While the vívofit requires a Heart Rate Monitor, we have the vívosmart HR which takes HR from the wrist. This is a great option for our customers that do not want to use the band. ~QKO Garmin