Garmin Vivoactive – a new fitness smartwatch (video)

Garmin move into the smartwatch market with their new Vivoactive, which can track all your fitness pursuits

Hot on the heels of Apple’s new smartwatch, Garmin have announced their first real foray into multi-function watches with the Vivoactive.

The new touchscreen wristwear can help you track your running, cycling, swimming, walking and, bizarrely, golfing, as well as supporting selected third-party apps.

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The watch contains GPS and is swim-proof up to 50m of depth, but it also looks to be pretty slim, meaning there’s little bulk weighing you down during your activity.

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Each of the sport modes (not golf) will track speed, distance and time, as well as sensing your heart rate and cadence – what more could you want?

With Bluetooth linking the watch to your smartphone, you can also receive notifications from your mobile on your wrist, if you so wish.

Workouts are also automatically uploaded to Garmin Connect using Bluetooth, which can then be configured to sync with Strava and other such fitness applications.


Not that we like to talk much about golf here at Cycling Weekly, but the function on the watch allows you to download information on thousands of golf courses and then gives you your distance to the green from whatever part of the rough you may find yourself in, as well as tracking your score.

Priced at $250 in the US, the Vivoactive is yet to be priced for the UK market, but the price from across the pond equates to around £160.