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  • Run, bike, swim, golf, ski and more while tracking your heart rate with Elevate wrist heart rate technology built right into the watch—no additional chest strap required
  • Built-in activity tracker counts your steps as well as floors climbed, plus measures calories burned and tracks intensity minutes
  • Sunlight-readable, high-resolution touch screen features smart notifications such as call, text, email, social media alerts and more with vibration alerts
  • Customize your watch with more than 1,300 apps, watch face designs, data fields and widgets from Connect IQ online store
  • Battery charge lasts through all your activities with up to 8 days in watch / activity mode (no GPS) or up to 13 hours using GPS
  • Check your calendar or weather information, control your music and control your VIRB all from your wrist—go ahead and leave your phone in your pocket


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Best Use Multisport
Customization Apps, Widgets, Data Fields, Watch Faces
GPS/Satellite Detectable Yes
Pace Alert Yes
Tracks Steps Yes
Pedometer Type Digital 3-axis Accelerometer
Tracks Calories Burned Yes
Sleep Tracking Yes
HRM Included/Integrated Yes
Heart Rate Sensor Type Wrist-based
Average Heart Rate Yes
Heart Rate Target Zone(s) Yes
Pool Lap Recognition Yes
Stroke Recognition Yes
Water-Resistant Depth 50 meters
Altimeter Pressure-based
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Time Display Yes
Illumination Backlight
Battery Type Lithium Ion
Average Battery Life GPS Mode: 13 hrs. Smartwatch mode: up to 8 days
Display Size 1.4 inches
Smart Device Notifications Yes
Included Fitness Accessories Heart Rate Monitor
Gender Unisex
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great fitness watch I was looking for a watch to track my exercise. I mountain bike, run and go to the gym. I wanted a watch with an HRM, GPS and that wouldn't force me to take my phone with me on runs. I looked at different options including buying the latest Samsung watch that was beautiful, light and did a decent job but was just too complicated to use, had too small of a screen and the screen would not keep on during workouts. I would give the Garmin 5 stars if it was a bit thinner. I like the app and the watch. I like how it syncs with Strava. It also shows me notifications from my phone but I don't really care that much about those. Just a nice bonus for me.
Date published: 2016-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Does almost everything of the iwatch 2 Waterproof, GPS, syncs with smartphone to receive messages, very good battery life, and realtime heart rate monitor all work well. Does most functions of the iwatch 2 but with better battery life. More convenient than my Forerunner 910 XT. Small profile looks good on small wrists. Heart rate monitor was accurate for interval running workouts without the chest strap. GPS mapped out run and keep track of pace on intervals well. Unfortunately, I also bought this for golf. Once I loaded three courses, the golf program crashes. Garmin does not have a fix. The rest of the watch works well. Other Garmin golf watches do not have this problem.
Date published: 2016-09-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not a Fitbit I had vivoactive hr for 3 months. Battery life has been good. I have done a few 23+ mile hikes with gps turned on for 18 hours and still have 25% battery life left. Tracking is vary accurate and and matched my garmin gps unit and phone tracks. Battery life has lasted over 5 days without a charge. I know it can get 8days. I have no issues with a rash forming as i did with Fitbit brands. The garmin connect app works well. I am able to share my actual tracks with Google maps. I would purchase this again and recommend it to others. My personal opinion I think it's better than a window or Android smart watch compared to battery life.
Date published: 2016-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Motivates me to do more My first sports watch beyond a simple Timex. After much research I chose this Garmin because it doesn't require my phone to use the GPS (saves my phone battery life), can do multi-sport (swimming and running for me) and it has a wrist-based HRM (hate the chest strap HRMs). Took me a while to get use to it - it is very large on my wrist and it was sometimes difficult using the touch screen. But after a month of logging in a variety of workouts, I'm getting the hang of it and I really like this watch and all the features. I don't wear it 24/7 as an activity sleep tracker, but will every now and then. I look forward to using this tool to help push me to get moving more.
Date published: 2016-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes life easier I wasn't sure whether to buy the Garmin or the Fitbit Blaze. After some research, I went for the Garmin and I couldn't be happier. The main selling point is that the Garmin is waterproof. This is a HUGE plus for me since I kayak and swim. I also like the better quality of tracking cals burned and heart rate than the Fitbit. The app is functional, not at all the prettiest, but it works. I think Fitbit has the better app for day to day use, but Garmin is much better when it comes to stats and reporting on various sports. Overall I am very pleased to have switched over to the Garmin.
Date published: 2016-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from No steps with trekking poles Had the watch for a few weeks now and I do like it. Couple major problems if you plan to use it while hiking and that is it does not count steps while using trekking poles and the elevation gain is not accurate. On a recent hike of over 8 miles and 3000 foot elevation the watch only recorded 6700 steps and 29 floors. I tested the step accuracy on a walk and it was within 2% which is good, but wasn’t using poles. Tested HR monitor while resting and during exercise, was within 2-3 bpm. Beyond that battery life is nice, touch screen works well and many different ways to customize.
Date published: 2016-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vivoactive HR My watch just arrived today, after MONTHS of waiting :) Things I like so far: -I have teeny tiny wrists, and was very worried that this was going to be large and bulky. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it fit very well. The band style really lends itself to accommodate all wrist sizes. -I don't feel the HR monitoring protruding into my wrist at all. -The watch is able to report an average daily resting HR - It's syncs to Garmin Connect on my smartphone quite quickly. -My husband bought one, too, and just went out for a run. I was able to receive an email link with live tracking, which will be quite convenient for us. -The screen resolution adjusts to daylight. My only complaint, and I really hesitate to even call it that because it's really so minor: -the screen is somewhat dim when not outside.
Date published: 2016-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy, Entry-Level for the Advanced Tracker I started out with a FitBit and after sometime I wanted to upgrade because I wanted a tracker that tracked everything I did, hiking, running, swimming and biking. I felt that this product was a no-brainer. I was seduced by the other advanced models but I finally decided after my Fitbit died that I was ready to upgrade, and in the end all I needed was a tracker. Overall, the product works great, battery life is good requiring charge every week or so. The app is a little more complex than Fitbit's but after sometime I was able to get the hang of it. Overall, I highly recommend its such an improvement over Fitbit - now all I need to do it to get all my friends to come over to the "dark side: ;)
Date published: 2016-08-23
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When will this product be available to ship? 

Asked by: Erik Mease
I've heard possibly May but nothing has been officially announced.
Answered by: Jokerstotheright
Date published: 2017-04-17

I want to get this devise but need to know if the battery can be changed out and not charged via UPS. I am heading into the woods on the AT and really do not want to carry additional charging devises

Asked by: bobi
The rechargeable battery on the Vivoactive GPS watch is built in and cannot be replaced.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-12-22

I believe other merchants are selling/shipping this already.  Is there an ETA for REI shipping to those who have "back-ordered" this?

Asked by: Steb
To inquire about estimated arrival dates for an existing order, please give us a call at 1-800-426-4840.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-18

I see that this has GPS but wondering how to see tracking or if you can. Does it have internal maps? How do you download the tracks to see your routes and distances? Does it display the Heading in GPS mode?

Asked by: Tradeup
There are free hiking apps in the Garmin Connect IQ store that will show you the map and allow you to set waypoints.
Answered by: jennrod12
Date published: 2017-05-25

Can you turn off the "move" reminder?

Asked by: Laura1117
The move alert on the device can be turned off.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-28

I wonder if REI will carry the extra large?

Asked by: aquanut23
As of September 2016, we do not have a confirmed date the XL wristband will be available.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-09-23

What stats does it show while swimming? (Heart rate, calories, laps, distance, interval time, total time, etc). In pool and open water?

Asked by: SBRT
The data fields are customizable, so you can set the watch up to track whatever data you prefer while swimming. It is designed for swimming in a pool and does not provide accurate data when swimming in open water.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-16

How do I know which size to buy? Regular or XL?

Asked by: lassen bob
​A regular band will fit a wrist circumference between 5.39 – 7.68 inches and an x-large wrist band will fit a wrist circumference between 6.38 – 8.86 inches.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-21
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