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  • The thinnest, wrist-based heart rate and smart activity tracker from Garmin, vivosmart 3 includes fitness monitoring tools such as VO2 max, fitness age and strength training
  • 24/7 heart rate monitoring with Elevate wrist heart rate technology
  • Tracks steps, floors climbed, calories burned, intensity minutes, sleep and more
  • A Garmin wearable first, the all-day stress monitoring lets you see periods of elevated stress or restful recovery
  • Strength training activity counts sets, reps and rest time and pushes the data to Garmin Connect for review
  • Fitness age gives you an easy way to visualize progress in your fitness
  • Hidden display is only visible when you want it to be; when not in use, the discreet display disappears into the device
  • Swim-rated, water-resistant design can be worn in the shower or pool


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Best Use Fitness
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
Water-Resistant Depth Unavailable
V02 Max Estimate Yes
Altimeter Pressure-based
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Time Display Yes
Illumination Luminous Hands and Markers
Battery Type Lithium Ion
Average Battery Life Up to 5 days
Display Size 1 inches
Smart Device Notifications Yes
Gender Unisex
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 2 weeks in and very happy I've had this for 2 weeks now and it's been working fine for me. This is my first tracker. The thinner profile is nice, I bypassed earlier bands because between needing the large size and the thickness I was concerned about fitting through the cuffs on my sleeves, but I've had no problems with any of my shirts with this one - it's no thicker than a bulky watch. The band itself is pretty rubbery, but that may be standard for heart rate monitors. Sleep tracking seems pretty accurate within its limitations - you define your normal sleep period (e.g. 11PM-7AM) and it'll track your sleep within that. If you go beyond that period (e.g. sleeping in on the weekend) it'll continue to record sleep until it's pretty clear you're up, though you'll see spikes of "up" for things like walking to hit the snooze button if your clock's not reachable. Sleep is expected to all be within that defined window - there's no way to record or track naps at least in the software as it currently exists, and if you have a busy day and "crash" before the bedtime you've defined it may not recognize the beginning of sleep. It's worth spending a little time in the Garmin Connect app on your phone to customize what shows on the band, since you'll be swiping through sections, but there's also not a huge amount you'll be doing on the band itself. Notifications are pretty basic, on Android I had to dig a bit in the Garmin Connect app to get it to recognize notifications from my work email app as being something to pass across to the band, but you can go into the Smart Notifications area and (via menu) Add an additional app. On the band itself you get a brief excerpt and the ability to dismiss it from the band. The only disappointment I've had is that Incoming Call and Missed Call notifications don't show name/number info.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Fitness Band I had the original Vivosmart and loved it. After I lost it on a hike, I tried several other newcomers throughout the years. The Microsoft Band 1&2, Vivosmart HR, Nike FuelBand, and a FitBit. All failed to fulfill all of my needs. The Microsoft Bands were uncomfortable, the FitBit was the opposite of waterproof, and the Nike FuelBand had the links issue (got stuck on my wrist). So far, I love Vivosmart the 3rd, and mixed with the Garmin Connect app (which has come a long way), this small, comfortable band meets all of my needs. Great battery life, love the "portrait mode" for the display and the distance, even though it has no built-in GPS, is amazingly accurate. I plan on purchasing another for my girlfriend.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Screen resolution hazy product images misleading I purchased this Garmin model from REI and can verify the screen resolution is hazy/blurry. The product images REI displays shows a sharper screen/resolution. REI should represent this product in its true light/quality. Why is the resolution so low?
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great tracker for unreliable information I may have to update this rating depending on how Garmin support resolves my issue, but out of the box this is fitness tracker is great! Great for giving you useless irrelevant information. Some of the issues: Extremely slow heart rate response during higher intensity activity. Now now wrist tracker is great while you are moving, but it should catch up when you stop moving during intervals. This thing will tell you that your heart rate is 80 when you chest is beating out of your heart. It makes the calorie burn calc highly unreliable. Distance. Now with no GPS, I would be fine with some inaccuracy. But for recorded walks it seems dead on. A .5 mile walk ends up being .5 miles. But it seems to double up that walk, and add extra distance. By end of day you have several extra miles worth of walk that you didn't do. Daily calories: It Garmin connect this fitness tracker will turn mere steps into a full on ironman calorie burning session. Sure you may be only 4k steps in for the day, but the Garmin is super optimistic, and it thinks you burned 400 extra calories. Garmin wants you to eat that cheese burger, twice. Intensity minutes: Cool idea, track high intensity work outs. Unfortunately just like the walking it doubles up the actual minutes. Text messages and incoming calls: the display for messages are terrible, you basically end up knowing that you have a text message, but it is to clunky to actually read it. It also shows you that you have an incoming call, but doesn't give you the caller ID info from the cellphone, so that is equally useless. So far support has been polite, but have yet to get back to me with a good solution. Maybe mine is buggy, or maybe they didn't dot their i's and cross their t's with this design.
Date published: 2017-06-05
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Does does any of your watches have a pool lap counter and a heart rate monitor together?

Asked by: Chuck
Fenix 3 or 920 but you need to buy an extra heart rate strap for abouit $100. It just gives average heart rate but the watch has plenty of swim information. They both do a good job of tracking distance.
Answered by: shackleton
Date published: 2017-05-13

Is GPS available with this tracker? Does it come with interval timers?

Asked by: Peggy
​GPS is not available with the Vivosmart and it does not come with interval timers.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-25

Is this waterproof?

Asked by: adventurer
Yes, can go in swim pool
Answered by: ds27
Date published: 2017-04-16

Can the tracker compete with other fitness trackers? I.e. Other individuals with Fitbit. Competition between individuals.  

Asked by: Mfk4278
Unfortunately, you are not able to sync Fitbit and Garmin trackers for competition.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-03

Can you ship this to my REI store in Anchorage AK? You cannot ship to me and the REI store in Anchorage said I could order and have it sent to them...

Asked by: Sue R
Yes, this activity tracker can be shipped to our retail store in Anchorage.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-22

Does it come with a wall plug charger or do the batteries have to constantly be changed when it dies?

Asked by: Jackie97
This activity tracker comes with a USB charging/data cable. The internal battery cannot be changed.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-03

When will it be available in store?

Asked by: Peggy
Please contact your local store directly to inquire about future availability. Store contact information can be found online here:
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-03
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