Garmin 010-01225-00 Vivofit Fitness Band - Black
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Fitness Band That Moves at the Pace of Your Life
- Learns your activity level and assigns a personalized daily goal
- Displays steps, calories, distance; monitors sleep
- Pairs with heart rate monitor¹ for fitness activities
- 1+ year battery life; water-resistant²
- Save, plan and share progress at Garmin Connect™
You already know the active steps you take now can improve your overall wellness today, tomorrow and well into your future. And while it seems simple to get out of that chair more often and move, making it stick is another matter. That’s where vívofit can turn good intentions into lifelong habits. It’s the only fitness band that greets you with a personalized daily goal, tracks your progress and reminds you when it’s time to move.
Personalized Daily Goals
vívofit learns your current activity level, then assigns an attainable daily goal. As you meet your milestones, vívofit will adjust your goal for the next day, gradually nudging you toward a healthier lifestyle. At Garmin Connect™, our free online fitness community, you can earn virtual badges and view your progress.
Tells Time and "Time to Move"
Research shows prolonged periods of inactivity such as sitting at a desk decreases your body’s production of fat-burning enzymes. You can reverse that effect by taking frequent, short walk breaks throughout your day. And while you might lose track of time and forget to move, vívofit knows. A red move bar appears on the display after 1 hour of inactivity and builds when you’ve been sitting too long. Just walk for a couple of minutes to reset the move bar.
When you’re ready to take the next steps toward better health, vívofit has additional features to keep you motivated. Use a heart rate monitor¹ with vívofit to record your heart rate and zone data and get more accurate calorie burn information for any fitness activity, such as a run or a cardio class at the gym. At Garmin Connect, you can join online challenges with other vívofit users or start your own competition with friends to compete for virtual badges and bragging rights.
vívofit follows your progress 24/7, and it can stay on for more than a year without a battery change. Set the sleep mode when you go to bed and vívofit will monitor your rest. At Garmin Connect, you can see your total sleep hours as well as periods of movement and restful sleep. The vívofit band is water-resistant², so you can shower or get caught in the rain, worry-free.
With the touch of one button, you can wirelessly sync vívofit with Garmin Connect to see a complete picture of your progress, join online challenges and earn virtual badges for extra motivation. You can access our free online community from your computer or on your compatible mobile device³ with the Garmin Connect™ Mobile app.
¹Included with some models, sold separately on others.
²Water-resistant (50 meters).
³Includes Bluetooth® Smart Ready phones; contact your provider to verify if your phone is compatible. The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc.
- Size: One Size
- Color: Black
- Brand: Garmin
- Model: 010-01225-00
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: .42" h x .83" w x .42" l, .6 pounds
- Move Bar - Motivates you to be active throughout the day by displaying a red move bar after one hour of inactivity. Additional segments light up for every 15 minutes of inactivity. Just walk for a couple of minutes to reset.
- 24/7 Wearable - Stylish, comfortable and water resistant wristband that is always on and ready to go.
- Long battery life - Stays on for more than a year without having to change the battery. Easy-to-read display - View the time of day and your stats right on your wrist.
- Achieve your goals - Vivofit learns your activity level and assigns a personalized goal each morning. Count calories - Records calories burned throughout the day including base metabolic rate.
- Monitor your sleep - Set the sleep mode when you go to bed to track the quality of your rest.
- Physical dimensions: 21 mm wide x 10.5 mm thick (length varies based on band size; 120-175mm (small wrist circumference) and 152-210mm (large wrist circumference))
- Display size, WxH: 1.00" x 0.39" (25.5 mm x 10 mm)
- Note: Your mobile device must support Bluetooth Smart in order to pair with your vívofit device and synchronize data. The following phones have been tested by Garmin and deemed compatible to work with our Bluetooth Smart devices:
- Windows 10 Phone
Most helpful customer reviews
5808 of 6013 people found the following review helpful.
Fantastic device, better than Fitibit and Polar competitors
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. So here we go:
The Vivofit is a bit reminiscent of the Fitbit Force as far as the form factor. They have similar bracelet styling, though the body part of the Vivofit is slightly thicker. The clasp design is similar to the Force, but locks more positively. The actual Vivofit unit is removable from the bracelet unlike the Force (more like the Flex), so you can replace the band (it comes with both large and small bands) and change to different colored ones.
The biggest differences from the Force are these: 1) the Vivofit uses two small watch batteries that are purportedly good for at least a year versus the rechargeable battery used by the Force, and; 2) the Vivofit display doesn't light up like the Force (which has both positive and negative attributes; read on).
I liked my Force - even though I think Fitbit's customer service is abysmal, perhaps rivaled only by Comcast among companies I've dealt with - but the Vivofit is ultimately what I wish the Force had been. Here's why.
I didn't particularly mind having to recharge my Force periodically (about once a week), but the battery always seemed to go dead at the most inopportune times, i.e., when I didn't have my charger available (and remember it only charges with USB via a computer). So there were times where my activity tracking would be interrupted until I could get to a charging source, and then of course you can't use the device while it's charging. Not so with the Vivofit. I like the idea of using watch batteries: they add just a smidgen of bulk, but you don't have to worry about recharging. The batteries are the common 1632s, so they're easy to find if even if you don't keep spares on hand, and with a year of life, continuous operation is a given.
As to the display, I actually prefer the Vivofit's overall even though it isn't lighted. With the Force you have to press the button when you want to read it, although you can then read it even in pitch darkness. The Vivofit displays continuously; you cycle through the different readings by pressing a button, just like on the Force. It's readable in all but near darkness (reminds of a Kindle), so the lack of lighting is a non-factor for me. It's also VERY sharp, with gold characters on a black background. I'll sacrifice a lighted display for the year-long battery life and continuous display of the Vivofit.
The other nice thing about the Vivofit vs. the Force is that it pairs with a HR monitor strap. So if you like to keep track of your heart rate when doing vigorous exercise - like I do - then the Vivofit is the hands-down winner. In fact, I think it slightly beats the Force even without that feature, based on the better battery configuration, continuous display, interchangeable bracelet and more secure clasp.
A word about the clasp. It's basically the same design as used on the Force and the Flex, but for some reason is more secure. The Fitbit bands have a tendency to uncouple, especially the Force, but the Vivofit is rock solid. I think the reason is that the Vivofit's material is slightly less neoprene-like than the Force's: it's a tad less springy, so when the clasp pins penetrate the holes they're held firmly.
I'll finish the Fitibit comparison by mentioning the Flex and the One. The Force tried to integrate the best features of both of these: in effect it's a One incorporated into a Flex-like bracelet design (albeit a larger one). With the One you have a display that lights when the button is pushed (like the Force) and gives you a readout of various measures by cycling through with repeated button pushes. With the Flex the display only shows a series of dots that track your progress on a measure of your choosing (steps, calories burned, etc.). You can check your stats at any time by pairing the Flex with your smartphone (you can also pair the One and the Force to a smartphone) or by syncing it to your computer with a USB wireless dongle (also supplied for the One and the Force). I found the One too easy to lose, since it's not a bracelet, and found the battery life of the Flex to be a bit on the short side, probably because of its small size (which is why I upgraded to the Force).
One of the best features of using a Fitibit is the excellent website. I haven't found a competitor's website that even comes close. Polar's site is in beta and tracks almost nothing. Garmin's site is good, but is mainly for tracking just activity from their various GPS devices for biking, running, etc., albeit in exhaustive detail. Fitbit's site is a full-featured health tracking and monitoring tool. It displays all activity measured by your tracker, allows you to log your food intake (huge food database), regularly record your heart rate, blood pressure, weight, and even custom measures of your own design. It's too comprehensive to describe here, but suffice to say it's reason enough to favor a Fitbit device over others. This is where the Vivofit has a leg up on other non-Fitbit devices: it will automatically sync to the Fitbit site using Garmin Connect software via an arrangement between Fitbit and Garmin.
So now with my Vivofit, I get a device that to me that has all the advantages of the Fitbit Force with none of the disadvantages, allows for HR monitoring, AND syncs to the Fitbit website. It's the best of both worlds.
On to the Polar Loop. It's a well made device that's roughly the same size as the Force and Vivofit, but has the most secure clasp of the bunch. It's a deployment buckle like you'd find on an upscale watch (think Breitling or Omega). Like the Vivofit, it allows for HR monitoring via a Polar HR strap (and its worth noting that Polar HR monitor straps auto sync to a lot of gym exercise equipment that is "Polar ready"). It has a brilliantly lit red display, activated by pushing a button that you then push repeatedly to cycle through different measures. However, unlike the button on the Vivofit or Force, the one on the Polar is very imprecise: you frequently have to push it two or three times before it does anything. That's because it's recessed so as to be almost flush with the strap and is very small, such that when you push most of your fingertip is pushing on the surrounding area. And as noted, the Polar website (beta) is pretty much useless at this point. If the Polar had a better button, and if the website were the equal of Fitbit's or could sync to it, then it would be slightly ahead of the Force (because of the HR feature) but still behind the Vivofit (because of the need to charge it periodically, and because when syncing to a computer it has to be connected to a dual-use charging/syncing cable rather than using a wireless dongle like the Force and Vivofit, though it will sync wirelessly to a smartphone using Polar's app).
Form factor: basically a tie among the Vivofit, Force and Loop (Flex has a smaller form factor, which some may prefer; the One is basically a fob made to be clipped to a belt or carried in a pocket).
Display: the Vivofit for its continuous (and very sharp) display and positive button feedback for cycling through data, although you may disagree if you plan to check your unit regularly in the dark.
Accuracy: the Vivofit and all of the Fitbit units seemed to be very accurate (they yielded nearly identical measures when compared); the Loop seemed to overstate my steps, and - like the Vivofit - it doesn't measure flights of stairs climbed (all Fitbits do).
Clasp: the Polar is most secure, very closely followed by the Vivofit. The Force and Flex tend to uncouple, and the One is a fob rather than a bracelet.
HR monitoring: It's between the Vivofit and the Loop since Fitibit doesn't offer it. If you already use a Garmin HR strap with a Garmin bike or running computer, then you might prefer the Vivofit for that reason. If you want to auto connect your HR strap at the gym, then that might argue for a Polar strap, and the Loop (both the Loop and the gym bike or elliptical, etc. will simultaneously record HR activity).
Smartphone software: all three offer good smartphone apps, but they specialize in different areas. The Fitbit app mimics its website, so most of what you'd upload, enter, sync or track at the website can also be done on its smartphone app. The Garmin app is set up to focus on bike rides, runs, etc. in conjunction with a GPS unit to record routes, route segments, etc. The Loop app is focused on heart rate activity.
Website: Fitbit by a mile, though as noted you can sync all your Vivofit data to the Fitbit site automatically. Thus you can essentially treat the Vivofit as if it was a Fitbit device. Garmin's website has the same focus as it's smartphone app; it's not a full-fledged fitness site. Polar's site is useless, though it's only in beta...perhaps it will eventually be more competitive.
I vote for the Vivofit. Note that the Force has been recalled and is no longer being sold.
2399 of 2508 people found the following review helpful.
Best Activity Tracker Out There!
By R. Montgomery
I have had my Vivofit since 2/27/14 and it has been excellent. I have owned the Fitbit One, Fitbit Flex, and Fitbit Zip in the past and this by far and away outperforms each and every one of those. First of all, YOU NEVER HAVE TO CHARGE THE THING (well not for like a year). That is a major plus. I have not had any syncing issues whatsoever. The sleep tracker works flawlessly, unlike the Fitbit Flex which would randomly disengage from sleep mode in the night. One of my favorite aspects is that it assigns you a daily goal trying to get you more motivated, not just the same number over and over. If it starts at 7,500 steps and I hit my goal, the next day the goal might be bumped up a bit. It constantly tries to get you more and more active.
Lets break it down, the thing is/has:
1. Waterproof (for normal things like swimming, showers, rain, etc...)
2. OUTSTANDING battery life. Next time you need to change batteries it will be 2015.
3. Very accurate for a wrist tracker. All wrist trackers have room for error, this one has less.
4. Very comfortable to wear. The clasp does not come apart.
5. Motivating - assigns you daily goals. There is a goal mode that counts DOWN to zero as well as the traditional view.
6. Able to connect to a heart rate monitor - show me a Fitbit that does that! (Yes I know the Loop by Polar does).
7. Ties into Garmin Connect - if you are an athlete who uses GPS watches it's great to tie it all together.
8. It is very light and low profile - doesn't snag on things.
9. Easy to set up - absolutely zero issues while connecting to the computer and my iPhone.
10. Syncs without problem - Not even one issue so far syncing my steps to my account.
There are many more things to say about this device but it has performed flawlessly for me so far. Yes, there was a day or so where it didn't pick up the daylight savings change, but guess what, I was PATIENT, gave it a day and they rolled out a fix for it.
753 of 792 people found the following review helpful.
Garmin’s Vivofit is an exceptional fitness tracker
By Nicholas Calderone
When fitness bands started becoming popular about a year, I did a lot of research. There are many of them in the market now and I was looking for something very specific. I wanted a fitness band that had a display, tracked sleep, acted as a watch and was above all else comfortable. I found all of these things with the Garmin Vivofit. I’ve been a fan of Garmin for many, many years — ever since I bought my first GPS. It’s been a trusted brand and when I discovered they had a fitness band in the market, I was very excited. I knew that it would be built well and be easy to use. I was not disappointed.
Looking at the basics of the Garmin Vivofit, it’s a stylish, lightweight fitness band that gives users the ability to turn everyday activities in to goals and good fitness habits. The activity tracker always stays on and because of Vivofit’s year-long battery life (two replaceable CR1632 coin cells), it can always stay on your wrist. It’s got a water rating of 5ATM, which means you can safely wear it in the shower and swim with it up to 50 meters in depth. This is something that many of Vivofit’s competitors can’t promise. The display is always on and has several view options (time, date, step counter, steps left to goal, distance, and calories burned). It’s easy to read and shuffle through the different options.
While the Vivofit does not have a vibration alert like some of tis competitors do, it does have a Move Bar on the top of the display that appears after an hour of inactivity. And possibly one of the most impressive features of the Garmin Vivofit is the Autogoal. Vivofit learns your routine and patterns and begins modifying your daily fitness goal based off of your behaviors.
Now that I’ve discussed the specs of the Vivofit, I’d like to introduce you to why I love it. First of all, it’s comfortable. The soft rubber band doesn’t pinch like traditional watch bands to and it’s flexible enough that when I’m typing on a keyboard, I don’t even notice that I’m wearing it. Another thing that I love about the Vivofit is that those comfortable bands can be exchanged for other colors. The Vivofit comes with one band in the box, but users have the option of using replacement bands of varying colors. The ‘brain’ of the Vivofit can easily be removed from any Vivofit band and swapped out.
Vivofit also comes equipped with a sleep tracker, which is something I was very interested in. Over the past several years, my sleep schedule has been thrown off of ‘normal’ for a variety of reasons. I was interested to see what my patterns were like and how long I was sleeping. The findings were fascinating. I found that even though I average about 4-5 hours of sleep a night, my sleep is not exactly sound. Vivofit shows my movements while I sleep. And at times, my movement is so frequent that my sleep cannot be sound.
Another feature that I’ve been curious about is how accurate the pedometer is. I’ve tested out a few fitness bands and some of them are so sensitive to movement that even simple arm movements count as steps. Within the first few hours of wearing the Vivofit, I discovered that might be the case with it, too. However, I found that over time, the pedometer evens out.
I was concerned about was the ease of syncing between my device and my iPhone. As it turns out, it was probably the easiest Bluetooth syncing I’ve ever experienced. To sync, you press and hold the main button until the display shows ‘sync’. As long as you have your Garmin Connect app running on your mobile device, the two will connect and your information will sync flawlessly. I’ve not had any connection issues for the month I’ve been using the Vivofit. It usually only takes about 15-20 seconds to sync. Besides the ease of syncing, the Garmin Connect app displays the most vital information from your Vivofit and organizes it so that it can be reviewed easily. The app is comprehensive and allows for editing. There have been several times that I’ve forgotten to put my Vivofit into sleep mode and I discovered that in the app, you can define your sleep times even if you didn’t put your Vivofit into Sleep mode and the movement data will sync up with those times.
Has Vivofit changed my fitness behaviors? In some ways, yes. I have become much more aware of certain health factors that might be ‘red’ flags and have discovered several ways to improve my daily habits. I do find myself moving around more throughout the day.
I believe that the Vivofit by Garmin is the best value on the market for fitness bands. In addition to all its other charms, Vivofit is compatible with HealthKit from Apple and will sync data with MyFitnessPal.
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