Garmin Vivoactive Smart Watch Review- Best Watch For Swimming

February 26, 2016

Garmin- Vivoactive


The Garmin Vivoactive Smart Watch

The Garmin Vivoactive Smart Watch is truly a great product offering so much different features like a Built-in GPS to track your running, biking, golfing, swimming and activity tracking, you will know your stats even when you are away from your phone.

With a high-resolution color touchscreen, you’re able to stay active and stay connected when paired to your smartphone. When paired, your Vivoactive will alert you with a gentle vibration when you receive a text, call, emails, and even reminders from your calendar for those important dates, plus notifications from other social media apps.Vivoactive- Notifications

My Favorite feature is being able to track swimming. Most watches I’ve tried were just the basic tracking, like calories burned and laps swam. I’m going to let you know why the Garmin Vivoactive is the best watch for swimming.


The Garmin Vivoactive is waterproof so don’t worry about getting it wet or anything, you can shower with it, sweat in it, and of course swim in it.

With the Vivoactive, it automatically gauges total and interval distance in a pool, calories burned, session average, interval length and length pace, and stroke count including number of strokes per length.Vivoactive- swimming

With the swimming app from Garmin, it’s able to calculate your efficiency with swolf, which adds the time and number of strokes it takes you to swim a pools length.

What is SWOLF? Swolf is an abbreviation for “Swim Golf” and it is a score created by adding together the number of swim strokes per pool length, and the time it took you to swim that length. A lower score is a better score, just like in Golf.

RunningVivoactive- Running

When your running, the Garmin Vivoactive uses GPS to capture essential running data such as distance and pace. The two most important things for me because I can track what my pace was like so I can better myself the next time I go for a run and try to increase my pace for better time.

With a built-in accelerometer and wrist-based speed and cadence tracker, it eliminates the need for a foot pod when running on an indoor track or treadmill.

You can set up vibration alerts for heart rate, pace and run/walk intervals.

The heart rate monitor is sold separately but if you have one from Garmin that you use for another Garmin fitness tracker, that heart rate monitor will work.

Biking Vivoactive-bike

With the GPS-enabled cycling app, you can measure your speed, distance, time, and calories burned. You can even track your daily commute to work and get an accurate distance to and from.

Great for seeing how long it will take you to get to work so you can start setting up a schedule when you have to leave your house to make it to work on time.

GolfVivoactive- Golf

When paired to your phone, you can download more then 38,000 courses worldwide. The golfing app keeps maps updated and tallies hole number and par. GPS measures layup and dogleg distances, as well as distances to the front, middle and back of the green, to improve usability over the entire hole.

There is nothing better than getting extra help from your golfing app to make you play a better game and keep you updated on how you are doing.

How Much Will The Garmin Vivoactive Cost You?

The Garmin Vivoactive will cost you around $189.99 without a heart rate monitor, but with the bundle including the heart rate monitor it will be around $247.93.

Personally this is a great buy and I’m only saying that because there are some watches out there like the Fitbit Surge that is around the same price but it doesn’t have some features like the golfing and swimming capability.

For less than $50 more why not get a fitness tracker that can do more for you.

Colors AvailableGarmin- Vivoactive

I know that the Vivoactive states that it only comes in black and white and yes that is somewhat true, there are other alternatives to change that.

You can customize your watch to match your personality by changing out the watch band or getting a protective vinyl skin which is all sold separately of course.Vivoactive- Vinyl

Yes you may buy a watch that comes in black or white but you can always change it up when you get bored of the color.

Is It Worth Buying?

As you can see there is so much that the Garmin Vivoactive has to offer and I do recommend getting this watch for there is many fitness trackers out there that run around the same price but do not have close to what the Garmin Vivoactive has to offer.

There are two different price options to choose from and if you don’t need a heart rate monitor, then you still have the same great watch for a cheaper price.

I hope this review was helpful, and if you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them below.

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