Sports Bands are quite popular today, but with so many companies selling their variants its hard to find the right one for you. In this article, I will be bringing you the review of the Garmin VivoFit Fitness Band, so read on to find out if this is the fitness band for you.
Worth the Purchase? : Yes
Price : £99.99 (Without Heart Rate Monitor) £139.99(With Heart Rate Monitor)
Where? : Garmin
In the Box
VivoFit Fitness Monitor
Silicone WristBands x2 (Small + Large)
ANT+ Bluetooth USB stick
Getting Started Guide
Safety and Product Information Booklet
My first impressions of the VivoFit were pretty good. The fitness monitor was quite easy to fit into the wristband and fit nicely onto my wrist. One thing I must say about the wristband is that it is surprisingly comfortable. During my review, I brought the VivoFit with me on a round of golf. During my round it was so comfortable I barely noticed I was wearing it, which I think is very positive.
The VivoFit allows you to look at the time, date, heartrate(only with heart monitor),steps taken, daily goal of steps,miles ran/walked,calories burned.
While wearing the VivoFit, it made the boring tasks like mowing the lawn fun because it was interesting to see how steps you did while doing work and how many calories you had burned doing so.
The display on the fitness monitor is ok, its the same as on most digital watches. The viewing angles are fine in
decent lighting but in dim light or at night you can’t see it at all. I would of liked if the display was back lit so that you could turn the light on for night viewing. The display is not all bad because it doesn’t require a lot of power the battery life of the VivoFit is said to be one year, so that takes the worry about replacing the battery to one side.
To navigate through the fitness monitor you use a button placed on the front of the fitness band and it has nice tactile response, so you know when you push it, this will help stop you from pressing it by accident, which I like.
You can also measure how long you sleep by holding down the button on the VivoFit for about five seconds to put it into sleep mode and when you wake, just press it again to wake it up.
If you want to keep track of your progress through the week, you can sync the VivoFit using the ANT+ and Garmin Connect App for windows. The app is well laid out and really easy to use. All you do to sync with your pc is insert the ANT + USB stick into your pc and press the button on your VivoFit for about three seconds, it will go into sync mode and send information to the Garmin Connect app, its that simple.
In the app you can see how many steps you’ve done throughout the day, your weekly progress, if you’ve reached your daily step goal, how long you have slept, your badges you’ve achieved,create challenges with your friends and find friends using the same device as you. The app is really good and complements the VivoFit.
Been inactive for an hour or more? On the VivoFit, red lines will appear if you havent been active for a hour or more and will encourage you to get up and start moving around.
After spending a week testing the Garmin VivoFit I have come to the conclusion that this is a very good fitness band. It took the dread of doing chores because fun to see how many steps I took and how many calories I had burned. The bands included with the fitness monitor are very comfortable and easy to get on, but I noticed that the band I had been wearing picked up little marks to my surprise. I had not been doing any intense and when I woke up one morning I looked at my VivoFit and it had two marks at the bottom of the band as you can see in the image to the right, abit odd.
Rating : 8/10 – Great Fitness band, easy to use, syncing is easy but the display is a tad dim and the band does mark pretty easy.
If you would like to have a look at this product, Please click the Garmin link above.