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Garmin Vivoactive HR GPS Smartwatch – XL Fit

$249.99 (as of December 10, 2017, 9:29 AM) $212.49

wrist-based heart rate monitor
smart notifications when paired with your smartphone
run, cycling, swim, and row apps

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Description

Sleek enough to pass acceptably through your presentation to the board, the Garmin Vivoactive HR GPS stealthily utilizes wrist-based heart rate reading to take your daily activity tracking and training data analysis to the next level. Whether you’re keeping tabs on your daily steps, training for a multisport event, or running after your adventure cat who has just squirmed out of its harness, this watch is there to capture it all. The big news about the Vivoactive HR GPS is its ability to continuously monitor heart rate through its proprietary Elevate optical sensor at the wrist, eliminating the need for a bulky, uncomfortable chest strap. The continuous data stream lets the watch not only provide feedback on current heart rate, but also accurately assess your resting heart rate in addition to all its other activity tracking features. This can help indicate fitness and health changes over time and is a huge perk for athletes looking to catch early signs of overtraining. While Garmin claims Elevate is appropriate for tracking intense activities and training zones, it may be a good idea to stick to your traditional chest strap for interval sessions until Elevate’s accuracy is proven, given the issues with many of the other optical sensors currently on the market. The Vivoactive is GPS-enabled to track routes, distance, speed, and other metrics depending on your choice of activity, which can be uploaded to Garmin Connect for in-depth analysis. It connects to Garmin’s app store, Connect IQ, which opens the unit up for virtually limitless customizability through third-party apps and features. It also comes with some unexpected features, like activity goals–assigned based on inveterate activity levels–and sedentary alarms–which warn you when life at the desk is threatening your daily activity goals. The Vivoactive HR GPS also brings the usual functionality that we’ve grown to expect from smart wearables, including text and call notifications, calendar synching, playl…
Heart Rate Monitor: yes, Elevate technology
Technical Features: smartphone notifications, Elevate optical sensor heart rate tracking, accelerometer, GPS tracking
Clock: yes
Backlight: yes, always-on display
Submersible: yes, 5 ATM (50-meter/165-feet)

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