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Garmin Vivomove HR and Garmin Vivosport, first details


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Garmin has been quite busy for a week (I'd better not tell you about mine), and after the presentation at Eurobike of the Garmin Edge 1030 and the pedals Garmin Vector 3 today was performance day at the IFA in Berlin. You've already met the new Garmin Vivoactive 3 so now it's time to get to know the two new models in the Vivo range: Garmin Vivomove HR and Garmin Vivosport, both of which are a renewal of the current range.

Neither model adds much to what we've seen in other Garmin products, but they do have interesting details about Garmin's approach.


Garmin Vivomove HR


The full analysis of the Garmin Vivomove HRThis article is only from the presentation of the model.

Click here to see all the details and opinion of Garmin's watch.


First we have the Garmin Vivomove HR. This is the second version of this Garmin activity monitor that is hidden in a traditional analog clock.

This update keeps the design virtually unchanged, but incorporates many of the things found in the Garmin range.

In short, the Garmin Vivomove HR is the result of putting a Garmin Vivosmart 3 in a shaker along with a Garmin Vivomove.

You receive the Vivosmart 3 touchscreen, which is hidden in the clock face, and when the screen is turned off, it looks like an analog clock, while when it is turned on, you can see the phone's menu, activity details or notifications on its OLED screen.


Garmin Vivomove HR

There are three modes of operation:

  • With the clock locked, showing the hands of the hour as any traditional clock.
  • Unlocked clock, where the hands move away from the display area to see all the information and are automatically positioned at 10:11
  • Clock only, when you run out of battery, where it will remain simply displaying the time (without any other function) until you return to charge the battery.

Of course, when you wear the HR nomenclature you receive the Garmin Elevate optical pulse sensor. This sensor is used to monitor the pulse for 24 hours and also during training. Like the Vivosmart 3 also shows the level of stress or calculates the VO2max. And is that, for all intents and purposes, the software is the same as the bracelet.

The original Vivomove perhaps looked too masculine, something that has changed with this new version. More colour combinations and two versions: Sport with silicone strap and Premium with leather strap and full body in steel.

Garmin Vivomove HR

In addition to being able to record exercises manually (or automatically with MoveIQ) the monitoring of the daily activity is guaranteed by counting steps and estimating the distances covered and, thanks to the barometric altimeter, also counting the number of floors climbed.

It is compatible with ANT+ but not to connect sensors, but to be able to transmit heart rate data to other devices, so you can use it for example with Edge computers or gym machines that support this type of connection.

In terms of autonomy, it has a battery life of approximately 5 days using all the intelligent functions, and 2 weeks in clock mode.

We will have it in stores before the end of the year at a price of 199 euros for the Sport version and 299 euros for the Vivomove HR Premium with full steel body and leather strap.

Garmin Vivosport


The full analysis of the Garmin Vivosport is now published. This article is only from presentation of the model.

Click here to see all the details and opinion of the Garmin GPS activity bracelet.


Finally, the third of the devices presented today by Garmin is called the Garmin Vivosport, a Vivosmart 3 with a color screen and integrated GPS receiver, which was once called Vivosmart HR+.

Garmin Vivosport

This new bracelet contains the same functions as the Garmin Vivosmart 3 The design of the wristband is inspired by this model; it changes the OLED screen into a colour screen that is always on but needs backlighting to see it in the dark.

As in the case of the Vivomove HR we have the Garmin Elevate sensor to measure heart rate both in training and in everyday life, a barometric altimeter to count floors that have been climbed and the rest of the functions that were already present in the original model.

The autonomy is up to 8 days in intelligent mode, receiving notifications from the phone; and up to 8 hours in case of using the GPS during training.

Garmin Vivosport

Available in two sizes and different colors (without the possibility of changing the strap):

  • Small-medium size in black-red and black-black
  • Large size in black-yellow and black-black

The price? 199 euros, and it will be available throughout the fourth quarter of the year, just in time for Christmas.

And with this, along with the Garmin Vivoactive 3I'm done with all the Garmin ads this week. It's been exhausting!

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Eduardo Mateos

I've been surrounded by electronic devices of all kinds for more than 25 years. Using them, testing them, taking them apart and dissecting them. Long distance triathlete: I swim, run and cycle for a long time. Maybe too much.

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  1. Very good progress, as always. One question, will it work to connect it to a Fenix 3 by Ant+ and provide the latter with a heart rate monitor? I've been doing that for 2 years with a Mio Link but after the second battery failure I'm thinking of changing it for one of these.
    Thank you very much !

  2. Hi, Eduardo,

    I'm looking for an optical heart rate monitor that has water resistance, I once read that you used a very tight garmin and managed to measure your HR while swimming, with which models is this possible?
    I don't need any more data than the CF of the whole day and the calories burned as accurate as possible (asking your age, sex, ect. although it's not my priority either)
    I was comparing Polara360 and Polar m200 but apparently neither has the continuous record I need
    What do you recommend?

    1. Both the Polar A370 and the Polar M430 support heart rate throughout the day and also in swimming. They will not show you stroke or distance data, but they do record HR.

      1. Thanks for the answer Eduardo, I tried to buy one of these two but it turns out that in Mexico it is not possible to buy them, and there are no stores that send them here. Do you know any other alternative? Maybe even that you can't measure the pulse in swimming but with some profile measure the calories consumed at least... And that if, the rest of the time if you measure the pulse Will there be?

      1. Let's see if when you do the review you can say if you see the strap of good quality, I bought the vivosmart hr and I have broken both the strap, as the piece of plastic that sugeta the leftover strap. I am interested to know if it keeps the same "quality" to know whether to buy it or not. Thank you very much, I'm a big fan of your analysis and you clarify many doubts.

        1. Keep in mind that my tests are limited, 3-4 weeks. That's not enough time to assess the durability of something, for better or for worse.

  3. Good morning, I would like to know if the vivomove hr measures distances when you go for a run despite not having gps, that is, if the system that it brings of steps is more or less reliable. Thank you very much.

    1. Yes, it measures distance through the accelerometer. I think in a few days I'll have the most detailed test of the Vivomove HR

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