Before You Get Onto The 10 Garmin Fitness Trackers

6 Things to Note About Garmin Fitness Trackers Listed

Waterproof

ALL Garmin Fitness Tracker Watches can be used for water activities like swimming and you can strap it on whilst showering

Daily Goals

Except for Garmin Swim, the other Garmin fitness trackers allows you to calibrate, adjust an individual’s day to day activity targets. Plus when you meet the goal, the Garmin fitness tracker will amend the goal for the next day, gradually pushing you to workout more

Garmin Connect App

ALL Garmin activity trackers can sync to the Garmin Connect App to give you statistics and breakdown of your day to day activities

Accelerometer

Except for Garmin Swim, the other Garmin Fitness Tracker wearables provide a running accelerometer which calculates the distance for an indoor run workout like running on the treadmill

Idle Alerts

Except for Vivomove, Garmin Swim –  the other 8 Garmin Fitness Tracker feature an audible alert move bar that prompts you to move your butt now

Smart Alerts

Vivomove, Vivofit 3, Garmin Swim – these 3 Garmin Fitness Trackers do not provide smart notifications. Garmin Devices throws notification alerts from texts, caller id, emails, calendar alerts, updates on the weather, social media prompts like WhatsApp, Facebook, Snapchat to Instagram!

Got it? Now let’s move on …

Here we spell out the highlight features to the best Garmin Fitness Tracker Wearables

Garmin Vivofit 3

Garmin vivofit 3 Activity Tracker, Regular fit - White
List Price: $99.99
Price: $71.99
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Most suitable for – general activity tracking

Displays your active steps, active distance, calories burnt off, minutes of moderate intensity, sleep patterns and the time of the day.

Does provide inactive alerts to alert you to move more plus it even allows the user to set daily activity goals and when you meet the target the device will adjust the next day’s goal whilst gradually pushing you toward a more healthier lifestyle.

Does not provide the following – smart notifications, heart rate monitoring, GPS

1 year battery life

Garmin Vivomove

Garmin vívomove Classic - Black with Leather Band
List Price: $199.99
Price: $69.99
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Most suitable for – general activity tracking

Stylish analogue smart-watch which automatically record both active steps and sleep (from light, deep and awake periods) patterns. As well it has a accelerometer to measure distance covered for indoor running.

Does not provide the following – smart notifications, heart rate monitoring, GPS

Does provide inactive alerts to alert you to move more

Syncs to the Garmin Connect App to give you statistics and breakdown of your activities

You can style your watch with interchangeable silicon bands

1 year battery life

Garmin Vivosmart HR+

 

Most suitable for – general activity tracking and running

The Garmin Vivosmart HR+ is the big update to Garmin Vivosmart HR.  It covers what HR has to offer but there are few big additions to HR+ – built-in GPS, a dedicated mode for running and other modes for cardio and walk/job.  It will display your active steps, active distance, floors climbed, calories burnt off, minutes of moderate intensity, sleep patterns, heart rate and the time of the day

For runners, the HR+ will map your run or walk and provide metrics from distance, time, running pace and more!

Does provide the following – inactive alerts to alert you to move more, heart rate alerts, heart rate & sleep monitoring, GPS location, music control, smart alerts, smart notifications

It has Move IQ which can pick up any slight changes to your activity from walking, cycling, swimming, elliptical to running which is then automatically timed

Battery life up to 5 days – which will depend on GPS usage and type of activities used for

For exercisers who are interested in Garmin Vivosmart HR (with no GPS feature) scroll to the bottom.

Garmin Vivoactive HR

 

Most suitable for – general activity tracking and multi-sport activities like swimming, rowing, cycling running, skiing and golf

A versatile all-round sport’s lover tracker with a built-in GPS and heart rate sensor. It will display your active steps, active distance, floors climbed, calories burnt off, minutes of moderate intensity, sleep patterns, heart rate and the time of the day

The location GPS tracking can be used for running, cycling, swimming

Does provide the following – inactive alerts to alert you to move more, heart rate alerts, heart rate & sleep monitoring, GPS location, music control, smart alerts, smart notifications

Syncs to the Garmin Connect App to give you statistics and breakdown of your activities

Battery life up to 8 days – which will depend on GPS usage and type of activities used for

Garmin Swim

Garmin 010-01004-00 Swim Watch with Garmin Connect
List Price: $123.99
Price: $109.93
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Most suitable for – swimming

Built for swimmers, it has a focus on training, and it will display your swimming metrics from lengths, distance swam, pace of your swim, stroke count/rate, calories burnt whilst swimming, type of swimming stroke, and a SWOLF score for measuring your performance.  In addition, much like a watch you get time, date, day and be able to set an alarm.

Does not provide the following – activity tracking, smart notifications, sleep tracking, heart rate monitoring, GPS

With Garmin Swim you can set drills and timed sets for your training

Syncs to the Garmin Connect App to give you statistics and breakdown of your activities

1-year battery life

Garmin Forerunner 920XT

Garmin Forerunner 920XT Black/Blue Watch
List Price: $449.99
Price: $239.95
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Most suitable for – triathlon, swimming, running, cycling, rowing, multi-sport user

A superb multi-sports fitness watch with a built-in GPS.  It will display your active steps, active distance, floors climbed, calories burnt off, sleep patterns, and the time of the day. Plus it provides running dynamics, swimming metrics like Garmin Swim, record VO2 max readings, and live tracking.

Strapping on a chest strap heart rate monitor like HRM-Run or HRM-Tri will give you access to six running dynamics numbers: cadence, length of your running stride, contact time on the pavement, contact time balance on the pavement, vertical oscillation including vertical ratio. The 920XT boasts a metronome function that can guide one’s running cadence training with audible alerts and wrist vibration

Other advanced heart features including – a recovery check within a few minutes of your aerobic workout, a recovery time for rest before the next workout, VO2 max estimation of a run when HRM-Run is in use, VO2 max estimation for cycling when using a heart rate tracker with power meter. From those data, the wearable can measure your race times over several distances.  For swimming, HRM-Swim or the HRM-Tri is recommended.

Does provide the following – inactive alerts to alert you to move more, heart rate & sleep monitoring, GPS location, music control, smart alerts, smart notifications, magnetic compass

Syncs to the Garmin Connect App to give you statistics and breakdown of your activities

Battery life up to 24 hours in training mode

Garmin Forerunner 735XT

 

Most suitable for – triathlon, swimming, running, cycling, rowing, multi-sport user

Much like the Forerunner 920XT, this is another superb multi-sport fitness tracker with a built-in GPS. But the difference here is it’s own heart rate sensor. That means you do not need a chest strap on.

This powerful Garmin Fitness Tracker is smaller and newer than the FR 920XT and it will display your active steps, active distance, floors climbed, calories burnt off, intensity minutes, sleep patterns, heart rate and the time of the day. Plus it provides running dynamics, swimming metrics like Garmin Swim, record VO2 max readings, and live tracking.

Strapping on a chest strap heart rate monitor like HRM-Run or HRM-Tri or HRM-Swim will give you access to running, cycling and swimming dynamics such as ground contact time balance, stride length, vertical ratio, VO2 max readings, lactate threshold, running race time prediction and recovery check/time.

Some differences to FR 920xT – FR 735XT features wrist heart rate monitor, lactate threshold data for running, phone audio prompts, structured swim workouts. FR 735XT does not have barometric altimeter and has less battery life for GPS than FR 920xT and Fenix 3 HR.

Does provide the following – inactive alerts to alert you to move more, heart rate & sleep monitoring, GPS location, music control, smart alerts, smart notifications, GPS compass

Syncs to the Garmin Connect App to give you statistics and breakdown of your activities

Battery life up to 11 days in normal watch mode

Garmin Fenix 3 HR

Garmin Fenix 3 HR, Gray
List Price: $549.99
Price: $549.99
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Most suitable for – triathlon, serious fitness nuts, swimming, running, rowing, paddle boarding, cycling, hiking, rough terrain activities

The Garmin Fenix 3 is the premium fitness tracker with navigational performance.  It now features wrist heart rate sensoring capability as well as GPS satellite reception which gives it the ability to track in tough surroundings.  Hence you can track your heart rate and map your run with the fitness watch only.

Like the Forerunner 735XT and FR9 920XT, as long as you strap on a chest strap monitor, it can provide more advanced running, cycling and swimming dynamics from VO2 max, vertical oscillation, vertical ratio, provide recovery time and recovery check plus there is the race predictor, which can guesstimate your finish time from the present VO2 max information. And what sets this apart to other Garmin Fitness Trackers is the outdoor navigation on offer such as TracBack®, three-axis compass, barometer and altimeter feature.

Other advanced running form metrics include contact time and balance on the ground, running cadence, running stride, and other Physiological metrics that measure your heart to obtain the heart stress score, effectiveness of training and Lactate threshold. For swimming numbers, these features are the same as Garmin Swim, whilst for golf, paddle boarding, you can expect similar metrics from this unique Garmin fitness tracker as it literally gives you the tools to really rough it out and train in any conditions and rough terrains thrown at you.

As mentioned, the Fenix 3 HR provides a complete navigation and tracking capability to guide anyone on and off the crazy path using GPS plus ABC (altimeter, barometer and magnetic compass). The TracBack function also helps to navigate back to the starting point and in the same direction you came from. As well, the sensors in the tracker provide trends to weather updates, elevation and heading.

Other interesting navigational features include GPS mapping of your route, create markers of your movements and locations like start and finish line, checkpoint, campsite and other notable markers you can leave bread-crumbs for. Plus it has hunting, fishing and ocean data

Does provide the following – inactive alerts to alert you to move more, heart rate & sleep monitoring, GPS location, music control, smart alerts, smart notifications

Syncs to the Garmin Connect App to give you statistics and breakdown of your activities

Battery life can last close to 16-hours, if you are in GPS mode

Garmin Forerunner 630

Garmin Forerunner 630 - Black/White
List Price: $399.99
Price: $266.00
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Most suitable for – for running, mutli sport individual

The Garmin Forerunner 630 is truly a GPS Garmin fitness tracker for runners which comes with awesome running dynamics.

When you strap on both the FR 630 and the HRM-Run chest strap you will be able to record running metrics from contact time and balance on the ground, VO2, running cadence, vertical oscillation, stride length of your run plus vertical ratio and measurements to race times.  Other advanced running form metrics include physiological metrics that measure your heart to obtain the heart stress score for recovery periods, effectiveness of training and Lactate threshold.

As well, you will have recovery feedbacks to when you should lighten up on your training load after an activity.

Does provide the following – inactive alerts to alert you to move more, sleep monitoring, music control, find my phone, smart alerts, smart notifications, GPS Location

Battery life can last close to 16 hours, if you are in training mode

Garmin Vivosmart

 

Most suitable for – activity tracking, casual exerciser

Garmin Vivosmart HR is a wrist heart rate watch that will display your active steps, active distance, floors climbed, calories burnt off, minutes of moderate intensity, sleep patterns, heart rate and the time of the day

Unlike the HR+, it does not have GPS location.

Does provide the following – inactive alerts to alert you to move more, heart rate alerts, heart rate & sleep monitoring, GPS location, music control, smart alerts, smart notifications

It has Move IQ which can pick up any slight changes to your activity from walking, cycling, swimming, elliptical to running which is then automatically timed

Battery life up to 5 days – which will depend on the type of activities used for

There you go, 10 of the best Garmin Fitness Tracker watches that you, William and co can start training with today!