Garmin vivoactive GPS Watch - Large - Black

  • Model #: 010-01297-00
  • Web Code: 10369818
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Achieve your fitness goals with the vivoactive smartwatch from Garmin. Equipped with built-in GPS-enabled running, biking, golfing, and swimming apps, this smartwatch tracks your activity so you can monitor your performance. Bluetooth technology also lets you wirelessly connect to your smartphone so you can receive alerts on your smartwatch.

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Dynamic Characteristics:
  • Ultra-thin and lightweight design offers optimal comfort
  • High resolution colour touchscreen display can be read clearly under direct sunlight
  • 4GB internal memory gives you plenty of space to store your data
  • Wirelessly connects to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth technology
  • Use on its own or pair with your smartphone to receive gentle alerts for incoming calls, texts, emails, and notifications from social media apps
  • Customize your smartphone with watch face designs, widgets, and apps from the Connect IQ store
  • Lithium ion battery lasts up to 3 weeks in activity tracking mode or up to 10 hours when using GPS
  • Water resistant to up to 50 metres so you can sweat, swim, and shower with it on
Ecosystem and Companion Apps:
  • Equipped with built-in GPS-enabled running, biking, golfing, swimming, and other activity tracking apps
  • Garmin Connect app lets you track your progress and earn virtual badges to keep you engaged and motivated

What's in the Box?

  • Vivoactive Smartwatch
  • Charging Data Clip
  • Manual

Manufacturer's Warranty:

  • Parts - 1 Year(s)

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  • Power Type
    Battery Powered
  • Battery Type
  • Battery Life (Typical)
    3 Wks (Watch Mode); 10 h (GPS Mode)
  • Charging Time
    1 h
  • Charging Method
    USB; AC
  • Other Features
  • Classification
  • Alarm
  • Designed for Sports & Fitness
  • Built-in Storage Capacity
    4 GB
  • Built-in Speaker
  • Built-in Mic
  • Water Resistance
    50 m
  • Dust Proof
  • Number of Physical Buttons
  • Eco-friendly
  • Additional Functions
    Stop Watch:Running;Cycling;Walking;Swimmimng;Golf
  • Physical Features
  • Case Material
    Plastic: Metal ;Glass
  • Case Colour
  • Band Material
  • Band Colour
  • Band Size
  • Minimum Band Size (Circumference)
    211 mm
  • Maximum Band Size (Circumference)
    165 mm
  • Adjustable Band
  • Removable Band
  • Clasp Type
  • Case Width
    3.8 cm
  • Case Thickness
    0.08 mm
  • Width
    3.8 cm
  • Height
    4.3 cm
  • Depth
    .08 cm
  • Weight
    38 g
  • Display
  • Display Technology
  • Display Colour
    Full Colour
  • Display Resolution
    205 x 148
  • Touchscreen
  • Illuminated Display
  • Attachment Location
  • Connectivity
  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi
  • USB (Data)
  • NFC Enabled
  • 3G
  • 4G LTE
  • Smart Phone Synchronization
  • Data Syncing
  • Wireless Syncing
  • Memory Card Type
    4 GB Internal Memory
  • Other Connectivity
    ANT +
  • Activity Monitoring Features
  • Goal Setting
  • Real Time Data Syncing
  • Calories Tracking
  • Distance Tracking
  • Steps Tracking
  • Running Tracking
  • Elevation Tracking
  • Climbing Tracking
  • Sleep Tracking
  • Food and Drink Tracking
  • Monitoring Sports
    Swimming; Golf;Walking ;Running;Cycling
  • Notifications & Controls
  • Incoming Calls
  • Missed Calls
  • Answering Calls
  • Smart Phone Battery Alert
  • Music Controls
  • Camera Control
  • Find My Phone
  • Voice Commands
  • Email
  • Calendar
  • SMS
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Google+
  • Weather
  • Silent Alarm
  • Vibration
  • Illuminated Alerts
  • Other Notifications
    Displays email and text alerts and other alerts when paired with your compatible phone; Vibration Alert ;Music Control;Find My Phone;Time,Date,Calendar,Alarm
  • Sensors
  • Number Of Sensors
  • Gesture/Motion Control
  • UV Index Monitor
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Compass
  • Altimeter
  • Body Temperature
  • Ambient Temperature
  • Barometer
  • GPS
  • Perspiration
  • Heart Rate
  • Compatibility
  • Web-based Application
  • Mac iOS Compatibility
  • Android Compatibility
  • BlackBerry Compatibility
  • Windows Phone Compatibility
  • Mac OS X Compatibility
  • Windows PC Compatibility
  • Other Compatibility
    Garmin Connect
  • Companion App Required
  • Software/Apps
  • Operating System
  • Preloaded Apps
    Connect IQ Store
  • Compatible App Stores
    Garmin Connect
  • Approximate Number of Apps Available
  • Approx Number of Compatible Apps
  • Power
  • Warranty Parts
    1 Year(s)



Customer Reviews

4.4 / 5
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275 Reviews

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  • from Penticton, BC

Great bang for your buck....

I picked up this watch during the boxing day sale and can't be happier with it. I purchased it primarily to track my running, cycling and HIIT training. It records and displays all the necessary information I need plus a few extras that I initially didn't care about but now really enjoy. Been out running a couple times now and the GPS seems pretty much flawless. As far as appearance; I don't think its the most attractive watch out there but that is secondary as the product works very well for fitness tracking. The only negative I can say is that the display is on the dark side. Initially it was a bit disappointing but I'm used too it now and it doesn't really bother me. If you want a capable fitness watch without breaking the bank I recommend this product without hesitation. ,

  • from Edmonton, AB

Great device

So I'm a guy who uses apple products. If you would have told me I would buy a garmin smart watch would have laughed at you. Well was I wrong. Purchased this device and haven't looked back. Great device, easy to pair to my iPhone,easy to use, back light makes it easy to see at night. I think the step counter may be off a little but not to bad. Over all this device is worth the money and it doesn't break the bank. Great product

  • from Edmonton, AB

Great device

So I never considered buying anything but the Apple Watch. Then I came across this one. Read some reviews and was concerned about it. The things that concerned me were not being able to see it, th step counter is off, battery life. Then I decided to buy it and decide for my self. I got it a week ago and really like it. As for not being able to see it. I see it in the sun no problem and at night I have set the back light to desired time and see it just fine. The step counter I think is a bit off but what do you expect for something that you are wearing on your wrist. The battery I charged it when I got it and it is still 3/4 charge. The app for your phone is easy to use. It paired up easy to my iPhone. All in all I would say it is a great device for the money and I am very happy with it.

  • from Amherst, NS

More Than I Expected

I was looking for a device to track my workouts at the YMCA using an elliptical and be able to upload to a fitness app I use. I already have a garmin forerunner 410 xt and HR strap. The forerunner is cumbersome and I use it as a dedicated cycling device with the strap removed. This vivoactive tracks daily data, has motivational prompts, is comfortable to wear daily and can sync with a mobile device. It was say to set up and understand how to maximize it's function by watching a couple of helpful youtube videos. At the sale price it's a good deal as a fitness tracker and you get the extra function of a wearable watch that syncs with a phone or tablet. I haven't worn a watch for a few yrs and wasn't planing on using this daily but so far after a week I've kept wearing it.

  • from Toronto, ON

Love It!

It works great and has no issues syncing with the Samsung S6. Pretty cool technology and it looks a lot better on the wrist than I expected.

  • from Coquitlam

Geeky ugly and not intuitive

One of the ugliest watch ever! It looks like a free toy from McDonald's kid's menu. Also not that intuitive to use. I haven't figured it out how to use notification widget yet. Its not there even though the app says it's installed?

  • from Kingston, ON

Bad start

Absolutely terrible app on Windows 10. Only way to change birth date is to press the up arrow key (yes, the up arrow to go back in time) hundreds of times until you get to your birth year. This does work much better on Android. Terrible time getting it to connect to Android after first connecting it to Windows. Garmin website says to consult owner's manual if you want to switch to a new mobile but the owner's manual doesn't say anything about this. The Garmin YouTube video is no better than the manual. The "action key" is terribly unresponsive. Maybe there is a longer learning curve so I will give this device a couple more days. I will also try to pair it with my travel phone but I already think this is going to be problematic.

  • from Toronto, ON

excellent product

this watch is just perfect and does exactly what it says it does. excellent screen size and applications on the phone, plus the price is unbeatable. Great item

  • from Spruce Grove, AB

Good Smartwatch

This was an excellent purchase, nabbed it on sale just over a year ago and it's worked great. Perfect for triathletes and quite accurate GPS capability. Surprisingly durable, it's taken some harsh blows and still looks pretty good. Only issues I've had with it is the weather app not being the most accurate, syncing takes an extra try or two and I wouldn't bother with too many of the apps on the Garmin store. Out of the hundreds of times I've used the GPS, its dropped the signal maybe four or five times. Highly recommended.

  • from Hamilton, ON

Love this smart watch

I've had my Vivo for over a month now and I love it. It motivates me to walk more and try to reach my step goals. It works very well

  • from Whitby, ON

Love it so far

I've been using this watch for over a week and love it so far. It's very light, the GPS connects in seconds and after 6 days of mixed usage (4 runs with GPS) the battery still has half of its original charge. You can connect it to a heart rate monitor or to an ANT+ wheel sensor for riding your bike indoors, on the trainer. The smart watch part also works very well and I get alerts (short vibrate) each time I get a text or work email, which is pretty useful for me.

  • from Edmonton, AB

Don't buy it

Don't waste your money on this unit. I've always been a fan of Garmin products and own a couple of their Forerunner watches, but was looking for something that I could wear every day - there is a reason for the price drop. The screen resolution is brutal Sync issues Very limited features The notifications don't work properly There are too many negatives to list - the only positive is the price, but again, there is reason for it. You get what you pay for.

  • from Toronto, ON

Don't buy

Tried to connect for days...restart after Bluetooth on and off.....and doesn't work with Samsung grand prime phone at all. Taking it back. Good for a colourful watch and that is it. Manuals, online tutorials.....nothing worked. Works with just about every Samsung phone and even says connected on the watch. No text or phone notifications.

  • from Vancouver, BC

I bought it when it was on sale for [price]! best watch for that price !

I was looking to buy a smart watch under 200 , best buy had it on sale and I was more than happy to buy it ! Had it for 2 months now , initially was not very taken buy its design , but it grows on you. Now I would say it is one of the best looking and most useful watch for the price I bought. I would not necessarily buy it for [price]!

  • from Dauphin, MB

Great Watch

Bought this watch just a week ago and it really live up to my expectations...

  • from Cambridge, ON

Love it!!!

Absolutely in love with this watch, was very impressed with the golf feature of it tracking how close you are to the hole, and being able to keep score, write on the wrist of your watch at pretty much any golf course well known. this watch has much more then just a golf feature, i have not tried any out but, am impressed with all of the different watch faces and apps, etc..

  • from Sherwood Park, AB

Linux users can skip this device

If you use Linux you may as well skip this device. To update it or to install any of the apps you need to install Garmin Express, which requires windows or Mac. As far as I am concerned, anything that requires use of either of those is a waste of time. It has Bluetooth access to your phone, so why does it need to be connected to your computer And require an additional program on your computer? Needlessly complicated when most things can update over Wi-Fi.

  • from Saint John, NB

So much more than a watch!

I bought this watch to help me get back into running after an 8 year hiatus. It has helped me in ways I never thought! I’m mindful of my sleep, get up and move from my desk, I don’t keep my phone beside me as I can see text/email and will answer them later in the day. Awesome for running! The design is great and fine for a small wrist. For me this has been an incredible purchase!

  • from West Vancouver,BC

Best Smart Watch Ever :-)

The coolest thing of this watch is you don't have black screen all time and you can see time every time. Battery life is amassing and I have it charged for 7 days up to now I swim with this watch in the pool and it is absolutely water proof Compatible with Iphone and Android phones. I tried for both of them so light and comfortable I love my watch

  • from Corunna, ON

Works Great

Didn't think I wanted a GPS watch until I had one. The battery life for this watch is great (two weeks). The watch is thin and comfortable to wear. It's simply to use. I've had mine for about 6 months.

  • from Alliston, ON


Garmin missed the boat on this item. It really is a great watch/ fitness/ golf gps BUT the screen needs work. Great through the day but at night can't see the screen even when I hit the backlight button. I know this is to save battery life but I am very disappointed. The pics of this watch from Garmins website are taken in daylight. The Vivosmart at a third the price but at least allows you to adjust the brightness. I'd sacrifice an extra charge session to have a screen I can see.

  • from Westmount, QC

Great GPS watch

Used it primarily as a golf GPS. Worked great. Once course is downloaded, syncs up quickly and tracks well throughout the course. Keeps track of score and automatically changes to the scorecard as you approach the green. Very nice. Keeps track of steps too. Once you are in GPS mode, you cannot find out what time it is, or track weather, or anything else. It locks you out of other features. Otherwise, perfect.

  • from Montréal, QC


I was looking to buy a new G-Shock but at [price] the vivoactive attracted my attention. Faster than my garmin edge 520 for the gps locking. Impressive battery life more than a week with occasional gps. Sleep tracking is accurate, vibrating alarm is quite effective. For the luminosity of the screen, you have to keep in mind that this is for better battery life. You can push the backlight button to improve the visibility in the dark... You can configure the applications for different music player. Notification is quite intuitive and effective. You can find a beta app on the IQ store for a bike power meter... but there the garmin 520 is way better. Good online platform with easy synchronisation trough strava. light and confortable, the design is low profile so you can wear it in any occasion. Overall I'm impressed

  • from Stouffville, ON

not good

terrible lighting, always disconnects from my phone, battery life was only 3 days, step counter tracks steps while driving which defeats the purpose, everytime i tried to load a golf course it kept getting stuck on that screen and i would have to power it down. not worth the money

  • from Ottawa, ON

Love the Vivoactive!

Bought myself the Vivoactive over Christmas (when it happened to be on sale for a great price). Wanted a basic smartwatch, but didn't want to pay a fortune and didn't want to have to charge it every day (ie. Apple watch). Also wanted one that would be good for tracking my fitness activities. The Vivoactive delivers on all counts: price was very reasonable; bettery life is great (depending on how much you play with it, one charge will easily last 2 weeks - but if you're using the GPS it's much less); it's very intuitive to use, especially if you're already used to Garmin fitness trackers; ties in to your existing Garmin account, so now I use it in addition to my Garmin 910XT for tracking running, cycling and swimming. Also paired easily with my other Garmin sensors (HRM, speed/cadence, etc). Easy to customize watch with different watch faces, apps and widgets. I love getting the daily tracking of steps, activity, calories burned and sleep cycles. Only downsides are the step counter appears to exaggerate number of steps (but that's not the end of the world); can read emails/texts but can't respond from watch; widget to control music play on paired phone is kinda lame. In spite of those minor drawbacks, I absolutely love the Vivoactive, and having now had the watch for a couple of weeks I can't even imagine going without it!

  • from Regina, SK

Garmin Vivoactive

I have been very impressed with the Garmin Vivoactive. It great activity tracker. The only down fall is the screen could be brighter. Would highly recommend this watch.

  • from Waterloo, Ontario

Best present for Christmas I ever bought myself

Well I bought this when it was on sale over the Boxing day period and got a fantastic deal from Bestbuy. But this is the best money I have spent, I got a GPS watch that does show time, links with my smartphone, pings me when email, messages etc. come. Also I can check the temperature ( only problem shows in Fahrenheit instead of Celcius) and way it is all good. It tracks my steps, calories used etc. Waiting to use it for my indoor activities. Using Garmin Connect which I use for my Garmin Forerunner 305 which I used for my road and mountain biking is awesome, The Dashboard shows all my actiivities and I can connect to myfitnesspal, and track calories burned etc. Looking forward to using it for my outdoor activities and takeover from my Garmin Forerunner. Btw: I could also use my old HRM strap from the Forerunner so I saved money not to purchase a new one. I am really stoked, as it now also put me in challenges. The only thing that is missing is a Duathlon training plan.

  • from Calgary, AB

Garmin Viviactive GPS Watch

I received my watch just over a week ago and I am nothing but impressed with it so far. Battery life is better than expected provided you don't leave the GPS feature on all the time. I love the free downloadable faces which allow you to make this watch feature whatever is important to you. I have no problem with visibility inside or out. I bought it initially for the golf course app but it has many more standard apps already downloaded on it and is so much more than just a fitness watch and at half the price of an Apple smartwatch. The only thing missing is a heart rate sensor and I don't intend to buy an optional strap to wear around my chest for that feature. I'm sure it will be an integrated feature on the next version and then it will be a watch that truly has it all, at least according to my needs.

  • from Barrie, ON

Great watch with great features

I bought this watch after owning a Fitbit Surge for 2 days. This watch allows me to get all my notifications from my phone to my watch and track my run/hike pace which are all important for my job. The display is a bit dim, but when you activate the back-light there is no issues with viewing the information on the watch face. The apps available for download leave a little bit to be desired as I was use to a Samsung smart watch prior to looking for one with GPS but it's something that Garmin will likely be working on. Battery life is better than what I expected when just using it as a daily tracker but if using GPS it will eat it up some. I am extremely satisfied with this watch and am glad that I returned the Fitbit to get this instead as it offers a lot more functionality with the exception of an integrated heart-rate monitor.

  • from Guelph, ON

Good but could be much better

Device has amazing features, battery life is OK not as good as reported from some reviews and easy to wear. Only real problem is the screen. Works OK outside and in good sunlight but is horrible inside. Don't get fooled by the bright pictures on the website. It doesn't look anywhere near that sharp. If Garmin fixed this issue, it would be a very good device.

  • from Ottawa


This is an excellent watch. Stylish/wear it everyday. Battery life phenomenal. Built in GPS extremely accurate & fast, perfect to track my bike rides and runs. Auto uploads to Garmin Connect/Strava. Waterproof to 50m perfect to track my swimming & stroke efficiency and very accurate. Even works well for indoor runs. My only preference would have been to have better tracking for open water swims(indoor swims work well though) A+++ watch

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