Number 2 in our activity band group test is Garmin’s Vivofit. Given the company’s huge success in the sportswatch market, activity bands seemed a logical next step.
Typically with Garmin, they’ve created a comprehensive package that goes beyond the fitband norm. Bundled with the Vivofit is a heart rate monitor strap. (Our test unit came with the standard flexible plastic strap. This looks like the previous-generation heart rate strap, not Garmin’s premium model, The premium version is mostly soft elastic, with a small central hard plastic element.)
Besides the ability to read heart rate directly, the Garmin has a battery life of a year. That’s a potential deal-clincher when the competition needs regular recharging.
Stay tuned for the next update on our activity tracker comparison between the Vivofit, the Fitbit Flex and Oregon Scientific’s Ssmart Dynamo. Also watch out for the full review in Tested in the July 2014 issue of Popular Mechanics, out at the end of June.