Not understood why Garmin block it in the older Vivoactives. I turn it off in the settings, but green light is still on. To switch between segment sources in Garmin Connect, go to the Garmin Connect Dashboard and select the gear icon in the top right corner of the Segment widget. I’m from out of the country and will be visiting the US, what’s the best triathlon shop in city XYZ? If they made a touchscreen watch with at least 2 buttons and all/most of the features of the 945, I’d buy it in a heartbeat, and I’d pay $600+ and wouldn’t want any fancy bezels or materials. Free Member. As the price will be nearly the same for both right now here in Germany, I would really appreciate your opinion and experiences. I love your in depth reviews. On the Vivoactive HR, this is fairly inconsequential… on the Vivoactive 3, even if I stopped my ride but didn’t hit the save button…. The Vantage V and Vantage M watches also integrate with the former getting the Live Segments treatment. As a Garmin user since the days The Girl’s favorite watch looked like an orange bird cage, I have read in your posts how with each iteration of a new Garmin watch, whether Fenix or Forerunner, the cost goes up by $50-$100. Since the Hydration Tracking, Sweat Loss, Breathwork Exercises and Yoga & Pilates Workout are widgets or Connect IQ Apps, will they be also available on higher end watches such as Fenix 6? It always seemed strange to have that available for the snow sports but not have a simple hiking sport option. I have a 645M and it did get PacePro. An odd thing for a consumer to complain about but maybe cause some paralysis by analysis. VA4/Venu do NOT have Training Effect, right? Garmin sice podporuje také vlastní segmenty, ale jednak nejsou tak propracované, a jednak se omezují pouze na ty, kdo používají nějaké zařízení Garminu. But the FR245 would be the logical next upgrade from the FR235 (and I’d argue it’s a pretty big upgrade). As for Garmin Connect – I don’t understand, on my GCM app the *only* place I see golf listed is on the 5th tab (More), when I tap ‘Download Golf Courses’, and then directly below it Garmin Golf. My Vivoactive 3 got worse over time with buggy software updates which killed HR performance. Ray, this is an excellent review. Do VivoActive 4 crash sensors like Sigma watches? Thankfully, you can link your account with the app for seamless syncing of runs, cycles and swims. Rather than having to click an extra time on … to enter the volume page. the post-workout heart rate monitor LED would still suck the life out of the battery. On my 945, I find the estimated sweat loss to be wildly inaccurate (based on my only partially inaccurate pre-workout weigh-in and post-workout weigh-out). And about 1/3 of the time that it does finally register, it registers as the other touchscreen option, “Delete.” Does the Vivoactive 4 have a different flow for finishing workouts? I’d like an upgrade to also have the benefit of pulse ox and other functions (busy job). Though, from an optical heart rate standpoint, all the units were very close on the intervals. I mainly used the Strava Routes app so that live segments would work whilst following a route (they don’t show if you choose a course from the Garmin). Pixel density is overrated, what matters is screen clarity and contrast. Can we please have a side by side comparison of the new VA4s, the VA3 and the F245/645? The Vivoactive 4 is a logical evolutionary update of the Vivoactive 3. Would go for the Apple watch (as it just has many day to day functions too) but I’m an android user… Which Garmin watch would you recommend or am I better advised to switch to the apple eco system… Thanks so much ! I will second everything you mentioned. This makes no sense. Folks coming from other Garmin watches will find it far more natural too: The upper right button is the start/stop/confirm/enter type button, whereas the lower right button acts like a back/lap/escape function. Garmin Vivoactive 4 45mm: Opptil 8 dager i standby og 6 timer med GPS og musikk tilkoblet. I’ve had no issues with this with my VA3 music. Yes, i suspect the same issue. Ahh yes, the good ol’ classic evening fall run chest strap lack of connectivity (despite wetting it). And in the case of both Venu and the Vivoactive 4, I’ve had a far rougher stability experience than I’d find acceptable at this point in time. $50. Did they change this for vivoactive 4 or venu? Why it is not available on Fenix 6? There's no need to spend big, which is why we've presented options for every budget and level below. It’s very toyish , cheep looking and asking premium price and competes with regular smartwatch for half the price. Then, I come here and write about my adventures. It’s as simple as that. then you can just upload the file (files) to the phone via usb connection. Does the extra button give the option to start an activity simply by pressing a button 3 times?? For those not familiar with the Vivoactive lineup, here’s all the baseline features found on both the Venu & Vivoactive 4: – GPS tracking of activities (no reliance on phone) So really disappointed. Garmin MARQ Expedition. If that means the HR monitor now works with the swimming app, there’s a reason to upgrade from the Vivoactive 3 right there. On 520 everything worked "out-the-box", on 820 I cannot get Strava segments no matter what. For those trying to lose weight, one of the best ways to support that is drinking lots of water (for a variety of reasons that Google can help on). Here’s my most recent gadget recommendations guide and trainers here – covering almost every category of sports gadgets out there. The metal bezel and Gorilla Glass make this look and feel like a high end watch…definitely a step up from the V3m. But the Garmin just jumps straight into full hard rock mode. For me, however, my Vivoactive HR takes care of all my hiking and cycling needs. I knew the clarity and contrast wouldn’t be as good on the transflective MIP display as on an AMOLED, but I wasn’t expecting the resolution to be so noticeably bad. The VA3 has Garmin Pay and is available with or without on-board music. Obviously the specific for each workout are different, but the way the Garmin unit works is the same. A little more far afield, presumably since the 2019 watches seem to have the same HR sensor they are all doing HRv under the hood, so would something like respiration rate suddenly be visible in my edge 530 (since firstbeat says it is an available metric) even if I can’t see that on the V4 watch? double-tapping the screen. Sadly none of those metrics. I see that it samples hear rate regularly, but nowhere can I find if this 4/ 4S version measures hear rate variability. Good to see Garmin continuing to evolve these and make updates and new workouts. Why would anyone at Garmin ever think it makes any sense to delete an activity after x amount of time? Also, battery with HR belt, GPS+GLONASS and no music goes around 15% an hour. That’s where it should have been in the first place. This is a dual ANT+/Bluetooth Smart cycling cadence sensor that you strap to your crank arm, but also does dual Bluetooth Smart, so you can pair it both to Zwift and another Bluetooth Smart app at once if you want. and now 2019 Vivoactive 4 $349 which is more than double the price of the first generation watch. Yeah, I think so. Garmin says the more premium bezel materials is one reason it’s more expensive, but I’m not sure if that’s really going to help here. I believe if you are following a course, to use Strava segments the route must be created in the Strava route planner. Make sure segments are activated in the profile It seems like Garmin picks-chooses SW updates based on release timing over quality hierarchy. Will you test our product before release? I’ll ask. – Switched to Garmin Elevate V3 optical HR sensor They are so close, but refuse to make “the” watch that people want. The Wear smartwatch packs in built-in GPS, heart rate and crucially, a run-friendly design. Do the First Avenger and Captain Marvel models have the guts of the VA4 in a different package? – Vivoactive 4S is 40mm and includes a color touchscreen display Full data set: At a high level it looks mostly good, but let’s zoom in on one of those sections that looks a bit wobbly: You can see in that on the upper side there that the Vivoactive 4 is doing some meandering into the convention halls. Another question. It’s not enough for me. Apparently a better barometer, check. You’ll see each step listed with the number of seconds next to it: If you tap on a given item, it’ll go ahead and show you a short animation of that action: But let’s go ahead and actually start the workout. It temporarily shows correct elevation right after I do a workout with the GPS, but within a couple of hours, the altitude reverts too negative. I am wondering about complexity and ease of use as well as likely reliability/durability. Conoce quiénes son nuestros colaboradores y qué herramientas están creando para ayudarte en tu misión de superarte día tras día. I was surprised to see that the PacePro feature is available in Garmin Connect (web) independent of the watch model. Venu: $399, EU Pricing: – Added new Yoga and Pilates Built-in workouts: Includes step by step animations Under What’s New in both the VA4 and Venu articles, there’s a bullet point that says “Workout tracking of range of sports including running, cycling, pool swimming, skiing, golf, gym and many more (full list down below)”, but then you never list them. And to compliment that, here’s The Girl’s (my wife’s) list. It took a few weeks to get my Edge 530 as well when it was brand new. Power meters are a premium feature and one of the things they use to differentiate products. However, if you are a Strava power user, buying a top end device will bag you things like Live Segments. Looking for the equipment I use day to day? The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 and the Active 2 both offer built-in GPS for activities like running and cycling, plus a host of sensors including a heart rate monitor, barometer and speedometer. Zooming by buttons is pain in the butt. Want to compare the features of each product, down to the nitty-gritty? Hi Ray, any update on the vivomove review? On the vivoactive 2 & 3 HR it is not possible to set the swimming pool size smaller than 17m…I have requested this feature change to garmin more than once to be able to set it to smaller swimming pool like 14m or even 12m….We not all have access to bigger swimming pools. I am unclear if the I set the watch to broadcast HR if i will get the HRV data to the edge 530 for things like Respiratory Rate. I cover all the units to buy (and avoid) for the 2020-2021 indoor training season. Unfortunately non of fbbrown apps work, all freeze, need to restart the watch. I don’t believe we’re at the point where there’s a codebase limitation on the Vivoactive watches that this matters. And where does the Garmin Instinct fit in? I’m really interested in your thoughs on this vs the forerunner 645 music … which is basically in the same price range. Will be interesting to see whether they’re offering consumers too much choice. I know it’s a bit basic, but I’m interested in a more distraction free device just for HRM and cycling distance, plus to break out of Apple’s lock in. It wirk like a charm. How is the full daylight visibility of the VA4 vs the Venu? Updated constantly! They need to enable PM support, its 2020, that was premium feature circa 2012. This might seem nitpicky, but the low resolution really limits the amount of information that can be displayed on screen, and makes more complex watchfaces look quite ugly. Vivoactive 4/4S US Pricing: $349 Presumably it’s water, but perhaps you’re going for a vintage wine bar hopping experience and really want to know how many glasses you’ve drank. No problem, here's the platform I use - you can too! May have to hold on to my Apple Watch for that and a better all around smart watch experience. Hi, recently bought my beautiful new Vivoactive watch and it is wonderful. The Vivoactive 4, like most other 2019 watches from Garmin, are just so much better at music than older Garmin watches. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. If yes, I hope they made better use of it in sw, like being able to use it for volume, while on the music “main page”. I’ve mostly been focusing on the Venu & Apple Watch. It’s because at this juncture I don’t believe the firmware is final, and thus, it’s not representative of the units going to consumers. After my first set I only get 12 reps, so my second set use 90 lbs instead of 100 and get my 15 reps. Can I record those differences from the prescribed workout on the garmin watch and have it write back to connect basically as a lifting log? Yup, all of them. Does that stupid lock symbol still block most of the display when you go to look at the time or did they do something less silly with it now? My weather app stays in “waiting for data” and all my location services are on. Finally, the last new feature to touch on is sweat loss. Which one do you suggest I should get?