Garmin's Vivoactive is an intuitively simple wearable that when paired with compatible sensors displays biometrics gathered from the myriad aspects of your life on a bright, vibrant touchscreen. It brings the usual functionality that we've grown to expect from smart wearables, including text and call notifications, calendar synching, playlist control, steps taken, calories burned, sleep patterns, and even social media alerts, so you know the moment someone snakes one of your Strava segments. The training functions display speed, distance, and pace and heart rate alerts so you'll stay on track to reclaim your KOMs.
In addition to all of these relatively standard capabilities, the Vivoactive can connect to Garmin's app store, Connect IQ, which opens the unit up for virtually limitless customizability through third-party apps and features. It does also come with some unexpected features, like activity goals that are assigned based on inveterate activity levels and sedentary alarms, which warn you when life at the desk is threatening to hamper your metabolism.
For all these included and potential features, the Vivoactive's strongest selling point may be its body. The screen is a huge, always-on affair that's readable even under the bright Kona sun. Despite the impressive display, Garmin still manages to keep the claimed weight to just 38g, and the 8mm profile is slim enough to transition seamlessly from saddle to pool to track or even to the golf course in the event you want to ruin an otherwise restful recovery day with a frustrating 18 holes.