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Which Garmin fitness trackers are waterproof?

Which Garmin fitness trackers are waterproof?

Best answer: All of Garmin's fitness trackers have some sort of water-resistant rating and most of them are able to handle swimming.Amazon: Vivosmart HR (opens in new tab) ($80)Amazon: Vivoactive 3 (opens in new tab) ($217)

Different Labels

Garmin uses a few different labels to let you know just what kind of underwater activities are suitable for its products (which includes trackers) and lucky for us, Garmin has a very simple chart that explains all the different classifications on its website.

The above chart details exactly what Garmin has said is suitable for its devices (opens in new tab). So for example, the Vivosmart HR is rated at 5 ATM, meaning it can handle showering, swimming, or getting splashed on, but it can't handle high-speed watersports. If you do a lot of watersports or exercising in the pool, make sure you pick the Garmin tracker that's right for you.

Which trackers do we suggest?

Although Garmin has quite a few trackers that are water-resistant, the Vivosmart HR and the Vivoactive 3 are two solid options for anyone looking for a water-resistant tracker.

The Vivosmart HR is a reliable fitness tracker that keeps track of the most basic metrics including steps per day, calories burned, and active minutes. It can go in the water and be just fine, but it doesn't actually track swimming. It will continue to track your calories and your heart rate in the water, but it's not a swim tracker. If you just need a tracker that isn't too expensive and you want to make sure can handle a little water, the Vivosmart HR is a good option.

On the higher end of the scale comes the Vivoactive 3, which can track everything the Vivosmart HR can, but it also tracks swimming metrics like laps, time, distance, and a few others. Not only does it track more it can also do more, with access to some third-party apps — like Uber — the Vivoactive can help you get around. If you want to track your swims and have a fully-fledged smartwatch at your disposal, the Vivoactive 3 is the perfect companion.

Luke Filipowicz
Luke Filipowicz

Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way. 


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