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Garmin’s $150 Vivomove is the only fitness tracker I’d consider wearing

It isn’t often that you spot a fitness tracker that you can wear to the office without looking like a health nut. I’m not one, but I’d still like to track my steps each day.

That’s why I’m intrigued by Garmin’s latest wearable. The Vivomove blends classic analog watch styling with modern tech, giving it the ability to track your steps and sleep, while fitting in with just about any outfit.

Besides the indices and hands on the traditional watch face, there’s a bar that shows you how many steps you’ve covered with relation to your daily goal you set in the companion app and another one that encourages you to get up when you’ve been immobile for a while.

The Vivomove connects to Garmin’s Connect Mobile app to sync your data so you can get insights on your fitness and sleep patterns. The company says the watch runs a whole year on a single battery and is water resistant up to 50m, which means it’s okay to shower with but not to wear while swimming.

That certainly works for me – I’m not keen on smartwatches that last only a couple of days on a full charge, require me to lug around a proprietary charger and bug me with notifications.

The Vivomove is available in a range of finishes and with different straps and dial colors. Prices start at $149.99 for the ‘sport’ style in black or white and go up to $299.99 for the premium editions (a stainless steel or gold-tone steel case with leather band).

You can also grab additional silicone sport bands for $29.99, leather ones at $59.99, or use any other 20mm watch strap.

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Published May 4, 2016 — 12:12 UTC

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