Garmin Vivofit Versus Polar Loop Activity Bands By HRWC

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Garmin Vivofit and Polar Loop are the only two new activity bands that do heart rate data which makes them better than the other options according to the Heart Rate Watch Company.

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Garmin Vivofit uses an LCD screen, which is much easier to read in bright sunlight, so if you are consistently getting your exercise outdoors the Vivofit might be a better pick.

Polar Loop and Garmin Vivofit are hands down the best activity bands because they offer heart rate according to the Heart Rate Watch Company.

"All these bands that only use accelerometers to measure steps, activities and calories are not all that accurate for all uses," says Rusty Squire, President of the Heart Rate Watch Company. He adds, "With activities like cycling heart rate is the only way to accurately measure your activity level, accelerometers cannot do that."

Outdoor Screen Readability

"Vivofit uses an LCD screen, which is much easier to read in bright sunlight, so if you are consistently getting your exercise outdoors the Vivofit might be a better pick," says Squire. He adds, "Polar uses an LED back lit screen which is easier to read in the dark and good indoors but requires you to shield the screen to read it in bright sun."

Secure Band Clasps

"We get a lot of calls from people who use FitBit's that say their band fell off and the locking clasp on the Polar Loop is a real strong suit because you'll never lose it," says Squire.

Heart Rate Straps

"We like the Polar H7 Bluetooth strap the best as it is the most versatile and integrates with most gym equipment," says Squire. He adds, "Garmin uses their regular chest strap so we recommend that customers buy the Garmin Vivofit band and then buy the Garmin soft strap separately because it is a better quality strap."

Apps and Software

"Polar uses the Polar Beat App, while Garmin uses the Garmin Connect App," says Squire. He adds, "Both are good apps and give strong data summaries," says Squire. He adds, "The fact that the Vivofit regularly reminds you if you have been inactive is a real plus."

Call The Experts

"If you'd like to talk to a real expert about activity bands then simply call us toll-free at 866-586-7129," says Squire. He adds, "We think you'll notice a real difference in talking with folks that actually test and use the products they sell."

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