Often the trade-off with thinner, more pared-down smart watches is that you lose out on features like a GPS and advanced exercise data. Not here — the Garmin Vivoactive 4S is “the best of both worlds,” according to former Strategist senior writer (and avid runner) Karen Iorio Adelson, who loves her 4s. “This is the best combination GPS watch and fitness tracker I’ve ever tried — and I’ve tried a lot,” she writes. And right now, the 4s is 43 percent off — the lowest we’ve seen for Prime Day.
Thanks to features that can plan specific workouts (like the ability to set up running workouts based on time, distance, and reps) and features that give a more holistic look at your fitness (like the “Body Battery” score, which measures how much rest you’ve gotten and how much you’ve exercised), the Vivoactive 4S replaced Adelson’s Fitbit and her Garmin Forerunner.
The Vivoactive is great for runners but works for cycling, swimming, skiing, rowing, stand-up paddleboarding, and many more pursuits — and is still simple to use despite having so many options. It can also download music and podcasts from Spotify, Amazon Music, and Garmin Pay so you don’t need to keep your phone on you during workouts.
We’ve written about the Vivoactive 4S before — specifically why it’s such a good deal — and praised its variety of features all packed into a watch casing that won’t look like an eyesore on your wrist. The Vivoactive 4S is a worthy investment at full price, but at 43 percent off, snagging one is a no-brainer. It’s on sale in multiple colors, like black, grey, and light gold, but the rose-gold color is rarely discounted — so don’t dillydally.
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