Garmin VIRB X and XE: One of Our Favorite Action Cams Is Leveling Up

The Garmin Virb Elite was one of our favorite action cams a year ago, which was a big surprise from a company known more for navigation and sports watches. It had some unique features and impressively sharp optics. It was big and bulky, though, and it topped out at 1080p/30fps, so it couldn’t hang with the big boys.… » 4/13/15 7:00am 4/13/15 7:00am

Garmin's vívofit 2 Fitness Band Shames Your Laziness With Audible Alerts

What really set Garmin's original vívofit apart from the myriad of other fitness trackers already on the market at the time wasn't its always-on screen or its battery that was good for an entire year. It was the use of a thin red bar on the display that grew longer and longer while you were inactive. And Garmin's new… » 1/05/15 9:00am 1/05/15 9:00am

Garmin's Slim vívoactive Bridges Smartwatches and Fitness Trackers

At one time we all carried separate cellphones and MP3 players because there just wasn't a single device that did both well—and then the iPhone arrived. The same problem exists between fitness trackers and smartwatches. Neither does the other one's job particularly well, but it doesn't have to be that way. At least… » 1/05/15 8:00am 1/05/15 8:00am

Garmin's epix Puts a Rugged Touchscreen GPS Navigator On Your Wrist

A hike deep into the woods or unexplored territory is only fun if you know you can find your way back out. And to ensure that adventurers can safely get to or from their destinations without a pack weighed down with gadgets, Garmin's new epix watch straps a full GPS navigator to your wrist, complete with touchscreen… » 1/05/15 8:00am 1/05/15 8:00am

Garmin's fēnix 3 Multisport GPS Watch Keeps Its Active Side Secret

With the third version of its popular fēnix adventure watch, Garmin has embraced the notion that when someone is spending half a grand on a timepiece, they probably want to be able to wear it all the time. So the fēnix 3 manages to subdue the rugged styling of the previous two versions even further, leaving a… » 1/05/15 8:00am 1/05/15 8:00am

Why People Keep Trying to Erase the Hollywood Sign From Google Maps

The Hollywood Sign might be one of the most recognizable things on Earth. In Los Angeles, it's also one of the most visible. You can see it from a plane as you glide into LAX. You can see it from a car as you drive up the 101 freeway. But a group of people who live near the sign are trying to hide it, even as it looms… » 11/21/14 1:42pm 11/21/14 1:42pm

Garmin Forerunner 920XT: The Best Triathlon Watch Gets Even Better

Since early 2012, the Garmin Forerunner 910XT has been the best triathlon watch, period. Others have tried to step up, but to this date nothing has equalled its wealth of features. And now it seems Garmin has raised the bar for itself. The new Forerunner 920XT is everything the 910 was, and much more. » 10/01/14 7:00am 10/01/14 7:00am

Garmin Fenix 2 Watch Review: Jack of All Trades, Master of Many

The Fenix 2 is the watch Garmin has made to appeal to active people who might end up doing... well, just about anything outdoors. It's not just for runners, just for swimmers, just for snowboarders, or just for hikers, it's for people who want a single watch to track their complete athletic lifestyle. The good… » 9/10/14 2:02pm 9/10/14 2:02pm

Garmin's Vivosmart Is a Fitness Tracker With Smartwatch Tendencies

When last we checked in on Garmin's fitness trackers early this spring, we saw the Vivofit present some good ideas but ultimately fall short of being a good product. Well here comes take two: The Vivosmart, which packs in the good stuff of an activity tracker, plus the notifications of a smartwatch. It definitely… » 9/04/14 7:00am 9/04/14 7:00am

Garmin's Approach S6 Is Like Wearing a Golf Coach On Your Wrist

Slowly but steadily, Garmin has been updating its golf-specific Approach watches every year, taking them from a simple method of finding your way around a course to serving as a personal assistant while you're away from work. Now, the new S6 can even help you improve your swing and your handicap. » 6/19/14 2:42pm 6/19/14 2:42pm

Garmin's New Upgradeable Navigation App Starts at Just $2

In order to compete with the navigation apps that both Apple and Google give away for free, Garmin is introducing a new Android and iOS nav app called Víago that sells for just $2 (on sale for $1 until July 13th), with advanced functionality available as in-app purchases. It's still not free, but compared to Garmin's… » 6/17/14 7:57am 6/17/14 7:57am

Garmin's Edge 1000 May Be the Smartest Bike Computer Yet

While the phones in our pockets have been getting smarter and smarter at an alarming rate, bike computers (despite having the word "computer" right in their name) have been lagging way behind. But as sensors, radios, and chips have shrunk smaller and smaller, we've seen more and more intelligence come to the… » 4/09/14 7:00am 4/09/14 7:00am

Garmin Vivofit Review: Some Good Ideas But Not Quite There

In the ever-expanding pantheon of wearable fitness trackers, Garmin is looking for an open seat, ideally at the Cool Kids' Table (CKT). Garmin makes some of the best GPS sports watches out there, so expectations were high for the company's first tracker. While it adds a nice trick or two, the holes are just too many. » 3/13/14 2:00pm 3/13/14 2:00pm

Garmin's Fenix 2 May Be the World's Best Adventure and Training Watch

Garmin has had a lot of success with its GPS watches in recent years. There's the Forerunner 910XT, which has been the king of triathlon watches for years now. There's the recent Forerunner 620 (and the 220) which added advanced analysis of running dynamics to the equation. And then, of course, there's the original… » 2/20/14 7:00am 2/20/14 7:00am

Garmin Forerunner 220 Review: Solid Running Watch With a Pretty Face

Garmin has been at this running-watch thing for a while. Most recently, the Forerunner 10 was the company's best attempt at a simple, easy-to-read watch, but, for all that, it still wasn't as simple to use as it ought to have been. Enter the Forerunner 220. It's the 10's younger, smarter, better-looking, more… » 2/19/14 3:40pm 2/19/14 3:40pm

Garmin's Vívofit Fitness Band Will Remind You To Get Off the Couch

With its new Vívofit fitness tracker, Garmin's entering a market that's getting more and more crowded every day. But while other fitness bands allow motivated athletic types to set daily goals and strive to improve themselves, the Vívofit seems to cater to those of us who need a lot more encouragement to get off the… » 1/06/14 8:00am 1/06/14 8:00am

Garmin's Tiny Dash Cam Never Forgets Where or What Happened In a Crash

Russia seems to corner the YouTube market when it comes to crazy dash cam videos. But that could soon change when Garmin's new $250 Dash Cam hits the market in February. The tiny camera sits inside your windshield and records everything that's happening in front of your vehicle through a wide angle lens. And in the… » 1/06/14 7:00am 1/06/14 7:00am