Garmin launches its second watch this week – the Vivoactive 5

Man and woman wearing Garmin Vivoactive 5 watches
(Image credit: Garmin)

Garmin has launched yet another GPS watch, this time targeting people who want to improve their overall health but don't need the equivalent of a personal sports coach on their wrist. The Garmin Vivoactive 5 has arrived just one day after the company revealed the latest addition to its lineup of tactical watches, the Tactix 7 AMOLED Edition, but the two are at opposite ends of the spectrum.

The Vivoactive 5, like earlier watches in the series, is designed to help you strike a better balance of activity and rest, and includes new features like Sleep Coaching and nap tracking to help you along the way.

The Vivoactive 5 has the same round face as its forebears, but the device now sports a bright AMOLED display, which makes text and graphics look much crisper. For the first time, Garmin is also giving users a choice of two font sizes. This, plus the addition of wheelchair mode for certain activities, is a welcome update when it comes to accessibility.

Garmin VIvoactive 5 watch in four colorways

(Image credit: Garmin)

The Vivoactive 5 measures 42.2mm diameter (a moderate size that sits in between the two options for the Vivoactive 4) and comes in four colorways: orchid, slate, cream gold/ivory, and navy. It's available now for $299.99 in the US and £259.99 in the UK, putting it squarely in the mid-range price bracket.

If you're looking for something more affordable, we'll be rounding up all the best Garmin deals in this year's Amazon Prime Big Deal Days event, which is happening next month, plus the best Black Friday Garmin deals in November. You might also be interested in our roundup of the best cheap GPS watches, which includes lots of great options from Garmin and other brands to keep your fitness on track.

Cat Ellis

Cat is the editor of Advnture, She’s been a journalist for 15 years, and was fitness and wellbeing editor on TechRadar before joining the Advnture team in 2022. She’s a UK Athletics qualified run leader, and in her spare time enjoys nothing more than lacing up her shoes and hitting the roads and trails (the muddier, the better), usually wearing at least two sports watches.