GPSÂ bike computer for cyclists seeking performance and navigation
Connected featuresÂ¹: live tracking, send/receive courses, social media sharing,Â weatherBuilt-inÂ basemapÂ and optional detailed maps fornavigationDistance, speed, ascent/descent andÂ GPSÂ positionOptionalÂ heart rateÂ², speed/cadenceÂ² and powerÂ³Wireless data transfers toÂ GarminÂ Connectâ„¢ to analyse andÂ shareActivityÂ profiles store preferences for different cycling activities
This Is Your Edge
The touchscreen Edge 810 is designed for the cyclist who wants it all â€” navigation and advanced training capabilities in 1 device. It offers connected featuresÂ¹ through yourÂ smartphone, including live tracking, social media sharing and weather. The 810 is compatible with optional detailed street or Ordnance SurveyÂ® maps, so it can guide your ride for touring, commuting or extended activities where you might needÂ onboardÂ maps and navigation. Because it’sÂ GPS-enabled, Edge 810 provides accurate data and navigation capabilities, anywhere in the world.
Track Every Detail
In addition to the mapping capabilities, Edge 810 records your distance, speed metrics, ascent/descent, grade and more. It’s also compatible with ANT+â„¢ sensors that measure yourÂ heart rateÂ²,Â speed/cadenceÂ²Â and powerÂ³. The activity profiles feature allows you to customise data fields and device settings based on cycling activity, such as road, mountain or touring. Switch profiles with a simple swipe of the touchscreen and your device will be set up to show the data you need for that ride.
Edge 810 offers a suite of connected features when paired with yourÂ smartphoneÂ (AppleÂ® or Androidâ„¢) and theÂ GarminÂ Connect Mobileapp. This allows you to gain comprehensive, accurate ride data from a dedicated device, while saving your phone battery. Edge tracks the data and sends it to your phone using aÂ BluetoothÂ® connection. Stay connected and share all the details of your ride with friends, family and your social media contacts. You can post an update immediately after your ride or race with details from your completed activity. You’ll create your posts via yourÂ smartphone, and the ride data’s already there, thanks to the interface withÂ GarminÂ Connect Mobile.
The live tracking feature allows your friends and family to follow your races and training activities in real time. Invite followers using email or social media, so they can view your live data on aÂ GarminÂ Connect tracking page. Once they get your email invite, they can click to follow and see your stats and location on the map.
Get real-time weather conditions, forecasts and alerts directly on the Edge 810 when it’s paired with yourÂ smartphoneÂ and theÂ GarminConnect MobileÂ app. This feature is useful for extended rides, and it lets you keep yourÂ smartphoneÂ safe and dry, while the weather data you need is at your fingertips.
Wireless Data Transfers
Now you can instantly store, share and analyse every detail of your ride. TheÂ GarminÂ Connect MobileÂ app allows for wireless uploads of completed activities from your device as soon as you finish recording an activity. You choose whether activities are automatically or manually uploaded. Once your ride has posted toÂ GarminÂ Connect, your own “connections” can view them. You can also search your courses and workouts4Â stored atÂ GarminÂ Connect, download to yourÂ smartphone, then send directly to your Edge 810 â€”Â wirelessly. You can then navigate to the start of the course and use the Virtual PartnerÂ® feature on your Edge to race your previous activities in real time.
Purpose-Built Bike Computer
There’s no better bike computer to guide your ride. Edge 810 is rugged, waterproof and has a 17-hour battery life. The touchscreen is easy to operate, even with a gloved finger and when wet. Mounting options include a new out-front mountÂ² for heads-up positioning and a standard quarter-turn mount.
Â¹When paired with your compatible Android or Apple device.
Â²Included with some models, sold separately on others.
Â³When paired with third-party ANT+ power meter.
4Future release ofÂ GarminÂ Connect MobileÂ will allow you to explore and download courses and workouts from otherÂ GarminÂ Connect users.
We Say -Â First impressions out of the box was that it had plenty of accessories and that the waterproof unit was good looking and pretty light. It came with two standard stem mounts and one out-front screwed handlebar mount that locates the unit further in front of the rider. The stem mounts are fixed by tough rubber bands that came in several different sizes as spares…all good.
Also in the box is a heart rate monitor and speed/cadence sensors. My test unit came bundled with the Navteq Europe City Navigator which is meant to provide detailed road coverage of majorÂ EuropeanÂ metropolitan areas. The USB and mains charging kit also came with 110V plug adaptor for use outside the UK. All-in-all the the kit in the box seemed very comprehensive. I did notice that there were no detailed instruction books apart from the quick start booklets. I guess now that most businesses are becoming paperless theÂ InternetÂ is used to source the instructions. Apparently there is also a guide in a folder on the unit itself but like most of us, I never got round to reading it.
The main, improved feature of this unit over previous models is the large colour screen that enables the rider to view and track their route on the GPS enabled map. It also has a Garmin Connect Mobile app feature that you can connect your android or apple phone to. This enables you to live track to others a link of your real time route and view weather reports and transfer dataÂ wirelessÂ to Garmin Connect.
Now the Garmin Connect app/site is worth noting here as its a greatÂ on-lineÂ community data sharing site. What this roughly translates to is you upload all the ridesÂ you’veÂ done then view and compare the variousÂ data’sÂ such as average speed, elevation gain as well as calories, fastest speed, time and distance. In addition to this you can also compare strokes, efficiency, cadence and power. So there is loads of data here to compare for the pro teams or competitive individual alike. I found it interesting looking at my max speed (43.8) and average speed but I wish the site had average moving speed like on the unit. This is handy if like me you like to stop and take the occasional photograph.
Another great element is that you can explore other riders uploaded routes so therefore it helps give ideas to deciding ones ownÂ route-making. Some have uploaded well known sportive routes. For instance, looking around my own area I discovered several wiggle hell fire sportive routes, a 50m standard and 80m epic…great!
The navigation is pretty good, keeping well up with the pace and predicting the distance of approaching turns. Sometimes the accuracy left a little to be desired. If I was riding a previously uploaded course it would sometimes suddenly tell me that I was going the wrong way and then tell me to turn around! At first I believed it, even though I knew the route well, thinking perhaps it was suggesting a betterÂ alternativeÂ but same distance route. Nope, it was simply just giving me the wrong directions which I was a little surprised at as I live in a very well charted area of the world, the south east of England.
I guessed it could not have been that and must of had more to do with connecting with the satellites. Although I thought that there were loads ofÂ satellitesÂ floating around the planet. Anyway, I concluded that if you are not familiar with an area, take a map. In fact, take a map anyway, its much more user friendly. That is not to say that this unit is no good at navigation, because it is. It’s just not…well…100% correct yet. I actually think if you were touring and used this with a regular map as well you would have less chance of making a wrong turn.
Battery life was about 10 hours constant use. I know this as I rode 4 days London to Edinburgh and it just lasted each days ride which was about 10 hours. Sometimes powering down before I got to the days finish. It could possibly last longer with brightness turned down and auto stand-by turned on but I was just testing it ‘out of the box’ so to speak.
In SummaryÂ - I stopped using cycle computers years ago because I found myself looking at the little screen trying to do PB’s all the time. Which is fine if you want to performance cycle but nowadays I like to take in and enjoy the scenery, take a few photos, maybe even take afternoon tea and cake. Well, I can say that since I stopped using them, these units have really come on, with GPS andÂ smart-phoneÂ connectivity making them great little bits of kit for your bike.I really liked the Garmin Connect Mobile app and website. It seems a bit techy at first but is great once you get used to it, checking out yours and others rides regarding routes and stats. I also liked that you could save several different bike profiles like a racer, mountain and touring bike and switching between these profiles was easyI did not like the lack of intuitiveness and think that this could be improved. Sometimes I would change settingsÂ accidentallyÂ or press the wrong thing and not be able to go back. Sometimes I would record a route and thenÂ accidentallyÂ save the ride only halfway through. Admittedly it was mostly human errors but it should take humanÂ inadequacyÂ into account!
I had not used any model ofÂ Gamin’sÂ before so it’s initial lack of intuitive user friendliness made it very frustrating early on in the test period. So much so in fact that on the first outing with it I gave up trying to get to grips with it altogether and switched it off as it was making the ride less enjoyable. I laterÂ learntÂ that this was not uncommon, with a fellow reviewer having the same trouble of intuitivenessÂ using a Garmin running device.
So it seems that this is not a device that you take straight out of the box and use with ease. It requires a bit of time fiddling about with and itÂ definitelyÂ pays to watch the You Tube Garmin How-To videos, of which there are several very useful ones. Once I had seen the videos though things became easier.
It has to be said that there really is so much to this device that it is fairly hard to rate and I’m still experimenting and discovering with it seven months in, still not having tried all of its elements.
It is a truly great device for someone who wants lots ofÂ track-ableÂ data and information, great for pro teams and competitive riders. I think its perhaps a bit over complicated for leisure riders and tourers who I think would want someting more intuitive and I would recommend taking a map as well as using this device regarding the navigation element.
Rating -Â 4 out of 5
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