by Marc Basiliere
September 16, 2013
£80 GPS computer? Now we’re talking…
When we reviewed Soleus’ GPS Draft cycling computer a few days back, we noted that it was a capable ride recording and sharing tool, but:
Ultimately, [at £100] the Draft’s biggest issue is the competition: with the Garmin Edge 200 (reviewed in Issue 72) now selling for £109/$129 Soleus will have to polish their interface and possibly add real-time mapping to remain competitive.
…or they could reduce the price. We’ve just heard from Fit Brands, Soleus’ UK distributors, that Draft pricing has dropped by a
quarter fifth to £80. At that price, the somewhat clunky interface (which, to be fair, is carried over from their watch line) and high-mount bracket can be forgiven. While the lack of a live-mapping function will mean that anyone looking to follow downloaded tracks or to leave a digital breadcrumb path will still need to look upmarket, the Draft is a solid little GPS computer:
Once the mount has been accepted and the unit’s functions sussed, the Soleus Draft is a perfectly capable and reliable ride recording and sharing tool… The software’s output is Strava-compatible, meaning that those curious about world of virtual competition won’t be left out.
If the bracket isn’t to your liking, Fit Brands is also distributing BarFly’s out-front Draft mount (right) for £15. The Draft is available in the UK from Fit Brands, in the US from Soleus. Premier members can read the full review here.