Big price cut for Soleus’ Draft GPS computer

by Marc Basiliere 4

£80 GPS computer?  Now we’re talking…

Both magenta and yellow are available.
Both magenta and yellow are available.

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.

Out in front
…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.

Comments (4)

  1. That’d be dropped by a fifth, rather than a quarter…

  2. You can pick the Garmin Edge 200 up for £82.20 now so still not that great an offer. Think I would go down the Garmin route having own them previously and trust them.

  3. Could “strava compatible” be defined? My Edge 200 (with the right plugin) talks straight to strava and can auto-upload. Alternatively my dakota 20 needs to have a file manually loaded. Both are compatible, but to different degrees.

  4. Mike,

    Got it- thanks! Doing my maths backwards…

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