- Garmin Edge Touring
Garmin’s routable mapping is the single best and worst thing on the edge 800.
Best – easy to navigate on road rides, just enter the postcode of a cafe ~30miles away and pedal. Shortest distance algorythm means it’s generaly using smaller roads.
Worst – rather than re-calculate if you go wrong, get diverted, pick another route, etc, it seems to try and put you back on track. But will never U-turn. So you can add 20mile loops to a ride just by missing a junction. A recent example was riding from Reading to a cafe near didcot (north west), the suggested route was tot ake themain road west out of reading which is horrible, so I headed north expecting it to recalculate and send me cross country/west once I was out of town. It’s solution (repeated through about 6 recalculations each time i ignored it) was to turn east, and try and do a full circle of Reading coming back in from the East.
It’s Ok for navigating to places in fairly straight lines, but if you want to ignore it it’s best to re-set the route once your past whatever it is you’re riding round rather than through.Posted 4 years agomidlifecrisisMember
It doesn’t mention battery life. Edge 800 units can have 11 hours teased out of them but for a long tour (e.g. Highland Trail 400) without access to powerpoints some sort of external power supply is needed.
I can see the appeal if this has much better battery life / takes AA or AAA cells that can be replaced as needed.Posted 4 years ago
Does anybody know anything about this unit? I can’t find any additional info online, it looks like quite a nice system for the price and a good alternative to the Etrex or even the Edge 800/810 depending on your needs.
Seems to come complete with routable mapping, which is pretty impressive for the money. No word on battery life or connectivity, but I doubt it include ANT+ for that money.
All in all looks pretty impressive for £176, anybody want to buy a barely-used Etrex 20?Posted 4 years agoChrisISubscriber
Looks amazingly like a rebadged Edge 800 to me, maybe doing it without the OS maps is making it a lot cheaper. Might find the firmware is limited in its features in some way. So they can keep selling the old 800 but under different guise. No bad thing if it is, great little computer (I have an 800 w/OS) for a good price.Posted 4 years ago
Almost definitely want – this looks like exactly what I’m after and a much more palatable price than the 8XX. Presumably different/better maps will be uploadable, anyone know if you can put Open Source maps on the Edges?
Reckon Santa will be pressed into action for one of these, anyway!Posted 4 years agobedraggledMember
Bit off topic, the ad says
‘following a ride that they have planned or downloaded Edge Touring will guide them on their ride with clear turn-by-turn visual instructions’.
I’ve just bought a Garmin 800, I can get the turn instructions if I tell it to work out a route but if I load a route there is a line to follow but it only tells me that I am off course, no instructions.
Am I doing something wrong or do I need to get the Edge Touring. It’s the turn instructions that I really want a GPS for.Posted 4 years agoantigeeMember
geoffj – Member
anyone know if you can put Open Source maps on the Edges?
Yes, and are preferable for some uses
thanks that’s useful – we are in Oz for a few years and I see that is covered and Mrs antigee missed a turn on an audax style gran fondo last weekend and came back asking for a “garmin type thing”
at 17hrs the battery life is good for a big day out without panic and not quite “touring” for some I know
any idea if Memory map downloads will work? just started using these just to print but if could load that would be goodPosted 4 years agosimmySubscriber
Anyone got one of these yet ?
Just had a play on the display one in Halfords and they do look good – seems to have openstreetmap installed.
Just put a postcode in and away you go just like a car Sat Nav. I couldn’t work out all the features so guess there are loads more but without instructions it’s impossible to work out.Posted 4 years agoDibbsMember
Edge Touring and Touring + details here:-Posted 4 years ago
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