PSA: Garmin Edge Touring 159.99 @ Halfords
I’ve not seen this model before, how does it compare to the 800?
I’ll dive into some hands-on time here in a moment, but it’s probably useful to point out that if you’re looking for an Edge 500/510/800/810 replacement, this isn’t it. This is really targeting a different (though equally as important) market: Cycling tourism.
The Touring is designed for…well…touring. As in, multi-day bike tours. These tours are incredibly popular in Europe, though in the states they are pretty limited (as in, basically none). Thus think of the Touring as a highly simplified version of the Edge 800/810. It’s not for the performance athlete. It’s for someone who simply wants to go for a casual ride and not get lost.Posted 3 years ago
I’ve got one, it’s pretty good if your main requirement is to enter pre-prepared routes and follow those (with turn-by-turn), or get directions to a destination (though these have to be taken with a pinch of salt, as it tries to take you offroad whatever settings you specify).
You can track your rides with it whichever of the above options, or if you are not using it for navigation, for Strava, Connect etc. uploads.Posted 3 years ago
Yep, as theflatboy says.
It’s like the Garmin 800 without the training and Ant+ features and the associated price tag. If you need those features this isn’t for you.
It’s basically bike sat nav and can track your rides with the base Strava stats (speed/elev/calories/time/distance). Can load GPX files to it and follow them. It has full Europe maps and as the flatboy said it can upload to Strava with one click via USB.Posted 3 years agohoundlegsMember
Don’t forget if you are a member of British cycling its another 10% off on top.Posted 3 years ago
Is this the package with the silicone case and extra out front mount?
I picked one up a few months back, and its pretty good for using it as others have said, its great for plotting a route on the laptop and then following.
By the way, for those that have one and those that don’t, there is a quite recent firmware update out for the device. It appears to have sorted the problem that mine had, of occasionally crashing during particularly long rides. Definitely worth putting it on anyway, it gives a few more display options too.Posted 3 years agomonkeyboyjcMember
Anyone know if this allows the use of OS maps via micro sd card like the older Dakota and Oregon modelsplease?
yes it does via the micro sd port – I run the full uk os maps on mine.
its basicly a 800 or 810 without the training functions.
mines been very good over the last 4/5 months. Only criticism is the maps it come with dont have the most accurate off data (only about a third of the bridal ways in my areas), hense the upgrade to full OSmaps.
there is a thread on here about cheap £20ish cards for these on here some where.
oh and if your a british cycling member and collect in store you can get another 10% off.Posted 3 years agoski99Subscriber
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Don’t forget go-outdoors do price match +10% off too…
Only if they feel like it. They’ve refused to match other high street shops in the past in my experience.
I managed to get them to price match – 10% against Wiggle on an Edge 800 Trail this week. That made is £236.Posted 3 years ago
So can someone clear something up for a total GPS newb (also a bit thick generally)
Will this model work off road on a turn by turn style basis. For example, will I die if I take it out in the lakes on a route I don’t know or will it happily guide me home using the GPX file I have selected?
Much lovePosted 3 years agosimon_gSubscriber
Not strictly “turn by turn” as the GPX file will just be a line to follow. Still pretty obvious where to turn, even on the basic ones with no maps – on the Edge Touring you’ll have your GPX line overlaid on the map.
If you go wrong (and it will be pretty soon after going wrong) it’ll beep at you and show “off course” on the screen.Posted 3 years ago
PSA update: My unit is going back for a full refund in 1 hour!
I’ve taken it on 3 rides and on each ride it has crashed when I searched for a city destination, losing all my current ride stats and requiring a “Master Reset” to get it alive again.
Garmin support said I have a faulty unit that needs sending to them for a replacement. My friend also bough this same model from a different Halfords after I’d told him the price and his hangs in the same way.
I also managed to miss a turn while following a 120 mile tcx course yesterday and and hour later I realised this but the until had decided to recalculate a new way back to the start and not try and take me back to the course I was supposed to be following, resulting in us being miles off route.
Massively unimpressed with it.Posted 3 years ago
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