Product Type: Garmin in GPS Navigation
Newest Review: ... this is all possible on a smart phone these days I wanted something specific, the Edge 800 is the King as far as dedicated GPS were concern... more
Fantastic Training Aid, Perfect For Geeks!
Garmin Edge 800
Member Name: Municipal_Waste
Garmin Edge 800
Advantages: Helps keep you motivated when the weather is bad. Great fun to be competitive with other riders.
Disadvantages: Although I consider it good value, it is rather expensive. Additional maps are extortionate!
Personally I love having information about the rides I'm doing, it wasn't always that way but a couple of years ago when I began commuting to work by bike I really started finding it useful to know how fast I'm going and being able to work out what my ETA to a destination was. I enjoyed using the pacer arrow to make sure I was ahead of schedule and having the odometer to see what my grand total mileage was kept my motivation up.
The next step on from that was a GPS enabled device so I could not only track my mileage, but ascent and gradient etc. While this is all possible on a smart phone these days I wanted something specific, the Edge 800 is the King as far as dedicated GPS were concerned and so I plumped for it.
My first impressions were that it's a seriously well engineered device. It has a lovely tactile feel to the casing and all of the accessories such as the heart rate strap and speed/cadence sensor seem good quality.
When you're used to using a smart phone, the control interface takes a little bit of getting used to but before long it becomes second nature and very intuitive. It's also a doddle to use the computer software supplied for uploading your data.
Out on the road the device excels and really makes training on the bike, or even being out for a leisure ride enjoyable. I would say try not to put too much information on one screen (you can customise up to 8 bits of data on any one screen) as it becomes impossible to read, instead put groups of things together on separate pages and swipe between them.
Many cycle computers now have a pacer arrow on them but the Garmin goes one step further in that it has a little guy whom you can compete against if you're doing a like-for-like ride.
Once you get home one of the most interesting features of any GPS device becomes something to keep motivated, perhaps when it's winter... You can upload the information to various social network sites such as Garmin's own or 'Strava' (my personal favourite). Then you can often see how you compare to other riders in your area... It's great!
- Battery life is good.
- Re-charge time is excellent.
- Ease of use is excellent.
- Value for money is good (if you can afford it).
- Overall quality is GREAT!
I would not be without one now!
Summary: Well worth the outlay and a good quality device, I would not hesitate to spend the money again.