Garmin Edge 800 GPS/HRM with Data Card $650.00
Garmin's Edge 800 GPS has nearly all of the same functions as their Edge 705, save for the wireless sharing of data from one unit to another. But if you're addicted to the latest technology, you'll love that it comes with the convenience and ease of a waterproof, rugged 2.6" touchscreen. The full color display is as easy to see in the bright daylight as it is at night, so should you choose to pay attention as you get yourself lost in new territory, you won't have to strain to see the route unfold. And you can see as much or as little info as you like with customizable screens.
Of course, it's a Garmin, so this Edge 800 GPS/HRM w/Data Card is fully GPS enabled. It's more sensitive than ever so it'll even work under tree cover, and it uses Garmin's HotFix satellite prediction to allow it to make faster calculations as you ride. It can show you where you are and give you turn by turn directions to get where you want to go. The best part is that data goes two ways with the 800 -- you can upload maps and routes from your PC or Mac into the Edge 800, and you can download the routes that you've just ridden for analysis or sharing with your friends or the world on the free Garmin Connect website. The cool thing about the sharing idea is that you can search for existing routes on the trails or roads you want to ride in a foreign location and upload them in your GPS so your vacation/ride time is spent efficiently.
And like the 705, the Edge 800 is ANT+ compatible. This means that the unit can read wirelessly transmitted data from other on-bike measuring devices. ANT+ transmitters broadcast in a small area at 2.4 GHz. Thanks to ANT+, the 800 can read information from powermeters, heart rate monitors, and speed/cadence sensors so that you can fine tune, monitor, and analyze each and every ride. In addition to the Garmin Connect site, the 800 works with Garmin's Training Center software, which is compatible with Mac and PC. The software is free and downloadable from the Garmin website. The 800 files are also compatible with Motion-Based, a web-based training data analysis and mapping site and with CyclingPeaks software. You can upload data directly into CyclingPeaks or move it from the Garmin software. Garmin also has software called Base Camp, and it lets you build a route on your computer, view it with elevations, and upload it into your Edge 800.
When riding with the 800, you can enable Virtual Partner, a rider you create, who exists only in the Garmin device and rides at your goal parameters. Motivation is tough to find, we know, but the workout planning, auto lap, and courses functions allow you to tailor your workouts, even compare successive rides over the same route to see if you're making progress with your fitness. Used with a heart rate strap, it will even count the calories you've burned over the course of your workout.
The Garmin Edge 800 GPS/HRM w/Data Card is Black w/blue trim. Besides ANT+ and GPS capability, it has a barometric altimeter, thermometer, and automatic time zone adjustment. It includes a premium heart rate strap and a speed/cadence sensor. The built-in base maps will get you started, and an included data card is preloaded with City Navigator so you'll have detailed maps for all of the U.S, Canada and Puerto Rico. You can add micro SD cards for extra storage or for super detailed topo maps. The 3.5 oz. Edge 800 has a 1/4 turn mount that installs without tools on the handlebars. It has a rechargeable Li-ion battery that gives the unit 15 hours of life before you'll have to plug it in and charge it with the included cable. The USB download cable is also included along with a quick start manual.
Please Note: The Garmin Edge 800 will work in extreme conditions without problems. It's rated for a temperature range from -4 to 140 degrees F (-20 to 60 degrees C) so we feel confident saying that if you can ride your bike, you could take it along with you. And if you're worried that gloved or even mitten covered hands will keep you from being able to operate the touchscreen on the 800, we welcome you to rest assured that it won't be a problem.
What community has to say
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This Garmin unit is a perfect cyclist GPS unit. Granted, it is very expensive. However Competitive Cyclists offered it 25% off for the bundle so I ordered one. Came within the 3-5 days and I've been nothing but happy with my purchase. Very impressed with Competitive Cyclists!
The GPS signal seems way better than that of my Garmin Edge 500 and Forerunner 210 units. All the display options on the 800 are very helpful and fun to use. The navigation is a really cool function especially for longer rides. The thing I've enjoyed the most from upgrading to the 800 is the color touch screen. It's so easy to use and makes the riding experience even more enjoyable (if that were possible :p ).
The only problem I've come across is with the HR monitor and I've had the same problem with all of my other Garmin products. The HR monitor will spike with increased speed. It can be frustrating when I'm training and trying to use my HR to guide my workout. However I've found that it gets better when I don't dry my jerseys in the drying, always air dry! Besides it's better for the clothes anyways.
My Garmin 800 also took a while to locate the satellites. I ended up having to hard reset the unit and go to an open hill. After the initial 'locating satellites' that took approximately 10-15 minutes, it has located them within 15-30 seconds every time after.
If the navigation function isn't something you'd find useful then maybe go with something more like the Garmin 510 which still has the touch/color screen for a cheaper price.
Overall I am very pleased with my purchase and highly recommend it to any cyclist with some extra cash to blow.
best wedding present ever!!
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Bought this as a wedding present,for some friends riding across North America next year o there tandem bike. The screen is clear and seems to be very accurate. Would not recommend,for quick rides but for touring its worth the $$$