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Item # GRM3009

Description

If you want the pinnacle of sport-specific computing sitting atop your stem, look no further. That sounds like a high, hard sales pitch, but it’s the damn truth. The Garmin Edge 810 does everything that anyone as dreamed of a bike computer doing, and probably a couple more things, too. It handles the basics easily: navigation, multiple bike selection, ANT+ compatibility so your heart rate strap or power meter data comes through, and Bluetooth compatibility for easy uploads via your smartphone. On top of that, you get real-time weather updates, Virtual Partner and Virtual Racer training programs, and a 17-hour battery life.

It’ll accept microSD cards if you want to expand its storage capabilities, and its touchscreen is designed to work in heat, cold, and wet weather, with both gloved and bare hands.

  • ANT+ and Bluetooth capability
  • 17-hour battery life
  • microSD expandable memory
  • Touchscreen navigation
  • Fully-featured map and route-finding abilities

Tech Specs

Altimeter:
yes
Heart Rate Monitor:
no, HRM compatible
Speedometer Functions:
current speed, average speed, max speed
Chronograph:
no
Bike Memory:
180 hours
Wireless:
yes, Ant+, Bluetooth
Cadence:
yes
Odometer Type(s):
total distance, trip distance
Clock:
yes, 12/24 hour
Mount Type:
stem
Battery Type:
lithium ion
Recommended Use:
cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year
Actual Weight:
Black, One Size: 97g

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2 5

Poor software quality

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using the 810 for about 8 months on training rides and tours up to 150 miles. While the device works great on rides less than 50 miles or so, my unit will randomly shut down if I use the map screen while following a course. Which is sad, since navigation and LiveTrack is supposed to be the justification for the extra cost of this unit, right?
After about 6 months, the unit also stopped synching with my phone reliably, regardless of all the updates Garmin makes you install.
While the hardware of the unit works well, ANT+ pairing is great, and battery life is around 11 hours, the unstable mapping aspect is a deal-breaker for me. I'm pretty much forced to use this unit with only the sensor reading screen active if I want to complete my ride without the device bombing around every 20 miles.

Good ideas, but poor execution.

3 5

Great, but maps and routing poor

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I upgraded from the 500 last fall and this has been great for me. The mapping and stuff is good and it's nice to always have on hand and not waste phone battery. Battery life for this unit has been good for me. Id say about 12 hours on a charge. The integration with the mobile app had been great for me. Just push a button at the end of the ride and it auto to ride updates to strava simple as that. I did have one issue on a century where it did freeze after a long break and did lose my ride :( no other issues besides that one tragic event though. The size is nice and it's got all the data I need. Routes just need to be made on their website prior riding if you want turn by turn. I have had issues with it saying I'm off course and need to turn around when I'm not. Have had improper directions given too. Come on Garmin!! Great for other stuff. Just not maps :(

3 5

not really a reliable upgrade.

I had an edge 500 for a few seasons and then "upgraded to an 810. in two seasons I am on my second 810 and need to replace the one I currently have because the device no longer connects to the computer. The 500 was about 98% flawless the 810 is not a quality device for the price. I am waiting for Magellan to get their unit to the US hoping they give Garmin an eye opening run for their money.

5 5

The best!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use solely Garmin on my rides. Mainly they are easy to use; I have used them so long; have a great CS; and stay abreast of what cyclist need. This unit is great for rides in general or desigining your own ride for uploading to go by. The system works and what more can you want. I never hesitate to look to Garmin when it is time to upgrade. This is my 3rd unit and and I am sure the 4th will be Garmin as well! I would go into detail with what all this unit wil do but you can read that on their site.

4 5

Good upgrade from Edge500

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Edge500 is compact and does all the basic things well. I purchased the 810 a few weeks ago. I liked the bluetooth connectivity of the Edge810.

For fun (and maybe safety), follow-live is a good gadget. With bluetooth, uploading your ride is automatic. Garmin connect organizes all your workouts. Open source maps are available. I was concerned about the battery life. However, I just did a 3:30 ride on a full charge. Bluetooth and follow-live on. I have 80% left on the Edge810 and 75% left on my iphone. Like the Edge500, connectivity to cadence and HR is simple and excellent. On the downside, I think the screen brightness/resolution are okay for numbers and data but not very good for maps (maybe Garmin maps will be better???). The touch screen could be better; it is not always very responsive. However, I can fit all the pertinent variables on one screen. On one occasion, I had trouble synchronizing the Edge810 with the Garmin Connect App. Eventually, it worked. With most rides, sync is automatic. Overall, I am happy with Edge810.

Unanswered Question

This is BS...multiple entries of this same...

This is BS...multiple entries of this same device on this site. The "Map bundle" version has bad reviews here...they should be combined here. Seems as though this unit isn't living up to expectation for many folks...

5 5

All that and a bag of potato chips.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using a Garmin 500 for the past three years...it's been a great device, light, dependable, easy to use. Recently i've been doing more traveling, which is a drag without a bike and have found myself lost several times in unfamiliar lands far from the comforts of my local routes and pit-stops.

- Enter the Garmin 810 -

This device is everything I hoped it would be - essentially I was looking for an upgrade to the 500 with map usability. I don't really care about bluetooth connectivity and to be honest I'm a bit of a luddite. I buy a device to do a single job, in this case it's navigation, and to do it well. I have to say the 810 turn by turn directions with a GPX file from any of a host of on-line mapping sites takes the terror out of venturing onto unfamiliar roads and the courage to go left when you might normally go right. Or as Robert Frost might say..."I took the road less traveled by and that has made all the difference..." Thanks to the Garmin 810 I was able to do this.

Another bonus: now through May 31st 2014 Garmin is offering a $100 rebate on the 810, http://garmin.blogs.com/promotions/2014/03/Edge_810_Rebate.pdf - making this decision a whole lot easier

4 5

Very nice

Only had it a few days. Nice improvement from the Edge 500. Far more user friendly. just wish it didn't cost so much.

Does the extra features will justify the...

Does the extra features will justify the upgrade from the Edge 800?

Best Answer Responded on

The only real difference between the 810 and the 800 is that the 810 is compatible with Garmin Connect Mobile. So if you are tethered to your smartphone like me then it might be worth getting the 810, otherwise it sounds like the 800 is your model.

Responded on

Thanks Wayne, that it is what I though, I'll keep my 800.

5 5

Newest greatest...............

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have to say I am a Garmin junkie and love the units I have had over the years. I am on my 4th unit (different model) the 810 with HRM. As in past units this unit does more than most folks care to have analyzed for sure. But if you want an all inclusive unit to have the capability to do anything you care to do in cycling this unit can do it. The only complaint I have is the unit can at times be hard to read if the sunlight hits it at a certain angle. You also have to hit the buttons to move from screen to screen deliberately. Not a hard tap but it is not very sensitive. Maybe a good thing or not. The unit pairs well on Garmin Connect via Bluetooth and your phone to send your ride to those you wish to watch live! I do this routinely so my wife can monitor my rides if riding solo. This unit is lightweight as well so the weight weenies have nothing to fear. I do highly suggest getting the tacky rubber housing for the unit to protect it from drops and inadverdent impact. Also you can use course creator online and upload to the unit and enable turn by turn directions to ride unfamiliar roads. So if you want an al inclusive unit to record all pertinent information for hours of recap you need the Edge 810.

4 5

Almost great

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used the Garmin Edge 800 for a little over 2 years. It developed a problem and being that it was out of warranty, I had to send back to get a refurbished unit for $100. I decided to upgrade to the Edge 810 while I waited for my refurb unit.

The good:
Easy to set up bike profiles (TT bike, road bike, MTB with different sensors on each)
Easy to set up activity profiles (training, race, even have a kayak profile)
Easy to set up custom screens displaying the data you want
Gets GPS lock even faster than the already fast Edge 800
Bluetooth connectivity to phone is the biggest upgrade. I can upload workouts immediately without connecting to computer. You can also stream your ride using the Garmin Connect app on your phone. A great way to let someone know where you are, especially in case of an accident.
The ability to create a course on the Garmin Connect site and then transfer it to the phone without hooking up to computer is also an excellent feature.

The bad:
Battery life isn't what the Edge 800 was, although I have certainly had it last a lot longer than 5 hours mentioned in a previous review. I have used it up to 10 hours and it hadn't died but was in the low teens on charge percentage.
There are intermittent connection losses with my Ant+ power meters. All will be fine and then suddenly my power and cadence drops to 0 for 5 seconds or so. Then power shoots up really high (although my output has not changed) and it all starts working again. I think it pretty much averages itself out so it doesn't matter much unless you are doing short intervals. The Edge 800 did not have this issue.

Overall, I think this was a solid upgrade. I would not have done it if I hadn't had problems with my Edge 800. After 2.5 years of use in all conditions, I was willing to overlook the $100 to get a refurbished unit. If making a decision between the 800 and 810 I would chose the 810 based on bluetooth alone.

3 5

Unit works, lacking in many areas though

Good and bad. The speed in which this unit connects to speed, cadence and heart rate sensors is amazing compared to what I have used in the past to include other Garmin units. It connected to my phone via Bluetooth easily. The speed it connects to the satellites is pretty amazing as well. All in all, a fairly easy to use unit though I have not figured out if you can modified the data display screen yet in terms of adding or removing boxes of data which is annoying. Its not completely intuitive in my opinion.
The bad, the price and what you get. This is $500 which is as expensive as most high end phones you might buy without a contract. This unit isnt nearly as complicated or stuffed with as many features as a phone but, I will not ride with my phone mounted on my bike and my phone currently doesnt connect to the sensors. The screen is usable but there is a learning curve with it. Dont expect it to act like your phones screen. Also, while the screen does what it needs to, at this price I think it should be higher definition. Now for the REALLY bad, you wont get anywhere close to 13 hours out of the battery. Using it as you would in most outside situations, meaning Bluetooth on, screen at maximum brightness etc... youll get about 5 hours if you are lucky. Its probably fine for what most people will do but its the idea that Garmin would KNOWINGLY mislead people about this units battery life that annoys me. I want one GPS unit for all outside activities I do. Is it too much to ask to get a unit like this to work for hiking and golf for no additional cost? No its really not. Not when phones can do the same these days for less money. Also, 40 bucks for a piece of plastic to mount this unit the way it NEEDS to be mounted to make it the most useful it can be? Seriously Garmin, you are going to nickel and dime people like this? I wont be sorry to see you go when phones finally do everything.

Responded on

I dont get it. Where is the other review thats knocking the 810 up to 4 stars Backcountry? You aren't...you arent manipulating data for sales are you? I would hate to think so because that would mean I cant trust ANY of the reviews here.

In the picture there is a cadence sensor...

In the picture there is a cadence sensor and heart rate monitor...but in the sidebar it specifically says no HRM. Is this the bundle version?

Responded on

Hey,

Negative. Sorry for the confusion, I'll see about getting that image removed.

Responded on

Hey Josh,

No HRM, what about cadence sensor?