Dot the eye.
Over the past several years, Garmin has gradually developed an impressive arsenal of cycling sensor hardware. Examples range from the Edge cycling computers to the Varia radar system and even the lifestyle wearable, the Vivoactive HR. With the Varia Vision, Garmin has finally given the truly tech-savvy cyclist the ability to centralize all of the information produced by these devices in the most convenient location: right in your line of vision.
The Varia Vision mounts on either arm of your sunglasses and syncs wirelessly with the above-mentioned Garmin sensors, GPS computers, and fitness tracking wearables. When all of these systems are brought to bear, the Varia Vision's unobtrusive 428 x 240 pixel display maintains a steady stream of route and biometric data with up to four data fields at a given time.
These fields include the usual computer stuff (speed, distance traveled, heart rate, and the like) plus notifications about vehicles approaching from behind and segments or route waypoints approaching from ahead. It also displays navigational prompts, eliminating the frantic guesswork involved in looking down a bar-mounted GPS unit, looking up to try to identify the turn-off point, looking down again to verify, looking up to — well, you get the idea.
The unit weighs a paltry claimed 29.7g, so it's easy to acclimate to wearing it, and it has a waterproof rating of IPX7, so it's more than equal to sudden rainstorms during the unpredictable weather of shoulder season rides. It connects to Garmin's army of devices by Ant+, and is packaged with mounting hardware, a charging cable, and a manual to help you sync it with your Garmin devices. Please note that Garmin's list of compatible devices is limited to the following: Edge 1000, Edge 520, Varia Rearview Radar, and Vivoactive HR.
- Compatible only with: Garmin Edge 1000, Edge 520, Varia Rearview Radar, and Vivoactive HR
- Delivered with mounting hardware, charging cable, and manual
- IPX7 water-resistant rating
- Mounts to either arm of any sunglasses