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Philip R.

Philip R.

Philip R.

Philip R.wrote a review of on June 11, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I am a Garmin loyalist. I have been using the 820 since 2016 and the 810 before that, and both units have generally worked very well. But the screen on my 820 is beginning to fail, so I decided to get a new second unit. I thought I would save some $ and get the new 520 Plus - which is billed as more or less an 820 without the touch screen. I have a PhD, but honestly I could not for the life of me figure out how to use those 7 buttons. Sure, maybe it is just me. But I am returning it unused and getting another 820. I think this is why so many folks have switched over to the Wahoos. The 820 with touchscreen is reasonably intuitive, but I would suggest thinking twice about the 520 plus. Given the amount of functionality on the unit, IMHO touch screen is far better.

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Philip R.

Philip R.wrote a review of on July 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is really a handy bit of kit. So far I have used it as a day light. For long rides, I clip it on the saddle bag and keep it in reserve in case my front or rear light runs out of charge. This is a nice insurance policy and the weight is light enough and the size small enough there is really no reason not to take it. For commutes, it works equally well on the front or rear. You can even mount it on the front or back of a POC helmet without touching the MIPS insert.

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Philip R.

Philip R.wrote a review of on April 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Lets get the cons out of the way up front. Yes, it is a very large case. Perhaps just a few inches larger than the other top cases in one direction or another, but enough to limit the type of vehicle you can fit it in. Minivan - no problem. Jeep - on its side but not straight up. Smaller than that - I don't know. And there is no way you are going to avoid paying the baggage fees.

Now the positives. First, the bike stand is awesome, so long as you watch the video and practice it one time before your trip. Remember, the stand keeps the bike in a safe position locked inside the case. Second, you can fit any size bike in one way or the other, with less need to dissemble the bike compared to other cases. All I need for my R5 is one 5mm torque wrench. Or you could fit a standard road bike and two sets of wheels. Third, your 10k dream bike is going to arrive unscathed because it is a Thule hard case.

So - if you don't mind fees or renting a big vehicle and you hate taking your bike apart, but you do want your dream bike to arrive unscathed, this is a great case.

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