Garmin Edge 810 GPS Cycle Computer Review
Roadcycling.com tests the Garmin Edge 810 GPS-enabled cycle computer, which is the long-awaited successor to Garmin’s previous flagship model.
viewer to a page where a blue dot signifies the rider’s current location. Exciting viewing it’s not, unless you like watching a slowly moving blue dot, but if you’re riding solo, it’s nice that people know where you are.
After the ride is completed with a tap of the screen the ride is downloaded to the Garmin Connect site which logs your day’s adventure along with all the pertinent information (speed, distance, averages, temperature, power, heart rate, calories, cadence, to name a few).
While I love the LiveTrack feature in action, when I initially received the unit the LiveTrack didn’t work. I called Garmin about the issue and they said they’d get back to me via email with a solution. They never did. However, two days later Garmin updated the Connect app and LiveTrack has worked fine ever since.
Another nice feature is your routes can be saved and the 810 will guide you so that epic ride route is never forgotten.
The Virtual Partner feature is a mixed bag for me. For a time trial the Virtual Partner could be an invaluable feature, but for everyday riding I’m not so sure. For example, there’s a local hill that I ride to which everyone uses as a barometer of fitness as well as to gain local bragging rights. I know what average speed I need in order to beat my personal record. However, it’s impossible to activate the Edge 810’s Virtual Partner function at the base of the hill and set the necessary average speed to beat my time without stopping the recording. The only workaround I’ve discovered is to stop my ride and then start recording a new ride with the average speed already set in the Virtual Partner function. I wish there was a method to start the Virtual Partner for specific ride segments when I wanted rather than it continually running in the background.
The other good features are the severe weather alerts, which give you a three hour time frame for the weather. I also appreciate the feature of differentiating which bike I’m using and if it’s training or racing miles I’m logging.
With a 90 degree twist, the Edge 810 securely locks and so far I’ve never had the unit launch off my bars. This is in contrast to my older model Edge 705 which uses a mounting unit that the computer slides onto and which on one occasion disengaged sending my 705 bouncing on the tarmac. However, the 705 only suffered cosmetic damages and still functions.
While the Edge 810 found the GPS satellites quicker than my Edge 705 it seemed to lose the signal easier as well. On a route that I normal ride that features overhanging trees, my 705 never lost its GPS signal. However, the 810’s telltale “beep” alerted me that it had lost the GPS signal, only to find it a few seconds later.
Overall the Edge 810 is a great GPS cycling computer and with the premium price tag to prove it. At US$500 the Edge 810 has a wealth of