Edge 810

Garmin Edge 810 Review

Garmin Edge 810

I recently upgraded from the Garmin Edge 500 to the new Edge 810. The 500 was a great bike computer on the bike. I loved it. The Edge 500 was the second Garmin I had. I had the original 200 and it was horrible but I think my expectations were unrealistic. The 200 lost signal in Kansas — without a tree to be found and the home state of Garmin — and could not hold a week’s tour worth of data. I was hooked on the idea of not having to screw with a damn bike “computer” again.

Then Garmin released the 500; the 500 was small, worked great, and the battery lasted 10–14 hours in very unscientific testing. I managed to lose one and promptly went out to buy a second one I loved the thing that much. The only thing I hated about the 500 was the need to connect to my Mac. I don’t know who is at fault, Apple or Garmin but the connection between the 500 and my Macbook always sucked. I would alternate between Safari and Chrome, reboot multiple times and maybe every 10 tries, I could get them to connect. Since the only way to get updates onto the 500 or data off of the 500 was that damn connection. if you normally use a Mac, I would pass on the 500. Just my $0.02.

When I saw the news that the new 510 and 810 would connect via iPhone, I was very excited. The one sticking point I had with the Garmin was solved. Due to an unexpected gift at work, I acquired the 810 and sold my 500 via eBay. I have had the 810 for about ten weeks now and I would heartily recommend it. The 810 is very pricey @ $499 compared to the 500/510 price ($249/329 but you get two nice upgrades. The color screen which is quite nice even in direct sunlight and some incredibly detailed maps (assuming that you get the Garmin City SD card $66 — if you got this far in the review, you might as well go all in…)

Last weekend, Nancy and I did Glenwood to New Windsor route from Ride With GPS. Saturday was a beautiful day and it is a 52-mile ride. The GPS worked flawlessly. It successfully notified me of every turn well before the turn both visually and audibly. It also notified me of places of interest (food, etc) as we were passing. This was great.

This GPS is a great upgrade from the 500 assuming you have $570 burning a hole in your pocket. if not, I would look at the 510 or the 500.

For a really detailed review, please see DC Rainmaker.

Update:

This thing ruled on the Adventure Cycling Lake Champlain ride. It accurately called out every turn with plenty of time to spare. Our fearless leader — who was excellent but that is another post — routinely asked me where we were mileage-wise. He trusted my device.

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