Garmin Edge 800 GPS Bike Computer Review

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07/29/2011| 0 comments
by Tedd Jacobson
Garmin Edge 800
Garmin Edge 800

Garmin Edge 800 GPS Bike Computer Review

I previously reviewed the Garmin Edge 500 bike computer and my latest review is on the Garmin 800 Edge cycle computer.

To answer that question I just checked the temperature listing on the unit. What was the grade of the current climb? The Edge would tell me. The data screens can be tweaked to the personal preferences of the rider.

The Edge 800 recorded my routes and when I needed to ride my bike to a specific location all I had to do was to tell the computer where I wanted to ride to. The GPS computer then guided me safely to the location I had chosen.

When away on travels it was very useful for me to be able to use the navigation-enabled bike computer. It can sometimes be difficult for me to find my way back to the hotel when I ride in foreign countries. With the Garmin Edge 800 these problems were now a thing of the past. No more need for me to mumble "ou est la direction de la tour Eiffel?" to local people on my vacations in France.

I also believe that the Edge 800 is a welcome innovation for younger riders and children who need to be able to find their way back to their home address after having been away on long training rides in unknown territory. With the Edge 800 mounted on their bikes all they will have to do will be to tell the Edge 800 computer to lead them back to their home address.

I used the Edge 800 from last fall to this summer while cycling. Some of our readers have complained about being forced to buy one GPS computer unit for each type of sport they take part in and found it hard to justify such major expenses for multiple GPS units. I, therefore, found it interesting to test how the Garmin Edge 800 GPS bike computer would perform when running and cross country skiing.

The unit fit well in my hand but was a little larger than I would like for running. The large display and varying output was fun to watch as I ran. Some of the useful things I had on the display were % grade, elevation, speed and elapsed time. The Garmin Edge 800 provided enough information well beyond the basics. They didn't leave any stones unturned when giving users the option to select the exact data types they need.

While running, the speed seemed to be either too fast or too slow. It makes sense that it would be this way, because your arms swing forward and backward, and they are going faster than or reversing compared to your torso. This is a good indication of how accurate the Edge 800's output is. When I finished I noticed the average speed for the run was accurate.

I also used the Edge 800 while cross country skiing. I found it to be useful and easy to use, even when the temperature was in the single digits. One thing I really liked when skiing was how you can control the back lighting; even on bright sunny days with new snowfall I was able to read the display

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