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.
While riding on my indoor trainer, it provided great output like wattage, heart rate, cadence and speed. The Edge 800 also had a virtual partner you could compare yourself to or race against, a very nice feature to keep your mind occupied while logging mind numbing miles indoors or doing time trial training. I used the touch screen more when riding than I did running or skiing. The screen wasn't too sensitive where the screen moved multiple screens per touch. I really liked the handle bar mount, it fit my handlebars very well and was easy to attach. I did, however, have to spend quite some time cleaning the unit after each training session, wiping sweat off the touch screen and the rest of the unit.
It does, however, remain clear to me that the Edge 800 was designed for use on bikes and this is mainly where I will use the unit in the future.
Overall I found the Garmin Edge 800 to be a very useful additional to my training arsenal. It was very easy to use and provided all the features I liked and needed. Some of the things I really appreciated were: no special adjustment needed for wattage or heart rate, I use a CycleOps PowerTap and I all I had to do was get on the bike and ride. The Edge 800 picked up the signal from the hub unit, the touch screen was an easy way to move screens I had no problem with the screen locking. The GPS directions and route recording was excellent. Having multiple screen options to pick from was a very nice feature and provided all the output I needed. There were options I didn't use but the ones I did were excellent. As previously mentioned, the screen didn't wash out in bright sunlight or fade in the shade. The Edge 800 even lit up so you could see the display in the dark.
The four main features I did use were GPS, % grade, elevation and wattage. I would highly recommend the Garmin Edge 800 to any cyclist, racer or weekend warrior. The wattage, heart rate, % grade and speed would be enough for me to feel I made a solid purchasing decision.
An added benefit of the Edge 800 unit is that you can upload training ride data to your TrainingPeaks-powered Roadcycling.com training diary account right here on Roadcycling.com after each ride. The Roadcycling.com training diary offers you many ways to analyze your training data and to share it with your coach. Beyond the training itself, this is the best possible way for you to become a better cyclist.
Learn more about the Garmin Edge 800 or other Garmin products by visiting www.garmin.com.