Garmin Edge 820 – what we know so far

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Garmin have announced the release of two new devices for their Edge range. The new Garmin Edge 820 series boasts to be a feature-packed device with some neat new features. The device is not officially released but we thought we’d share some of the features that Garmin say you can expect from the 820.

Compact

The first thing to notice is the scaled down size. The Garmin Edge 820 is 49.0 x 73.0 x 21.0 mm – which is a good deal smaller when compared to the size of the Edge 810 (51.0 x 93.0 x 25.0 mm). It features a 2.3″ high-resolution touchscreen which Garmin claim to be “the touchscreen you’ve been waiting for”. Stating it will work with gloves and when wet. It is also light weight at just 67.7g. That is over 30g lighter than the Edge 810.

Garmin Edge 820

The battery life is impressive, with up 15 hours (claimed) life in GPS training mode.

New Features

The Garmin Edge 820 includes Strava Live Segments, virtual training partner and turn-by-turn navigation. However the new Edge 820 has a range of new features over and above it’s predecessor including:

Full Varia Connectivity
Smart Notifications
WiFi
On Device Routing
Lactate Threshold / Performance Condition
Audio Prompts
Smart Trainer Compatible

But the couple that we think will interested potential buyers are Group Track which allows you to pair your device with your ride buddies through Garmin Connect. You can then locate exactly where they are – whether you’re meeting up for a club ride, or chasing down a breakaway in a race, this feature will pin-point their location in real-time on the colour map.

Garmin Edge 820

The second, which we’re sure will sell this device to the partners of most riders, is the Incident Detection which works via the devices’ built in accelerometer. This can detect a crash and send the riders location to an emergency contact.

Garmin Edge 820 Explore

The Garmin Edge 820 Explore offers the same compact device with Group Track and Incident Detection. However the Explore doesn’t have some of the more advanced training functions such as Virtual Training Partner, Strava Live Segments or Power Metre compatibility.

Garmin Edge 820 Explore

The Garmin Edge 820 looks like a very comprehensive computer that is packed with features for both recreational and advanced riders – right through to Pro’s. From a cost point – the new Garmin Edge 820 has an RRP of £329.99 or £389.99 for the performance bundle which includes HRM and speed/cadence sensor. The Edge 820 Explore is £279.99. Whilst these devices are not due to have an exclusive launch – we understand Evans Cycles will be one of the first retailers to receive stock and have all three Garmin Edge 820 packages available for pre-order.

 

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Lex Spedding

A late lover of cycling and now wishing I'd started much earlier and had the time to ride more. I'm resigned to the fact that you have to ride when you can and you make sure it's all about the ride. Now, learning as I go - I try to inspire and encourage others that no matter how far or fast they choose to go - just enjoy the ride.

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