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.
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.
The battery life is impressive, with up 15 hours (claimed) life in GPS training mode.
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
On Device Routing
Lactate Threshold / Performance Condition
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.
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.
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.