Garmin are undoubtedly the leading manufacturers of bicycle GPS devices, and they’re just about to release a new model, the Edge 820. Pre-order yours now.
So what distinguishes this new Edge 820 from the expanding group of Edge devices?
Quite a bit, actually.
There are new performance monitoring features, like VO2 max, FTP Tracking and a new “Performance Condition” feature (maybe this will be like the Strava suffer score??) as well as advanced cycling dynamics, GroupTrack, Strava live segments and connected features that include full compatibility with the Varia range of lights and radar sensors.
The high resolution 2.3″ touchscreen display can be used with gloves, and as it’s touchscreen, it’ll be a bit more intuitive than its little brother, the Edge 520.
The new “GroupTrack” feature
I quite like the idea of this one, though in practice, I’m not sure when the situation would ever arise to actually use it, since it would require everyone in your group to have an Edge 820. Perhaps the feature will be back-ported to older units like the 520 and 1000? This would extend the potential userbase for this feature significantly, though of course Garmin may want to retain it as a good reason to want to upgrade. Everything needs its USP, right?
As the name suggests, GroupTrack will allow you to see where your fellow club riders are, so if anyone misses a turn, gets a flat, or drops off the back, you can see exactly where they are and whether they are heading in the right direction.
They are getting the first UK stocks apparently, and are taking pre-orders right now.
Apparently they’re getting stock on 19/7/16 so not long to wait!