Garmin Edge 800 GPS

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DESCRIPTION

Make the most of every ride with Edge? 800, the first touchscreen GPS bike computer. Providing navigation and performance monitoring, Edge 800 is ideal for touring, commuting, competitive cycling and mountain biking. It has a built-in basemap and tracks y

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 25, 2014]
CrzyMD

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

The Garmin Edge series, even with various bugs, is really the only cycling computer to consider.

Weakness:

Price. The maps for off-roading are worthless, save your money. You just need the computer separately, buy the new Edge 1000 sensors and heart rate strap (with the changes I gave you below) and you will be good to go!

Didn't quite know where to post this, so thought I would do so under the Edge 800 listing. I bought the new sensors for the Edge 1000 to use on my 800. Very nice, and takes away the headache of getting everything lined up with the wheel magnet/GCS 10/Cadence/Speed sensor. The new sensors go on with rubber bands and is a no brainer. HOWEVER, the new sensors would not pair with the Edge 800. Let me save you some time and headache. I could only get the right information after calling Garmin Support. It was not in any of the manuals, and I couldn't find it on the website.

The Edge 800/810 has to be configured to pick up TWO sensors and not one (the GCS 10). If you don't change the settings, the new sensors will never get linked. Go to Menu>Settings>Bike Settings>(Select your bike if you have more than one bike profile listed) Bike Profiles>ANT+Speed/Cadence>Sensor Details> and then select Speed AND Cadence. It should then start looking for the individual sensors and pair up. WIthout this, your computer won't see the new sensors, it is looking for the old GCS 10.

So hope that saves someone some time and headache! If you don't like the install with the GCS 10, these new sensors are the answer!


[Jan 26, 2014]
ognyan
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great bike computer, good battery life, free open source maps, great for following tracks and recording trips

Weakness:

Expensive

I have been using the edge 800 for quite a while and i am so happy with it! Great performance not only on the road but also in the forest. It's especially great for finding tracks from other riders on the web and following them. Keeps good statistics about the rides.

[Dec 09, 2013]
Joe

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Can collect heartrate, cadence and power meter data as well as calculate calories expended. Fairly rugged. Economical power consumption.

Weakness:

Horrible ergonomics, many features are hypes and are extremely impractical to use, unreliable, unexplained glitches. Poor to non-existent documentation. Bad software for performance analysis. Too expensive for what it is.

Garmin basically took an existing GPS product and hacked it to market it as a bike computer. Good for Garmin profits - bad for cyclists. It is not properly designed for biking use. If you are a serious bike rider and value your life, you will not use most of the features of this product while you are riding. Most are impossible to see or operate at a glance. The screen is also way too small and crude for map displays - save your money and get the cheaper unit with no maps. This one is a joke, the GPS map feature just pads the price.

My unit often reverted some personalized display settings back to default for no apparent reason - ruining my training sessions. It also inexplicably turned on settings that I would never use. It's like a PC infected with viruses. You start your ride wondering what glitch you will discover this time and you won't be able to fix it when yu are out on the course because it's hard enough trying to figure out what's wrong when you are at home in front of your computer.

It lacks proper software to prepare routes and collected analyze data. The Base Camp and Training Center (no longer supported) software are very poorly designed, more like afterthoughts. The 2 software programs are incompatible with each other and each and lack desirable features of the other. It's like Garmin farmed out software development to 2 different developers who had different ideas and no direction from Garmin. Then Garmin ditched the older software, unfortunately the more useful albeit also flawed one.

This product is a disgrace coming from a company that sponsors a pro cycling team. If this product represents the company's mentality then they are really not that interested in cycling.

[Mar 06, 2013]
Gunnar-man
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Ability to download courses/maps; tonnes of functions; touch screen is great

Weakness:

Not intuitive to use; expensive; Garmin's instructions are useless; developed a bug and wouldn't download any of my activities into Garmin Connect after a couple of weeks

I bought this over the 500 only because of the ability to download maps/course from GarminConnect, as I was going on a mtn bike vacation and wanted to have preloaded trails to follow.

I thought this would be a "drag and drop"process but after not being able to find many decent trails on GarminConnect, I searched strava, ridewithgps and mapmyride for other courses( I assume there are a great deal of Garmin users who have ridden the trails in and around Phoenix but they never shared or uploaded them into Garmin connect? Dunno..). Spent a good deal of time searching the internet to figure out how get files into the Garmin, as the instructions from Garmin were pretty much useless. I naively thought a gps course on one site is the same format as a gps course on another site.

Finally was able to get a number of courses loaded and went away for my trip. It worked well on the trail, keeping us from getting lost on unfamiliar rides and doing a great job of everything else.

The issue came when I tried to update my activities into GarminConnect and it would not find any new activities to upload. Talked ot a guy at a bikeshop and i read about others who had the same problem that the fix is to do a reboot/hard shutdown and reinstall everything. As I didn't want to lose all the courses I had loaded into it until I was finished my trip, I waited until I got home to try loading them onto my old computer and that didnt work either. (I was using a new computer with Windows 8 on my trip as well and wasn't sure if htat was causing a compatibility issue?)

At that point, I packed it back it and returned it. Too much money for so much hassle, in my mind.

I admit it could be user error but since it was so hard to find straightforward information on how to upload, use, fix errors, etc, it is not worth it for me.

Make it more user friendly and fix the bugs and I might consider again.

Similar Products Used:

Cateye Enduro wireless bike computer

[Jun 11, 2012]
Tim
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Lots of great cycling features, good battery life, compact size, lots of option to set up various screen data

Weakness:

Display is horrible to see without backlight at 100%

Nice features, but a huge step down compared to the 705 in how easy the screen is to see. I took a few laps switching between units on a partly cloudy day with sun/shade and trees etc. I never once had to use the backlight on the 705 to read the map/data in any condition. On the edge it was worthless without the backlight at 100% and even then it was not as easy to see as the 705 with no backlight on. Reflections also seemed very bad with this screen on mine, it was promptly returned because running the backlight at 100% just killed the run time of the unit. My 705 also had louder beeps. If the 800 had a screen that was better to read in daylight conditions without the backlight at 100% it would be a winner.

The 800 is easier to manipulate and the touch screen is great to navigate the menus and such, but the screen is a deal breaker. I also liked the idea of being able to put custom maps and satellite imagery into it.

Similar Products Used:

705, etrex, polar 720, edge 305

[Apr 29, 2012]
TrailPig

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Great unit, does everything for training, riding, mapping, navigating. Works well.

Weakness:

I damaged the screen on the top right corner, it still works but the top 20% of the screen is now not visible. There are cracks appearing from the left side now, but it has never suffered any damage in that area so I'm not too happy about that.

The screen is not durable, once it starts to crack your stuffed.

[Feb 27, 2012]
ParengBalot
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Easy To Use, Accurate, Wireless, Large Display, Data Logger, 2nd Bike System

Weakness:

Expensive toy, Maps are Pricey too & yearly upgrades are not free

I've owned Rino 530HCx, Edge 705, Forerunner 405CX, and decided to try the Edge 800. Garmin had gotten it right this time. With it's improved usability with the touch screen, large screen, perfect size & form factor, light weight, & software features.

The Edge 800 finds the satellites, Speed/Cadence sensor, and heart monitor really fast. Touch screen works with or with gloves, and also like the auto scroll screen feature. You can customize the data fields and enable several pages to view the desired information during the ride. Data logging works like a charm and auto routing is a plus, especially when added with the any street or topo map SD cards. You can also create multiple bike profiles and can sync with multiple monitor sensors.

The new mount design is more durable & strong unlike the Edge 705 mounts, and easy to mount & dismount. The auto night mode is also helpful when riding past dawn. Love the Virtual Partner feature for workouts & training so you can keep track of your progress. Also like the auto lap, auto pause, speed & HR alert features.

Garmin Connect is awesome to upload all your rides & share it directly with social websites.

Best bike GPS I've used in ages! Buy nothing else but the Edge 800. I never hit the trails without it.
Works For: All Bikes

Similar Products Used:

Edge 705

[Jan 24, 2012]
Eckstream1
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Very easy to use and set up... Also easy to install Garmin software.
Very strong signal... Have yet to lose signal due to cloud cover or canopy cover.
Was able to find free topo maps for my area that overlay the basemap.
Touch screen works with gloves!

Weakness:

The 800 is a bit expensive but is well worth it!
I bought the kit... Came with the HR strap and the speed/cadence sensor.
The speed/cadence sensor is one unit and would not work properly with my bikes frame design so I had to buy a Bontrager Ant+ speed sensor... There is also a Wahoo Fitness speed/cadence sensor that would work on a wider variety of frames.
I also just upgraded my stem and am having trouble mounting to the new stem... Will have to figure something out!

This is a great unit if you would like to track your rides and better understand your fitness...
I am also working on mapping a local trail network that has yet to be mapped.
If you have a few extra bucks laying around and want to get the most from your rides PICK ONE UP!

Similar Products Used:

MyTracks on a Android phone...

[Nov 12, 2011]
OscarW
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great mapping ability incl TOPO maps I have for other Garmin units. Nice touchscreen and plenty of information on various screens that are totally customizable to suit your needs.

Weakness:

None so far

Some folks have complained about the Garmin interface and I have to agree that if you're new to Garmin it isn't always the easiest system to learn. I have recently switched from PC to an Apple and there has been no issues with this switch either.
It is a good idea to install all the necessary software first!! before hooking up any Garmin product. That makes interfacing the systems much easier.
The Edge 800 has a strong receiver, that even under heavy tree canopy's, has rarely, if ever, lost signal. I have been in Colorado with it and uploaded some TOPO maps and they worked very well getting of the beaten track.
The HR monitor works well also and the speed/cadence is great too, even though on an MTB it is a little less important than on a road bike IMHO.
All in all a great machine..

Similar Products Used:

Garmin 276C, Magellan, Furuno,

[Sep 08, 2011]
htcltd
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Very powerful tool for navigation. ANT+ makes it usable with many different devices. Good battery life.

Weakness:

Expensive. Menu system is somewhat opaque.

I bought this for racing the Tour Divide since I'm not a good navigator. It works well but a bit hard to set up and to get the maps installed. Can be hard to learn to use but once mastered quite useful.

Similar Products Used:

None.

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