I really want to get the new Edge touring plus for riding in areas I don't know. Has anyone loaded one with topo maps with trail systems so you can use it to figure out where you are in the system?
If you look at the base maps City and Topo on the Garmin website they list the Edge Touring+ as comparable. So I was kind of figuring it would work. I haven't gotten one yet. I am still waiting to see how people are using them before I do.Update . . .
I called Garmin again to pose this question, patiently waited in their 40 minute queue to talk to a person, and asked if the Touring/TouringPlus models could load City Navigator format maps and custom maps. The support person initially kept saying "they support the same courses and tracks that the 800/810 support" but after persisting for 5 minutes he finally understood I was asking about base maps, not courses/tracks. So then he says "yes, I think they do." He doesn't sound confident. So I ask him to confirm definitively since this will influence my purchase. He puts me on hold, presumably asks someone more knowledgeable, and returns to confirm, yes, for certain, the Touring models can run City Navigator on a micro SD, but not the City Navigator maps from CD/DVD. And they can run custom maps.
I'd still like to hear from someone who actually did this, but assuming its accurate, and assuming you don't care about power sensors or cadence sensors, the Touring models are a decent value.
BTW, westernbikeworks.com has the Touring Plus on sale for $240 this weekend.