Friday, April 18th, 2014

Garmin Edge 810 GPS

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: : Garmin
  • Model: : 010-01063-00
  • Display Size: : 2.6
  • Battery Average Life: : 15.0 Hours

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 5.3 x 2.6 inches ; 12.5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00APBMNQ8
  • Item model number: 010-01063-00
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 7, 2013

Customer Reviews

Worthy Upgrade from the EDGE 800

 January 14, 2013
By D. Zhou
I’ve been using a Garmin Edge 800 for about 16 months now, so I’m pretty familiar w/ the functions, pros, cons and limitations. I’ve used the EDGE 810 for about 4 rides now… so far, so good

Overall, for an extra $50, I think this is a worth while upgrade. Although, you’d probably lose another $100 off retail reselling your old EDGE 800. So, if the you can swing the $150, do it. To me, the Best New Features I outlined are well worth the incremental costs… All you have to do is rationalize it by going out to ride some more!!!!

Best New Features!!
- Wireless course uploads to the device and auto sync from mobile app to GarminConnect are the best new features. The thing I dreaded the most was taking the device off the bike to upload my ride or to download new courses.
- Lack of page back/next buttons make screen seem larger. Larger fonts, stats, virtual partner and maps
- GarminConnect mobile app allows you to track, share, upload and review your activities and courses

Pros:
- Wireless course uploads to the device and auto sync from mobile app to GarminConnect are the best new features
- Lack of page back/next buttons make screen seem larger. Larger fonts, stats, virtual partner and maps
- GarminConnect mobile app allows you to track, share, upload and review your activities and courses
- Text and numbers are more up-to-date looking, not the old DOS/Courier font block styles. Something as simple as this makes the device more
- Same size as the EDGE 800, so you won’t have any surprises there.
- Same 3 hard buttons (Power, Lap/Reset, Start/Stop) for an easy transition
- New graphics make the 810 look a little more sharp. Nothing wrong with the old 800, but the 810 just has nice appeal and sets it apart from the outgoing device… But an onlooker would have to look close to see the differences. Color options would be nice
- Wireless connectivity with the iPhone is a real nice to have. Altho, I do notice substantial battery drain on the iPhone when using the live tracking feature (bluetooth + data + mobile app = huge battery drain)… be sure to carry a spare charger or auxiliary battery for your mobile device if you go for long rides. Or, look at my note below for an alternative.
- Gone are the page back/next buttons… so you don’t have to tap on the screen for the buttons to show up and scroll thru your training pages/maps. Just scroll like on your smart phone to go page back/next
- Weather information?? meh… I can have it or not… I research my route and plan for weather conditions before going on a ride so this is neither a pro nor con… If you are the spur of the moment kind of rider, this might be handy

Cons:
- If you have the City Navigator from your EDGE 800, IT WON’T WORK ON THE EDGE 810. You will need to buy a new SD Card with City Navigator. Once you insert the SD Card into an EDGE device, it pairs it with that SD card and you won’t be able to transfer it to another unit. There is no straight forward method, but, if you Google it, you can find ways to circumvent this. No reason to have to buy another map if you already bought one for the EDGE 800.
- Somewhat disappointed that the resolution isn’t any better than the EDGE 800. But then again, its a small screen and majority of the time, I am on the page w/ my ride stats, so its not critical
- No upgrade function to transfer all your previous settings.
- Live tracking relies on cell signal to send the data… if you ride up in mountainous terrain or desolate areas, this feature may not be worth much to you

Notes:
- Garmin site mentions a Virtual Racer, which is similar to the Virtual Partner, but I couldn’t find anything in the owners manual about it, nor have I figured out how to launch/set it from the device itself
- If you want to transfer your old activities, routes or custom wallpapers, you can just copy/paste while its connected to your computer
- Had 1 incident (in 16 months) with the EDGE 800 freezing during an 80-mile mapped route; No incidents after 4 rides with the EDGE 810, but 4 rides is not much to base this reliability assessment on
- iPhone has an app called CylceMeter (offers live tracking via googlemaps) and it has incredible customization in terms of notifications, announcements, settings, voices, email notifications, reads facebook messages… All this, and it is surprisingly very battery conservative… I can go riding for about 6 hours w/ music on the entire time and still have 30-40% battery life left…. it has everything but an Android version
- Wireless course uploads require you to create the course from the Garmin GarminConnect. I create, edit and share all my courses on RidewithGPS (check the site, add a www and a dot com). Faster and not as clumsy as the Garmin site, gives instant elevation stats, add custom course points (shows up on the EDGE)… lots of customization and flexibility

Good to great device for the more serious biker

 February 17, 2013
By Scy33
Was a little worried about buying this unit given some of the moderate reviews I had read and the price associated. I’m in a couple hundred miles thus far and I would give it high marks. Is it hard to read in daylight? It can be but once I mounted it on the extension bar so that it was in front of the handle bars and thus could adjust its angle I had no problems (mounting it on the stem was problematic because the angle caused more glare in direct sunlight) – so in this case the concern is valid, but easily mitigated by the mounting approach – at least for me.

Is it easy to use? Yes, though it takes handful of rides to figure out some of this nuances. Once you get it configured and setup it has been a breeze to the point where I don’t really think about it – I just ride and then bring it in for charging, the wireless upload works like a champ and I never even think about it happening. I’ve used the device with heavy gloves and had no problem operating the device – a significant improvement over a smart phone which requires me to pull off my gloves in order to use.

Is it easy to setup? Configuring the screens to suite your personal taste isn’t as easy / straightforward as an iPhone but with less than an hour of playing around with it I had it about perfect (google garmin edge 800 and there are numerous excellent sites that make this process simple). There are a wide variety of data points/measures that can be added to your display and it took me a couple times of trial and error to figure out which measures where truly useful to me and how easy it was to read a customized screen with anywhere from 3 – 10 attributes being shown (10 is a bit of a challenge with my eyesight).

Concerns on battery life? I can see where you could set this up to drain the battery faster than you would like, but the out of the box setting for me has shown no problems thus far. I would imagine a 100-150 mile ride wouldn’t be a problem. I have a 200 mile ride coming up over the summar and can see where that might be a challenge (15+ hours) but between now and then will be experimenting with ways to extended battery life. If the advertised capacity is true, it won’t be a problem and thus far I feel pretty good that will prove true.

Is it over-priced? Yes – without question, but it won’t be the first time I over-spent for my riding and I have yet to regret it (including this purchase)

Would it be nicer if it had a higher resolution screen? Yes – but the point for me is the ride and not the computer, you don’t spend that much time looking at the display/maps so it is more than adequate for the job.

Key selling points for me (which have proven true thus far). Ability to easily move from bike to bike without having to reconfigure is outstanding. Ability to pace myself against a virtual training partner or target pace – outstanding. Ability to store/recall saved rides – outstanding. Map navigation works excellent and is directly analogous to that found on automobile GPS units. Would highly recommend going to the 810 instead of the 510 if you anticipate much riding on unknown /unfamiliar courses or want to preserve the ability to break off on a longer ride and get home safely.

Its a fair criticism to say that many people with these Garmins also carry a smart-phone and I do as well. However twice last year, the battery on my iphone gave out while trying to use it as a bike computer – even with a Mophie case which extends the battery life (at the cost of weight). I now carry the phone but its for emergency purposes and do not use it as a GPS device as I’ve gotten more than comfortable with the Garmin for that purpose.

My recommendation would be to buy it if you are more of a serious rider and want/need navigation capabilities.

Garmin Godsend 810 Edge!

 June 7, 2013
By scathlete
This is AMAZING! I have been using it on a bicycle trip (Bike Ride Across Georgia BRAG) and it has been an absolute godsend!
First of all, we got some tornado watches, and storm warnings yesterday (Andrea) that really threw a wrench into the trip. I had previously
downloaded every day’s BRAG cue sheets into the Edge 810 and followed the circuitous routes diligently. However, not knowing what the weather
portended for today, I decided to forego the BRAG route and take a direct approach and made a straight shot from one town to the next. Not only did it get me there in record time, it was stress-free and I cut 10 miles off of my route (that I didn’t really want to do). I could not have done this as easily with previous models, and I think this makes all the difference.
It is important to plan ahead (figure out my own rest stops, etc.) and I am not a ‘tech’ person…this device is so easy to use, I am already
getting it ready for a self-guided trip to New Zealand! Seriously, you can wait for the price to go down, or try a previous model, but the other models
do not offer the downloadable feature with such ease…I do not work for Garmin, so I have nothing to gain from this review, but if you want a device that is EASY to use, and to CREATE your own courses (on the Garmin website) this is the device..it made all the difference to me in this week long trip!I wish I would have used it sooner!

I like the improvements

 January 11, 2013
By Kz2s
I took out the Garmin Edge-810 for a thirty mile test ride today. As a owner of the Edge-800 I knew what to expect for general function, however, the menus have changed in this model as well as the overall layout is different. As for the new function, they are welcome and well worth the effort of selling my 800 to buy the 810. The connection to a iPhone is very easy to establish and is very convenient to upload the rides eliminating the required USB connection on the 800. I wish Garmin would have incorporated a higher resolution display, the current display is grainy. Overall I like the new unit.

Good, But not Perfect

 January 22, 2013
By Dale Blanchard "Katrina’s Grandfather"
Likes:
Activity Profiles: these allow the user to create different sets of training pages and maps. I have created two profiles, Navigate and Just Ride. On my Navigate profile my map has two fields, Distance to Next and Distance to Destination. Additionally, I have three training pages. The first one has five fields, Speed, Average Speed, Distance, Maximum Speed, and Total Ascent. The first three fields have very big numbers which can be seen at a glance.

The second page is hopelessly busy with eight fields, Speed, Average Speed, Maximum Speed, Distance, Elevation, Grade, Total Ascent and Time of Day. Because there are eight fields, the numbers are quite small, but still readable.

The third page has only two fields, Time of Day and Temperature. I would like to have a third field on this page, Battery Level, but the picture of the battery is too small to be useful. Maybe Garmin will fix that in the future.

The pages on my Just Ride profile are just like the ones on my Navigate profile except the two map fields are now Speed and Average Speed. I wouldn’t be surprised if sometime in the future I do away with those fields entirely and just ride with a nice, clean map.

I anticipate creating a third Activity Profile for hiking and mountain biking. I have three map sets installed on my 810, the general background map that comes with the unit, an OpenStreetMap of the entire U.S., and an OpenMTB map which has off-road trails for mountain bikers and hikers. Since the 810 can navigate these trails just like roads, I plan to enable the OpenMTB map in this profile. Yes, you can select different map sets in each profile if you wish.

Big numbers: as mentioned above, on some of my pages, I have a limited number of fields. This results in numbers so big that even my very old eyes have no trouble reading them. Garmin has done a much better job on the 810 compared to the 800 in this regard.

Dislikes:
No support for .tcx files. The 810, like the 800, provides very good general navigation. One specialized form of navigation is the ability to follow a track or route you have created. I create many routes on a website called RideWithGPS.com. As you draw your route on that site, they create a detailed cue sheet that lists every turn. I also add prompts (cues) for warnings of dangerous train tracks, turns into parking lots, regroup locations, etc. With .tcx navigation those cues pop up on your screen. As I mentioned above, I have two fields on my map page, Distance to Next and Distance to Destination. On my 800 Distance to Next is the distance to the next prompt I created. Without .tcx support, Distance to Next is where the 810′s navigation thinks you should turn. It is not always right.

Messages Dim the Screen: I have Auto Pause activated on all of my Edge units, Garmin Edge 500, Garmin Edge 800, and my new Garmin Edge 810. On both the 500 and the 800 when you stop at a traffic light, a message pops on the screen saying, Auto Pause. When you start up again, a message pops up saying Auto Resume. The 810 does the same thing in principle, but goes one step further and dims the entire page to the point that in anything less than direct sunlight, the page and the message can’t be read. Yes, you can touch the screen and make the message go away, and yes, it goes away by itself after a few seconds, but I really can’t see what is gained by dimming the whole screen. Maybe Garmin will fix that in the future.

Not tested:
Blue tooth. I might get around to this in the future, but right now I can’t get too excited about it. Now, if Bluetooth included the ability to send a course to a riding buddy, I might get very excited, very fast.

All the ANT devices. I just can’t get excited about linking up with cadence sensors, power meters, and heart monitors. Most of my riding friends feel very differently and use these devices all the time. Me? I like to navigate and I like to go on bike rides. After that, leave me alone.

So, bottom line? Even with its obvious shortcomings, the Garmin 810 is a very good unit. If Garmin adds support for .tcx navigation and fixes the very irritating screen dimming issue, it will be pretty much everything I expect out of a GPS unit.

Great Computer! Map Download Advice

 July 14, 2013
By BikeMeister
I haven’t had the 810 very long, but it seems to be great so far. One of the things I am trying to master is following a course which I created on GarminConnect. This is your virtual cue sheet and it solves a tremendous number of problems, at least for me. On they subject of “trying to master”– there is a tremendous amount of functionality in this device, and I think most people are experiencing a learning curve in optimizing their use of the system– I’ve made up my mind that I WILL master it since I believe that it’s going to be very much worth it.

One piece of advice: if you buy your own Micro SD memory card to enable you to install a number of maps on the card rather than buying the pre-loaded map card from Garmin, be aware that the first 50% of the time on the progress bar is for downloading to a temporary file on your computer, while the second “50%” is for installing the file to the Micro SD card. I have fast download speed from the internet and was able to cover the first 50% of the progress bar in under 10 minutes. However, the process of my system installing the map to the SD Card took probably 6-7 hours. Be aware that the progress bar from GarminConnect gives wildly inaccurate “time remaining” indications which might make you think that the transfer to the card has stalled. What you need to know is that the second half of the process is tremendously slow– if the “percentage complete” indication makes progress at 1% per 30 minutes or better, consider that the transfer from your computer to the card is proceeding correctly.

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