Garmin introduce the Edge 820 and Edge Explore 820

Kieran Howells
Garmin introduce the Edge 820 and Edge Explore 820

Garmin International today announced the Edge 820 and Edge Explore 820 cycling computers.

The Edge 820 and Edge Explore 820 have numerous connective features including GroupTrack, which allows cyclists to keep tabs of everyone in their group should they get separated. To help create a safer riding environment, both devices are compatible with the Varia cycling awareness line and include built-in incident detection.

They also feature built-in Garmin Cycle Map with points of interest, bike-friendly trails and more in a compact design optimised for riding in any conditions. For cyclists seeking additional in-depth data the Edge 820 offers advanced performance monitoring including VO2 max, recovery advisor, FTP and watts/kg tracking, performance condition and advanced cycling dynamics.

“We are extremely excited to share the newest additions to our extensive cycling line-up with our announcement of the innovative Edge 820 and Edge Explore 820,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “Whether riders are chasing performance and racing goals or out for adventure and touring, the Edge 820 and Edge Explore 820 offer a full-suite of features to help track data that is important to them.”

With the Edge 820 and Edge Explore 820 riders can keep in touch with others in their pack. GroupTrack offers enhanced situational awareness by allowing cyclists to ride at their own pace while seeing where fellow riders are, so if one person falls out of sight, they don’t fall off the device’s map.

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Additional mapping features include bike specific navigation from the devices coming preloaded with Garmin Cycle Map for turn-by-turn navigation, round-trip Course Creator and on-device course planning. Built-in GPS, GLONASS and altimeter provides the most accurate ride data so cyclists can know how far, fast and high they have ridden.

Users can pair the Edge 820 and Edge Explore 820 with the full-suit of Varia cycling awareness products including the Varia rearview radar, Varia Vision and Varia smart bike lights to help create a safer riding environment. Additionally, the devices’ integrated accelerometer for incident detection automatically sends a rider’s location message to emergency contacts if assistance is needed. The devices are also compatible with ANT+ sensors, including speed, cadence and heart rate.

The Edge 820 and Edge Explore 820 are built for riding no matter the weather conditions. Both devices feature a 2.3-inch high-resolution, capacitive touch display that the brand says is quick and responsive – even when wet or used with gloves – and the Edge 820’s ambient light sensor automatically adjusts the screen’s brightness.

The Edge 820 is compatible with ANT+ power meters, including Vector, the unique pedal-based power meter from Garmin that measures total power, left/right balance and cadence, and integrates with ANT+ electronic shifting systems and ANT+ bike trainers.

Users can record cycling dynamics to analyse their form, including where power is being applied on the pedal and throughout the pedal stroke. The Edge 820 also provides a variety of physiological data with the addition of a heart rate strap, so riders can view their cycling-specific VO2 max along with a recovery advisor, which analyses their data and tells them how long they should wait before attempting another hard ride. Additional performance data includes FTP and watts/kg tracking, and in-ride challenges through Strava live segments.

Connect IQ compatible, users can customise the Edge 820 and Edge Explore 820 by downloading free apps and data fields. Users can also stay connected while out on a ride via incoming smart notifications, including incoming calls and texts from a compatible smartphone. Additional connected features include live tracking, social media sharing and automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, a free online fitness community that provides easy-to-understand charts, graphs, maps and more to let users view their activities, track progress

The Edge 820 and Edge Explore 820 feature up to 15 hours of battery life. The new Battery Save mode will extend battery life up to 50 percent by enabling the rider to wake the display only when it is needed while still tracking the detail of a ride. 

The Edge 820 is available for a suggested retail price of £329.99, or £389.99 bundled with a speed sensor, cadence sensor and a premium heart rate monitor. The Edge Explore 820 is available for a suggested retail price of £279.99.

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