Our Opinion Of the Garmin Edge 810 Bike Computer
Who Should Buy The Edge 810?
The Edge 810 is the perfect tool for any cyclist who wants everything that a top odometer can provide. Whether this is the best in navigational or training features, the touchscreen Edge 810 odometer comes full equipped. You are able to load maps onto the device which can come in really handy. You would need to buy the specific maps you need though, but it is a nice features.
The Technical Details
Items in every box include:
- the Edge 810 Odometer, mounts (standard and out-front)
- premium heart rate monitor
- speed/cadence sensor
- data card preloaded with City Navigator
- USB cable, AC charger, manual
- Weight: 3.5 ounces
- Dimensions: 3.7 x 1 x 2 inches
- Batteries: 1 lithium ion battery (included)
- Display size: 2.6 inches
- Display resolution: 160 x 240
- Warranty: Comes with manufacturer warranty Battery life: 15 hours
- Price: Under 400
The 810 connects easily with you smartphone and allows you to avail of live tracking, social media sharing and prompt weather forecasts. There are even more features available to you when you download the Garmin Connect Mobile app. By using this app to view your ride information, you can save the battery of your odometer for when you really need it. The app connects with the odometer via Bluetooth and can also be used to share all your racing information with the world.
Precise Locational Capabilities
This odometer is compatible with optional detailed street or TOPO maps which makes it the perfect tool for when you are cycling. Due to the fact that it is GPS-enabled, the Edge 810 ensures that you receive accurate locational data no matter where you might be in the world.
Cyclists need all types of information in order to perfect their cycling experience. These include distance traveled, speed metrics, ascent/descent and grade. The Edge 810 delivers on all these details and more. This odometer is also compatible with ANT+ sensors that are capable of measuring such aspects like heart rate, speed/cadence and power. The information collecting ability of this device is further enhanced by the easy-to-use activity profile feature which allows you to create and interchange data fields and profiles with a swipe of your finger.
Other Key Features
Live tracking – allows your family to login online and join in on your cycling experiences. Perfect for racing enthusiasts and fans of the sport.
Wireless data transfers – instantly store, share and analyze every detail with the Garmin Connect Mobile app which can be uploaded online either manually or automatically, depending on your preference. You can also use the Virtual Partner feature to see and compare your previous races while on your current one.
Weather Forecaster – whenever you are in an area with coverage, the 810 provides you with up to date and precise weather predictions so that you will never be surprised when you are out cycling.
Customer Reviews Found About the 810
I started to see a trend in the comments that were similar to the 510 model which was complaining about the mobile syncing, sharing and weather use. The concept is awesome to see the weather but it was painfully slow.
Numerous people commented about the syncing with the phone and using the Ant+ features. A few mentioned that the follow along feature need your patience to be in check as it time to load into the trails maps and find the map.
The folks that were happy that did not get fancy with it and just used the bare bone features out of the box.
This odometer really does have it all. Whether you view cycling as a nice way of relaxing, a hobby that you are passionate about, or even something that you do at a competitive level. My problem with this is that I saw the same complaints with the 510 and again the software to integrate with mobile sync and other devices did not seem solid.
So, you might want to call up garmin before you purchase it to see when the last time they updated the firmware and if the complaints have gone down. From the comments I saw I would still favor the garmin 500 or garmin edge 200 at this point which we reviewed here. Feel free to check out our overall guide on Garmin GPS Odometers here as well.