Great training aid and also for route planning and guidance on extended rides in unfamiliar places. Easy to use with a clear screen and handy customisable display.
Superb piece of kit for off road riding, especially when working out new routes when the inbuilt OS mapping comes into it's own.
More stats than you can shake a stick at, with the ability to upload routes to Garmin Connect for review, and follow previous routes using navigational functionality.
I am extremely happy with this product. I was a little uneasy about buying such an expensive bike computer but after using it for a few weeks I can't imagine training without it!
I went for the Enduro bundle, I have heard that this is meant for mountain biking but I use it for riding on the road. The Ordnance Survey maps provide a familiar interface, and there is complete coverage of the UK. The heart rate monitor and cadence sensor work well, as does the navigation function. It can be set to act like a car sat-nav with almost turn-by-turn navigation, or if you prefer it can be more passive and just display your route along the map.
There are many different pages which can be displayed on the screen, each can be accessed by swiping left or right much like on a smartphone. The touchscreen is good, it needs a slightly firmer hand than your phone and can get a little confused during heavy rain, but overall it works well. Gloved fingers are not a problem and it can be viewed in all but the brightest direct sunlight. The user can edit some of the pages and decide which data fields are visible, and there are many to choose from! There's probably more information than you ever need to know, but it's always nice to know exactly how steep that climb was, or what time the sun will be rising and setting!
Garmin Connect is a reasonable service too, allowing you to look at your route and data such as speed, elevation and heart rate on your computer, but I would recommend using Strava instead. It does the same job but also ranks you in a leaderboard according to your performance along user defined segments. It's great fun and extremely good for motivation, and it's free! Garmin Connect is very useful for planning routes in advance though, just mark out your course on the map, download it to your Edge and it will guide you round.
Overall I am very happy. If you are undecided about buying one, I would recommend going for it, I highly doubt you will be dissapointed!
This is absolutely perfect for exploring new routes and finding your way around sportives that aren't signed very well! Perfect for planning routes when you're on holiday for example. It's also a great training tool wjth HRM and cadence. I think it's well designed in all aspects. If you spend some time learning how it all works you will not be dissapointed.
This is my second 800 (I lost the first - doh!). A great piece of simple to use technology.
Love the touch screen which works with the thickest of winter gloves on my big hands.
All the info you need - including OS maps in my case - with easy to use Garmin connect web utility and fully compatible with Strava,
Only had time to use this on a couple of rides so far but it has worked well, seems fairly robust and is a big help for navigation. Touch screen works wel and is easy to use on the bike.
The online route planning software from garmin is a bit clumsy and confusing but I expect this will improve once I get used to using it.
I upgraded from a Garmin 500. I was always really impressed with the 500 and have to say the 800 is a step above again. It is reasonably intuitive to use straight from the box, touch screen is easy to use and once you get the hang of the main functions it is great. The only area that you need to sit down and actually read some instructions is the mapping / routing. I used for a 200km Audax and it was faultless. I didn't have the turn by instrucitons tuned on so was straining to see the route on the map but that was my fault. Battery life is less than the 500 by quite a long way, I am getting about 10-12 hrs using it quite a lot. Downloading easy and charge time quite good. All in all a good upgrade and worth the money with maps included.
This is an excellent device. I would highly recommend
Delivered within 3 days of order. Excellent piece of kit does what it says on the tin and much more.
Bought this to use on a JOGLE and it was just the tool for the job - good clear mapping with easy to follow directions, totally customisable display to give you whichever data you need on each screen, and masses of stats to pore over when the ride data was downloaded, so we could boast about doing 45,000ft of climbing over our trip.
One minor gripe is that the battery ran out a couple of times on the longest days (over 10hrs, but still a bit short of the 14hr claimed battery life). Overall very satisfied though, it's a quality piece of kit.