For the more adventurous you, the Garmin Edge Explore 820 shaves off the advanced performance metrics and ANT+ / WiFi connectivity of the standard Edge 820, but still packs the 2.3" color touchscreen and advanced mapping functions into a unit that's the same size as the compact Edge 520. The pre-installed Garmin Cycle Map gives you turn-by-turn cycling-specific navigation, audio prompts, and even a round-trip Course Creator that will design a custom local route based on your preferences for length and difficulty.
Bluetooth connectivity connects to Garmin Varia™ devices, along with allowing text, call, and other notifications when paired with your smartphone. It also makes possible Garmin's GroupTracking feature that allows other Edge 820 users to join together to show you their real-time positions, useful for keeping track of where your friends are at when you blow them up on the climb, or for locating the exact position of a group ride so you can seamlessly join up like a pro. While paired to your phone, built-in incident detection can send a message to an emergency contact in case of an accident.
Taking in all this data is easy with the 2.3" high-resolution color touch screen with touch functions that are designed to work even when it's wet or you have gloves on. When power is running low, a battery-save mode shuts off the display while still recording GPS location and providing notifications, extending the remaining battery life by up to 50%.
2.3" display. Unit measures 1.9" x 2.9" x 0.8". Claimed weight is 2.4 oz. 15-hour battery life in GPS training mode. Rated IPX7 waterproof. 16 GB internal memory. Includes standard and out-front handlebar mounts, USB charging cable, tether, and user manuals.
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4 of 8 customers found this review helpful.
The Edge 510,520,810 and 820 are ALL DI2 compatible. Why the heck is this one not compatible with DI2??? Its suppose to be more advanced than the 510,520 and 810. I don't get it.
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