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Garmin Varia RTL515 Radar With Taillight
Garmin Varia RTL515 Radar With Taillight
Garmin Varia RTL515 Radar With Taillight
Garmin Varia RTL515 Radar With Taillight
Garmin Varia RTL515 Radar With Taillight
Garmin Varia RTL515 Radar With Tail Light
Garmin Varia RTL515 Radar With Tail Light
Garmin Varia RTL515 Radar With Tail Light
Garmin Varia RTL515 Radar With Tail Light
Garmin Varia RTL515 Radar With Tail Light

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Varia RTL515 Radar With Tail Light

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Varia RTL515 Radar With Tail Light

See and be seen with Garmin Varia™ RTL515 rearview radar with tail light. It pairs with your Edge™ bike computer, other Garmin device or compatible smartphone to alert you of vehicles approaching from behind up to 153 yards (140 meters) away.

When used with your compatible smartphone, the Varia™ app helps increase your awareness with vibration alerts and more. With daylight visibility up to 1 mile, motorists will be able to see you from a distance. The radar's compact vertical design allows for device mounting on most road-use bicycles. And peloton mode provides a low-intensity flash that is kind to other riders' eyes when riding in a group.

Features:

  • Rearview radar with tail light provides awareness of vehicles approaching from behind up to 153 yards (140 meters) away
  • Pairs seamlessly with your Edge™ bike computer and compatible smartphone as well as select Garmin wearables or the radar display unit
  • When used with your compatible smartphone, the Varia™ app provides graphics — plus tone and vibration alerts — that indicate approaching cars
  • When used with a compatible smartphone, Varia™ radar integrates with third-party apps such as Ride with GPS to overlay your maps with rearview radar alerts
  • Daylight visibility up to 1 mile alerts motorists to your presence as soon as possible
  • Compact vertical design mounts easily to most road-use bicycles
  • Peloton mode provides a low-intensity light flash that is perfect for cycling in groups
  • Battery life: up to 16 hours in day flash mode, up to 6 hours in solid mode
  • Included: RTL515, mounting hardware, USB cable, documentation
  • B-Stock - This product has one or more B-Stock units available. These units can be purchased at a discount (see option select). B-Stock units were returned from other customers and may have missing or damaged packaging materials. These units are otherwise as new. The full manufacturer warranty applies. Click Here for more information.

     

    Light Type: Rechargeable 

     

    Mfg PartNum: 010-02376-00 

     

    Max. Runtime: 16 hours (day flash) / 6 hours (solid mode) 

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    A game-changer, but a few limitations
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    by Anonymous
    Cycling Enthusiast
    SE CT
    2 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

    Have been using an RTL510 for 6-8 months, now won't ride without it. Useful in ways I hadn't imagined: (a) on fast descents when it's too dangerous to look back, it tells you if traffic is coming up behind you, (b) tells you if it's safe to move left to avoid bad pavement, (c) if you need to turn left, it helps you tell if a clot of traffic is approaching from behind, (d) while it doesn't display the lateral position of a vehicle passing you, you should expect a close pass if it shows that a pass is happening close to a blind corner or crest, or oncoming traffic. Also, I was unaware that its flash rate increases when traffic is approaching from behind until one day in my car I came up behind a RTL-equipped cyclist - quite a light show!

    Limitations: (a) in high-traffic areas it will alert continuously (I avoid areas like that anyway), (b) if you are cycling along a secondary road paralleling an expressway, it may pick up traffic on the highway, (c) on curvy or rolling roads, terrain may block the radar beam long enough for a contact to be temporarily lost, reappearing as it gets closer. You should double-check with a head turn when it's important, because the RTL gives a low rate of false positives (not critical) and a lower rate of false negatives (critical!) in certain specific situations. The false positives seem to be triggered by motion-detecting lights or cameras (I routinely get false alerts when passing certain facilities). Occasionally it may temporarily show multiple dots when there is only a single vehicle, or "miss" a vehicle following closely behind another. False negatives happen when an upcoming vehicle slows to wait for a safe opportunity to pass me, so that it is going at my speed, no longer approaching me. If that situation persists long enough, that vehicle may vanish from my screen, making an abrupt left turn risky. Have gotten these false negs a number of times.

    All in all, the RTL is a huge plus, greatly reducing the amount of shoulder-checking I have to do, so I wobble less and scan the road ahead more closely.

    Reviewed 8/13/2020
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    I simply wouldn't ride without it
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    by Eugene Kriegsmann
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Bonney Lake, WA
    7 of 7 customers found this review helpful.

    I have been using the earlier version of Varia Radar 2 for a bit over two years. I have been told by drivers, among them two FedEX drivers, that it is the most effective tail light they have ever seen. It was visible at a distance of more than a mile. It begins flashing as soon as a car comes within the radar range. I ride just about every day and I have never been surprised by a vehicle coming up behind me. My computer beeps and the display of the vehicle or vehicles approaching shows along the right side of my Edge 1030. I can judge the speed and distance of the approaching vehicle from the display. It really is a remarkable piece of equipment, and it sounds like they have made it even better. My unit will start giving me a low battery warning after about 4 hours on a ride. I have never run out of battery, but my rides don't usually last longer than 4 hours. The longer life battery is certainly not a waste. To give some idea of the sensitivity of the radar, I was once standing by the side of the road taking a break when a runner I had passed earlier approached. The computer beeped, and the display showed the runner approaching. That is pretty amazing. Yet, at the same time, when I have ridden with another rider, his presence is not noticed by the radar, only cars approaching us. The stimulus for the radar is something approaching, not something keeping pace with you. Recharge time is about an hour or less. It is, in my opinion, a necessity if you ride on the road. It will pair with most Edge computers and, also, with Wahoo computers.

    Reviewed 5/19/2020
    WesternBikeworks.com Comments
    Very informative review.
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    Lifesaver
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    by HO
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Detroit
    1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

    This is, without a doubt, one ofnthe best purchases I have made. I ride in a city where most streets don't have bike lanes, so it used to be a constant craning of the neck to check on traffic. The radar on this light is amazing. It is highly accurate and gives a city block distance of warning of approaching cars. I never look back now. I ride how I want, and pull to the shoulder when the radar beeps. An incredible experience. Only issue is with integration with my Edge 820 (it won't connect unless another sensor first connects, Garmin is no Apple) but once it does, it is perfect.

    Reviewed 12/10/2020
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    Best. Product. Ever.
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    by Anonymous
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Portland, OR

    A friend recommended this to me and I bought one. I love it. For a techie product, I love that it just works. Easy peasy. It is a substantial safety improvement to see cars approaching from behind. It is really the only game changer in many years. I bought an Edge 130 computer to go with it, replacing an older computer, and it is great, too. The best thing is that 1) I can work it, and 2) it requires no sensors. No wires, no batteries to keep replacing. I liked it so well I bought my daughter the same kit.

    Reviewed 10/23/2020
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    Works Great!
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    by Anonymous
    Cycling Enthusiast
    New Jersey

    The radar feature works great paired with my Element Bolt. Red light indicators and audible beep when vehicles come into range and visual indicator remains red until coast is clear. The light is also very visible and has various options to choose from. The app looks cool for the virtual overlay of the vehicle location on your map if using a smart phone.

    Reviewed 1/2/2021
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    It's good to know when cars are coming up from the rear.
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    by Anonymous
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Bothell, WA
    1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

    The Varia RTL515 rear radar works well and was easy to install and pair with the Garmin 1030. I only gave it four stars because it seems to run out of battery if I try to get more than one ride out of a charge.

    Reviewed 9/17/2020
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    Very easy to use. Feel safer especially on back roads and areas where it is hard to hear cars coming .
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    by Daniel Latcovich
    Erie Pa .

    It quickly hooks up with my Garmin . I have problems turning my neck so it�s a blessing not having a struggle to do so . My friends I ride with like the fact that it starts blinking which lets them know a car is coming .

    Reviewed 8/27/2020
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    Fantastic Tech
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    by Gml

    I absolutely love the Varia. I've been using it for over a month now and wouldn't want to live without it. The light is super bright and the radar works well!!

    Reviewed 11/16/2020
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    Never leave home without it
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    by Anonymous

    It�s fantastic. It adds an extra layer of awareness for you and your mates.

    Reviewed 10/26/2020
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    Works Great, No More Turning Around
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    by Georgia Cyclist
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Georgia

    I use the Garmin Varia RTL515 on all my road bikes so I know when traffic is approaching from behind. It has made cycling safer, not only for me, but for the entire group.

    Reviewed 8/24/2020
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    Game changer for safety.
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    by Merlin
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Portland, OR

    I use this with my new Garmin 1030 Plus. I feel much better now when turning left. Even with a mirror, I like the radar for giving me the added security!

    Reviewed 3/22/2021
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    Game Changer - Almost perfect
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    by Anonymous
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Altanta
    3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

    Safety on the road has always been a concern. As a result I often am twisting my neck to see if there are cars behind. This is especially true when I ride 2 abreast with a friend (I choose to change to single file if I know a car is behind). Yes I have tried every mirror option available (helmet, bike handlebars, etc...) none of them consistently gave me the confidence that I knew what was behind me.

    But the Vario does what it says. An audible as well as visual warning, well before I can hear a car coming. It was 100% accurate-I was quite impressed. What happens when 1 car passes you? Well, the noise of the 1st car makes it impossible to be certain if there is another car or now, so you have to turn your neck, which invariably means you sway a bit (even if just a little) in your lane. The Vario addresses this too. The red warning lights stay on if there is a 2nd or 3rd car until all cars have passed-genius.

    I am a Wahoo user and it paired just fine with my Elemnt Bolt, full functionality.

    Why almost perfect? One of my concerns is the poor driver who may drift out of their lane and hit me (much more of a problem with Cell Phones). My preference would be to have a camera that would show me that a car was getting dangerously close so I could head to the ditch and have some control of the outcome. Radar can't do that. So it is not all I could want but it is a massive improvement.

    Had I realized how well it works I would have bought it sooner. Game changer!

    Reviewed 5/26/2020
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    Thank you for such a well crafted review.
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    Wonderful safety product!
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    by Sooner
    Southwest WA state
    1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

    Wish I had bought this sooner than I did! Held off for years using helmet mounted mirror! That was dumb! This is so much safer...works perfectly with my Edge 830! Only challenge I had was where to mount it as am also using a camera on seat post. Saw where some folks had mounted to seat bag using a home-made bracket! I did this and it works well - movement of the bag does not seem to bother it! Got caught in rain storm which didn't stop it from working but killed the camera! Only suggestion to Garmin is to add provsion for a safety cord as they have on the Edge units!

    Reviewed 1/7/2021
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    Love it
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    by 9775
    Utah

    This has been great can't believe I waited so long to by it. It is great on narrow and busy roads. If riding on a frontage rd it will pick up cars from the highway. Can't imagine riding without it.

    Reviewed 3/5/2021
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    it's worth the money
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    by nestor
    seattle wa

    ...it's very helpful especially making you aware of vehicles behind you when paired with the right garmin computer...alerts you and drivers behind you because of the red flash it emits

    Reviewed 3/26/2021
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    The Garmin Varia RTL515 Tail Light is a very 0utstanding light.
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    by MooreRE
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Evans, GA
    1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

    I use the light when I'm doing my training rides by myself. It's helps out a lot. I don't have to keep looking back for cars behind me. I also use it during group rides too. I helps keeping the group together and safe. This is a awesome product.

    Reviewed 2/22/2021
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    Situational awareness for both cyclist and motorist in a compact affordable package!
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    by Miguel
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Tucson

    I recently purchased this light to go with my 830 head unit.

    No regrets and no more craning your neck to see whats about to hit you.

    This thing really works and provides you with real metrics to gauge traffic proximity and speed.

    It's a game-changer - highly recommended

    Reviewed 2/25/2021
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    Great kight for visibility on the rear and radar function
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    by Paul F
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Franklin Mass

    excellent battery life

    great app for battery and warning of approaching vehicles

    Garmin computer syncs seamlessly with the light, and you as a rider can get prepared for passing cars with plenty of warning, ~ 1 mile on a straight road, less on curvy roads. Love it! feel naked riding without one now!

    I think this is a must have safety item unfortunately these days, with so many distracted drivers and so many large vehicles that approach us way too close for comfort.

    Reviewed 11/19/2020
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    Best invention since the GPS
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    by Anonymous
    edinboro, pa

    Audible and visual feedback well in advance of cars approaching from behind, reduces stress and need to crank your neck to look behind.

    Reviewed 3/4/2021
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    Immediately indispensable
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    by BKane
    Competitive Racer
    Western Maryland
    3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

    The Varia RTL515 has immediately become indispensable for me. I ride mostly country roads and have never been able to get used to a helmet mirror, so the Varia is great. It picks up vehicles at the same time as my riding partners with mirrors. The battery life is fantastic - no problem for 100+ mile rides. Garmin undersells what I think is a great feature - the reactive-blink tail light. I think drivers intuit that increasing blinking to mean you know they're there, and they are less apt to brush you with their side view mirror. The only feature/flaw that I see as a negative is that any vehicle that appears on the radar then matches your speed disappears! Once you realize that, you can adjust your perceptions accordingly, but this characteristic of the radar could be in all caps in the manual. Overall, not inexpensive but worth every penny.

    Reviewed 8/23/2020
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