Garmin Edge Touring Review – The GPS Bike Computer

garmin edge touring review

AT A GLANCE: QUICK RATINGS

Heart Rate Functions

70%

Fitness / Sport Features

50%

Ease of Use

100%

Battery Life

100%

Where To Get It

A Deep Dive Into The Garmin Edge Touring

Garmin Edge Touring tested and reviewed by Tristan Haskins aka CardioCritic. This is the perfect GPS for the cyclists who prefers to visit places, see sights, rides with friends and NOT to race from A to B without noticing the surroundings. The Edge Touring can be considered a cyclists version of an in-car GPS. Tell it where you want to go and let it plan you a cycle friendly route to get there.

IMPORTANT > There are TWO versions of this model. The Edge Touring PLUS can support heart rate monitoring when used with an ANT+ HR belt. The Edge Touring cannot. It does NOT have a heart rate receiver chip installed. If you are considering using heart rate, get the PLUS version. Also, the PLUS model comes with a barometric pressure sensor giving the altitude data more accuracy.

  • Who Is It For?

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Pros & Cons

 Pros

  • High resolution pre-installed MAP
  • Auto-routing via cycle friendly routes
  • Round Trip routing - great when riding somewhere new
  • Accepts SD card so you can add more maps eg, another country or OS style maps
  • User friendly size - 2.0" x 3.7" x 1.0" (51.0 x 93.0 x 25.0 mm)
  • Download and follow third party GPX routes
  • ANT+ heart rate compatible (Edge Touring Plus only)
  • Barometric Pressure sensor (Edge Touring Plus only)
  •  Cons

  • Would be nice if the Touring Plus included CADENCE support
  • No smartphone notification alerts .. not an issue for me, but maybe for others
  • Other than that - the perfect bike computer for Tourers
  • Best features?

    Ease of use. As simple as that. There is no better or easier way to navigate from A to B on the market. It is so obvious that this unit has been designed for touring, leisure  cyclists by their peers at Garmin. There is nothing this unit doesn’t do that it’s intended audience would want it to.

    Could have been better?

    As it can receive heart rate data it must be equipped with an ANT+ receiver unit, therefore I’d personally like to see it support CADENCE. Not necessarily power, but pedal cadence would be nice. I’m not an elite racing cyclist but I do like to use cadence to help me optimise my gears.

    I’m also pretty certain we will see a new version of the Edge Touring featuring Smart Notifications. I’m not a massive fan of smartphone alerts when out riding, but the intended customer for this bike is quite likely to be spending several hours in the saddle in areas they do not know. Having SMARTPHONE notifications sent to the display could be useful if, for example, home are trying to call you to make sure you are safe etc.

    The best GPS Navigator for Cyclists?

    Take this scenario. You are on holiday with your family, all with bikes. The youngest member of the family is happy doing a 20 mile ride. You have NO IDEA of the roads or local environment. Cue the Edge Touring Plus…. just tap in a distance of 20 miles and the Edge unit will give you 3 different round trip routing options.

    Just chose the preferred one and then follow the on screen TURN by TURN navigation prompts. You can even select between regular road cycling, tour cycling and mountain biking modes. Leave it to the Edge unit to calculate the most appropriate cycle route for your preferred style, taking you on paved roads, unpaved roads or on paths and trails.

    garmin edge touring review

    With round trip routing, you can tell Edge Touring Plus how far you’d like to ride and then choose from up to 3 ride options that will bring you back to where you started. The device makes it easy to plan rest stops, find attractions along the way and more.

    • On-road or off-road navigation with preloaded Garmin Cycle Map
    • Input a distance and choose from up to 3 round-trip ride options
      • Select road, touring or mountain bike mode
      • Review elevation profile to ensure the ride is suitable for all riders
    • Plan and download new routes to follow
    • Relive and share your rides with Garmin Connect™ or Garmin Adventures
    • Points of Interest (POIs) specifically for cyclists
    • Compatible with optional heart rate monitor (PLUS version)

    Top Alternatives

    Next Model UP

    The path upwards depends on what you’re looking for. If it’s LESS navigation and more performance then you might want to consider the Edge 820.

    Next Model DOWN

    The model directly below this Edge Touring is the Edge 20/25. A micro-sized GPS bike computer feature packed with performance monitoring functionality.

    The Edge 25 does NOT have any basemap and is limited to ROUTE FOLLOW with turn by turn notification and breadcrumb trail follow, but NO MAPS proper as such. the Edge 20 cannot support heart rate, ever.

    The Edge 25 has optional heart rate support. I’d recommend the Edge 25 if you think you might want HR monitoring in the future.

    Last Updated on March 28, 2019

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