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Garmin Edge Touring Review

Garmin Edge Touring
  • Editor Rating
  • Rated 4.5 stars
£145 to £185
  • 80%

  • Garmin Edge Touring
  • Reviewed by:
  • Published on:
  • Last modified: 2nd June 2018
  • Cycling functions (cadence etc)
    Editor: 50%
  • Ease of Use
    Editor: 100%
  • Battery Life
    Editor: 100%
  • Navigation functions
    Editor: 100%
  • Heart Rate functions (zones etc)
    Editor: 70%

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.

Garmin Edge Touring on handlebars

Release Date (UK) > September 2013

Product it replaced > None – this is Garmin’s first dedicated GPS navigator for cyclists

Suggested Retail Price (when new) > £199 & £249 (PLUS version)

Replaced by > None, this is a current product


Who’s it For

The Edge Touring Plus is for the Tourer, naturally. It’s about DISCOVERY. It comes with preloaded Garmin maps. If your rides are about enjoying your surroundings, finding new places to ride and getting safely from A to B off the main roads, the Edge Touring could be for you.

Who’s it NOT for …

The Edge Touring isn’t for the performance focused cyclist. It is NOT for someone too bothered about cadence (it doesn’t support Power or Cadence) and it’s not all about spending specific time in certain Heart Rate training zones. It is focused very firmly on NAVIGATION. Remember, if you want heart rate monitoring you MUST get the Touring PLUS model. For the more performance focused rider it is worth looking at either the Edge 25 or Polar M450.

Next models 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. If you want everything the Edge Touring Plus does PLUS some more performance based functions then please consider the Edge 1000. If you something in between with base map navigation plus all the performance monitoring metrics including Virtual Partner, Pedal Cadence and Power meter support etc, then please consider the excellent Garmin Edge 520

Edge 1000   more of everything and a larger unit giving clearer map reading

Edge 820   total navigation plus additional performance monitoring

Edge 520   solid navigation plus the full array of performance features

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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
  • 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.

    Edge 25   limited navigation but packed with performance monitoring

    Edge 200   an older GPS unit but still offers very good value for money

    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 cyclists GPS navigator - Edge Touring Plus

    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.

    Profile views of the Garmin Edge Touring bike computer

    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)

    Video Presentation

    This video presentation will show you exactly what this clever cyclists GPS does a lot easier than I can put it down in words….

     

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