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Don't expect Car quality Satnav,
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This review is from: Garmin Edge Touring Plus GPS Bike Computer with Preloaded Cycle Maps and Points of Interest (Electronics)
I upgraded from a Garmin 500 because I wanted satnav to allow me to explore more unfamiliar roads/routes on longer rides. I didn't want to spend as much as the 810 costs, so the Edge seemed to fit the bill.
The objective was to pre-plan routes on Garmin Connect or Strava, upload them and have the Garmin Edge guide me errorlessly along this pre-planned route. Of course, being a satnav if I strayed from the route intentionally or unintentionally, being a satnav it would guide me back on course. Easy, right? No.
Pre-plan and upload routes works perfectly, and when I set off, the Edge dutifully tells me to turn left or right about 150m from every turn. So far so good. The problem is it FREQUENTLY gets lost, informing you with beeps and a grey screen that you are off course, even when you are (usually) not off course at all. On a recent ride on a known route that I had planned and uploaded and that I could not get lost on, every 2 or 3k the edge told me I was off course when I patently wasn't, each time requiring you to touch the edge to return back to your ride stats away from the grey alert screen. 30 Seconds after each erroneous report it corrected itself.
It gets better. When you actually are off-course, it takes ages for the Edge to recalculate an alternate route to get you on-course again. Don't expect re-routed with course correction suggestions in a few seconds like in your car satnav... On a recent ride I went off course intentionally at about 40k. The Edge beeped at me every minute for the next 60k telling me I was off course but not offering ANY route to get back on-course. It eventually told me I was on course when I rode up my drive at home after 100k. Totally and utterly useless.
Otherwise it works fine.