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3.0 out of 5 stars Works well on road, but no easy way to see grid ref info, 16 Oct. 2013
This review is from: Garmin Edge 800 Touchscreen GPS Bike Computer Performance Bundle (discountinued by manufacturer) (Electronics)
This is a well designed unit and works well as numerous reviews already attest.

It is however rather more a road cyclists tool - clearly adapted from their motoring versions: its keen to tell you where the next petrol station is. Its good on roads and follows a road course well. switching to off road use is something of a fiddle, having to go into the setup menu, and its not very obvious the first few times you do it - an on road/off road switch somewhere prominent would be useful.

I mainly cycle but like hiking and reckoned this would do me as walking GPS too. The garmin OS topographical maps are good, but blur on zooming in too far. A real bugbear for me is that it doesn't give position data - ie OS or UTM co-ordinates. This is a real pain for someone like me who likes a paper map so you can see the bigger picture and then check your position from the co-ordinates . Neither does it contain an electronic compass - again useful and (perhaps to be expected) in a top price unit like this. (NB there is a workaround to find out your grid ref but its a fiddle (google it!)and its a pain they have not thought to include such basic/vital information)

So a good road cyclists tool, less good for those of us who go off the beaten track by whatever means.
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Initial post: 6 Nov 2013 10:17:03 GMT
Ian Spencer says:
This is no good for walking - you cannot set intermediate points on a walk, so if you go off course, you are on your own. The courses on this are essentially tracks that you either follow exactly or ignore.

It's easy enough to get a position by showing the satellite screen - no need to mess with setting waymarks, but you are right that it is disappointing that they didn't have position as a field.

My old eTrex Legend is a far better device for walking and I am afraid that Garmin have been too fixated on fitness over navigation.
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