The GPS basically functions well, with a nice clear display, but the rides I've done so far highlight a few annoying 'features'. In putting an address in it REALLY wants to know the full address of the specific house you want to go to. The name of the village is not enough. Does this village have a Main Street? A Church Lane? Faff to find it. UPDATE: This was me failing to understand the options. 'Address' does demand an exact address. 'Cities' gets you to a place. Bit useless if you wanted a genuine city, but perfectly functional when given a village's name. It's really sold on the idea that when asked to navigate home it should take the same path as it took to get there. Out on Sunday, it told me that it was 17.6 miles to home, but sent me the 32 mile route I'd taken to get there instead of just doing the business. For about 5 of those miles, because I'd missed out a small turn to see if a pub was open, it was continually pleading with me to make a U-turn so that I could go by the closed pub again. I think it's very sold on the idea that users want to do the same routes over and over to see how much faster they're getting, which some people surely do, and more power to their elbows, but I don't. It does record the details of your ride, but is awful keen on ditching one journey to start recording another. My 30 mile return trip was accidentally deleted because it wanted to record the 20 yards from my shed to my back door! You MUST conciously save every ride every time.
When I saw that Garmin had released a product specifically for touring cyclists, I couldn't wait to try it out. Unfortunately it fell far short of my expectations, with problems such as the following - 1. I like to plan tracks on Google Maps, then import them to the GPS as GPX files and follow the track I planned. This product does not support this, with constant attempts to reroute, telling me to do u-turns etc. It can't just follow the route I want. 2. It sometimes takes **forever** to load a track. This is particularly frustrating when you have to restart the device (which is frequently) 3. I like to simply display my track on the map, and follow it manually. This product cannot do it without a complicated workaround. Instead you are forced to endure the ridiculous turn by turn directions, which give you a closeup mode and you can't see the big picture of your track any more (so no idea when turn by turn is sending you the wrong way, which is frequently) 4. If you want to go out on road A, do a loop and then come back to the same start point on the same road A, it can't do it. As soon as you start it thinks you have finished. Ridiculous. 5. The unit is so focused on Garmin's idea of what they (wrongly) think a touring cyclist needs, that it is almost useless for any other purpose, eg, car, motorbike, etc It seems this product wasn't tested by any actual touring cyclists. Due to their near monopoly of the GPS market, Garmin seem to have the same hubris that Microsoft had when they dominated the PC market. And we all know how that turned out. Anyway, I managed to sell my Edge Touring on a well known auction site, and invested the proceeds in a Garmin Oregon 600 which so far seems to meet my cycling needs much better.