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Garmin Edge® 820 GPS Cycling Computer

Garmin Australia today announced the Edge 820, a lightweight and compact GPS cycling computer with comprehensive ride data, bike-specific navigation and the new GroupTrack[1] feature.

Riders can easily stay connected with family and friends, both in and out of the peloton, with the Edge 820’s numerous connected features, including GroupTrack, which allows cyclists to easily keep tabs of everyone in their group should they get separated. To help create a safer riding environment, both devices are compatible with the Varia™ cycling awareness line and include built-in incident detection[2]. For cyclists seeking additional in-depth data the Edge 820 offers advanced performance monitoring, including VO2 max[3], recovery advisor, FTP and watts/kg tracking, performance condition and advanced cycling dynamics[4].

“We are extremely excited to share the newest addition to our extensive cycling line-up with our announcement of the innovative Edge 820,” said Adam Howarth, General Manager, Garmin Australasia. “Whether riders are chasing performance and racing goals or out for adventure and touring, the Edge 820 offers a full-suite of features to help track data that is important to them.”

With the Edge 820, riders can easily keep in touch with others in their pack. GroupTrack offers enhanced situational awareness by allowing cyclists to ride at their own pace while seeing where fellow riders are, so if one person falls out of sight, they don’t fall off the device’s map. Built-in GPS, GLONASS and altimeter provides the most accurate ride data so cyclists can know how far, fast and high they have ridden.

Pair the Edge 820 with the full-suite of Varia™ cycling awareness products including the Varia rearview radar, Varia Vision™ and Varia smart bike lights to help create a safer riding environment. Additionally, the device’s integrated accelerometer for incident detection automatically sends a rider’s location message to emergency contacts if assistance is needed. The device is also compatible with ANT+® sensors, including speed, cadence and heart rate.

The Edge 820 is ideal for riding no matter the weather conditions. The device features a 2.3-inch high-resolution, capacitive touch display that is quick and responsive – even when wet or used with gloves – and the Edge 820’s ambient light sensor automatically adjusts the screen’s brightness so it’s easy to read at a glance.

The Edge 820 is compatible with ANT+ power meters, including Vector™, the unique pedal-based power meter from Garmin that measures total power, left/right balance and cadence, and integrates with ANT+ electronic shifting systems and ANT+ bike trainers. Users can record cycling dynamics to analyse their form, including where power is being applied on the pedal and throughout the pedal stroke. The Edge 820 also provides a variety of physiological data with the addition of a heart rate strap, so riders can view their cycling-specific VO2 max along with a recovery advisor, which analyses their data and tells them how long they should wait before attempting another hard ride. Additional performance data includes FTP and watts/kg tracking, and in-ride challenges through Strava live segments.

Connect IQ™ compatible, users can customise the Edge 820 by downloading free apps and data fields. Users can also stay connected while out on a ride via incoming smart notifications, including incoming calls, texts, emails, social, calendar reminders, and any other notification from a compatible smartphone[5]. Additional connected features include live tracking, social media sharing and automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, a free online fitness community that provides easy-to-understand charts, graphs, maps and more to let users view their activities and track progress.

The Edge 820 features up to 15 hours of battery life in training mode. Battery Save mode will extend battery life up to 50 per cent while still tracking the detail of a ride.

The Edge 820 is available for a recommended retail price of AU$649, or AU$799 bundled with a speed sensor, cadence sensor and a premium heart rate monitor.

The ever-expanding Garmin fitness segment develops technologies to enhance and promote healthy and active lifestyles. Whether users are runners, cyclists, swimmers, multi-sport athletes, or simply looking to stay active throughout the day, there is a product that can help them reach their health and fitness goals.

For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation.

References

1 When paired with a compatible smartphone. GroupTrack can track up to 50 riders and allows tracking for up to a 16km radius.

2 Incident detection intended for road cycling use.

3 When used with power and heart rate.

4 When used with Vector™ power metre.

5  See Garmin.com/ble for more information

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