Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Garmin Edge computers: everything you need to know

You could say that Garmin Edge is a forerunner of the GPS market or that its GPS products are cutting edge (both puns intended). However, although Garmin’s success can’t be questioned, for many riders there are so many Garmin Edge devices available that it is hard to know which is most suitable for your needs.

To help you select the best Garmin Edge for you, we have set out below an exhaustive list and description for each Edge product.

Note: if you are struggling with some of Garmin’s features please see the Jargon Buster at the end of this article.

The Edge 20 and 25 are aimed at cyclists that are fairly new to using GPS devices and all they really want is to monitor their time, distance, speed and GPS position.

As is quite standard with entry-level GPS devices the Edge 20 and 25 allow you to customise your chosen data fields and they include Garmin’s Auto Lap, Auto Pause and Auto Scroll features.

However, what is a little bit different and stands the entry-level Garmin devices out from the crowd, is that in addition to standard GPS tracking they also use GLONASS which increases the speed and accuracy of location data.

The battery life of up to 10 hours is low compared to the other Edge devices, however for many it will be enough to monitor short rides for up to a week or one or two longer outings before charging.

To get more out of the Edge 25 you could purchase a Garmin heart rate monitor and cadence sensor (the Edge 20 does not have any ANT+ compatibility).

Unlike the Edge 20, the Edge 25 can be linked up to a smart phone to wirelessly upload to Garmin Connect Mobile, receive notifications of incoming calls, and utilise Garmin’s LiveTrack.