Garmin Edge 300+.

The mapping screen from the edge touring

The mapping screen from the edge touring

Last month I picked up a new Garmin edge touring plus.  I chose this unit because it does the typical GPS functions (speed, time, distance, temperature, altitude...etc) in addition to having very intricate mapping software.  The edge touring allows you to upload your rides to training sites like Strava and Garmin connect and the unit will download courses and give you turn by turn directions.  By selecting all of the useful functions and pairing them with mapping while cutting out the "training" aspect, Garmin created a unit with a surprisingly low price of $299.95!  they also make this unit in a $249.95 dollar price point but the basic unit does not do heart rate and is not "shock proof" so I opted for the plus model.

I have just over 1000 miles on the unit and while I have not used the ride generation function I have uploaded maps, used it on and off road, used in for a 13 hour ride and even in 20 degree temperatures.  In all cases the Garmin has worked flawlessly.  The Edge touring starts up incredibly fast, typically fully functioning with in 20 seconds of being turned on which is  much different than some of their previous units that take several minutes to "locate satellites".

The typical Metrics screen that can be customized to show between 2 and 8 ride metrics

The typical Metrics screen that can be customized to show between 2 and 8 ride metrics

The screen is very large making reading it a breeze.  It also has touch screen functions that are sensitive enough to work even for a gloved paw!  I will say that the auto start is not very reliable for mountain biking around our region because due to the steep climbs with low ascending speeds the Edge will pause and re-start over and over while moving at low speeds(1-3 MPH).

Overall I am very pleased with the Unit it has a fast processor with little lag and no freezing. the touch screen works well, the battery life is good, it is easy to use and read the screen due to its size.  I like that the Garmin comes with multiple mounts making it a breeze to use on all of your bikes!  Stop by the shop today and take a look at it or some of the other biking and running Garmins we stock.  We are happy to answer any questions! 

 

Check out Edge Touring plus on GARMIN SITE

The altitude display which has feet of climbing and current elevation displayed at bottom of screen where it says "ride".

The altitude display which has feet of climbing and current elevation displayed at bottom of screen where it says "ride".