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Offline vlicon

GPS Advice
« on: February 01, 2018, 01:11:48 am »
I'm looking for a GPS to use for bike touring and bikepacking. It needs to have capability to track in or out of the US. it will strictly be used for navigation. The performance options are not necessary. Does anyone have experience, positive or negative, with the Garmin Edge Touring? Are their any comparable GPS units I should consider?
Thanks in advance.

Offline Nyimbo

Re: GPS Advice
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2018, 02:14:30 am »
The best web review,site that I had experience with is site. I will paste in a link below that I was reading  recently but look at the whole site at their comparisons and the indepth reviews of individual units.  The reviews are amazingly complete.  They’ll have much more info than you need about features you may never use but they will also give you a ton of info.  I spent a week last year reading about everything when I was choosing the GPS I wanted to use.

Offline mdxix

Re: GPS Advice
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2018, 10:46:02 am »
The two contenders for the top spot are Garmin Edge 820 & Wahoo Elemnt.

Minor differences between the two:
  • Garmin: comprehensive log platform, color screen, accident detection.
  • Wahoo: easy map management, sharp screen, completely wireless mobile, & very user friendly.

No device offers reliable turn-by-turn navigation. You simply have to follow the track on screen.

Unless you are attached to Garmin platform through an activity tracker or other device, I recommend the Wahoo for smooth user interface, built-in world map, & complete wireless management.

DC Rainmaker has a detailed head-to-head comparison between the two. Both are winners. You cannot go wrong with either. It depends on your priority.

Does anyone have experience, positive or negative, with the Garmin Edge Touring?
Edge Touring is a fine product. With just a bit more cost, you can get the Edge 820 with GLONASS for accuracy, accident detection, & more current device for longer support. The Touring has been around for 4+ years.

It needs to have capability to track in or out of the US. it will strictly be used for navigation.
For Garmin devices, review previous post to download maps.

For the Wahoo Elemnt, you manage maps directly from the mobile app for any country in the world.

Offline DarrenBnYYC

Re: GPS Advice
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2018, 12:16:20 am »
Also remember that you don't need a bike-specific GPS. A small handheld with a handlebar mount works well, too, and often they are easier to load maps and routes on to.

The Garmin eTrex 20 or eTrex 30 are really popular models with the bikepacking crowd.

Offline Inge

Re: GPS Advice
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2018, 02:59:58 am »
The etrex 30 would be my advice - have been using one for some years now. Like the fact that it uses rechargeable batteries which last up to 4 days. Like the fact that OSM is pretty easy to use on it. You can swap out the micro usb card if you need more memory or if it gets broken. It sits on my handlebars on a mount and has yet to fall off - though for security it is also attached to the bars/ handlebar bag with a piece of string.

I use a powerbank to re-charge the batteries. The powerbank gets charged whenever possible so that it is always as full as possible.
« Last Edit: February 05, 2018, 12:43:57 am by Inge »

Offline DanE

Re: GPS Advice
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2018, 07:43:03 am »
I would prefer the Garmin Etrex series over the Edge since you say you are going to use it for bike touring and backpacking. The Edge series is fine but they use an internal rechargeable battery and USB charging. That is fine for day riders who are home every night and can plug the thing in. The Etrex uses standard AA batteries. When on tour or backpacking you can just through new batteries in it and keep on going. This works well in bike touring as you can buy a 4 pack once a week and be good to go. At home I use regular rechargeable AA batteries that recharge by putting them in the charger and plugging it into the wall to save on battery cost. I just find in bike touring and especially backpacking it can be difficult to find a place to recharge. The Etrex 20 I have is very economical on batteries and I can get two full days out of it for sure and most of the time get three. It basically lasts sixteen hours so can get three five hour ride days out of it. I also have an Oregon series which has a larger color screen, but it comes at the cost of battery consumption.