You've probably already guessed that the Garmin Edge 810 Bundle and Map Card grants you access to every available metric known to man. So, we won't focus on the obvious. Instead, let's take a look at the new features that distinguish the Edge 810 from the 800.
Starting at the screen, Garmin placed a focus on simplifying screen and metrics navigation. The initial start screen prompts you to select the CPU's functionality for your ride, either 'train' or 'race.' To avoid confusion, training mode is presented in Blue, whereas race mode is presented in Red. Additionally, this screen enables you to select the bike profile that you'll be riding -- mountain, road, cyclocross, or even unicycle if you're savvy. Once these selections have been made, you simply touch the ride button, and the screen moves to your race or training page. And of course, this page is customizable for every bike profile in your quiver. So, your ride page will only reflect the data that you deem pertinent to your ride or race. Even more impressive, and a jump away from the corner navigation fumbling of the 800, the 810 allows you to simply swipe the touch-screen from page to page. Also, Garmin designed the screen to operate seamlessly with gloved hands in the cold, in the heat, or even in wet weather.
And as long as we're on the subject of new features, you'll be ecstatic to hear that they 810 is Bluetooth ready. So, while sport device communication is still handled by ANT+ (say, wireless data transfer from the included HRM or a powermeter), the Bluetooth technology communicates with your smartphone. And to make matters even easier, the 810 is fluent in either Android or iOS operating systems. So, once you're synced up with your phone, and you've downloaded the Garmin Connect Mobile App, the 810 really comes alive. Essentially, the 810 receives data from your smartphone, like live weather and activity upload. This means that you're able to receive real-time weather conditions, forecasts, and alerts while your phone stays protected. And for activity upload, this hastens the data transfer once you've finished your ride. From any location, this feature allows you to wirelessly upload your ride data to your smartphone, which then uploads it to your Garmin Connect profile online. Accordingly, you can view your profile from the Mobile App, almost eliminating the need to access Garmin Connect from a home computer.
Impressed? Believe us, that's just the tip of the iceberg. With the 810's Live Tracking feature, you have the ability to share your activities in real-time through either email or the social media of your choosing. All that you have to do is to invite your coach, friends, or family to follow you on Garmin Connect, and then you're able to send email notifications reminding them to follow your real-time activity, stats, data, and location while you're on the bike. You also have the option to share this information via Facebook or Twitter. But, your adoring public aren't the only ones that can navigate your movements. With either the Mobile App or Garmin connect, you have the ability to peruse rides in your area. Once you find one to your liking, simply select the ride, and then the route is uploaded to the 810 with full GPS navigation capabilities. And whether you're on a designated route, or simply going wherever the road takes you, the map feature permits you to view the area in either topographical or detailed street views. No more getting lost.
Now for the guts. The 810 sees the return of Garmin's ever-popular, Virtual Partner and Virtual Racer training programs. The 810 accepts microSD data cards, and it's capable of storing up to 180 rides on its onboard history. It's rechargeable lithium-ion battery has a life that extends to around 17 hours. Garmin also ensured that the CPU is completely waterproof, and it's also compatible with virtually any ANT+ equipped device. So, mating the 810 to a powermeter will prove to be a painless affair.
The Garmin Edge 810 Bundle and Map Card is available in the color Black and includes a bike mount (standard and out-front), a Premium heart rate monitor, a speed/cadence sensor, data card pre-loaded with City Navigator, USB cable, an AC charger, and a user-manual.
I have the bundle with maps. I like the unit. It is huge compared to my Edge 500 The back light is great for riding in the dark. It is easy to switch between bikes. It was only an incremental improvement from the previous generation, but if you are in the market, it is a nice upgrade. The more I use it, the more I like it.
Ok, I've bought a ton of stuff from Competitive, and I have bought at least 6 Garmin devices. This is the worst one ever. In fairness, maybe they will update the software at some point. Now, you can assume your 810 will freeze every 40 minutes of riding, and you can assume that whenever you try Livetrack, it will fail. The bummer is you plan on tracking your ride, and you fail miserably, but you can't predict when it will happen. In truth, you look down at the device and realize it's frozen, but you only realize that after you've blown your opportunity to track your entire ride. Major bummer. The software must be upgraded. Until then, avoid this product. I have the prior generation (without Bluetooth), and it works great. Buy that. Do not support innovation without improvement!!!