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Garmin Edge Explore 820

GPS-enabled touchscreen cycling computer

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Item # 150ED820EX

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Overview

Our take on the Garmin Edge Explore 820

Garmin's Edge Explore 820 cycling computer is a great tool for touring with your bike, whether you're going coast to coast, bikepacking mountain trails, or just getting to know the country roads in your neck of the woods. Loaded with the Garmin Cycle Map, the Edge Explore 820 displays points of interest, trails, and more on a high-resolution touchscreen that's clear and bright even in sunlight. And the GroupTrack feature lets you keep tabs on friends while riding, so you won't get separated during the day.

Explore on two wheels

Garmin's Edge Explore 820 cycling computer is a great tool for touring with your bike, whether you're going coast to coast, bikepacking mountain trails, or just getting to know the country roads in your neck of the woods. Loaded with the Garmin Cycle Map, the Edge Explore 820 displays points of interest, trails, and more on a high-resolution touchscreen that's clear and bright even in sunlight. And the GroupTrack feature lets you keep tabs on friends while riding, so you won't get separated during the day.

Stay on course

The Edge Explore 820's navigation tools will keep you heading in the right direction, with onboard mapping data that isn't dependent on cell coverage, including free map updates. If you need a ride of a certain distance, enter the desired mileage, and Edge Explore 820 will calculate three cycling-friendly routes to choose from, complete with elevation profiles. If you want to take charge, you can create route maps directily on the Edge Explore 820, using the map, plus info you've downloaded from Garmin Connect. 

Smartphone compatibility

The Edge Explore 820 taps into the power of your iOS® or Android™ smartphone with a suite of features accessed through the free Garmin Connect™ Mobile app. You'll enjoy features like live tracking, social media sharing, and weather reports, both during and after your ride. Plus, the Edge 820 transfers ride data to your smartphone via Bluetooth®, so you can share the details with your circle of friends immediately.

Record your ride

Edge Explore 820's high-sensitivity GPS receiver records speed, distance, time, plus ascent and descent. A built-in barometric altimeter yields precise elevation measurements. You can compare successive rides over the same route with the Courses feature, and you can compete against past performances. The screen also displays Auto Pause, Auto Lap and temperature readings.

Product Highlights:

  • GPS cycling computer with navigation and smartphone connectivity (iOS® and Android™)
  • USB cable, tether, and mounts included
  • preloaded maps
  • records up to 200 waypoints/favorites/locations
  • 2.3" touchscreen display
  • water resistant (IPX7 standard)
  • Garmin Connect Mobile compatible
  • compatible with optional heart-rate monitor and speed/cadence sensor
  • Virtual Partner feature lets you race a digital partner
  • GroupTrack feature tracks other riders in your group
  • Incident Detection
  • AutoLap, AutoPause, AutoScroll functions
  • customizable display fields
  • built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery allows up to 17 hours use
  • 1.9"W x 2.9"H x .8"D
  • weight 2.4 oz
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • GPS-enabled bike computer (white/black)
  • 2 Plastic handlebar mounts
  • 2 Rubber disks
  • 4 Large O-rings
  • 4 Small O-rings
  • Out-front Bike Mount
  • Thick rubber handlebar collar
  • Thin rubber handlebar collar
  • Elastic tether
  • 2.5mm Hex key
  • 19" USB cable (USB Type A male connector on one end and a Micro-USB connector on the other end)
  • Quick Start Manual
  • Important Safety and Product Information
  • Notice regarding EPDM replacement bands

My girlfriend bought this for me for my birthday and it's awesome! Very easy to read and use...

Scott, FL

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Garmin Edge Explore 820 Reviews

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(1 Review)

Awesome!

Scott from FL on 3/1/2017

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My girlfriend bought this for me for my birthday and it's awesome! Very easy to read and use...

Pros: Very easy to setup and use. No need to track your courses with a smartphone that suck up data... Top notch quality

Cons: none

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Features

Overview: The Garmin Edge Explore 820 is a compact, GPS-enabled advanced bicycle computer with connected features, such as live tracking, social media sharing, weather, and the ability to send and receive courses. The Edge Explore 820 is waterproof (IPX7 rated), and comes with two standard handlebar mounts, and the Out Front Bike Mount, so you can mount it on multiple bikes.

Touchscreen Display: The Edge Explore 820 has a 2.3" backlit, high resolution color touchscreen LCD (1.4"W x 1.9"H), with a display resolution of 200 x 265 pixels. You can maneuver through the menus and make selections directly on the touchscreen display. The display will show your elapsed time, speed, distance, time of day, and calories burned (if applicable).

Maps: The Edge Explore 820 is equipped with Garmin Cycle Maps (US 2016.10) for bike-specific, turn-by-turn navigation. The maps include roads and bike paths that can be used for routing, plus elevation data and points of interest. You can also search for specific addresses. You can select the map orientation to suit your needs: North Up, Track Up, or 3D mode. The Edge Explore 820 allows you to add maps to the device, such as maps of other areas or map updates.

GPS: The Edge Explore 820 has a high-sensitivity GPS receiver that calculates your position faster. When you turn on the unit outdoors, it finds satellites quickly, so you can start your ride quicker. The time of day and the date are automatically set by the GPS receiver. If training indoors, you can turn off the GPS receiver to save battery power.

GLONASS: In addition to the GPS (Global Positioning System), the Edge Explore 820 is compatible with GLONASS (GLObal NAvigation Satellite System), operated by Russia. This gives the device increased performance and accuracy in challenging environments, and faster position acquisition. By default, the unit is set to GPS + GLONASS. For increased battery life, you can select GPS Only.

Smartphone Compatible: You can wirelessly link your device to a smartphone (Android or iOS) using the Garmin Connect Mobile app. At the end of your ride, you can transfer the ride data directly to your phone via Bluetooth. Using the app, you can analyze the details of your ride, or share it with others. You can also search out courses and workouts stored at Garmin Connect, download them to your smartphone, and send them to your Edge Explore 820 wirelessly. Real-time weather updates and alerts can be sent from your smartphone to your device.

Live Tracking: Another connected feature of the Edge Explore 820, Live Tracking, allows your friends and family to follow your races and training activities in real time. You can invite your followers via email or social media to view your live data on the Garmin Connect tracking page. Once they see your invitation, they can click to follow your progress on a map and see your stats.

GroupTrack: A new Garmin feature, GroupTrack, lets you keep track of other riders in your riding group. If you find yourself separated from the rest of your group, you can see where they are along the route on the Edge Explore 820 display. Each rider that wants to be visible to others must have a LiveTrack-compatible Edge or Forerunner device, and be connected to Garmin Connect. You will need an Edge Explore 820 or Edge Explore 820, connected to Garmin Connect, to be able to see other riders on your map.

Controls: Most of the controls are located on the touchscreen. On the Home screen, you can access your bike profile, change your activity profile, manage your history, courses, and workouts, and start a new ride. During your ride, you can use the front panel buttons to start/stop the timer and mark a new lap without having to look at the screen. The power and backlight button is located on the side.

Waterproof: The Edge Explore 820 is waterproof to IEC Standard 60529 IPX7. It can withstand immersion in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. The casing is totally sealed, including the front-mounted controls, and the USB port has a water-resistant cover to prevent corrosion.

ANT+: ANT+ is a wireless technology that allows certain accessories to communicate with the Edge Explore 820. ANT+ sensors generally work within 10 feet of the unit. In addition, an increasing number of health clubs and fitness centers have ANT+ compatible equipment in their facilities, so you can use the same accessories separate from your device. Compatible Garmin ANT+ accessories include:

  • Heart Rate Monitor: When the Edge Explore 820 is paired with the optional Premium Heart Rate Monitor, the unit tracks your heart beats per minute and calculates your calorie consumption as you train. You can train in a certain heart rate zone to improve your fitness level or compare your pace and heart rate to past performances.
  • Speed/Cadence Sensor: The optional Speed and Cadence Sensors measure your speed and pedaling strokes per minute. The Edge Explore 820 has a Data Averaging option to let you include or exclude the zero values (when you're not pedaling) when calculating your power ratings.
  • Varia Bike Radar/Lights: Varia Rearview Radar and Smart Bike Lights work with the Edge Explore 820 to keep you safe as you ride on the highway. Varia Rearview Radar can alert you of vehicles approaching from behind. Varia Smart headlights and tail lights integrate with the Edge Explore 820 and change intensity with your speed.

Note: The Edge Explore 820 is not compatible with 3rd party ANT+ power meters.

Incident Detection: A built-in accelerometer can detect if you have difficulty along the route, and will send your location coordinates to an emergency contact. When an incident is detected, a message appears on your device and paired smartphone, indicating your contacts will be notified after 30 seconds have elapsed. If you do not need assistance, you can cancel the automated emergency message. You must be connected to Garmin Connect mobile app, with emergency contacts entered, for Incident Detection to properly function.

Auto Pause: The built-in timer will pause automatically when it detects you're not moving. The timer will restart when you resume your ride.

Auto Lap: The Auto Lap feature lets you automatically mark the lap at a specific position. This helps you compare your performance over different parts of a ride (i.e. a long climb or training sprints). You can also use Auto Lap to mark laps at a specific distance.

Data Storage: The Edge Explore 820's built-in memory (approximately 16 MB) stores at least 200 hours of ride data. The unit not only has an odometer to keep track of your mileage, but includes data on your last ride, longest ride, fastest ride, and all rides. Ride data can be sent to your smartphone via Bluetooth using the Garmin Connect app.

User Profile: The Edge Explore 820 allows you to enter data about yourself to create a User Profile. This data (gender, birth year, weight, and height) is used to calculate accurate ride data.

Bike Profile: In addition to User Profiles, the Edge Explore 820 allows you to customize ten bike profiles. In order to accurately calculate the ride data, the bike weight, odometer value, crank length, and wheel size are used.

Garmin Connect: Free web-based Garmin Connect software lets you store your workout data for comprehensive analysis. Garmin Connect is used by cyclists worldwide, and presents your data in an easily understood manner, with maps, reports, and suggested activities. You can create fitness goals and send them to your device. As you complete activities toward your goals, they are tracked on both the device and on Garmin Connect. In addition, the Garmin Training Center software lets you track and analyze your fitness activities and create workouts to send to your device, without requiring Internet access after the initial download.

Courses: The Edge Explore 820 can save your ride data as you train. From that saved data, you can use Garmin Connect software to create courses that you can follow in the future. Each time you follow the course, the unit will compare your time to previous rides, or to other riders, and let you set performance goals. As you ride along the course, the display will indicate distance and time to upcoming maneuvers.

File Transfer: The Edge Explore 820 allows you to transfer courses, segments, and workouts from one compatible Edge device to another, wirelessly via Bluetooth. Both devices must be within range of each other (approximately 3 meters apart).

USB Port: A Micro USB port is provided on the back of the unit for charging and connecting to your computer. A water-resistant cap keeps moisture out.

Power Requirements: The unit is powered by a built-in Lithium-Ion battery. It charges via the included USB cable when connected to your computer. The battery charge level is expressed as a percentage on the display. When in GPS training mode, the Edge Explore 820 will provide approximately 15 hours of battery life. Battery life with typical usage is 12 hours. Extremely cold temperatures will also reduce battery life.

Mounting: The Edge Explore 820 can be mounted to your bicycle's handlebars or stem. Two sizes of O-rings are included for best fit. Two complete mounts are included to allow you to use the unit on multiple bikes. The included Out-Front Bike Mount lets you put the device in front of the handlebars for easier, heads-up positioning and increased safety.

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It does not have either. It does have Bluetooth for connecting wirelessly to a smartphone or other ANT+ devices. Also, once its memory is full (or before), you can transfer the trip data to a computer using a USB cable. I hope that helps!! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101 [ Paul  Aug 29, 2016 ]  Staff