Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced the launch of the Edge 820, a lightweight and compact GPS cycling computer with comprehensive ride data, bike-specific navigation and the new Group-Track feature. With the Edge 820 riders can easily keep in touch with others in their group. GroupTrack offers enhanced situational awareness by allowing cyclists to ride at their own pace while seeing where fellow riders are, so if one person falls out of sight, they don’t fall off the device’s map.
GroupTrack allows cyclists to easily keep tabs of everyone in their group should they get separated. To help create a safer riding environment, the device is compatible with Varia™ cycling awareness line and includes built-in incident detection. It also features built-in Garmin Cycle Map with points of interest, bike-friendly trails and more in a compact design optimized for riding in any condition. For cyclists seeking additional in-depth data the Edge 820 offers advanced performance monitoring including VO2 max, recovery advisor, FTP and watts/kg tracking, performance condition, Strava Live Segments and advanced cycling dynamics.
Commenting on the launch Mr. Ali Rizvi, National Sales Manager Garmin India said “Cycling is a new trend that is catching up in the Indian subcontinent and as this activity gains momentum, people would want the best and the latest equipment that would help them perform with better efficiency.” He also added that “We recently made a mark in the Indian Fitness sector and we aim to move even further. Edge 820 is one of our best performing product in its section and its launch would open an array of opportunities for people who would want to take their game even beyond.”
The device includes additional mapping features such as preloaded Garmin Cycle Map for bike-specific turn-by-turn navigation, round-trip Course Creator and on-device course planning. Built-in GPS, GLONASS and altimeter provide accurate ride data so cyclists can know how far, fast and high they have ridden. The Edge 820 is ideal for riding in any weather conditions possible. The device features a 2.3-inch high-resolution, capacitive touch display that is quick and responsive even when wet or used with gloves. The Edge 820’s ambient light sensor automatically adjusts the screen’s brightness so it is easy to read at a glance even in direct sunlight.
The Edge 820 is compatible with ANT+ power meters, including Vector™, the unique pedal-based power meter from Garmin that measures total power, left/right balance and cadence, and integrates with ANT+ electronic shifting systems and ANT+ bike trainers. Users can record advanced cycling dynamics to analyse their form, including where power is being applied on the pedal and throughout the pedal stroke. The Edge 820 also provides a variety of physiological data with the addition of a heart rate strap, so riders can view their cycling-specific VO2 max along with a recovery advisor, which analyses their data and tells how long they should wait before attempting another hard ride. Additional performance data includes FTP and watts/kg tracking, and in-ride challenges through Strava Live Segments.
With Connect IQ™ compatibility, users can customize the Edge 820 by downloading free data fields. Users can also stay connected while out on a ride via incoming smart notifications, including incoming call and text alerts from a compatible smartphone. Additional connectivity features include live tracking, social media sharing and automatic uploads to Garmin Connect Mobile, a free online fitness community that provides easy-to-understand charts, graphs and maps to let users view their activities, track progress and more. The Edge 820 features 15 hours of battery life. The new Battery Save mode will extend battery life up to 50 percent by enabling the rider to wake the display only when it is needed while still tracking the details of a ride.
The Edge 820 is available in India with a price tag of Rs. 43,990 via Amazon.in. The ever-expanding Garmin fitness segment develops technologies to enhance and promote healthy and active lifestyles. Whether users are runners, cyclists, swimmers, multi-sport athletes, or simply looking to stay active throughout the day, there is a Garmin product that would help them reach their health and fitness goals.
Garmin Ltd. founded in 1989 by Gary Burrell and Min Kao. The US based company is the leading worldwide provider of navigation and makes superior products for automotive, aviation, marine, outdoor and fitness markets. The company began public trading on NASDAQ from 8th December 2000.