Garmin Unveils the Edge Touring and Touring Plus, Offers Turn By Turn Adventure

Spotted back in June, with Rand McNally bringing some competition in the world of bicycle touring GPS units, we knew this was coming. In addition to the Virb action camera, Garmin is cranking out the product with their new Edge Touring and Touring Plus GPS devices. Specifically designed for cyclists that would rather explore than race, the Edge Touring has built in maps and bike specific directions along with a round trip calculator that sounds very similar to Rand McNally’s Loop Me function. Instead of AA’s like the Foris, the Edge Touring uses a rechargeable battery pack for up to 17 hours of use – though there is an optional solar external battery pack that adds an extra 20h of run time.

The Edge Touring plus includes all of the features of the Edge Touring, but adds the additional ANT+ compatibility for heart rate monitors, etc. Available this fall, the two computers will retail for $249.99 and $299.99.

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OLATHE, Kan./August 26, 2013 — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced the Edge Touring and Edge Touring Plus cycling computers­ — GPS navigators designed for touring cyclists, commuters, mountain bikers and those seeking navigation on their handle bars.Edge Touring and Edge Touring Plus work like a GPS navigator for a car, yet packed with bike-specific features, preloaded maps and POIs to help cyclists to find their way. They provide both on-road and off-road navigation and can provide round-trip ride options based on a set distance. The Edge Touring and Edge Touring Plus will debut at the Eurobike exhibition in Friedrichshafen, Germany (Hall A5, booth 201) and at Interbike in Las Vegas, Nevada (booth 11058) where they will be prominently displayed.
“The new Edge Touring and Edge Touring Plus are perfect for those whose bikes mean adventure, freedom, exploration and a way of life,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “Easy to set up, easy to use and preloaded with bike-specific maps, they will let riders navigate safely and securely to their destinations.”
Designed for Navigating by Bike: Edge Touring comes preloaded with bike-specific maps that make it easy for cyclists to stay on the route and find their way back again. Whether cyclists are riding from A to B, asking Edge Touring to provide a round trip route, or following a ride that they have planned or downloaded from Garmin Connector Garmin Adventures, Edge Touring will guide them on their ride with clear turn-by-turn visual instructions. Cyclists can choosebetween Cycling, Tour Cycling and Mountain Bike modes to calculate the mostappropriate route. Edge Touring will then guide cyclists on suitable roads or bike-paths to their destination. With the new round trip routing feature, cyclists need only to input the distance they want to ride and Edge Touringwill do the rest. It will calculate up to 3 routes to choose from, including their distance and elevation profiles. Cyclists can compare the routes, choose the one to follow and are one tap of the screen away from turn-by-turn directions the entire way. To see the Edge Touring and Touring Plus in action, go to http://bit.ly/1c0HXyD.
 
Designed for Riding: Robust, water resistant¹ and with a 2.6’’ touchscreen that works in the wet and with gloves – Edge Touring was built to handle the elements. It weighs less than 100g and fits easily on the stem or on the bars. The rechargeable battery will last up to 17 hours, and it is also compatible with optional solar external battery pack, which will give an additional 20 hours of ride time.  Edge Touring displays key ride data such as time, speed, average speed, max speed, distance and much more. Cyclists can view from 1 to 10 fields on a clear customizable screen. Edge Touring comes with a quarter-turn bike mount and can be easilytransferred between bikes.
 
Replay and Relive Your Rides:  Edge Touring records how far, how fast and where cyclists ride so users can replay, relive and share each ride in detail once it has been uploaded to Garmin Connect. Cyclists can share their own rides or search for ones others have completed in Garmin Connect or look for Adventures in Garmin’s free Basecampsoftware. Cyclists can also create custom courses within Garmin Connect and send them directly to their Edge Touring.
 
Edge Touring Plus – The Premium GPS Navigator For Cyclists:  Edge Touring Plus provides all bike-specific features of Edge Touring, in addition to compatibility with ANT+heart rate monitors– to help cyclists know how hard they are working, and will even display key data such as range or remaining charge from ANT+ compatible eBikes. It also includes a barometric altimeter for accurate elevation, gradient, ascent and descent data.
Edge Touring and Touring Plus are expected to ship fall 2013 and have a suggested retail price of $249.99 and $299.99 respectively. Edge Touring and Edge Touring Plus are the latest solutions from Garmin’s expanding fitness segment, which focuses on developing technologies and innovations to enhance users’ lives and promotes healthy and active lifestyles.  Whether it’s running, cycling, or other athletic pursuits, Garmin fitness devices are becoming essential tools for athletes both amateur and elite.  For more about features, pricing and availability, as well as information about Garmin’s other fitness products and services, go to www.garmin.com/intosports, www.garmin.blogs.com and http://twitter.com/garmin.

Comments

PROEDGEBIKER.COM - 08/28/13 - 5:06pm

GARMIN Crankin out new Schizzzz

Rob - 08/28/13 - 6:06pm

Or just get an etrex 20-30 for less money. I just did my second tour of France using one. Great little tool.

stack - 08/28/13 - 6:52pm

I’ve had a Magellan Explorist 710 for several years after losing my Garmin 805, and it is an incredible navigation tool, providing the functionality outlined here, but its a boat (there is a camera built in) and it burns through AAs. I don’t understand why they are not putting more effort into the bike market.

Strang3r - 08/28/13 - 9:40pm

Why would anyone get this instead of 810? Well. You can get that at about same price already.

Wojtek G - 08/29/13 - 1:39am

ok, so what is Edge Touring Plus missing compared to E800?

tossedsalad - 08/29/13 - 7:27am

C’man, every ride is an adventure if you rely on the garmin to pick your route for you. “No, really, we’re SUPPOSED to ride on this dirt road for the next 20km….” said everyone riding with their girlfriend while using a garmin for the 1st time.

The weak link is garmin connect, not knowing if a road is paved or not makes planning a route like russian roulette.

Don’t see the point of this model, unless its really really really cheap, which it won’t be.

Gaz - 08/29/13 - 8:07am

@Wojtek G The two compared are here – https://buy.garmin.com/en-GB/GB/catalog/product/compareResult.ep?compareProduct=143677&compareProduct=69043

The tour+ has a longer battery and doesn’t support some features which are race/training orientated.

Skidmap - 08/29/13 - 9:52am

tossedsalad is right, and just reading his comment reminded me of several times I got routed on a dirt road with brand new carbon rims, finally had to double back for an extra 20 miles all the while the Garmin is screaming at me that I am off course.

The question I have to ask is, how is this tailored to mountain bikes, when Garmin doesn’t have mountain bike trails on their maps? I just built my own mountain bike theme map, where trails exists and are bigger and brighter than roads. I think that is the only way Garmin will ever really make the 800 worth buying, is to actually create bike specific maps, not bike specific features on a car specific road map.

Gunnstein - 08/30/13 - 11:02am

The nice thing about the Garmins is that it’s easy (and free) to put OpenStreetMap on them. For that reason my 800 is well suited for touring. The battery sometimes does not last the day though, so the extended battery (and lower price) on this touring model is good news.

It loses power meter compatibility, interval training, time/distance alert, pace alert, and advanced workouts: good riddance. Why they removed auto scroll I don’t understand, but I don’t use that anyway. Good replacement for my 800 if it dies any time soon.

Wojtek G - 08/30/13 - 11:21am

@Gaz – thanks for the tip! I believe that info wasn’t available at the time I checked it. Thanks a lot!

Gunnstein - 08/30/13 - 3:16pm

Comparison of Touring Plus, Touring, 810 and 800:
https://buy.garmin.com/en-GB/GB/catalog/product/compareResult.ep?compareProduct=143677&compareProduct=134596&compareProduct=112912&compareProduct=69043

I noticed that the basic Touring doesn’t have the barometer, thermometer and ANT+ features of the Plus – fine. What bugs me more is that while the Plus has ANT+, it supports only the heart rate monitor, not speed and cadence, apparently. I would say cadence is a more useful metric for a tourer than heart rate, but maybe that’s just me.

No word in this table on whether Touring/Plus will have any of the internet connectivity of the 810, but given the price difference I assume it won’t. Weather is highly relevant for touring though.

Wasaaaaaabi - 08/30/13 - 7:04pm

You probably shouldn’t ‘need’ a garmin to tell you your cadence…

Gunnstein - 08/31/13 - 2:04am

@Wasaaaaaabi I don’t. Who “needs” a cycle computer at all? Some of us find them useful nevertheless. I would think heart rate is irrelevant for most tourers, since touring involves longer distances and less effort than typical training rides. Average cadence can be useful for those with knee troubles, not everyone finds their ideal cadence automatically. I use both, if for no other reason it gives me more data to browse through during long boring climbs.

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