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Garmin Varia Vision Display
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- VERSATILE & SLEEK - Versatile mounting, and integrated accelerometer means it can be mounted on either arm of the glasses with a fully adjustable arm and eye-piece for optimum display positioning
- SMARTLY CONNECTED - Connect Varia Vision to your compatible Edge device for integrated, customizable data screens. Also connects with Varia radar for in-ride, in-sight visibility of vehicles approaching from behind
- VIBRATION ALERTS - Feel the alerts with the integrated vibration motor for performance, navigation, or cycling awareness prompts, as well as incoming smart notifications
- NAVIGATION PROMPTS - Turn by turn prompts including distance to turn + street name and directional arrow when paired to your compatible Edge
- TOUCH PANEL - Glove and wet-weather friendly touch panel allows for easy navigation between screens
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Varia Smart Devices
Motorists aren't always looking out for you on the roads. That's why we've developed the Varia line of smart bike devices to help create a safer riding environment. The Varia family includes a rearview radar system, smart bike lights and a new in-sight display, Varia Vision.
Varia rearview radar warns cyclists of traffic approaching from behind up to 140 meters, and integrates seamlessly with compatible Garmin devices.
Smart Bike Lights
Varia Vision in-sight display enhances your road awareness by putting the information you want right where you want it -directly in your line of sight. The featherweight device attaches to your sunglasses, and it displays key data from your compatible Edge device such as performance data, turn-by-turn directions (if available), text/call alerts and more. Pair it with your Varia rearview radar system to warn of traffic approaching from behind. With 8 hours of battery life and a touch panel to cycle between data displays, it’s easier than ever to keep focus when trying to nail your targets for a workout, find the next turn or stay clear of traffic.
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The Varia Vision allows me to continue focusing on road issues while at the same time being extremely easy to view some of the practical Edge 1000 data like speed, power, and navigation issues. I can easily read the Varia Vision display while basically keeping my attention to the road. I could not do that at typical ride speeds - too risky.
Yes you do have to play a little bit with positioning the Varia Vision. Still, Garmin did a great job with the mounting system and positioning. It should fit on just about anyone's eye wear. It's very light weight and I didn't sense any weird issues.
Is the Varia Vision crucial to riding - no. For my money the best electronic gadget investment anyone can make is with a Dinotte Lighting daylight bright tail light. I've tried two dozen different tail lights over the years and Dinotte's tail light is pretty special. Design Shine as well makes an outstanding tail light. Dinotte's battery system is undeniably the best available. It's better to ride safely then know a bunch of numbers that are just going into a log book.
I recently purchased Garmin radar device. At first I was a bit disappointed as the Varia Vision display did not include the same features that was on my Garmin Edge 1000. My guess is a connection issue caused by a flashing light on my bike. Anyhow once I reset things it interfaced to my Edge 1000 and mimiced the display closely. There is a little display delay between the two Varia Vision and Edge 1000. Sometimes the moving dot which indicates passing cars seemed a bit behind. Still it was close enough. The radar gives you a pretty decent idea of approaching traffic. It is a good reminder to hold a firm line or to confirm that you are sharing the road with a 2 ton beast typically traveling at twice the speed. Bottom line is the radar device is practical and useful.
Based on my logs I've ridden about 120,000 miles on the street. The idea that you can avoid a collision from a rear approaching car seems to me implausible. Yes, I've been hit. Often it's just inches one side or the other and this is an event that happens in a split second. Often there is no option as we are already riding on the pavement edge with little room for error. Still I didn't believe the Varia Vision was practical and it has made it much easier for me to realize some real world value from my Edge 1000. So I should at least try the radar device.
The Varia Vision was initially a bit of a challenge to get running. Out-of-the box it would not connect or stay connected to my Edge 1000. I used Garmin Express to update both my Edge 1000 to ver. 8.0 and the Varia Vision to ver. 2.4. Couldn't get it to work. Finally realized although Garmin Express claimed the Varia Vision was updated to 2.4 that the update does not actually get installed - just copied into the Varia Vision. You have to acknowledge and tell the Varia Vision with a finger swipe along the device to let it know to actually update the software.
Well, the updated software works great. Today's 30 mile ride went smooth. The Varia Vision did disconnect and yet did automatically reconnect twice. Obviously some sort of connection error probably a result of the area that I was passing through. I have no doubt that Garmin will continue to update and improve the software.
After using the Vision a few times, today I decided to return it. There are two issues I have, one of which is vital as it relates to safety.
1) The vision fits best on straight-armed glasses, as the mounting unit is of a flat surface. This brings about challenges with positioning when used for curved glasses, such as my sports sunglass.
2) As most critically, the Vision does create a blind spot which I would warn against ignoring. This issue was underscored during the few times I needed to check over my right shoulder for rear approaching traffic. In each case, it was impossible for me to confidently determine if it were safe to proceed; therefore, I had to make adjustments to my path in order to better position myself when attenpting to assess the situation.
While I truly enjoyed having the information I wanted with a mere glance, it is impossible for me to discount the liabilities that surface as a result of wearing this device, particularly when on the road or having to cross intersections/traffic during a change of direction.
Due to the safely issue, I am also reducing my initial rating from 4-stars to 3-stars. I hope this helps as you try to decide if this is the right produxt for you.
Received my Vision today as was a bit excited to take it out for its first ride. However, before you can satisfy your inner child on Christmas morning, you must first upgrade the software. Fortunately, this is a relatively straightforward process, unlike the Varia UT800 Headlight.
After upgrading the software and pairing it to your head unit, in my case the Edge 1000, you will be introduced to the second challenge - mounting and positionig on your eyewear. This is completely a trial and error process which could lead to frustration and/or thoughts of return/refund. Stay the course, your efforts will be rewarded, especially if you cherish the added safety of not having to take your eyes off the road ahead.
Once properly positioned, the Vision is a joy. Very clear display of your selected output. I didn't notice the weight, even after an hour ride. And oddly, it does not obstruct your view - well let me clean that up. I had perfect view ahead even with the display seemingly covering my right eye; however, I was turned to look over my left shoulder for which it did obstruct my view. Aside from that, no issues.
Though a rather costly toy, I would recommend purchasing this product if you cherish the added conveneince and safety of not always having to look down to view your stats and therefore take your eyes off what's ahead.
Again, the Achille's Heal of this device is the plastic mount loosing its shape. A $15 replacement cost is just insane.
With the Varia Vision Display I don't even peek down anymore. All the data I want is viewable in the lower part of my vision. I was particularly astonished at how quickly I adjusted to the display, and it didn't obstruct my view. Yes, you do have to "look" or focus on the screen to view the data, but that is a simple move of the eyeball, not a duck of the head to see your computer. I found it helped me keep my eyes forward -- all of the time -- with is especially important, cruising down the street at 30 mph on my e-bike. The screen is crisp, and I was even able to view the smaller text for temperature and time. I wasn't sure that I'd like this product at all, but, wow, it is really functional. I won't commute without it.
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