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.
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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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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.
The apparent focal length is long enough that I do not have to wear corrective reading lenses in my sunglasses in order to clearly see the presentation. To change pages it's a simple swipe along the top of the device. I no longer have to look down to see my bike computer and can keep an eye on the upcoming road or traffic approaching from behind (when synch'd with the Varia Radar).
On the down side it disconnects from my 735 upon occasion. Annoying during a race.
If you are a data freak, like me, this gives you up to 4 additional data points without switching screens. It also gives you four data points that are always visible, no matter what direction you have to turn your head. The little screen remains easily visible once you adjust it properly.
The only real problem I have, aside from the price tag, is that the weight is still just a little too much. It takes me about 30 minutes before I stop being aware of the weight.
The battery life is very good. I routinely ride for 2-3 hours and usually get 3 rides out of it before I'm even thinking about charging the battery.
I would say the only drawback is I can't see my Beer app output on this screen so I have to wait until I finish to find out how many beers I can have after my ride :^).
Easy to setup on the glasses and is secure. Bumping around on the road didn't dislodge or change its position in front of my eyes.
Keep in mind that this is very useful folks who do certain types of riding.
You can get general directions such as N, S, E, W, SW etc..
I think it will show you the turn by turn directions from the main unit if that unit has this capability.
You will be aware of your cadence and know not what it is just that you are below or above the settings you configured.
It's not something you need, I got along well without it and can pretty much tell what my spin cadence is, I have a general idea of the direction I'm heading in and normally know my routes.
This is something you want because then you don't have to keep too much information in your head and can enjoy the ride and keep mindful of the traffic.
One item I could see as boon would be a rearview camera so you can see what's behind you.
I ride in Japan so the rear radar would constantly be going off since I know there's always a car behind me.
What I want to know is where it is, how far into my lane it is and how many there are. This way I can plan my right turns without losing sight of what's in front of me.
I pretty sure that will be coming soon.