Garmin Edge 605 Water Resistant Cycling GPS (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- GPS-Enabled Cycle Computer
- Sunlight-Readable Color Display
- Features A High-Sensitivity Receiver That Holds A Signal Under Trees & Near Tall Buildings
- Virtual Partner(R) Lets User Race A Virtual Competitor Over A Specified Distance & Speed
- Courses Allow User To Race Against Previously Recorded Workouts
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Garmin has really upped the ante on the entire cycling computercategory with it's two new gps-enabled navigator/computers, the 705 and its younger sibling, the 605. These are true navigational aids with full-color maps and turn-by-turn directions in addition to advanced route-planning and saving capabilities. On top of that, the 705 adds heart rate and cadence monitors, a barometric altimeter, and wireless capability that lets you share routes and workout data with other riders instantly. Sleek and waterproof, with a 2.2-inch color screen that lets you customize what data you see and how you see it, these two devices help make the most of every ride.
The Power Of Location-Based Data
Anyone who has used Garmin's original Edge 205 or 305 already understands the power that attaching location data to traditional measurements like distance, speed, time, calories burned, and heart rate can provide. Knowing exactly where you worked hardest, rode fastest (or most slowly) lets you tailor your workouts to improve to improve your riding skills for specific distances, conditions, and types of terrain. It gives a complete picture of how you interact with every portion of your ride.
Altitude is recorded using a barometric altimeter for the Edge 705. This accurate altitude data makes it much easier for cyclists to match their altitude profile with their speed, cadence, and heart rate during post-ride analysis. The Edge 605 gives a somewhat less precise altitude measurement via the GPS positioning system itself.
A First-Rate Bike Computer
The Edge 605 automatically measures your speed, distance, time, calories burned and altitude. The 705 also track your heart rate, cadence, power (from optional ANT + Sport-enabled third-party power meters), climb and descent. Other nifty features include the following.
- Virtual Partner lets you race a virtual competitor over a specified distance and speed.
- Courses let you race against a previously recorded workout, so you can compare your current and past performances over the same ride.
- Auto Pause pauses the timer when you slow down or stop and resumes when you speed up again, so you can focus on your ride.
- Auto Lap automatically starts a new lap each time you pass a specified location or travel a preset distance
- Click stick helps users navigate through the various options.
|The Edge 305 Screen (actual size) |
The larger color screen (actual size) on the Edge 605 and 705 shows you your surroundings more clearly and supports real turn-by-turn navigation.
Both devices come pre-loaded with a built-in basemap, and a MicroSD card slot you can use to load new maps or store workout, course and ride data. Garmin has lots of street and topographic maps available for purchase and you can download courses and rides from Garmin or other riders at the Garmin Connect website.
Both feature a high-sensitivity receiver that holds a signal under trees and near tall buildings and have a click stick for easy screen navigation.
Connectivity and "ANT + Sport"
One of Garmin's most ambitious decisions has been to approach fitness devices as a total platform with their "ANT + Sport" connectivity system. All of Garmin's new fitness devices, including the Edge 605 and 705, the Forerunner 50 heart rate monitor watches, will interface wirelessly with any devices that are compatible wiht the "ANT + Sport" protocol, including devices from other manufacturers. Currently, Garmin the devices will pair with power meter from SRM or Quarq to measure power – torque and cadence for each leg at the pedals – which is often cited as a true indicator of an efficient ride. It's unclear what other manufacturers will buy into the ANT + Sport platform, but this kind of open connectivity with products from other companies offers a great deal of potential flexibility.
The wireless function also makes it easy to connect one Edge unit to another to share rides, courses and workout data.
Heart Rate and Cadence Monitors
The Edge 705 heart rate monitor uses a robust wireless technology that eliminates cross-talk and interference and delivers real-time heart rate data exclusively to the user’s device. This data is stored with each track point for post-workout analysis. The Edge 705 with speed/cadence sensor incorporates a self-calibrating, wireless speed/cadence sensor that mounts to the rear chain stay of the bicycle.
Be Part of A Community
In 2007, Garmin acquired Motion-based, the largest shared repository of customer-generated gps-based routes, courses and maps. This was a significant move for Garmin to support the gps user community and bring a wealth of route options to gps users. With a simple connection to your computer, you can join a worldwide network of cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts through Garmin Connect our new, one-stop site for data analysis an sharing.
You can also upload to optional Garmin Training Center software for further analysis. Garmin Training Center stores large quanities of workout and ride data. Some of the things you can do are
- Review your workout data, including pace/speed, distance, time, calories burned; and if available, heart rate, cadence and detailed elevation.
- View a detailed graph of your workout data, plotted over time or distance.
- View a map of your workout that shows the exact path you traveled.
- Categorize your workout history according to type of activity.
- Review previous workouts, which are saved by day and week.
- Create customized workouts with specific goals and rest intervals. Then send them to your fitness device.*
- Schedule workouts for a specific day with calendar.
- Get custom workout templates designed by the experts at TrainingPeaks.com
What's In The Box
Edge 605 GPS-enabled cycling computer, bike mounts, AC charger, USB cable, owner's manual on CD-ROM, quick reference guide
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1. I had to spend an additional $70 or so (and this was discounted, through a seller on Amazon) for maps. Why doesn't it come with maps, like my car GPS did?? Makes no sense!! Unfortunately I did not know about this when I purchased the unit.
2. Once I got the maps, I got lost countless times. It completely ruined so many of my rides and wore me out. Last spring, I did an 80-mile fundraising event and downloaded the route onto my Garmin. Luckily, I was riding with people the whole time and there were route markings along the way. At every intersection, I noticed that the stupid thing told me to go the OPPOSITE WAY that I was supposed to go. On another occasion, the thing totally neglected to prompt me on a right turn that I should've taken.
3. The unit would sometimes turn off for no reason at all, even when the battery was fully charged.
4. I gave up on using the thing for Navigation and figured that at least it was good for tracking my rides (when it didn't turn off, that is), which I was able to upload on ridewithgps.com. However, after powering it off a few days ago after a ride, it completely froze up. The buttons were unresponsive, and I could not even get it to turn off after turning it back on. It would not even respond with my computer.
After trying multiple times to restart the Garmin and get it to respond, I finally decided to call Garmin Product Support. The guy on the phone was nice but told me that since it's a discontinued model and I bought it two years ago, the best they can do is give me 20% one of the newer ones (this would still be over $300!!!). In addition, they no longer offer repairs. He had me try to reset the thing by holding down the power button but when I told him it wouldn't turn off even after 30 seconds, he said that it sounds like the power button is broken. So I said, "that means it's dead, right?" and his reply was, "unfortunately, yes".
Oh, and here's the icing on the cake...he told me that the serial # that I have was for one that had been sent back to Garmin for repair before I purchased it. I thought I bought it new!!!!
Now the sad part: The handle bar mount is a poor design and breaks. In my case, my GPS went down a ravine and is lost forever.
Now the happy part: I contacted Garmin technical support and they sent be a refurbished unit. I will, on the new device add an additional wire safety tether so that this does not happen again. I had no GPS for a week - what was lost is now found. Rejoice with me my brothers! Garmin - you rock!
What I like about the device:
1. Software interaction is very good. You can upload/download routes from sites like [...] and it works very well.
2. The case is very water resistant. I live and work in the Seattle area. This is a big deal for me, and I was somewhat skeptical. I never had water damage issues with the device.
3. The GPS unit (not the mount) is mechanically sound and works well for the target application.
4. It takes some time to get used to, but once you do the device works very well for cyclists. The UI is a bit klunky, takes some getting used to, but is very functional.
5. Web based software works very well for logging your rides. A reasonably open interface allows you to upload rides.
What I dislike about the device:
1. Battery run-time approximately 19 hours for a brand new device. This is good unless you're interested in riding brevets or other long events. Realize that Li-ion batteries derate to 2/3 of their charge capacity after 500-100 charges. So 19 hours is the longest single run you will get from your GPS. However, the device will run off external power via the USB cable. So, you can conceivably run it for longer periods of time. Note that the USB must not be connected to a computer - just a power source - or it will go into storage mode for transferring files and not provide a UI.
What I hate about the device:
1. The mounts suck. Epoxy a wire to the device and tie it to your handle bars so that you don't lose it or break it.
2. Did I mention the mounts suck? They suck.
3. The On/Off switch is goofy. I had to press it several times each attempt to turn it on. Seemed like a software problem.
5. The UI is klunky. Until you use the device for several months, you are left guessing "what does this menu item do?". Eventually you figure it out. No help from the user manual - it is spartan and leaves you guessing.
Bottom line: the device takes several weeks - perhaps several months - to get used to. You have to spend some hours on line trying out different free web tools for creating routes. By far the best site is [....] Go there first, edit a ride, download it, and GO!
The only negative comment I have is needing the SD card to be routed to SAFE roads for cyclists. It should be part of the package.