Sunday, March 18, 2012

Top Ten Bestselling Cycling GPS Units on Amazon

Garmin Edge 500 GPS deal

Garmin Edge 500, shown here in blue

1. Garmin Edge 500 Cycling GPS

This lightweight cycling computer features high sensitivity GPS, an easy to read display, a barometric altimeter and comes in red, blue or black. The device is meant for training more than routes and it measures speed, distance, time, calories burned, altitude, climb and descent, and heart rate (when paired with a heart rate monitor). It also supports Garmin Connect.

This device is the No. 1 Bestseller on Amazon for Cycling GPS Units

On Amazon, it received 4.4 stars

The list price for the Edge 500 is $199.99 and can be purchased on Amazon.

2. Garmin Edge 800

The Edge 800 is a little larger than the 500, and has some of the same basic features including high-sensitivity GPS receiver and a barometric altimeter. Unlike the 500, it also has a touchscreen, a built-in base map with a microSD card slot for adding your own maps/tracks, training tools that include workout planning, auto pause, auto lap and courses and ANT+ power meter. The device is compatible with Garmin Connect and is rugged and waterproof with an IPX7 rating.

On Amazon, it received 3.8 stars

The list price for the Edge 800 is $449.99 and can be purchased on Amazon for $281.23


Garmin Forerunner 910XT

3. Garmin Forerunner 910XT

This watch is designed for multi-sport athletes and can be used for swimming, running or cycling. It doesn’t have much in the way of routes or navigation but it does track time, distance, pace (or speed), elevation and heart rate (when paired with a monitor). It has a pretty good battery life and is compatible with ANT+ power meters. Overall, it looks like it’s designed more for training than going out on the trail. It’s main features are actually for swimming, so I was rather surprised that it was listed as No. 3 for cycling.

On Amazon, it received 4.1 stars

The list price for the Forerunner 910XT is $399.99 and can be purchased on Amazon

4. Garmin Edge 200 Bike Computer

The Edge 200 is lightweight and super simple with very few features. The device is advertised as a sort of ‘grab and go’ alternative, with no uploading maps or complex calibration required. It has GPS to track where you are going, but it doesn’t provide much navigation assistance. However, when used with Garmin Connect, you can upload your route (which is surprisingly accurate with such a relatively cheap device) and share it with others. The device is a good alternative for someone just looking for something simple to help enjoy and track their rides.

On Amazon, it received 4.6 stars

The list price for the Edge 200 is $129.99 and can be purchased on Amazon

Forerunner 310XT

Garmin Forerunner 310XT

5. Garmin Forerunner 310XT

This device was the predecessor to the No. 3 Garmin Forerunner 910XT. This is also a multi-sport watch and is designed for cycling or running. It is waterproof, but doesn’t really have features for swimming, unlike the newer 910XT. The 310XT also tracks position, distance, pace and heart rate (with a monitor) as well as ANT+ power meters. It basically is a cheaper and less feature-heavy version of the 910XT.

On Amazon, it received 4 stars

The list price for the Forerunner 310XT is $249.99 and can be purchased on Amazon for $167.08

6. Garmin Edge 810

The Edge 810 is basically a slightly upgraded version of the Garmin 800 (listed as No. 2) with tons of connected capabilities including: live-tracking, instant upload and ride sharing capabilities, social network sharing and weather updates. It works with Garmin Connect as well. The device also has fitness monitoring features and can measure speed, distance, time, heart rate (with monitor), cadence (with sensor), elevation, power (with ANT+) and location with GPS tracking. It offers street or topographic maps for routing and Birdseye satellite imagery, which is kind of cool. Like the Edge 800, it has a color touch screen.

On Amazon, it received 3.7 stars

The list price for the Edge 810 is $399.99 and can be purchased on Amazon

Garmin Edge 1000

Garmin Edge 1000

7. Garmin Edge 1000 Bundle

This listing is actually for the Performance Bundle (not just the device), which includes the device itself, extended out-front mount, standard mount, speed sensor, cadence sensor and premium heart rate monitor. The device itself features a large, crisp touchscreen display that is easy to read and automatically adjusts for lowlight area. It syncs with your iPhone 4s or later to allow notifications, and comes with preloaded maps and POIs as well as the ability to plan your own routes/POIs. The device does use Garmin Connect and uses ‘segments’ to compete against fellow cyclists with real-time results.

On Amazon, it received 2.9 stars. When it was first released, it was very buggy (which probably accounts for the low rating) but the most recent reviews on Amazon state that all the bugs have been worked out via updates–so make sure you update it before you hit the trail!

The list price for the Edge 1000 bundle is $699.99 and can be purchased on Amazon

Garmin Edge 510

Garmin Edge 510

8. Garmin Edge 510 (bundle)

This listing is also for the Performance Bundle which includes a heart rate monitor and 10 speed/cadence sensor. The 510 is basically a connected, slightly upgraded version of the Edge 500 (listed as No. 1). Much like the 810, this device has a plethora of connected features such as live-tracking, instant upload and sharng capabilities, social network sharing, weather updates and Garmin Connect Mobile App. It also has performance monitoring: speed, distance, time, heart rate (with included monitor) cadence (with included sensor) elevation, power (with ANT+) and location. It also calculates calories burned and supports multiple heart rate zones and power zones. It also keeps track of your personal records, so you can race yourself as you improve. It is rugged and waterproof and has a pretty good battery life.

On Amazon, it received 3.7 stars

The list price for the Edge 510 bundle is $399.99 and can be purchased on Amazon

9. TomTom Multi-sport GPS Watch

The TomTom Multi-sport GPS Watch is, unsurprisingly, designed for several sports including running, cycling and swimming. It can track distance, time, calories burnt, and route with optional alerts and vibrations to let you know when you have reached a milestone, lap or half of your goals for the workout. The device has only one button that allows you to scroll through menus easily and will store your past runs for training comparison. You can connect the device to your computer for further analysis. The device also has a bike mount specifically for cyclists, and an extra-large display with full-screen graphics. This particular listing does not include a heart rate monitor and is available in gray or pink.

On Amazon, it received 3.3 stars

The list price for the TomTom Multi-Sport GPS Watch is $199.99 and can be purchased on Amazon for $158.76

10. Garmin Edge 510

Sound familiar? This listing is the same as No. 8, but without all of the extra performance sensors and monitors. Just the device itself, which is overviewed above.

On Amazon, it received 3.7 stars

The list price for the Edge 510 is $329.99 and can be purchased on Amazon.


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