Garmin Edge 820 and Edge Explore 820

July 14, 2016

Today, Garmin announced the addition of two new members to their family of GPS cycling computers. Meet the Edge Explorer 820 and Edge 820; with the latter being the more powerful of the two.

One of the key features is the new GroupTrack function that allows the user to track up to 50 riders. Only the user with the Edge 820 or Edge Explorer 820 can see the riders on their screen.

This is provided each rider:

  • Has a compatible Garmin device capable of “Live Tracking.”
  • Starts LiveTrack session on their connected mobile devices.
  • Are connected to you on Garmin Connect.
  • Is within 10 mile/ 16km range of the main user of the GroupTrack session.

edge-820-and-explorer-featureAt present it’s not clear what happens if there are multiple users with the Edge 820 cycling computers; whether everyone can see everyone!

Both GPS cycling computers perform up to 15 hours in GPS mode, are certified IPX7 and feature a 2.3 inch capacitive touchscreen that is supposedly responsive even when wet or used with gloves.

Users can also enable smart notifications on both devices to see texts or calls so that important notices aren’t missed even during training.grouptrack-and-incident-detectionThere’s also an Incident detection feature that will inform your listed emergency contact via texts and email should the cycling computer detect that you’ve gotten yourself into an accident. This can be cancelled within 30 seconds of detection in the event of a false alarm.

Garmin has stressed that this is a supplementary feature and should not be relied on as the primary method to obtain help in the event of a real emergency.

List of features of the new Garmin Edge 820 and Edge Explorer 820

  • GPS/GLONASS with altimeter
  • Smart notifications displays texts and calls only
  • Basemap with ability to add maps
  • 16GB internal memory
  • Personal cycling records
  • Compatible with Varia™ bike radar and lights
  • GroupTrack
  • Compatible with Garmin Connect and Connect IQ
  • Weather alerts
  • Wi-Fi compatible
  • Route planner
  • Battery save mode: Extends battery live up to 50 percent while still tracking ride detail
  • Incident detection

Of the two devices, the performance focused Edge 820 is further compatible with ANT+ power meters so that users may access advanced metrics such as:

  • VO2 max
  • Recovery Adviser
  • FTP/Watts/kg tracking
  • Performance condition
  • Lactate threshold
  • Stress score

edge-820-training-metrics-and-personal-bestThe Edge 820 is available for a suggested retail price of $399.99, or $499.99 bundled with a speed sensor, cadence sensor and a premium heart rate monitor. The Edge Explore 820 is available for a suggested retail price of $349.99.

Source: Garmin


  • Reply the5krunner July 30, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    Using mine tomorrow on the Pru ride London 100-mile thing. 820 is nice. it’s quite well made and looks good. FEATURE FULL. screen a bit funny. live track and group track and Bluetooth pairing a bit of a pain. I’d prefer a bigger screen but it’s prob right size for most people. quite a few people moaning about refresh rates when drawing a route…not tried yet. I have my usual 140 mile test route gpx to throw at the 820 … phew!!

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