Pros / The Edge 810 has turn-by-turn navigation and compatibility with ANT+ sensors. It can connect with your smartphone to add live GPS tracking and automatic ride upload.
Cons / The Edge 810 is bulky, and the map-based navigation is the only feature that separates it from the next cheapest option in the Garmin Edge line.
Verdict / There is a lot to like about the Edge 810, as it offers nearly everything a serious cyclist needs in a bike GPS.
Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 about Bike GPS’s here.
The Garmin Edge 810 has ANT+ sensor compatibility, map support and turn-by-turn navigation. It also features a bright color screen and a touch interface. Like the other bike computers in the Garmin Edge line, the Edge 810 can connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth.
The Garmin Edge 810 provides all the standard bike GPS information, displaying speed, distance and time during your ride. It pairs via Bluetooth with your smartphone, and then your smartphone pushes the ride information to Garmin Connect, Garmin's online cycling community. This is a much better way to upload ride data than competing bike computers, which use USB cords to accomplish data transfer.
The Edge 810 is compatible with ANT+ sensors that detect heart rate, pedal cadence and pedal power. Other than basic speed and distance data, these three metrics are the most important ones to have access to for training.
The sensor information will be transmitted to the bike GPS through ANT+, so you can view it in-ride. The Edge 810 will also send the data through Bluetooth to your smartphone, which will then transfer the data to the Garmin Connect website through its internet connection. Post-ride, you'll be able to see the metrics along with a map of where you rode and your basic speed, time and distance data.
The Edge 810 is a bit clunky at 3.5 ounces with a 2.6-inch display diagonal. It has a color screen, and uses a touchscreen interface that works in the rain and even if you're wearing gloves. Its battery life is rated at 18 hours, which is the second-best battery life of any cycle computer we reviewed.
The Garmin Edge 810 uses an interface that is intuitive and simple. You swipe left or right on the touch screen to navigate through different data fields, and if you hold down a data field you can customize what metric it displays. The advent of the Garmin Connect app makes it easy to upload ride data to the Garmin Connect website because it uses your phone's internet connection to upload wirelessly.
The Edge 810 has LiveTrack, which lets your family and friends monitor your ride. They'll see you as a moving dot on a map on the Garmin Connect App or website. This feature allows loved ones to check on you during your ride.
The Edge 810 also has maps functionality. To use the map features, you'll need to buy maps or take advantage of third-party free map software available online and load them on a micro-SD card that you can insert into the Edge 810. This feature is especially useful if you like to take long training rides in unfamiliar places.
The Edge 810 offers excellent functionality for a cycling computer, and it can even give you turn-by-turn navigation, a rarity in the bike GPS industry. However, it fills an awkward place in the Garmin Edge lineup. The Edge 810 has maps capability, but that's really the only feature that separates it from the next cheapest Garmin model. It's still an excellent choice at the manufacturer's price point, and it probably will be the only bike computer you'll buy for a long time.