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Old 04-25-10, 04:31 PM   #1
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Garmin edge 705.. waterproof to IPx&... what does that really mean?

I know what the standard is... can with stand accidental immersion in 1 meter of water for 30 mins

but how does that relate to cycling in rain

I did a 3.5 hour ride last weekend and decided to pocket my gamin inside of several layers of clothing for safety concerns

would my garmin in theory been fine for a 3.5 hour ride in the wet ?

is there any type of case that is ipx8 that I can still mount on my bike so I could actually see my garmin ?
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Old 04-25-10, 05:40 PM   #2
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I've ridden with my 705 in a few downpours without problems, though not any 3+ hour ones, so I can't answer your question directly. I have owned wristwatches in the past where the manufacturer warned against pressing any of the buttons while the watch was wet. Apparently pressing a button breaks the seal in some case designs, but I don't know if this applies to the Garmin Edge (I hope not, that would be lame).

One thing I will say though, is that, IMHO, the memory card cover on the 705 seems like a huge water entry weak spot to me. The latch isn't very secure and I've had mine pop off a couple of times without me realizing it, including one time when I rode with it at least once before noticing the cover was missing (fortunately it wasn't raining, and I was able to find the cover later). It usually comes off when I have the unit in a pocket or bag, and probably accidentally press down on the latch when pulling the Edge out. I now keep some electrical tape over the cover (waterproof tape would be even better).
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Old 04-25-10, 05:58 PM   #3
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The 7 rating means you can drop your bike while crossing a river and the GPS will be OK.
The next rating down mean you can ride in torrential downpours.
The unit should be fine in anything.
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Water projected in powerful jets against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects.
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