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Help Deciding on Garmin for Touring (510/810)

Old 07-06-13, 05:02 PM
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Help Deciding on Garmin for Touring (510/810)

Now I know most of you will say 810 just because of the mapping features built in. But For $170 price difference I would think I could use my cell phone in those specific instances where I might need a map. I found my 305 very handy and if I programmed courses or maps int here, it worked pretty damn well for what i needed it to do. My 305 is having issues and is becoming very unstable and all routes to correct the issues on my own have been exhausted, so it is probably about time for a new one. I know the x00 series is much cheaper but I am very interested in the weather updates and the live connect features for others to follow me.

What do you guys think? For the ones that have the 810, do you find that the map feature is worth the extra (170 w/o maps)? Could I just use the google maps on my phone to get me out of tight spots instead? For those of you who have the 510 for touring, do you regret not buying the 810 or do you find it works just fine for your needs?

Thanks for any input. Most of my riding is NOT touring but I figured I would ask the questions in here because I do tour and this is the feature that is utilized by touring the most.

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I have an 800, extremely useful when touring. I have a cheap rechargeable battery pack I use with it to extend time between plugs. The 510/810 original release did not support TCX route files, which would make it useless for my routing method. However, Garmin has a 6/23/2013 update which says that an online update exists to fix this:
https://support.garmin.com/support/se...D&locale=en_US

I particularly like the map feature because when something goes wrong with my route, I can figure out what it is quickly without resorting to paper maps. Just my experience. I have not used a 500/510.
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Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy
I have an 800, extremely useful when touring. I have a cheap rechargeable battery pack I use with it to extend time between plugs. The 510/810 original release did not support TCX route files, which would make it useless for my routing method. However, Garmin has a 6/23/2013 update which says that an online update exists to fix this:
https://support.garmin.com/support/se...D&locale=en_US

I particularly like the map feature because when something goes wrong with my route, I can figure out what it is quickly without resorting to paper maps. Just my experience. I have not used a 500/510.
Very much appreciate the information about the 810 bug. I guess I will have a tough choice that I will have o figure out by tomorrow. (Sale ends) 15% off might make the 810 worth it as I already have the HRS and Cadence/Speed Sensor
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Originally Posted by X-LinkedRider
Very much appreciate the information about the 810 bug. I guess I will have a tough choice that I will have o figure out by tomorrow. (Sale ends) 15% off might make the 810 worth it as I already have the HRS and Cadence/Speed Sensor
As I said, Garmin claims to have fixed that on both the 510 and 810. I bought mine on ebay from a fellow in Israel. Excellent delivery, good price, but it came with no maps. I use OSM for both US and Europe, also OSM topos for hiking. Work great.
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