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Replacing Garmin GPS - which model to go for?

Ka12Ka12 Posts: 216
edited March 2013 in Road buying advice

I had a Garmin 800 last year but due to medical advice sold all my gear and gave up riding, now have the go ahead to ride again following surgery.

Unsure of whether to go for another 800 or upgrade to the 810 but doubtful if the upgrade is worth the cost, my other option is to go for a 500/510.

I enjoy planning routes to ride before setting off from home and am unsure if the 500/510 will be good enough with the breadcrumb trail - having said that I do always carry my smartphone so could access maps on the phone.

Would appreciate any advice/comments as have spent all day looking online and with having to replace all my kit and being indecisive it could take a very long time!



  • stueysstueys Posts: 1,332
    If I was buying a new one now then I'd probably get the 810, unless the 800 was £50 or more cheaper. For the price difference between the 500 and 800 then the inflight navigation and maps make the 800/810 a no brainer to me.
  • FatTedFatTed Posts: 1,205
    Not the best medical advice then!
  • Ka12Ka12 Posts: 216
    I had severe hip pain which was diagnosed as arthritis and was advised that I would probably need a hip replacement, due to only being 30 years old they advised that they wouldn't do any surgery - after a couple more hospital visits my knee specialist referred me to a different hospital to a hip specialist and they found I had chipped a bit of the bone inside the hip socket and this had destroyed the lining. I had surgery in November and am now able to cycle.

    Was more chuffed to find out I could cycle again than worried that I had sold all my kit! Gives me an excuse for new purchases :)
  • Ka12Ka12 Posts: 216
    Narrowed it down to either 510 or 810 just cant make the final decision.
  • elderoneelderone Posts: 1,410
    Ka12 wrote:
    Narrowed it down to either 510 or 810 just cant make the final decision.
    If you can afford the 810 then why not have it.If you get the 510 you may always thinking ,did I make the best choice.Its probly better to have things and not use them rather than want them and not have them.
    Good luck either way.
    Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori
  • lc1981lc1981 Posts: 820
    I find the 500 perfectly adequate for navigation, so long as you don't need to change route mid-ride and that you don't deviate too much from the route.
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