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Garmin to launch Edge Touring GPS computer

New Garmin GPS computer aimed at tourers set for release

Garmin are launching a new GPS bike computer in the shape of the Edge Touring. It looks like it shares the shell of the new Edge 810.

Interestingly, we’ve had no communication from Garmin about this new model, which is very strange. Usually, we know about their launches well in advance. This time, we just happened to spot the new computer on Wiggle before the weekend, then it disappeared, and now it’s back again. Curiouser and curiouser!

So, all we know about the Garmin Edge Touring is what’s on the Wiggle site. It’s so short that we might as well give it to you in full, so here you go…

“Edge Touring works like the GPS navigator in your car, featured with maps and POIs (points of interest) to help you find your way by bike.

• On-road or off-road navigation with preloaded Garmin Cycle Map
• Input a distance and choose from up to three round-trip ride options
• Plan and download new routes to follow
• Relive and share your rides with Garmin Connect or Garmin Adventures
• Points of Interest (POIs) specifically for cyclists
• Rugged and waterproof design
• Includes quarter-turn bike mount”

That's yer lot. There’s no mention there of the features you get with the Edge 810 if you connect it to your smartphone via Bluetooth, such as live ride tracking. There’s no mention of the real-time weather information that you can get with the 810 either, which is a shame – that could be really valuable while touring.

We’d also be interested in knowing about the runtime too. Garmin claim up to 17hrs with the 810 (although it’s considerably less with the Bluetooth functions enabled).

The chance to get three suggested round-trip options for any given ride distance sounds like an interesting feature, and one that features on Mio computers. The points of interest for cyclists could be good too, although we've yet to see it in action so we'll reserve judgement on that.

There’s no price given and no details on availability yet – although the fact that it’s listed on Wiggle suggests the release is imminent. Of course, we’ve contacted Garmin asking for more info. As soon as we get any, we’ll update you.

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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