Continuing is recent raft of new product launches, Garmin has revealed details of two new cycling-specific devices – the Edge Touring and Edge Touring Plus navigation systems.

Rather than being focussed on logging ride data like the current Garmin Edge range, the Edge Touring models are more about showing you which way to go.

Extensive maps are preloaded into the devices and users can plot a route using destinations, points of interest or simply by telling the Edge Touring how long you’d like to ride for. Routes can be A to B or circular and users can specify whether they’d like to ride on- or off-road.

The Edge Touring will then map several alternative routes allowing you to choose the best one, and then it will give turn-by-turn instructions as you ride. Alternatively, routes can be downloaded from Garmin’s online Connect and Basecamp services.

Both the Edge Touring and Touring Plus devices feature a 2.6-inch touchscreen interface, and are water-resistant for those rainy rides. Like existing Edge devices, the models will display and log time, speed, average speed, max speed and distance as well as route data for uploading to your favourite mapping software or website when you get back home.

Both the Edge Touring and Touring Plus models share the same physical form and basic feature set, but the Plus is compatible with Ant+ peripheral devices such as heart-rate monitors and power meters; and it includes a barometric altimeter for more accurate tracking of changes in altitude.

Battery life is a claimed 15 hours. An extra 20-hour charge can be delivered via an optional Garmin powermonkey eXplorer external battery pack.

The Edge Touring will retail for £199.99, with the Touring Plus costing £249.99. Both models are available now.

In the past month, Garmin has released details of its  long-awaited Vector power measuring pedal system and a new range of VIRB action cameras.

  • G

    Hummm i see Garmin have not bothered to increase the resolution of 160 x 240 pixels… completely useless for glancing at during navigation. They really do need to update the display to something better that a mobile phone from 6 or 7 years ago. Disappointing update to the edge line.

  • phil

    interesting. i use my edge 200 plus a gps site to map rides to follow. this works better than my old adventurer2800 mainly because i can see the screen and there is a lack of clutter to look at just a black line with a point ( me) on it. i look forward to a review of tthese. can the rider see the screen in the full glare of the sun???