Until now if exploring was your thing Garmin offered the Edge Touring and the Touring Plus. Now you also have the additional option of the Edge Explore 1000.
From the information disclosed by Garmin so far, the main attributes that set the Explore 1000 out from the crowd are its pre-loaded cycling specific maps and route options along with its safety functions.
The first thing you will notice with the Explore 1000 is that the icons on the display are bright: eye-catching if you will. Interestingly, the large colour touch screen has dual orientation. As the device is designed primarily for cyclists exploring areas that they are not familiar with (and therefore needing to have an easy to follow route display) the ability to rotate the screen to a landscape view could be quite advantageous.
Away from the pure aesthetics, the Explore 1000 is said to have a competitive battery life of up to 15 hours. Also, as you’d expect from a high end GPS device, it uses both GPS and GLONASS satellite technology.
Routes and maps
As said above, the Explore 1000 has pre-loaded cycling specific maps. If you want to download more maps and routes there is a micro SD option. In addition to the standard method of downloading routes from Garmin Connect and Strava etc, Garmin says you can create your own routes on the device using the pre-loaded maps and points of interest.
Further, if you fancy heading out into unknown territory you can use the round-trip function. You just enter the total distance you want to ride and your desired starting direction. You then have three cycling friendly options to choose from.
If you are particularly safety conscious this could be the Edge for you. First it is compatible with the Garmin Varia range of ‘smart’ cycling devices– including a rear view bike radar and ‘smart’ bike lights.
It is the first Edge product to include incident detection capability. Using an integrated accelerometer, the Explore 1000 can be set up to manually or automatically send your location to your selected emergency contacts in the event of an accident. It’ll be interesting to see how this function works − without having seen the product it is conceivable that your emergency contacts could be alerted prematurely.
The Explore 1000 isn’t just focused on adventure and safety, it looks like it will also perform admirably as a training tool. It has ANT+ connectivity meaning you can link it with Garmin’s Vector pedals, heart rate monitors, speed and cadence meters. Also, if you are keen to record videos or take photos whilst riding the Explore 1000 is compatible to the new Garmin Virb action camera.
As is commonplace with Garmin’s latest devices, the Explore 1000 can be linked with your smartphone via bluetooth to offer Live Track, incoming call and text alerts, social media sharing, weather updates, and it allows you to wirelessly upload or download ride details.
Garmin is yet to confirm the exact shipping dates but it is anticipated that the Explore 1000 will be available towards the end of September or early October. It is expected that the retail price will be £349.99.
We look forward to seeing whether the Explore 1000 is as user friendly as Garmin asserts.
For more information go to Garmin.