Garmin introduces Edge Touring cycling GPS navigation devices

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.