Garmin Varia Smart Lights review

Garmin brings its considerable expertise in cycling computer technology to illumination

Cycling Weekly Verdict

Ultimately, it’s the software that lets the Garmin Varia Smart Lights down, with the front light crashing and the light network frequently dropping out. It could well be a case of waiting for Garmin to release a software update before these units reach their full potential.

Reasons to buy
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    Good rear light

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    Good variety of beam options

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Reasons to avoid
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    Light network drops out frequently

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    Front light prone to crashing when on full beam

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    Buttons hard to press

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The Garmin Varia Smart Lights sit within Garmin’s cycling ecosystem, designed as a way to pair your bike lights with your cycling computer.

On paper they should do some pretty nifty tricks. For example, when paired with your Garmin Edge you can program them to brighten or dim depending on speed, or the same can be done as the natural light fades away.

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