Navigating the expo area at Sea Otter practically takes a GPS unit with the large number of vendors that setup every year. Hence, I wandered into the Garmin booth and got an update on a couple of Edge GPS units – the 605 and 705 – from Brandi.
Both the 605 and 705 Edge models automatically record your ride and measures your speed, distance, time, and calories burned. The Virtual Partner® feature lets you race a virtual competitor over a specified distance and speed.
The cool new feature for the hardcore trainers and riders who like closely monitor their progress is the ability of the 705 to interface with ANT + Sport™-enabled third-party power meters along with the navigation features of the Edge 605. The 705 allows you to track your heart rate, cadence, power, climb and descent when interfaced with the right power meter. The 605 has limited amount of memory, but the 705 can store up to 50 routes.
With a combination of all these features built into a single unit, recording your rides can provide you with a lot of data. Data which can be used to improve your fitness, be shared with others, and add a little fun to your routine training rides.