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  1. #1
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    Garmin edge 810 - how good is the screen in daylight without backlight?

    i've got the 62s but since i've bought myself a Giant Defy 2 Composite - i'm becoming a bit of a weight weenie and counting grams for everything i'll be putting on the bike. The 62s is a truly great GPS but a touch on the heavy side compared to something like the Edge 810.

    Question: Just how clear is the Edge 810 mapping screen? What is the screen readability like in sunlight/outdoors with the back light totally off?

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    I've been pretty happy with mine for navigating self-supported races with upload gpx files, but the only other device I have used is an Edge 800.

    One of many reviews out there:
    Garmin Edge 810 In-Depth Review | DC Rainmaker

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    with backlight off, it is readable in direct sunlight. you will have problems in dappled/indirect sunlight with no backlight. I run my Oregon 450 on power save (so the screen goes off completely) but have the backlight set to come on at a low level when the screen is on. it helps with most issues I have. from what I can tell, the 810 screen is a little bit brighter than the Oregon 450's, but not a ton.

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    i weighed the 62s it's 170g without batteries - each eneloop battery is 26g. All together the 62s with 2 batteries is 222 grams. The Edge 810 is about 95g. So there is some weight savings with the Edge 810 but we're not talking about a huge amount. I've never liked the Edge series only because the batteries are not user-interchangeable. But then i now understand from the design point that these built-in batteries are probably lighter and thus allow the unit to be super light.

    But the Edge 810 looks so sleek on a road bike!! It really completes it - the 62s looks like a walkie talkie on the stem.

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