I've been using an old Garmin Quest for some time and whilst it's proved to be fantastically reliable I'm starting to come up against some of its limitations so I'm looking for a replacement.
Problem is, seems that a number of the newer models don't seem to have the one feature I love; the compass mode for routes.
On the quest I can upload a (limited size) route with invisible via points and just have the Quest showing me a compass bearing for each via point in the route. This works perfectly at speed as I don't have to concentrate on the screen and find myself wrapped around a tree. As best I can see, the Edge 500 has nothing like this, with only a small breadcrumb trail to follow and an indication of where you are on that breadcrumb trail (below). Though I might be wrong.
The Edge 205 / 305 seem to have it, but they have a similar limitation in track points making them unsuitable (I recently couldn't follow a route on the Quest because simplifying it ended up mangling it so badly that it was no longer accurate enough to use). The Edge 800 does seem to, though it's probably more than I would want to spend.
I think the Edge 605 / 705 has it but I'm not entirely sure, nor do I know the limitation on points for that model.
Anyone got any suggestions? Maybe going for a non cycling model would be best? In case people are not sure what I mean, here's an image of the compass screen I use on the Quest when navigating a route:
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