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Geocaching Ireland • Garmin Edge 705
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Garmin Edge 705

Posted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 10:32 am
by CluelessTwo
I have a friend who is a keen cyclist and also does a bit of caching. He asked me if the Garmin edge 705 would be a good purchase for him.
Does anyone have any experience using the unit? Is it suitable for caching ie can you download cache info clues etc?

Thanks in advance.

Re: Garmin Edge 705

Posted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 5:51 pm
by medic143
Have a colleague using an earlier model. Said it was accurate but that the compass is based on movement to a set of coors rather than magnetic. Serious drawback for a hand held.

Unless he needs the bike specific functions of the 705 or likes the size, he could go with an Oregon, + bike mount + cadence sensor and heart monitor etc.

Re: Garmin Edge 705

Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 2:42 am
by TXLiz

Re: Garmin Edge 705

Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:13 am
by Spark_ie
The Edge doesn't support paperless caching, so to look for cache's he'll have to input the coords specifically and get it to then route to the co-ords.

Unless he's one of those bike nuts who has carbon fibre everything to shave weight off his bike (but then has an extra 10kg around his waist), and will want a dinky 705 on his 'dash', then an Oregon on the handlebars will be perfect - Especially given that the Oregon will do all this bike things (Cadence, distance travelled, altitude gained, time moving, time stopped, distance to next etc), plus it'll allow him to Geocache paperless-ly (and hike etc if he's into that?)

The one thing the Oregon won't do, and from what I've heard the Edge doesn't do well anyway, is to calculate Calories burned.

Even with my dodgy Colorado on my bike for the last 2/3 years it's been perfect - And I've used it on a number of multi-day cycling trips (plus training cycles too)

Re: Garmin Edge 705

Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 2:46 pm
by daraconn
medic143 wrote:Have a colleague using an earlier model. Said it was accurate but that the compass is based on movement to a set of coors rather than magnetic. Serious drawback for a hand held.
I disagree that it's a serious drawback. I use a 60CSx which is an excellent handheld receiver and has a built-in digital compass. But the compass never points in the right direction - I can't be bothered to calibrate it because the calibration is not very persistent so I would have to calibrate it every time I use it. I prefer to set the compass settings with a strong preference for "motion" rather than "compass" (i.e. to remain at "motion" even at low speeds and even if I've stopped for a while). This gives me extremely accurate direction-finding as I am walking towards the cache, then when I arrive within a few metres I can put down the receiver and search. I never find myself in a situation where I feel magnetic direction-finding would be helpful.

Re: Garmin Edge 705

Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:49 pm
by klossner
I have a 60CSx that I use extensively on my bike, and my wife has an Oregon. I would recommend the new Garmin 62 over the Oregon because you can read the screen without turning on the backlight. And, while you're peddling, it's easier to punch the hard buttons than it is to touch the correct spot on the screen. The compass has three axes instead of two so its performance should be better, but I haven't tried it myself.

Re: Garmin Edge 705

Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:31 pm
by CluelessTwo
Thanks for all the replies, I will pass on all the comments...and any extra if theres anymore to add.

Re: Garmin Edge 705

Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:25 am
by barraseaclaid
just on this i picked up an oregon this week fir 99 euro in aldi as a back up to my current gpsr but for the life of me still can't figure out where the usb thing is on it cant even load a pq on there...anyone any suggestions....heres a picture of the unit


http://aldi.ie/ie/media/offers/01_11_we ... _Wk346.jpg

Re: Garmin Edge 705

Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:54 am
by Blue Jay
barraseaclaid wrote:just on this i picked up an oregon this week fir 99 euro in aldi as a back up to my current gpsr but for the life of me still can't figure out where the usb thing is on it cant even load a pq on there...anyone any suggestions....heres a picture of the unit


http://aldi.ie/ie/media/offers/01_11_we ... _Wk346.jpg
=D> =D> =D>

Re: Garmin Edge 705

Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:15 am
by Hezekiah
barraseaclaid wrote:just on this i picked up an oregon this week fir 99 euro in aldi as a back up to my current gpsr but for the life of me still can't figure out where the usb thing is on it cant even load a pq on there...anyone any suggestions....heres a picture of the unit


http://aldi.ie/ie/media/offers/01_11_we ... _Wk346.jpg
Cutting edge technology, anyone? :lol:

Re: Garmin Edge 705

Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 11:52 am
by Spark_ie
Hezekiah wrote:
Cutting edge technology, anyone? :lol:
=D> =D> =D> :lol:

Re: Garmin Edge 705

Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 4:46 pm
by klossner
I just bought a new bicycle for my adult daughter. She wanted a GPS on the handlebar for the maps so she won't get lost. (She has no interest in geocaching.) As it happens, the Oregon 450 is on sale at the local store this week for $US 250, so I bought her that and the City Navigator maps.

Re: Garmin Edge 705

Posted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 8:19 am
by Serapis
barraseaclaid wrote:just on this i picked up an oregon this week fir 99 euro in aldi as a back up to my current gpsr but for the life of me still can't figure out where the usb thing is on it cant even load a pq on there...anyone any suggestions....heres a picture of the unit


http://aldi.ie/ie/media/offers/01_11_we ... _Wk346.jpg


#-o Barry, the USB is at the back to the left of the spark plug. Just be careful when plugging, the chain tends to jump slightly, possibly cutting the USB cable if in the way.....

Re: Garmin Edge 705

Posted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:08 pm
by MunsterFan
Just the job for forest caches, cuts a straight line between you and the GZ :lol: