Garmin Edge 205 GPS Review

4.43 out of 5
By Jeff Barber    on Mar 12, 2007

By Jeff Barber    on Oct 3, 2007

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January 7, 2012
Pros: Easy to set up with maps downloaded from Single Traks, thank goodness because I was lost.

Cons: Takes a while to "figure out" , also, no possibility of downloading maps from Garmin, etc.

June 20, 2009
Pros: I like all the info it can give you. easy to use and set up.

Cons: takes a little while to sync with satelites.

Recommendation: I bought this used for $70 and it was well worth it. much more info than a bike computer, much better to ttrack data for training, mapping trails, exporing, etc.

November 17, 2008
Pros: I agree with Trek7k......Compact size, easy to configure and use, great reception even in dense tree cover, good software included, rechargeable batteries, rugged.

Cons: Does not have the extras that is available with the Garmin 305, but besides that, none at all.

Recommendation: Great all around GPS unit for bicycling or MTB'ing.

October 29, 2007
Pros: Easy to use, altimeter, accuracy, coolness factor

Cons: The altimeter is kind of sketchy in the forest, no elevation profile (available in 305)

Recommendation: What a great little toy! I love this thing. It works as advertised and gives data geeks a bunch of new stats to play with. There is no on-the-fly elevation profile, but you can get that afterwards by uploading to GPS software. Also, the navigation map hasn't really done anything for me yet, but I'm still learning. I love the gobs of info you can put on the two screens though. The Google maps that you can generate from come in handy too. I haven't used a few of the features on the unit, like loading maps or Virtual Partner, but I plan on trying those out real soon. It's a great inexpensive (relatively) bike computer.

April 20, 2007
Pros: If you like to look at numbers, this is for you. I don't train for specific events, but if I did this might be indispensable. But I love to come home and look at my data. With a account (free or premium) you can really look at data. Also can export to Google Earth (very cool)

Cons: Have had some issues with having to update software to get it to work right. You have to update software on the unit itself and on your computer. A little bit of a pain to use on a Mac, but you can do it.

Recommendation: Overall good. If you like gadgets, this is a good one.

April 12, 2007
Pros: I love the elevation chart. I always knew how much each climb was, but I never knew how much up and down I did. Saving previous rides and then racing against them later is an awesome feature,

Cons: So far so good.

March 12, 2007
Pros: Compact size, easy to configure and use, great reception even in dense tree cover, good software included, rechargeable batteries, rugged.

Cons: No elevation profile view, cumbersome waypoint addition proces, no GPX export option

Recommendation: This is the fourth GPS unit I've tested on my mountain bike and it's easily the best. Garmin thought about almost everything though I think I'll upgrade to the 305 to get even more features. You can read a more detailed review on our blog: Garmin Edge 205 review

Garmin Edge 205 4.43 out of 5 based on 7 ratings. 7 user reviews.