Good investment, reliable, does all I need it for.
3 weeks ago
Summary: Great cycling GPS. Does all I need it for and is pretty tough. Already had few crashes and the unit still performs as designed. Also comes a lot cheaper than the newer generation Garmin. Overall it was a good investment.
Summary: Love the Garmin 705. Picked up a refurbished one and it works excellent. Heart rate monitor and cadence sensor are more reliable than my previous cycle computer. The data uploads to Garmin Connect includes everything I need to know about my training rides. IMO i cant see what the newer models offer that makes it worth the additional cost.
Summary: I have had a Garmin Edge in the past. Several years ago when road cycling alot I had a 305 model. Liked it alot and would do way more features than I needed. So now that I got back into road cycling to compliment mtn. biking I looked to Garmin again for a bike computer. The 705 is the old model I know, but I found a new one for a decent price and opted to give it a try. Features very similar to my old 305 but with maps!
Summary: I guess I have to be the naysayer here. Be warned that the 705 is nearly useless without City Navigation. To me, that makes the price dishonest. It hardly knows about any roads without City Navigator, so Garmin should have automatically included it (the 705 is discontinued). City Navigation should perhaps be called Rural Navigation. I tried to let the 705 guide me from Manchester, CT to an address in Hartford, CT. It said calculating, 100%... and stuck there.
Summary: Excellent cycling GPS...Only thing missing is the Temperature. Has all the other features you could want. It's water resistant. If you have the que sheet for a future ride, you can map it out on Garmin Connect and send it to this GPS as a course and get turn by turn directions. With the HRM and Cadence sensor you can track your health and fitness to see how well you're progressing. Customizable display lets you see just what you want and you can skip the rest.
Has a few flaws but is still a great piece of equipment
6 January 2012
Summary: I could not give a 5 star rating because of a few draw backs. First the Garmin Edge 705 is a nice piece of equipment, does most things it is supposed to. I highly recommend this unit to anyone looking for a great bike computer. The draw backs that I have noticed thus far are; the screen is too small especially for those of us with aging eyes.