Summary: I bought this for my husband. So far he says: *For the price you are getting an amazing set of tools that work great. Yeah it's older technology so the screen resolution is not as high as items currently on the market but really do you need that on a bike? *All the components work great and pulling that into their training software is useful. Programing workouts is something he's never been ale to do before and loves that. *His was a refurb and he said he'd never known.
Summary: I'm a mountain bike fan and enjoy riding using a GPS. I've had some other GPSs in the past but none of them have surpassed my expectations as the Garmin Edge 705 did. Easy to use, quick in calculating routes, very accurate. Bottomline, it's awesome.
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: The 705 with options has exceeded my expectations. It's changed the way I train. Coupled with Strava and rideswithgps sites and it's a very powerful tool. Suggest a 3rd party cover/protection or dummy cord system especially if you mtb in low light conditions (I find myself worried that it pops off the mount when I'm banging on rocks/obstacles).
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!
Device will not last long-term and support to correct isn't either
21 July 2012
Summary: Bought Edge 705 back in December of 2010. Great product initially, fun to use, a lot of data, great. I bought this device knowing there were (are) a lot of reviews that indicate the same fait my edge 705 experienced about two weeks ago. Many complaints about the device eventually getting very erratic in terms of data (Speed, milage, cadence, etc) to the point that you know it isn't working because you are going down a 15% grade on a carbon bike and the speed indicates...
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.
Summary: This thing is soooo bomb! I bought the 705(w/ HR and Cadence) to upgrade from my 305 (same extras) mostly because of the color display and ability to load a full blown Garmin Topo Map into it! Now, I have a bike GPS for my Road bike, Mtn. bike, and Indoor bike, as well as a hand held for hiking and off roading in the Sierras! I love this thing!