The Edge 500 has been used 3 days a week since the winter, and it has proven to be a pretty hardy GPS. It has been through snow and rain storms, bashed down rock gardens, and enough gnarly terrain to tucker me out, and it has run just fine. It has some great features and functions, such as Alerts and Auto settings, and 3 pages of customizable data. My favorite is the Start Notice, which beeps if you absently mindfully forget to start it. The combination of the SiRFstarIV GPS chip and the barometric altimeter, gave accurate readings, and data was well within tolerances. It’s nice to have the abilities to use the different ANT+ devices, but I personally only used the HRM. The new mount system is easy to install and swap between bikes, and it’s very strong (ran it with only one band). The long term issues I had were a slight crackly area on the bottom of the unit, and the small rubber USB port on the back was a pain to get seated properly.
I have really enjoyed the Edge 500, it has been durable, accurate, with excellent usability and intuitiveness, and has given me all the needed data I required for my bike rides. I never found the lack of mapping capabilities to be an issue.
- Customizable data: 3 data pages, up to 8 per page, 41 data fields
- Superb mounting system
- Compatible with heart rate monitor, cadence/speed sensor, and third-party power meters.
- Barometric altimeter
- Temperature monitor
- Start Notice and Auto Power Down
- Shiny screen (hard to view in the bright sun)
- No max altitude
- No true mapping capabilities
- Auto Pause needs a customized timer
- Back USB port cover tough to seat
Overall Rating: 4.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers
Edge 500 $249.99
Edge 500 $349.99 (w/ heart rate monitor and speed/cadence sensor)
GSC 10 $60