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Garmin Varia RTL515 Radar With Tail Light
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Garmin Varia RTL515 Radar With Tail Light
Garmin Varia RTL515 Radar With Tail Light
Garmin Varia RTL515 Radar With Tail Light
Garmin Varia RTL515 Radar With Tail Light
Garmin Varia RTL515 Radar With Tail Light
Garmin Varia RTL515 Radar With Tail Light
Garmin Varia RTL515 Radar With Tail Light
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Varia RTL515 Radar With Tail Light

See and be seen with Garmin Varia™ RTL515 rearview radar with tail light. It pairs with your Edge™ bike computer, other Garmin device or compatible smartphone to alert you of vehicles approaching from behind up to 153 yards (140 meters) away.

When used with your compatible smartphone, the Varia™ app helps increase your awareness with vibration alerts and more. With daylight visibility up to 1 mile, motorists will be able to see you from a distance. The radar's compact vertical design allows for device mounting on most road-use bicycles. And peloton mode provides a low-intensity flash that is kind to other riders' eyes when riding in a group.

Features:

  • Rearview radar with tail light provides awareness of vehicles approaching from behind up to 153 yards (140 meters) away
  • Pairs seamlessly with your Edge™ bike computer and compatible smartphone as well as select Garmin wearables or the radar display unit
  • When used with your compatible smartphone, the Varia™ app provides graphics — plus tone and vibration alerts — that indicate approaching cars
  • When used with a compatible smartphone, Varia™ radar integrates with third-party apps such as Ride with GPS to overlay your maps with rearview radar alerts
  • Daylight visibility up to 1 mile alerts motorists to your presence as soon as possible
  • Compact vertical design mounts easily to most road-use bicycles
  • Peloton mode provides a low-intensity light flash that is perfect for cycling in groups
  • Battery life: up to 16 hours in day flash mode, up to 6 hours in solid mode
  • Included: RTL515, mounting hardware, USB cable, documentation
  • B-Stock - This product has one or more B-Stock units available. These units can be purchased at a discount (see option select). B-Stock units were returned from other customers and may have missing or damaged packaging materials. These units are otherwise as new. The full manufacturer warranty applies. Click Here for more information.

    * Due to limited availability of this product, we are limiting the quantity per customer to 2 units to allow more of our customers to purchase this product. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

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    Mfg PartNum: 010-02376-00 

     

    Light Type: Rechargeable 

     

    Max. Runtime: 16 hours (day flash) / 6 hours (solid mode) 

    Mfg Warranty: 12 Mo. Parts & Labor

    Warranty URL: https://www.garmin.com/en-US/legal/consumer-limited-warranty/

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    Game Changer - Almost perfect
    by Anonymous
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Altanta
    8 of 12 customers found this review helpful.

    Safety on the road has always been a concern. As a result I often am twisting my neck to see if there are cars behind. This is especially true when I ride 2 abreast with a friend (I choose to change to single file if I know a car is behind). Yes I have tried every mirror option available (helmet, bike handlebars, etc...) none of them consistently gave me the confidence that I knew what was behind me.

    But the Vario does what it says. An audible as well as visual warning, well before I can hear a car coming. It was 100% accurate-I was quite impressed. What happens when 1 car passes you? Well, the noise of the 1st car makes it impossible to be certain if there is another car or now, so you have to turn your neck, which invariably means you sway a bit (even if just a little) in your lane. The Vario addresses this too. The red warning lights stay on if there is a 2nd or 3rd car until all cars have passed-genius.

    I am a Wahoo user and it paired just fine with my Elemnt Bolt, full functionality.

    Why almost perfect? One of my concerns is the poor driver who may drift out of their lane and hit me (much more of a problem with Cell Phones). My preference would be to have a camera that would show me that a car was getting dangerously close so I could head to the ditch and have some control of the outcome. Radar can't do that. So it is not all I could want but it is a massive improvement.

    Had I realized how well it works I would have bought it sooner. Game changer!

    Reviewed 5/26/2020
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    It actually works
    by Go dog go
    hell road east

    Up to 5 cars displayed each look like a lady bug crawling up the side of display . Typically picks a car up at 6 seconds back and triggers a beep on rural roads . Battery life is 2 ea 50 mile rides but should be longer . Weight and aero drag are minimal .

    Reviewed 5/15/2022
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    Nice Safety Addition
    by Anonymous
    Competitive Racer
    Portland, OR

    Purchased for a planned cross country trip. I am hearing impaired and I wanted something that would help identified vehicles approaching from the rear on open roads with no shoulders in windy or noisy environments. I now have ~ 1000 miles of use on it riding solo and in a group over the past month. Works great and does exactly what I had hoped. It gives you ~ 5-7 seconds of notification when vehicles are approaching @ 50-60 mph. This is more than enough time to make any necessary adjustments to your riding. My only gripe is the Garmin Edge 1030 audible alarm isn't loud enough for me to hear (common complaint). However, using the Varia App I am able to hear the phone audio alarm (volume controllable) and feel it vibrate in my Jersey pocket. I would recommend this product for anyone who wants to be aware of vehicles approaching from behind. On a side note. It would be kind of cool if the App or your control unit kept track of the total number of vehicles that passed you. Seems like it would be easy to write the code for an easy software upgrade.

    Reviewed 5/17/2024
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    Garmin predictable life expectancy
    by Anonymous
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Modesto, Ca

    My third Varia taillight, the 510 lost ability to hold a charge for a whole ride, the replacement 515 went 4 years and began acting like it wasn�t charged when it was. The new one works perfectly as expected, I�ll figure 4 years from this one as well. As far as the Varia radar taillight I really can�t imagine anyone riding road without one. A basic requirement for safety.

    Reviewed 5/16/2024
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    Total gamechanger for safety
    by CYinPA
    Competitive Racer
    PA
    2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

    I got this when I saw a sale pop up. I needed a new blinky for my bikes and was toying with a cheapo radar model, but this was reasonable with the sale.

    So as a light, it's great. Very bright, has different modes like they all do, etc. All of the boxes are ticked there.

    The radar component is a gamechanger. You don't realize how much goes on behind you, and this thing lets you know how many cars are coming, which is a great feature. Knowing one is pretty good, but however it figures out that there are 3 or 4 coming, awesome data to have.

    One thing you probably never thought of is using it in a time trial race. If you want to hug the yellow line and corner faster, you can drift over and take better lines because you know the road is clear (take a quick peak just to be sure).

    The one hiccup I've found is if a car is going the same speed as you. The car seemingly turns off, but it didn't, it's just not registering with the radar. You'll either get no dot back, or it'll keep coming and going and drive you nuts. So, like previous paragraph, you still have to check, you can't just rely on the beeps and dots.

    Battery life seems fine, never had an issue, I do wish it had a USB-C rather than the silly Micro-USB plug. I've also had it hit with spray from my back tire in many rain storms and it is still going strong.

    Easy to pair with your head unit too. No issues.

    If you have more than one bike, find some mounts so you can share it around, I tried going without it, and it just feels wrong.

    Reviewed 1/16/2024
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    Excellent safety upgrade
    by IQ
    Little Beirut, Cascadia

    My PDW asteroid taillight finally gave up the ghost so I decided to upgrade to the Garmin radar & taillight and I couldn�t be happier.

    Love the integration with my wahoo bolt roam, super easy to set up, has a great range for detecting cars, and the lights are bright and visible day or night.

    As I�m sure others have noted, it only detects traffic closing with a speed differential so if a car is matching your speed, it can disappear from the display. This isn�t really a problem, as you shouldn�t be relying solely on the radar to tell you what�s around.

    Where it really shines is on solo rides on backroads where it will detect a car coming well before you�d be able to hear it.

    Overall it�s well worth the money and I wish I had picked one up sooner.

    Reviewed 4/18/2024
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    Invaluable
    by Germanrazor
    Cycling Enthusiast
    NC

    Ok......been using this product for quite some time so I feel my review is accurate. The visibility of the light itself is awesome and cagers should easily see you. The light patterns you are sure to find one that suits your need. The ability to sync to your Garmin or even other cycling computer and control is a plus. Battery life depending on light mode is good. If you are doing a several hour ride just make sure you select longest light mode and have light freshly charged. The radar works great in my findings and on long unobstructed straights you get several hundred feet of advanced warning. You can also get the widget for,your Garmin computer to allow you to see the total vehicle count that passes you and the distance back as they close in on you. The sturdiness of the product and water resistance is very good. As my title states......an invaluable piece of cycling hardware!

    Reviewed 4/11/2024
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    Worth it, now won't ride without, but...
    by Eric
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Hood River, OR

    Occasional software issue--1/10 rides-- where audible car alert will not work on iphone 11 used as a control device through the Garmin app. The visual alert has never filed to work. This seems to happen once charge on the radar is at 40% or less. Annoying, and Garmin tech support is not particularly responsive, nor do they follow up.

    That said, it's an amazing device, which detects cars flawlessly and I can't imagine road riding without anymore.

    Reviewed 3/21/2024
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    Eyes in back of your head.
    by tpalfini
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Redding CA

    I have had the Varia for a couple of years. The light works fine and the radar works great with my Garmin 1030. The best/safest solution is to use the Varia with a bike mirror: one warns you to watch and by watching you can take evasive action if needed. If I were just starting out riding on the roads I would pair the Varia RTL515 to my phone and use a mirror while riding.

    My son says this is all rationalization for buying the Varia RTL515 because riding on the road is crazy and to think my 73 yr old "catlike" reflexes will save me from being hit is a fantasy. But hey, I am a believer.

    Reviewed 2/9/2024
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    Great radar
    by Anonymous
    delray beach, fl

    Love this light. Dead on accurate too. Synched up perfectly to my Wahoo meter.

    Reviewed 5/2/2024
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    Who would't want one.
    by Lake Swimmer
    Competitive Racer
    Pa

    I suffer from double vision and struggle to look behind me to the left. That's not good for me or those I need to alert to "CAR BACK". The Garmin radar works really well. It even alerts you to multiple vehicle approaching. The only problem I have is that the red alert is not very bright when wearing sun glasses and the audible alert ought to be louder.

    Reviewed 4/6/2024
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    Great Safety Measure
    by george c.
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Martha''s Vineyard, MA
    2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

    I've been riding for over 15 years on the same, primarily rural roads and know the traffic. However, in the last year, I added a mirror, which is suitable for looking behind but wasn't convenient. I purchased the Garmin Varia RTL51 5 Rear Radar on sale, and using it in conjunction with the mirror has brought back a comfort level to riding on the roads again. The Varia alerts me to an approaching vehicle (or vehicles), which I can check in the mirror, and then alerts me when traffic has cleared - good for multiple vehicles, especially trucks with trailers. I find the combination of radar and mirror immensely helpful and reassuring in providing another layer of safety on the road.

    Reviewed 1/1/2024
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    Yep, it's the real deal
    by JeremyBonks
    Competitive Racer
    Portland, OR
    1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

    I'd been leery of the price yet consistently blown away by the positive comments on the Varia and finally ordered it a few months back. The positivity is 100% warranted. I've used it in the dark, in the day and during large group rides and have found all the modes pretty fantastic. It may be a placebo effect but I feel like cars give me a wider berth since I've been using it, too. The best part is that you can relax and enjoy the quiet roads even more, knowing you're free and clear. About the same time you can hear tires behind you, the Varia detects the car coming and you can move over.

    Reviewed 12/27/2023
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    I won�t ride without it.
    by Bent2
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Reno

    I bought one early on and have been using it continuously until just recently after surviving multiple drops from my recumbent bike bag while cruising over bumps at 20+ mph, I dropped in onto my concrete garage floor and it became unreliable. I nursed it until my new one arrived, and ordered a backup just in case. BTW, I got one for my wife�s recumbent Catrike too. The Garmin picks up cars just after I can see them in my mirror. So, if I have not seen by the time it beeps, it�s time to react to the car. It keeps me warned on expressways and multilane residential streets of high speed vehicles.

    Reviewed 12/7/2023
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    Excellent product for every road
    by Ben in Tacoma
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Tacoma WA
    1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

    The Garmin Varia RTL515 has improved my overall feeling of safety on the road ever since I turned it on. It has a very bright light that is easily seen by motorists. The radar is great at picking up traffic coming up from behind and it will notify you on your had unit and start blinking to make motorists aware of your position. I would 100% buy this product again based on how helpful it is in ensuring safety.

    Reviewed 5/9/2022
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    THE must-have accessory
    by Anonymous
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Northern Indiana

    After initially scoffing at the idea of the Varia radar as being yet another piece of electronics for the bike I finally grew tired of cars sneaking up on me and with a 25% discount from WesterBikeWorks finally pulled the trigger. I was an idiot for not buying it sooner. That's no joke. It's great getting alerted to approaching cars particularly on windy days where I can't readily hear them. I have the single radar paired to both my Garmin as well as my wife's so when we ride together we can both take advantage of it. The light is bright and very difficult to miss (and blinding on group rides when people don't set it to a lower intensity). The only negatives I've found is the included universal mount is so-so on my round seat post and will be replaced by the Garmin clasp type mount in the future. The other negative is you can't use it while charging, meaning on a long ride you need to be conscious of which light mode you're using so you don't run out of battery.

    Reviewed 11/13/2023
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    Will not ride with out it!
    by Dbikera
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Portsmouth, NH
    1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

    Always thought my hearing was good enough to hear traffic coming up from behind me. It took only one ride with the Varia to appreciate the benefit of having radar. Let's me know traffic is approaching before it can be heard. Also shows when multiple vehicles are approaching. It easily paired with my Garmin 530. Had my wife drive up behind me while I was riding and she noted the high visibility of the light. Definitely an essential part of my riding gear to be used on every ride.

    Reviewed 10/16/2023
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    Safety first
    by stupech
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Delray Beach, Florida

    Bought the Varia RTL515 for my son, after first having experience with the 715 that has the rear view incident camera, on my bike. The camera on the 715 adds bulk and weight, and is only really useful to have video evidence if you happen to get hit from behind. The best thing about either light is the alert to your computer that there are cars or other bikes gaining on you from the rear. Saves your neck from having to check back as frequently, especially on aerobars. You get the alert on your computer much sooner than you would generally see the vehicles otherwise. Only reason I gave the 515 four stars instead of 5, is because my son ( who lives in another state, Oregon) reports that on his older Garmin computer, the alert is just an orange bar plus audio, whereas on mine I also see dots for each vehicle, as well as their relative distance from each other and me. I don't know if his just isn't synced correctly, if the radar on the 515 doesn't relay this info, or if it's just because his compatible Garmin computer is older, and just unable to show the approaching dots. But I know he likes it, as I do. If it's an issue with his computer, he can upgrade it, because the added safety feature is worth it.

    Reviewed 10/17/2023
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    It's like the blind spot warning light on your car's side view mirror
    by jessesmash
    Competitive Racer
    San Diego

    Did you live without it before? Could you drive without one now? Yes of course, but it's REALLY nice not having to crane your neck around to confirm no one's there. Same thing with this radar. Drivers are increasingly distracted so on the road, I like having a tail light. I also like bombing descents as fast as possible, and taking the lane makes that easier. Having a quick glance at my head unit confirm there's no cars behind makes bombing descents that much more enjoyable.

    Reviewed 10/13/2023
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    Simple and straightforward. Like having eyes on the back of your head!
    by Erik S
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Roseburg, OR

    I waited until after all my riding partners had a Varia to get on one for myself. I wish I'd gotten it sooner! All those years I spent trying in vain to use a mirror connected to my glasses! The Varia integrates seamlessly with my Hammerhead Karoo 2 computer which detects it the same way it would a HRM or cadence sensor. When a vehicle approaches from behind, a vertical band appears on the left of the Karoo that tells me how many vehicles and if a car is coming REALLY fast, it flashes a red alert. It also picks up other cyclists if they are "closing" on me to help me be aware and avoid crashes. The mount it comes with is adequate, but if you're gonna use it on more than one bike, I would recommend separate mounts for each bicycle as it isn't easy to put on or remove the mount. Oh, and I've used a taillight for a long time so having the functionality in this unit is also a big plus and the fact that it shines more brightly when cars are approaching is pretty neat!

    Reviewed 10/13/2023
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