Iï¿½ve been using Di2 shifters to control my Garmin 520 and thought Iï¿½d grab this to have similar functionality with my CX & mountain bikes.
With Di2 you can set separate functions for click, double click, and hold and you have options to control lights as well as the Garmin. This doesnï¿½t assign double click actions and youï¿½re pretty limited to what it can do. If all three buttons were programmable Iï¿½d give it 5 stars.
For my needs this is great though. Makes marking laps during a cx race or crit simple. Iï¿½m sure Iï¿½ll love it in winter when I can change pages while wearing heavy gloves or mittens.
I have had the Garmin remote for almost two years now and I am very happy that I bought it. I have paired it with my Edge 1000 and it is a very stable connection. I have multiple devices connected to my Edge (independent speedcadence sensors and this remote while running live track), I think that it is a must have on those long climbs where you are ascending in 8% or steeper while both hands firmly on the bars. I have a few data screens that I page through on these long climbs. It is also safer when traveling at high speeds and you need both hands on the bar. It is also more precise when paging as compared to the swiping on the screen of the Edge does not always equate to the same number of pages change on the Edge, however the input from the remote is very accurate in the number of pages changed.
I would buy it again if it ever fails.
So I have the Garmin 1030 and my friend has the 1000 and we're out climbing hills. I'm trying to swipe to my hill climbing page and struggling a little bit. My friend is just smiling at me. So I say, What? He tells me and shows me his little Garmin Edge Remote. So I'm sold and I get one and it's awesome. It's like one of those things you don't need, but once you have it you will never go back. It's kind of like tube shifters and break shifters, sure tube shifters will work, but why, if you can have break shifters. So I put my Garmin Edge Remote on the side of my break-handle where it's easy to reach and operator while riding. Simply click it to change the screen, which is much easier than swiping.
I use the remote with my Garmin Edge 820. I enjoy the ability to change data screens without removing my hands from the handlebar. The remote also allows me to startstop rides, start a lap, and to do all without putting streaks or smudges on the face of the 820. That's almost impossible to avoid with sweaty fingers when changing screens by swiping across the face of the 820. Streaks and smudges make it more difficult to read the screen. You can see my 315 video on YouTube on mounting on my road bike and screen response. Be sure to read my follow-up comments on the video. I recommend the remote and would buy it again.
It took about four attempts to get it paired with my 820, despite doing the exact same thing each time. Once it did pair, it works perfectly and makes for safer & more convenient riding by not having to take hand off the hoods to switch screens.
I really like the ability to change pages and startstop the timer from the drops but I think its priced high for what it is. Start getting the high tech stuff and its just one of those extras to complete the package. I mounted mine inboard on right hood and its easy to reach from drops but will see. should be a part of the Garmin Bundle on the applicable GPS units
I purchased this to use with my Garmin Edge 1000 computer . . . I have to say, it works as expected. I'm told that its only a matter of time before Garmin provides coding to Shimano to make the button live found on the hood of the Shimano Di2 hoods - this would eliminate the need for this little gem. For now, I'm a happy user of the Garmin Edge Remote. I'm easily able to scroll through my Garmin Edge 1000 screens without taking my hands off the handlebars. The Edge Remote even features a customizable button!!!!
I have had nothing but trouble with this remote. It does not work for the most part. I paired it with my Edge 810 that is up to date on updates. It works as designed with no other devices paired.
However, when I get to the bike and ready to ride, I have three more devices paired - Garmin 2S pedal, heart rate sensor, and Garmin Connect on my cell phone for LiveTrack. The Edge remote will not remain paired. I have disabledenabled and no luck. When it is not working, it gives a ID of 65535. I sent Garmin a support question and their reply was essentially it should work if paired. They also stated that the 65535 ID is invalid. No kidding! So what is the problem? Is it a defective unit?
Until I get this resolved, I cannot recommend this unit to pair with a Garmin 810 computer.