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Garmin Varia RVR315 Rearview Radar

GarminVaria RVR315 Rearview Radar(Return to Product Page)

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Review by FlashBazbo

Flawless performance. Great product!
by FlashBazbo
Cycling Enthusiast
Middle Tennessee
6 of 6 customers found this review helpful.

The RVR315 offers excellent situational awareness. It sees cars you can't see in a mirror - the one approaching from out of the sun or the second, third, fourth, etc. cars in line behind you. It tells you how many cars, how far back, and how fast they are approaching. It announces their presence once they approach within 150 yards. This radar helps you be more aware. And being more aware, you can be both more safe and more courteous to drivers. I won't ride without this pod. Never ever a false all clear. Occasionally, it will give you a false alert - either a BIG cyclist coming up behind you or a road sign oscillating in the wind. But false alerts aren't a big deal.

I previously used the Varia 510 radartaillight but, when riding alone, I always wanted a much brighter taillight than the Varia offers. (I have a Dinotte Quad Red that I use when I'm alone.) When this radar pod became available, I bought it the first day. Now, I get the benefits of Garmin's radar and the brightness of my Dinotte taillight at the same time. Best of both worlds.

Reviewed 5/22/2020
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Review by ART

by ART
Cycling Enthusiast


Reviewed 9/9/2022
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Review by Klaus Fuchs II

works better than reasonably expected
by Klaus Fuchs II
Cycling Enthusiast

Works surprisingly well. Maybe zero false negatives. A few false positives . Always links up to my Wahoo computer. I recommend you buy the model with light that has more battery life. This one can do 2 ea 3 hour rides on a charge and a few times i have ran dead. Normally get 6 second warning of a car on rural roads.

Helps me stay on drops and pushing myself while enjoying the smoother wheel rut on county roads.

Reviewed 8/2/2022
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Review by MikeO

Excellent Sensor
by MikeO
Cycling Enthusiast
Bend, Oregon

Works well paired with my Garmin Edge 130 Plus. Reliably shows vehicles (and bikes) coming up from behind. An audible alarm is sounded on my Edge when a vehicle comes into view. This is a worthwhile safety device that helps you to keep your eyes on the road rather than looking back behind you.

Reviewed 6/17/2022
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Review by RC

Works as advertised
by RC
Lancaster PA

The Unit was very easy to sync and get up running with my Element bolt. The display makes sense and is easy to understand. My only complaint is during busy sections of road or city travel, the constant beeping can get irritating. A muting function would give this item a five star rating.

Reviewed 5/26/2022
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Review by KCMO Commuter

Great Addition to our
by KCMO Commuter
Daily Commuter
Kansas City, MO

I bought this for my BF for his birthday and was greatly pleased AND surprised that I could also connect to this to watch traffic when we are on rides together. It really helps anticipate the cars coming up from behind much better!! An extra widget on your device allows you to even know the speed they're overtaking you by.

Reviewed 5/20/2022
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Review by Anonymous

by Anonymous
Visalia, CA

Bought the Garmin Varia to aid when riding. It works great with my Garmin 530. It's nice to know that car's are approaching from the rear before you can hear them. Great out in the country on the narrow roads giving you time to make decisions.

Reviewed 12/13/2021
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Review by Alfonso

Garmin radar detector is a game changer for bike safety, but I wished I knew about radar + flashing light model!
by Alfonso
Cycling Enthusiast
Rhode Island
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

Easy to install, pair to Garmin cyclocomputer. Beep clearly heard when vehicle approaches from behind @ 150 feet. Can easily follow vehicle getting closer as a while dot on right side of computer...turns green when vehicle safely passes. Will show multiple vehicles approaching...even noted a neighbor approaching stealthily on his E-Bike....

Reviewed 9/27/2021
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Review by bill

indispensable after using this product
by bill
Cycling Enthusiast
new york
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

This radar is great as it integrates well with the 1030 plus to show traffic closing in. the alerts are sufficiently loud to provide adequate warning and the view shows the closing rate. much better than a mirror alone

Reviewed 6/17/2021
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Review by Jack

Very helpful
by Jack

I ride on the streets with very little traffic but the cars still exceed the speed limit, this warns me when they are approaching , allows me to enjoy the ride and not worry about cars getting to me before I hear them

Reviewed 5/27/2021
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Review by Ed

Best safety addition yet
by Ed
Cycling Enthusiast
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

This is amazingly useful, it is so handy to know what is behind you and how fast it is approaching. One of the best bike accessory I've ever purchased.

Reviewed 9/10/2020
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Review by patricknd

Loving it !!!
by patricknd
Cycling Enthusiast
Houston Texas

Works great, with quiet vehicles I get an earlier warning than my ears can give me.

Reviewed 7/8/2022
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Review by Anonymous

Great safety product
by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
Tallahassee, FL

Product pairs with my Garmin watch and definitely aids in safety by presenting beep and visual on screen of approaching vehicles. Works well and is a definite must if road riding.

Reviewed 6/15/2022
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Review by Anonymous

A must for all cyclists
by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
Vancouver WA

100% reliable radar lets you know what's coming up behind you. Can't imagine riding without it now

Reviewed 6/6/2022
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Review by Anonymous

Works as advertised
by Anonymous
atlanta ga

Gives a warning of cars by sound and visual signals. Does not replace a mirror but is an additional safety measure. Easy to install and link to varia app on iPhone. Very satisfied

Reviewed 5/31/2022
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Review by Anonymous

Didn�t realize I needed Varia
by Anonymous

Varia has now become an essential part of my road riding experience. It�s like blindspot monitoring when driving in a car.

Reviewed 5/23/2022
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Review by Elk Commando

Eyes to the back.
by Elk Commando
Columbus, OH

Let's you know when cars are approaching and passing you from the rear. An awesome product for your safety!

Reviewed 2/15/2022
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Review by Jordan

Essential bike ride safety equipment
by Jordan
Cycling Enthusiast

One of my essential gear for road ride. The battery last a full day approx 11 hours of riding time. It automatically connected to my Garmin computer when I them turn on.

Reviewed 1/3/2022
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Review by Daniel Ballester

Safety First!
by Daniel Ballester
Cycling Enthusiast
Apopka, FL

If you value your life then this is invaluable. Sense of security is hard to put a price on but when it comes to Garmin you know your also getting quality stuff. What are you waiting for?

Reviewed 12/31/2021
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Review by sleeptein

Works as advertised
by sleeptein
Cycling Enthusiast
Portland, OR

Paired instantly with Edge 530. I find it very helpful on suburban streets with a lot of background noise and my 66 yo hearing loss. Shows the number of vehicles bearing down on you.

Reviewed 12/3/2021
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