I feel Hobbes makes some very good points in his last two messages. The only one I would question is the love/hate relationship, it certainly didn't apply to me. I didn't want to buy a new device and gave the Garmin every chance before I ditched it. I did full resets, a very, very careful set up with far more experience than when I first got it but with no success. Eventually I did another full factory reset, switched off every function bar navigation and recording. As I recall this worked but battery life was by now only 4.5 hours. Over something like 3+ years my experience with the Garmin was simply very poor. I'm not anti-Garmin per se as I have a Vivoactive HR which hasn't missed a beat in three years. It's simply their GPS units don't cut it for me.Understood, thx.
& I get this kind of thing can be almost a religious war - I'm happy to learn from other folks views.
For my part, I would broadly expect to do all the planning either on laptop at home, or perhaps on the hoof on my mobile - I don't really expect the 'bike-nav' to do too much more than keep me on route, & if I stray from it, re-route me as smartly as possible. I'd like a decent battery life (10+ 'real-world' hours).
Right now I *feel* like a Roam is leading the pack for *me*, & I have a feeling a dedicated device makes sense....
.... although I also wonder if there could just be a good phone app - with a USB battery, that could work too.
Wahoo though is simplicity itself and hasn't missed a beat either. My Elemnt has given me real world battery life since the last charge on Sunday of 11 hours 29 using record and navigation, I still have 17% left. I can squeeze more out by switching off at stops but usually forget!
I route using RWGPS on my laptop. I've never understood why one would need the GPS unit to route as well though I understand why on tour it could be useful. If needed a can route on the RWGPS mobile app and send it straight to the Wahoo.
The Elemnt doesn't re-route but has a flashing red light for ¹/4 mile after missing a turn. I reckon if I don't see this I deserve to get lost. The Garmin used to beep a couple of times and if it bothered to re- route generally did it badly.
I'm no evangelist for Wahoo but can say this. I'm delighted with mine, friends have thanked me for giving them the recommendation and everyone I ride with likes their Wahoo.