Garmin Varia RCT715 Update

The Garmin Varia RCT715 update adds a rear-facing camera, more robust mount, battery life, and an app. The app means the Varia is usable without a Garmin computer. That’s great news for cyclists considering adding a monitoring system to their bike and already have a computer. The Hammerhead Karoo is what David has been using.

We also reviewed the Varia when it first came out in 2016. Then again in 2021. Here are the features:

  • Built-in camera captures footage at up to 1080p/30 fps during a ride
  • If an incident is detected, video footage from before, during and after the event will automatically be saved.
  • Easily access video footage, transfer videos or customize camera settings, such as data overlays from the Varia app.
  • Visual and audible notifications warn of vehicles approaching from behind, up to 153 yards away.
  • The tail light can be seen up to a mile away, which can make it easier for drivers to see a cyclist before the radar sees the vehicle.
  • Compatible with a Garmin Edge® cycling computer, Garmin smartwatch, or the Varia smart device app.
  • Battery life: up to 4 hours of battery life with radar and tail light on solid high or night flash and up to 6 hours with radar and tail light on day flash – all with the camera continuously recording at 1080p.
  • Price: $399.99


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