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Illuminate the road ahead.
Whether you ride in traffic regularly or your schedule occasionally forces you to log miles after the sun's gone down, you know it's important to see where you're going and stay visible on the roads in low-light conditions. Garmin's Varia Headlight offers the safety benefits you'd expect from a headlight, along with a few savvier features that you can take advantage of if you have compatible Garmin technology.
On its own, the headlight uses 600 lumens to light the way and keep you visible with a focused beam in three settings: high, low, or auto. High and low are self-explanatory to any bike light veteran, but when paired with Garmin's Edge 1000 computer, the head light's auto mode uses ANT+ connectivity to monitor speed and control the light beam accordingly. At higher speeds, it automatically projects the beam further ahead so you can see approaching obstacles from further out; at lower speeds, the light is kept closer to maximize the visibility of terrain immediately in front of your wheel.
The Varia headlight can also use an Edge 1000's light sensors to adjust brightness throughout your ride in response to changing light conditions. When paired with other Edge models, the light can be toggled on and off remotely. For times when you're riding truly in the dark, the headlight includes a high-beam cutoff to prevent the equivalent of you flashing your high beams at oncoming motorists and cyclists.
- A cycling headlight that adapts to changing conditions
- Adjusts beam when paired with a compatible head unit
- High-beam cutoff for courtesy to other road users
- Item #GRM004X
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I was a bit nervous about shelling out this kind of dough on a light, but I ride before work in the morning in the dark several times a week and a light is a big deal to me. I'm glad I sprung for it. First off, and this may seem like a small thing, it is nice not having another thing affixed to my bars. Just a quarter turn on the underside of the Garmin computer mount is all it take to pop this thing on and off for charging. You simply pop it on, hold down the button for a few seconds, and it pairs with your computer. It has a nice beam that not only shoots out ahead of you but nicely illuminates the area directly in front of your bike and to the sides a bit no matter what speed you are travelling. The speed sensing works really well, as it shines farther out ahead the faster one rides. It also keeps the light from shining into other folks' eyes, and when the sun starts coming up or you ride into a very well lit area, the light shifts automatically to a flashing mode for more visibility. It charges relatively quickly and hasn't given me any problems. The only negative is that it is a heavy little thing, but I don't think anyone is using a light when racing a crit or laying down a KOM effort. If nothing else, it will make you train harder!