(Featured image credit: DC Rainmaker)
It’s the device I’ve been waiting YEARS for somebody (read: Garmin) to release! An all-in-one rear facing camera, light and radar unit. Previously if you wanted a single device, you’ve been limited to either a “light + radar” or a “light + camera” option (essentially, the previous generation VARIA Radar or the Cycliq Fly6 Camera). The new Garmin VARIA Radar RCT715 has been floating around under “non disclosure” for a little while now, but has finally gone public. All the usual trusted cycling internet reviewers released their thoughts in unison over the last 24 hours.
So how did the new VARIA RCT715 fare? As Shane Miller (GPLama) said; “It’s complicated…”
It looks like the unit will most certainly do the job, but is far from perfect and of course not cheap. Some of the number plate ID tests that Shane Miller posted in the above video were quite hit and miss. I really, really, wanted this to be perfect. Perhaps I was asking too much for a “first generation” product. Hopefully with future firmware updates Garmin can iron out some of these early niggles.
I haven’t been able to get my hands on one pre-release, so I’m tempted to jump in and order (especially as my Cycliq Fly6 has died) but I might wait a couple of months for some actual customer reviews to filter through first. Perhaps I should wait for a few rounds of Garmin firmware updates too, or even hold out a year or so for the “Mk II” version?
What do you think of the new Garmin VARIA RCT715 combo?