The Garmin Varia RCT175 is available now for $400. For a lot of bikers there’s always some concern about a car hitting you from behind. That’s where Garmin’s rearview radars come into play, warning you that cars are approaching. Now Garmin is adding a video element to the equation with its new Varia RCT715 ($400), which has both a built-in tail light as well as a camera with 1080p capture capabilities.
The RCT715 is the third model in Garmin’s Varia line of cycling radars, which includes two models we reviewed a couple of years ago: The tail light equipped RTL515 ($200) and the radar-only RVR315 ($150) for those who already own a tail light.
All the rearview radar models are designed to be paired and send visual information to Garmin’s Edge cycling computers (and other bike computers from companies like Wahoo), Garmin’s smartwatches and smartphones using the Varia app for iOS or Android. Meanwhile, Garmin says the built-in camera on the RCT715 continuously records your surroundings and "provides video evidence of an incident," should you ever need it.
No, the RCT715 isn’t cheap at $400, but it should give you some additional peace of mind while riding and hopefully we’ll see some discounts on it that brings its price down a bit. Varia RCT715’s key specs, per Garmin
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, […]