It’s amazingly easy (as seen in detail in my video above), and really just so much more efficient than manually trying to do it via long addresses on a Garmin Edge unit.
You can slide through and pick most of the majors I’ve seen on other units, though I didn’t take a complete inventory of every data field since it’s still early beta.
You can setup multiple bike/activity profiles (which in this case was utilized for multiple demo users), allowing you to save those data field configurations in the same way you would on a Garmin Edge device.
When you first pick up the Karoo (pronounced ka as in ‘Cut’ and then ‘roo’, like Kangaroo), it’ll sorta feel like a plump Edge 820. Nothing wrong with that per se, as it’s still shorter than an Edge 1000 would be. Karoo is named after the desert in South Africa where the founders grew up riding bikes.
Its current weight is 168g, though that may decrease between now and production. On the bottom, they’ve gone with a quarter-turn mount that’s compatible with any Garmin Edge series mount out there.
The end-state goal here is like most other bike computers in that you can route wherever you’d like, be it from saved files (i.e.
GPX/FIT) or platforms (Strava/Map My Ride/Trail Forks)…but also just by tapping where you want to go on the screen.You’ll start off at the dashboard, which allows you to enter different functions – such as configuring sensors, navigating somewhere, or general riding.Note that some of the Android button layouts appear within my photos (triangle/circle/square), since this development unit hasn’t had those hidden/disabled yet.If you’re looking for the quick and dirty overview of the Karoo, dive into my hands-on video below, which covers all the basics of using the system from setting up sensors to configuring data pages and routing.Though, the video does lack a proper intro, as there was a disconnect between my brain and the recording button on my camera. With that, let’s dive into the tech details within the textual landscape of this post…You Tube be damned!You’ll notice within that data is the elevation profile as well, which is automatically generated on the fly – pretty cool.