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Garmin Varia RTL515 Radar With Tail Light Garmin Varia RTL515 Radar With Taillight
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Varia RTL515 Radar With Tail Light

See and be seen with Garmin Varia™ RTL515 rearview radar with tail light. It pairs with your Edge™ bike computer, other Garmin device or compatible smartphone to alert you of vehicles approaching from behind up to 153 yards (140 meters) away.

When used with your compatible smartphone, the Varia™ app helps increase your awareness with vibration alerts and more. With daylight visibility up to 1 mile, motorists will be able to see you from a distance. The radar's compact vertical design allows for device mounting on most road-use bicycles. And peloton mode provides a low-intensity flash that is kind to other riders' eyes when riding in a group.

Features:

  • Rearview radar with tail light provides awareness of vehicles approaching from behind up to 153 yards (140 meters) away
  • Pairs seamlessly with your Edge™ bike computer and compatible smartphone as well as select Garmin wearables or the radar display unit
  • When used with your compatible smartphone, the Varia™ app provides graphics — plus tone and vibration alerts — that indicate approaching cars
  • When used with a compatible smartphone, Varia™ radar integrates with third-party apps such as Ride with GPS to overlay your maps with rearview radar alerts
  • Daylight visibility up to 1 mile alerts motorists to your presence as soon as possible
  • Compact vertical design mounts easily to most road-use bicycles
  • Peloton mode provides a low-intensity light flash that is perfect for cycling in groups
  • Battery life: up to 16 hours in day flash mode, up to 6 hours in solid mode
  • Included: RTL515, mounting hardware, USB cable, documentation
  • B-Stock - This product has one or more B-Stock units available. These units can be purchased at a discount (see option select). B-Stock units were returned from other customers and may have missing or damaged packaging materials. These units are otherwise as new. The full manufacturer warranty applies. Click Here for more information.

    Light Type: Rechargeable 

    Mfg PartNum: 010-02376-00 

    Max. Runtime: 16 hours (day flash) / 6 hours (solid mode) 

    Mfg Warranty: 12 Mo. Parts & Labor

    Warranty URL: https://www.garmin.com/en-US/legal/consumer-limited-warranty/

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    Reviewed 1/30/2023
    by Rainman737
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Camarillo, Ca
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    Great Safety Addition to My Bike

    This is a great safety add to my bike. It has never failed me. I ride in hilly, rural farm areas and I am sometimes surprised by cars showing up behind me. This radar made that a thing of the past. The integration with the Garmin 1030 plus is nice. It stays in a low power mode but when an alert appears it goes to high flash. It is a tad overweight and needs USB-C like all other Garmin products otherwise it is an excellent light and warning system. I would definitely recommend it if you are thinking about getting one. BTD had a great sale so I could not resist.

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    Reviewed 5/9/2022
    by Ben in Tacoma
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Tacoma WA
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    1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
    Excellent product for every road

    The Garmin Varia RTL515 has improved my overall feeling of safety on the road ever since I turned it on. It has a very bright light that is easily seen by motorists. The radar is great at picking up traffic coming up from behind and it will notify you on your had unit and start blinking to make motorists aware of your position. I would 100% buy this product again based on how helpful it is in ensuring safety.

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    Reviewed 1/12/2023
    by Gordo1
    Competitive Racer
    Florida
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    Essenstial Safety Device

    This is my second Varia. First unit's mounting 'ears' broke after several years of use. To me, the Varia has become as essential as wearing a helmet. It's worth every bit of the purchase price!

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    Reviewed 9/12/2022
    by Anonymous
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    Great product , must have in urban and city rides

    If you�re looking for more safety and want to know what�s coming behind you this is the product you should have attached to your bike. It definitely sees everything that�s coming towards you and gives a warning you do need a garmin computer for it to work properly.

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    Reviewed 8/5/2022
    by MSPBiker
    Daily Commuter
    Saint Paul, MN
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    Worthwhile safety feature

    You'll need a bike computer or Garmin watch, but assuming you have one (or both), this is a very worthwhile piece of safety equipment. It's quite reliable and easily understood. It pairs with your computer like any other sensor. I used to rely on listening for cars and looking over my shoulder before moving out into a lane. I still do both, but there are many times when I hear nothing and the Vario beeps to let me know someone is there.

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    Reviewed 8/5/2022
    by Alex
    Boston, MA
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    Works great, wish the mounting system was better

    I've had one of these for over a year and put it through some cold temps. Battery life has been great so far, as advertised even down into the upper 30's. The system itself can track multiple cars and has a nice beep warning when they are coming up on you. In an urban area, this can be pretty often, but it keeps you from veering into a car you wouldn't have seen otherwise.

    It only comes with a mount to attach to a seat post, so cannot mount to a bag without some modifications. I poked a couple holes into my bag to get the screws in an it works great. Only other downside is no strap like the GPS's have to catch the unit if it falls off, so far it has not fallen off.

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    Reviewed 5/24/2022
    by USA1169
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Hood River, Oregon
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    1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
    Essential kit in rural areas, I now feel naked without it!

    Four years ago I got the RTL510 version of this (no bluetooth) and paired it with a Wahoo Bolt. That combo has been the single best bit of kit that I have added in ten years. If you ride in urban areas I would probably skip it as the radar will go off constantly, but in suburban and rural areas it is absolutely worth every penny. My first unit worked perfectly, the only reason I upgraded tp the RTL 515 is that after about fifteen thousand miles the battery life degraded from just over four hours to just over three (with the light on solid... if you use the flasher it has much longer life). Just finishing a month in France riding almost every day and the newer RTL 515 has been every bit as solid, with battery life exceeding 4.5 hours on solid. The few times I have gone out without it I feel naked. This from a guy that never used a tail light because it seemed like just one more think to complicate my life.

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    Reviewed 4/4/2022
    by GR
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Crescent City, CA
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    An extra measure for safety while riding.

    This device makes a wonderful addition to my cycling experience. I get notified as traffic approaches and how many vehicles there are within 253 feet behind me. I can see the speed of their approach and I am notified when all is clear. Also, the light flashes more intensely and quickly while traffic is approaching and so it provides better information to the drivers behind me about my presence. The only downside experience I had was a with the Garmin 830 controlling the light, type of flash and turning it off. Now, I could intervene on the head unit and reselect the flash type I wanted, but turning the Varia off that became a problem, surprisingly. It turns off the light when the Varia is switched off but leaves the Varia's Bluetooth on which runs down the battery. I did find the command in the settings to turn this feature off which works better for me.

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    Reviewed 9/30/2022
    by Anonymous
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    1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
    Don't leave home without it!!

    Purchased for both bikes! Works as advertised. Keeps me alert on ALL cars coming up from behind. I find it very beneficial when riding on narrow roads or when I ride close to the road's edge. Only false positive is running parallel to the freeway.

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    Reviewed 3/10/2022
    by Tom
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Santa Cruz, CA
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    2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
    All the other reviews are true!

    All the reviews raving about how good this product is are true. I feel naked riding along a public road without this gadget. Now with that said, in true Garmin fashion it is grossly overpriced for what it is, but I think as a safety device it still delivers enough value to be a good buy. Just don't pay full price for one.

    Battery life has been fine for me as long as I remember to charge it every couple of rides. (I ride almost every day)

    The mount is crap. Buy a proper seat mount and you will be much happier and your device will be much more secure. I strongly recommend the BUP Labs mounts. They are excellent.

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    Reviewed 2/6/2022
    by Gary
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Palm Desert
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    2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
    Great Item fffor on coming traffic cofirmation

    I just came back from a 3.5 hour ride. The radar worked great and helps on the left turns.

    I have a back neck therefore my neck twisting is limited. This is an added safety feature for me along with a good rear view mirror.

    The drawback is that I only had a 3% charge left in my edge 520 when I got home.

    A longer ride and it may stop functioning due to the edge battery being drained.

    My back up is the "Ride with GPS" app on my phone

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    Reviewed 1/31/2022
    by Anonymous
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Santa Cruz, CA
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    Really Really Useful. Better than I had hoped

    Adequate as a tail light goes, but there are brighter out there for that. However the radar integration with the Edge is really first rate. My one gripe, and it is only one, is that i wish there were a quick easy way to temporarily mute alerts for a short period time. Think "Mute for 5min" or "mute for 1/2mile" kind of thing. Riding along frontages that parallel a highway is maddening with the alerts, but on the country roads this is really a terrific gadget. I don't think it will still a car from hitting me, but it will sure help me avoid pulling out in front of one accidentally.

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    Reviewed 9/1/2022
    by Bill
    Oxford, Georgia
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    Gives some peace of mind

    I ride mostly rural roads and use a small mirror but have cars still surprise me occasionally. Having this effective warning really gives me more confidence to enjoy my rides and feel a little safer. I recommend it highly.

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    Reviewed 1/14/2022
    by Anonymous
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Austin, TX
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    Worth it to have better situational awareness on the road. And the light is nice and bright as well

    I ride about 150 miles per week on mixed city and country roads. The varia really helps prevent surprises when you can't hear cars behind you. A friend of mine is looking to replace his old RTL 500 with the new 515, just because the light is so much better.

    The only negatives have to do with battery life. By default it is set up in daylight-always-on mode which only gets you 5-6 hours of runtime. The configuration setting are more complex than they should be, but you can eventually get it to a flashing mode where it is only active when the ride timer is running. That should get 10-12 hours.

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    Reviewed 12/15/2021
    by Pai2ul
    San Jose, CA
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    2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
    Improves awareness!

    Using it with a Garmin 530 and paired to my iPhone running the Varia app. I ride with one bluetooth earbud to hear directions and alerts, the variations app relays all the visualization with tones so I don't need to look at the screen.

    Used it in a group ride scenario on quiet and busy roads and it works really well, only alerts to other cyclists when the speed differential is large.

    It definitely builds my awareness of the surrounding road users.

    I docked it one star for the seat post attachment, the rubber band has worked for me in the past for things like cadence and shell sensors, but using it for something that is removed all the time to charge is not very viable in the long term. Fortunately there are plenty of places offering 3d prints of replacement mounts now and will give on a try.

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    Reviewed 8/16/2022
    by Anonymous
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    Very bright

    Alerts �texters� way out, the radar option is ok and gives approx 5� warning so it keeps surprises to a minimum

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    Reviewed 8/8/2022
    by Brian
    Mill Creek, WA
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    Must Have

    This radar with the tail light is a must have for anyone who rides on any roads. The tail light is great for getting the attention of the cars coming your way and the radar helps the rider know when a car is coming. I had the radar only version previously with a separate tail light but the integration of them in one unit is much better. All I can say is, this thing works and works very well!!!

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    Reviewed 11/19/2021
    by michael
    Competitive Racer
    Portland, OR
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    1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
    Gives you peace of mind and changes your perceptions of what roads you think are busy

    The first thing I noticed was the underlying nagging anxiety you have about approaching cars on challenging roads goes away pretty quickly. You may find yourself using the better pavement parts of the road instead of the gravel strewn shoulder. You still should always check behind you.

    Next I noticed that some of the roads I used to ride white knuckled really only had very few cars per mile and it's changed my ideas of what roads I'm more willing to ride.

    Double edged sword of constantly reminding you there are cars behind you on busy roads.

    The mount is kinda slick but I don't like that it's held on by a glorified rubber band, you can double them up or buy the fixed mount, but the fixed mount rubbed my legs.

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    Reviewed 8/4/2022
    by Garp
    Cycling Enthusiast
    Denver
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    I wouldn't ride without it....

    I rode with the original and now I got this one. Both are great but the new one won't fit the short seat post on one of my bikes, so I use both. I wish there was a camera that would display at the bottom of my Garmin but this is close enough.

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    Reviewed 9/13/2021
    by Jim
    Pennsylvania
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    1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
    Nice rear light

    The Varia RTL515 is a nice rear light, extremely bright with different blinking modes. Works well with my Garmin EDGE device. Easy to set up with the EDGE device. I would have given 5 stars but the alert sound is at a frequency and volume I cannot hear with no way to increase volume. It doesn't give any feedback on whether it is on or off either when to turn it on or off. You have to guess whether you held the button down 1 and 1/2 seconds to turn it on, or 2 and 1/2 seconds to turn it off.

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