Is the Bryton 50 any good?

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Is the Bryton 50 any good?

Postby Alex_Bath1598 » Mon Nov 26, 2012 15:37 pm

I'm looking to get a GPS and came across the Bryton 50. I've looked on the web and it has both negative and positive reviews. I understand that this is a new company, so the software should improve over time. Does anyone own one of these and think that it's worth having?

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Re: Is the Bryton 50 any good?

Postby keef66 » Mon Nov 26, 2012 16:36 pm

Current Cycling + mag gives it the thumbs up. No personal experience.

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Re: Is the Bryton 50 any good?

Postby LiamW » Mon Nov 26, 2012 16:51 pm

A friend of mine got one, he ended up sending it back. I'll save a few extra £££ and get a garmin if it were me.
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Re: Is the Bryton 50 any good?

Postby Reane_Machine » Mon Nov 26, 2012 20:18 pm

Bryton have got a tough job on their hands, entering into competition with Garmin.

The few I've looked into getting always seem to be trumped by Garmin, although the Brytons are cheaper but I suppose it depends if you think it's worth the compromise.
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Re: Is the Bryton 50 any good?

Postby Rolf F » Mon Nov 26, 2012 20:22 pm

The 50 is pretty good but not as neat a package as the 800 (but then it is a lot cheaper!). Bryton are releasing a new mapping unit next year which will target the 800 but in the meantime the 50 does quite well.

It depends on how you look at it - you can get a Bryton 40 and a 50 for the price of an 800 - that's a far more sensible way to spend money if you think about it! I wouldn't want a 50 to be my only GPS device (simply because it is too bulky - as is the 800 albeit less so) but for the rare occasions when I need proper mapping it does very well. 95% of the time the neater, smaller 40 does all I want it to - it's an alternative to the Garmin 500 but much more nicely packaged. Having two units gives you useful backup.

As for the 50 itself. On full brightness mine seems not to last as long as I'd like and the mount is at one end of the unit meaning it wobbles a bit on the bars - not a lot but I'd prefer it not to. It's an older design so more an equivalent to the pre 800 Garmins but then that does mean they seem to be rather more reliable than the 800s.

The software has improved a great deal over time. I think the Bryton website is probably more basic than the Garmin one but it's fine for me and there's always Strava if you want a more complicated life.
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Re: Is the Bryton 50 any good?

Postby jagx400 » Mon Nov 26, 2012 20:26 pm

I've got one and it is brilliant, I have loads of routes loaded into it, and followed them easily. The information it gives is tenfold over Garmin 500 I had. Well pleased, will be doing some sportives soon with the help of the Bryton.

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Re: Is the Bryton 50 any good?

Postby Reane_Machine » Mon Nov 26, 2012 20:27 pm

Rolf F wrote: there's always Strava if you want a more complicated life.


You mean if you want loads of conflicting data? :lol:
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Re: Is the Bryton 50 any good?

Postby jagx400 » Mon Nov 26, 2012 20:32 pm

jagx400 wrote:I've got one and it is brilliant, I have loads of routes loaded into it, and followed them easily. The information it gives is tenfold over Garmin 500 I had. Well pleased, will be doing some sportives soon with the help of the Bryton.


Meant the information uploaded from the unit to the website is more comprehensive than that of the garmin unit.

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Re: Is the Bryton 50 any good?

Postby Luv2ride » Mon Nov 26, 2012 23:15 pm

I have one too. Very pleased with mine, everything has worked fine straight out of the box. Also now using a Motorola ANT+ combined speed and cadence sensor with it (evans were doing them for 25 quid so much cheaper than either the Bryton or Garmin equivalent) and it syncs every time with no drama or fuss. This means I get accurate mileage and speed, HR, cadence and mapping all for much less than a Garmin. If you create your own routes and use waypoints at junctions it also gives an audible warning when you are coming up to a turn which I find really helpful.
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