Hammerhead has just announced their Karoo 2 GPS bicycle computer, the followup to the Karoo. If the new unit continues along the path of refinement and high functionality that we’ve seen in the original, it will be a compelling navigation option for everything from daily rides to ultra-endurance races to far away trips (we miss those latter two).
Named after the semi-desert natural landscapes of South Africa that are the home territory of one of the company’s founders, the Karoo has one of the most sophisticated and friendly user-interfaces on the market with a razor sharp color screen and quick touch response. Maps render quickly and with incredible detail. And with a commitment to frequent software updates, Hammerhead has achieved a highly versatile computer for every kind of riding.
The original was notably larger and heavier than market competitors, so Hammerhead has made the Karoo 2 smaller and lighter to compete with offerings from the likes of Garmin. Riders also missed a speaker for audible turn-by-turn and other signaling directions, and Hammerhead has indicated that the Karoo 2 has added one.
The Karoo remains Joe Cruz’s favorite dedicated computer for gravel rides and dirt tours. He reports that the Android-based operating system and the smart design—button placement, tactile response in the rain, battery life—makes for the best user experience out there, and the Karoo 2 promises to capitalize on these.
We don’t have any firm details on pricing (the original was US$399) or exact release date but will keep you posted. Sign up for more information at Hammerhead’s announcement page.
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