What they say: Ride stronger, smarter, connected with the Vector 3 pedal-based power meter. As you strive to beat your personal best, Vector 3 has the sensors housed right in the pedals, so it delivers reliable, accurate data on every session.
What we say: There aren’t many companies with the know-how to create both the hardware and software necessary to make a pedal-based power meter work. Yet Garmin took on that very challenge and gave us the Vector.
Now in its third commercial iteration, it’s been refined into a very tidy package with all the electronics and even the batteries tucked away in the body of the unit – no small task. With two LR44 batteries per pedal, Garmin claims a run time of up to 120 hours between changes and now that everything is mounted in the pedal, it’s just a matter of undoing the outer cover and switching them out.
Unlike others, the body of the pedal looks relatively standard and continues to use the Exustar, Look look-a-like system, that is both well-liked and respected by riders. Transmitting both BLE Bluetooth and ANT+ means they’ll work with all common head units and PC software.
Again, Garmin has worked to improve the user experience with accuracy upgraded to plus or minus 1% of actual. It’s worth noting, however, that you’ll need to manually zero the system once the pedals are at ambient riding temperature as it’s not automatic.
Conclusion: Evolution now means greater performance and maximum Garmin integration.