Is The Garmin Edge 530 Waterproof?

Yes, the Garmin Edge 530 is waterproof. The device is rated as IPX7, which means it has been tested for immersion in 1m of water for at least 30 minutes, and remains waterproof.

Given that no-one rides a bike with the handlebars submerged that far under water (well, mainly no-one), the Edge 530 can be classed as fully waterproof from a cycling perspective.

(And, for completeness, you don’t need to buy a separate waterproof case for the device).

Here is the evidence of my unscientific test:

Edge 530 IPX7 waterproof

And thankfully, here is the result:

Is the Garmin Edge 530 waterproof

And it still works afterwards (as it has been built to do):

Putting Edge 530 in water

The full spec sheet, including the waterproof rating, is on the Garmin website, and more details of the water ingress rating system can be found here.

Now you know it’s waterproof, the links are below in case you want to buy one.

Also, check out my post comparing the Edge 530 with the Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT.

Garmin Edge 530

High performance at a reasonable price. Sophisticated training and performance features. Good for trails and MTB. Not touchscreen. Complex at first but powerful when you get the hang of it.

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Here is the video of me dropping an Edge 530 in a glass of water:

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Monty is an enthusiastic road cyclist with only moderate talent. He started Sportive Cyclist in 2013 to record the journey to his first 100 mile ride, the RideLondon 100. Over time the blog has expanded to include training advice, gear reviews and road cycling tales, all from the perspective of a not-very-fit MAMIL. Since you're here, Monty would also like you to check out his YouTube channel. Also, Monty really needs to stop referring to himself in the third person.

1 thought on “Is The Garmin Edge 530 Waterproof?”

  1. I had an unfortunate incident recently, resulting in me and my Edge 530 going splash in the River Irwell while riding along the river bank. It took me five days to find my Garmin, which was in about 50cm of water.
    It looked OK, but I put it in a tub of moisture absorbing crystals overnight as a precaution.
    I plugged it in the following morning and it started charging. When it was charged up it located the satellites, connected to my phone and WiFi and uploaded my route (as far as the River Irwell). It still works perfectly so very impressed with the water proofing.
    I have now fitted the lanyard.


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