The concept of power measured through the pedal was a real "aha" moment for almost all cyclists. Here at Glory we were excited and even elated by the prospect when if first surfaced but it's been three years of ideas and no delivery. Officially the wait is over Garmin are ready to deliver the Vector and we are confident it's the one we have been waiting for.
Vector measures power with strain gauges in the axle of both pedals, the left pedal tells the right what just happened and the right transmits using Ant+ to your computer. It's beautiful because you can see more advanced metrics like left right balance, total power and cadence very accurately and these are actual measurements not estimates.
Easy to switch between bikes, installing the Vector pedal requires no calibration and Garmin has gone to great lengths to create video's that go over ever detail of install, upgrade etc.
The pedals are made by Exustar and are essentially Look Keo's - look around and you will see Exustar have been making pedals for a long time and we expect the pedal it'self to be a stellar performer. For the Speedplay user who is reluctant to switch to another format we expect you might enjoy the larger smoother bearings, walk ability and ease of clipping in and out.
Included for the price is the pair of power pedals, power pod, battery and one pair of 6 deg cleats.
Reports total power (watts), left/right power balance (%), and cadence (rpm)
Compatible with ANT+ head units (sold separately) such as Edge 810/800, Edge 510/500, Edge 705, and Forerunner 910XT/310XT
Accuracy: +-2% - One of the things that held back development of the power pedal was temperature variance. the Vector has temperature gauges in the pedals that account for this. Amazing the detail in such a small package.
Weight 175g per pedal (pedal, pedal pod and battery) which is a lot less than other options, considering it's 350g less your existing pedals the Vector hardly presents a weight penalty.
Availability and Price Not at time of writing but first units are expected September 13 at $1699. We are taking pre-orders (charged when shipped) See here
Review We don't plan a review of the Garmin Vector because it's been done in such a way by DCrainmaker that we don't think anything more should be said. Read that here
Promo video from Garmin and a link to the Garmin channel for the Vector. Seems there is a lot of good intel here.