See and Be Seen With Garmin’s Varia Light/Radar Combo

Garmin's Varia radar units warn you of vehicles approaching from the rear, with audio and visible cues on your GPS or smartphone.


By The Bicycling Editors |

Garmin’s Varia rearview radar adds a layer of protection to your on-road visibility, warning you of vehicles approaching from behind with visual and audio cues. It pairs with your Garmin Edge bike computer (and a number of non-Garmin units) or your compatible smartphone to alert you of vehicles approaching from behind up to 140 meters away.

The tail light on the Vaira RTL 515 option also brightens and changes flashing mode as vehicles get closer, warning drivers of your presence. Daylight visibility is more than a kilometre, and  the units fit virtually any bicycle, and recharges through USB for up to sixteen hours of continuous use – enough for even the longest adventure.

The Varia is available in two configurations, with identical radar features but differing in battery life, lighting and physical size. The 315 is the larger of the two, but still weighs in at just 70g (mounting hardware is around 35g for both) with a vertical profile that is not going to clip even the staunchest of glutes as you pedal. The newer 315 is sleeker, and dispenses with the tail light (most riders already have excellent daytime lighting, anyway) for a 51g fit-and-forget unit.

Varia RTL315 

  • Pairs seamlessly with your Edge bike computer and compatible smartphone as well as select Garmin wearables or the radar display unit
  • When used with your compatible smartphone, the Varia app provides graphics — plus tone and vibration alerts — to indicate approaching cars 
  • When used with a compatible smartphone, Varia radar integrates with third-party apps such as Ride with GPS to overlay your maps with rearview radar alerts
  • Compact vertical design mounts easily to most road-use bicycles
  • Battery life: up to 7 hours
  • R2 899

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Varia RLT515

See and be seen with Varia RTL515 rearview radar with tail light. It pairs with your Edge® bike computer, other Garmin device or compatible smartphone to alert you of vehicles approaching from behind up to 140 meters away. When used with your compatible smartphone, the Varia app helps increase your awareness with vibration alerts and more. With daylight visibility up to a kilometre and a half, motorists will be able to see you from a distance. The radar’s compact vertical design allows for device mounting on most road-use bicycles. And peloton mode provides a low-intensity flash that is kind to other riders’ eyes when riding in a group.

  • Pairs seamlessly with your Edge bike computer and compatible smartphone as well as select Garmin wearables or the radar display unit
  • When used with your compatible smartphone, the Varia app provides graphics — plus tone and vibration alerts — that indicate approaching cars 
  • When used with a compatible smartphone, Varia radar integrates with third-party apps such as Ride with GPS to overlay your maps with rearview radar alerts
  • Daylight visibility up to a kilometre and a half alerts motorists to your presence as soon as possible
  • Compact vertical design mounts easily to most road-use bicycles
  • Peloton mode provides a low-intensity light flash that is perfect for cycling in groups
  • Battery life: up to 16 hours in day flash mode, up to 6 hours in solid mode
  • R3 599

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