Garmin Varia UT800 Smart Headlight Review

To start off this review I must say that I’ve had at least 3 years of use so far. When I first ordered the Garmin Varia UT800 Headlight, my goal was to have a nice light for my helmet that would assist with looking around with better night visibility while riding my bike in the dark. My bike rides would tend to start about 2-3am and I’d be finishing up about 10am or later, so I had a lot of time in the dark in need of working lights.

Now I use this as a helmet light, I also have 2 other mounted headlights for my bike so I never had to run the Garmin Varia UT800 headlight on its full power for long periods of time. My first couple of trips I was very let down on the length of time the battery would last, 30 minutes of use was an average time that it would last and to date if I’m lucky it’ll last for 45 minutes and that’s not a very long time given it’s smart ability to do absolutely nothing. The Garmin Varia UT800 will not even connect with Garmin Express for anytime of updates, it’s just crap. I love Garmin products but this is for sure the worst one that I’ve had. I would not recommend the Garmin Varia UT800 Headlight to anyone, I personally wouldn’t get rid of mine to anyone as I wouldn’t want the next person to experience it.

I contacted Garmin a few times over the first year of using it and yes I still use it but I also have a backup light on my helmet too. Now given I ride in the dark pitch black in some areas so I use a lot of lights. The average light that I have makes it 1.5-3 hours before I have to put it on charge and let another one run. I truly hope that Garmin comes up with a better and more realizable Garmin Varia UT800. This light may work in brighter areas where it doesn’t have to come on as often or be on as long, but in my situation it’s not a tool worth having in the gear list.

Rating: 0.5 out of 5.

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