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Old 12-27-2012, 05:07 PM   #108
chrish4ku
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Location: San Leandro, CA
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This is a great thread,
After using the 550 and now the Oregon 450T I agree 100% that we need something with a larger screen that is LIGHTWEIGHT, and just plain bullet proof. I had a 376 on my Boat and should have kept it for the bike.


My recent testing.....East of 395.

450t
Nice package, maps are great, storage too. But - No freaking WAY I can truly navigate with this thing in real time in the desert. Screen size is too small. As stated in a prior post, works great when you slow down or stop to check your location, and I love using it on the boat and the XR with different SD cards. I even created a "track" whilst kayaking down the Russian river!!

Not so good in daylight for me...but is a great backup and batteries last all day no problemo.



550
Easier to read but whereas I like to buck myself off the BRP the actual weight of the unit can break or bend the RAM mount in a high stress situation. Unit has been bullet proof though, but the maps are not as good as the newer topo versions and track storage can be limited. I'll keep this one as my primary until the next best thing comes along - I'd petition Garmin any day to bring back the 376 in a thinner and more "offroad" version.

OK, but can be bulky whilst in the whoops....still hard to read at higher speeds.



wish list for Garmin.

Larger screen
Thin
Shockproof, waterproof
Self Adjusting screen brightness
10-15 hour battery life
Custom Audible notifications via BT "Off route" or "missed turn" or "turn right in 100 feet"
... and or BT MP3
Basic buttons on left (zoom, map views, etc.)



Keep it up!
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