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Old 03-21-2013, 08:28 AM   #1
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276C vs Montana

I have had a 276C for a long time (maybe 7 or 8 years). I got it refurbished about a year ago and have only use it a few times since then. since then I also picked up a 950 SE that came with a 176 and touratech mount.

I also recently switched over from MapSource to Basecamp. As I am starting to look at a mount for the 276C for the 950 and learning to use basecamp, I'm wondering if I should just sell my 276C and move to the montana (found a good deal on one) and learn to use basecamp and the montana at the same time... and pick up a mount for the montana instead of the 276C...

anyone come from a 276c and move to the montana? wish they had done it sooner or could go back? I would be using it on my 950 as well as on a 450 XC that's plated but see's 90% off road use. would probably use it some in the car as well (the 276C rocks for that use).

anyway just curious to hear what the inmates think???
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:40 AM   #2
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Speedy, this might be a good thread to check out. - http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=790308

I've seen lots of people that have went from the 276c to the Montana and loved it and others that have come back and said it wasn't for them.
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:12 AM   #3
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thanks BL. I'm going to sell the 176 and mounts/cables and see what that brings in and maybe try to end up with both for a while so i can "compare".

saw you might be riding sunday but I think I have plans or I'd be joining you! one of these days I'll get in a journey southward. lol.
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:02 PM   #4
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I'm curious about the Montana myself. I actually think it would replace my 60csx which I honestly only use to record tracks since it dumps them on the SD card. I hate navigating by it, unless I just have to. I'm just not sure I want to have a full touch screen GPS. Guess it just comes down to how well it actually works for you.

I'm still pretty attached to my 276c/376c/478 GPS's. I've got 4 of them now. Maybe I should sell one and buy the Montana.
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:20 AM   #5
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I've had a 276C for a long time but got a Montana about a year ago. I haven't used the 276C since. That said, I often think about selling it since I never use it but just haven't been able to make that final decision...
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:18 AM   #6
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Not positive without it in front of me, but I think the 176 touratech mount can be modded to fit the 276.
Someone on here did that a few years back.
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:32 AM   #7
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A lot of guys I ride with switched from the 276 to the Montana and seem happy.

I switched from a 60 CX and am pretty pleased. The Montana screen is easier to see over a broad range of lighting conditions. And it is really nice not having to worry about track size limits. Plus the 60 was getting a bit unreliable.

The custom map feature of the Montana has been useful at times. One guy I ride with seems to only use custom maps - normally Benchmark maps.

Just got back from 3 days of rough riding in Moab and the Montana did great.
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Old 03-27-2013, 04:38 PM   #8
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I've never ridden with a GPS, I usually just use basic directions written on a 3x5 card clipped to the windshield.
The Montana has intrigued me. Do y'all think it'd serve me well as My First GPS (Fisher Price doesn't have one yet)?

I ride ~95% street (the other 5% being gravel parking lots and doing donuts in Effervescent's yard).
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:39 AM   #9
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I am a big GPS user. But I ride mostly dirt in remote areas. I really like mapping and using the GPS.

But if you are getting along fine without one, you probably don't need one unless you are looking for a new hobby.

The Montana is expensive and there is a big learning curve to use the unit and the supporting trip planning software.

I have lots of friends who have bought GPS units and don't use them because they are just not into that sort of thing.
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