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Old 04-19-2013, 12:41 AM   #1
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Best Off Road GPS & Why

G`day All,
Im looking at getting a GPS unit that clips onto my handle bars. Just after some info on the best suited units & maps for riding Cairns & Cape area. $ isn't really a worry just after a good quality unit.
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Old 04-19-2013, 12:45 AM   #2
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I like this unit. Simple , robust and small enough to be able to survive crashes and brush/bushes knocking it off the bars. I can see the screen well enough. It runs map, SD card option, easy to work out how it works after a while.
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Old 04-19-2013, 01:22 AM   #3
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I have been using a Garmin Colorado for a few years with great success. I have the Memory Map Topos for NSW on the laptop and can plot a track on the 1:25000 topos and then download to the gps and use this as a navigation route. I believe the new Montana 650 is a good unit and a lot newer than my Colorado.
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G`day All,
Im looking at getting a GPS unit that clips onto my handle bars. Just after some info on the best suited units & maps for riding Cairns & Cape area. $ isn't really a worry just after a good quality unit.
Cheers Simon.
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Old 04-19-2013, 01:39 AM   #4
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A lot of our regular group of riders use Garmin 60CSX` as well as 62S`.
Awsome units, reliable relatively cheap and easy to use on the trail
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Old 04-19-2013, 01:59 AM   #5
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If you want to try exploring some of the old ( dissused) trails up the cape, try and track down an old magellan explorist xl with the original software (? Mapsource?)

If there used to be 2 wheel marks anywhere in australa, they are on the map. It tells you where you are when you're lost, doesn't do autotracking and sometimes those 2 wheel ruts will be so overgrown you'll wish you don't have the gps....but there is some amazing riding up there which nobody knows about anylonger......
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Old 04-19-2013, 02:37 AM   #6
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I have a garmin 60scx with shonky maps, never a problem even had good maps loaded for Lao and it was brilliant. When this one finally dies I'll up to 62s or whatever replaces that.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:00 AM   #7
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Can anyone tell me what are the benefits of running a Garmin 6xx compared with running one of the Garmin road going GPSes?

As far as I am aware, the same maps are available on all Garmin units so what are some of the other features/functions which prove useful?
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:24 AM   #8
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Not sure all Garmins will take decent topos. I have a Nuvi in the car and that is where it can stay. I have tried loading routes from mapping software without success.
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Can anyone tell me what are the benefits of running a Garmin 6xx compared with running one of the Garmin road going GPSes?

As far as I am aware, the same maps are available on all Garmin units so what are some of the other features/functions which prove useful?
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:47 AM   #9
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I'm in love with the Garmin Montana.

BIG touch screen with big buttons for making easy on the fly adjustments with gloves (or if you're just a little special like me). Mahoosive screen shows lots o map.

But by FAR the biggest pro is the power cradle. Proper pin contacts, no more shitty USB cables vibrating or rusting to death, which has killed 3 different GPS's on my 950.

Also seriously rugged unit. Not that I tested this by riding off the ferry in Tangier and bouncing it down the dock at 60kph. Not that you could tell now either.

Also, uses fancypants LCD screen technology to use sunlight to illuminate the display, so if you dont have the power cradel, battery lasts for yonks.

She's a bit bulky, but thats the price for durability and the big screen.

Get em on ebay for around the $350 mark these days.
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Can anyone tell me what are the benefits of running a Garmin 6xx compared with running one of the Garmin road going GPSes?

As far as I am aware, the same maps are available on all Garmin units so what are some of the other features/functions which prove useful?

You can't do routing, tracks and waypoints on the car ones.
They also are not water/dustproof an shake to bits on bikes.
Other than that, they're fine
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:24 AM   #11
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You can't do routing, tracks and waypoints on the car ones.
They also are not water/dustproof an shake to bits on bikes.
Other than that, they're fine
Not sure I agree, but I would like to be convinced. I used a Nuvi310 to navigate lots of dirt/water tracks through Asia (using basic world maps) without shaking itself to bits. I agree the 6 year old 310 has limited tracking/waypoints/routing but it lasted me 5 years before I drowned it on Cape York in 2011 (P.S. it still works after surviving the OTT).

By comparison, my new $119 5" screen 1450 has a lot more functionality including better routing, tracking and waypoints - only feature I would really like that is missing is breadcrumbing. Combined with shonky maps it is gives me pretty much everything I need with the side benefit of a decent size screen - bigger than a Montana at a fifth of the price.
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:25 AM   #12
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Be careful with those Garmins.

Decide on the map you want. Topo or whatever, then choose a unit that can use it. The topo database does routes. I've got an old Oregon model which is weatherproof. You can use Basecamp for planning on the computer at home but I find paper maps laid out on the table far better/faster and less bullshit.

The Johnny Appleseed website isnt a bad place to start looking/comparing.

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Old 04-19-2013, 03:05 PM   #13
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You want waterproof on the bike. Unless you don't ride in the rain nor fall in creeks, nor get splashed in them either. Car ones are not waterproof...

The garmin 62 uses a mini usb connector for power.. not good on the bike. The 60 was much better that way . Rather than the 62 some go with the 7x model. And some go with the montana for the bigger screen.
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:41 PM   #14
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Yeh right there with best oil and tires!

There are several variables to "best" price, size, & features.

Current preference by the masses are 78 & Montana with price the main diference. Save money with 76Cx or even 60Cx if you can find one.
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Not sure I agree, but I would like to be convinced. I used a Nuvi310 to navigate lots of dirt/water tracks through Asia (using basic world maps) without shaking itself to bits. I agree the 6 year old 310 has limited tracking/waypoints/routing but it lasted me 5 years before I drowned it on Cape York in 2011 (P.S. it still works after surviving the OTT).

By comparison, my new $119 5" screen 1450 has a lot more functionality including better routing, tracking and waypoints - only feature I would really like that is missing is breadcrumbing. Combined with shonky maps it is gives me pretty much everything I need with the side benefit of a decent size screen - bigger than a Montana at a fifth of the price.
so it doesnt have a trip log?Thats what its called on my 2350,you can download the archived tracks named by date and time.I was thinking of a 1490
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