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Caribou Sandstorm
08-07-2008, 11:20 AM
I am thinking of getting a Garmin type GPS for the car. I went to do a trail last weekend and got totally lost.

I hear you guys asking if anyone has GPSd a specific trail.

Can anyone give me reccomendations on which GPS is better, etc..

Hayes
08-07-2008, 06:54 PM
is this for roads? or trails?

Mendocino
08-07-2008, 07:17 PM
Chris,

In general any commercial GPS receiver will suit your needs from a reception standpoint. Having an external antenna can be helpful, but is really not necessary. I think what you really need to investigate is how accurate is the mapping that comes with it and/or can be added to the unit via a topo program on a PC, or even via wireless. You also need to make sure that you can effectively navigate the user interface.

I happen to have an older Garmin Street Pilot, which I have outgrown. Some of the others may have more specific recommendations.

If you would like very detailed technical information on GPS I can help with that too.:D

Cheers,

Jeff (GPS Superfreak)

Caribou Sandstorm
08-07-2008, 09:54 PM
Thanks Jeff!

I am leaning toward the Kenwood DNX7120 indash. It palys Dvds, Garmin runs it's Nav, Blue tooth, Ipod, lots of ports 7" screen, back up mirror, XM, HD etc... all for $859.00

I will check but I want to be able to do what I think I have heard you guys talk about, loading in trails?

corsair23
08-07-2008, 11:39 PM
I will check but I want to be able to do what I think I have heard you guys talk about, loading in trails?

Exactly :thumb:

I bought a cheapy (Loox something or other) off Woot one night just to dip my foot into GPS and see what I really want/need. One definitive is the ability to map trails, export trail maps, import trail maps, etc.

I must say though this cheapy little unit I have showed us on the Engineer Pass trail all the way to Animas Forks as well as on Yakee Boy Basin last week. I think if I ever get serious about it I might look into what I believe Romer did/has and buy a PDA w/ GPS mapping software. I have an old color Palm PDA so maybe I'll look into what might be available for it.

Lots of good information over on MUD from what I remember in like the Expedition section or something like that.

powderpig
08-08-2008, 07:00 AM
Costco a few months back has the newer street pilot 7200 on sale for 480 or so(i would have to look for a price). I got it and I like it alot. I love the touch screen interface. I will be loading Garmin's backcountry software in it to help with the FS roads and such. It has the interface with computers through Mapsource, can make track logs and save way points. A real cool machine. Now I recently have seen on line a smaller touch screen GPS unit called the Oregon. I will be looking at this for a smaller version If I need one.
When we can afford it, I will be getting a indash one for the 4runner. I believe that the Navtec maps are the most accurate out there(based on my research, correct me if I am wrong). This is the maps that garmin use. Thanks for pointing me to Kenwood as I want the Navtec maps and Garmin software(anyone know other compaines that use garmin software).
Good luck on your search Chris.

RockRunner
08-08-2008, 11:02 AM
I have the Garmin 60CSX and it is great. Load the street pilot and you have directions anywhere you want. Load the off road map and you are ready to go.

I do have a Garmin Etrex Legend for sale, good starter unit for $70 LMK if you are interested.

Caribou Sandstorm
08-08-2008, 11:29 AM
I found the Kenwood NDX7120 on ebay for 799.00...This is what a lot of my fellow crusier heads are doing in the Blue room......Can someone talk to my wife for me , she is not releasing any POs this month....Oh and I need a PO for the Camping lab tent also...OH and an Auxilliary battery set up..Brought all this up this morning over breakfst....man that milk was not the only thing cold this morning. brrrr....

Uncle Ben
08-08-2008, 11:41 AM
I found the Kenwood NDX7120 on ebay for 799.00...This is what a lot of my fellow crusier heads are doing in the Blue room......Can someone talk to my wife for me , she is not releasing any POs this month....Oh and I need a PO for the Camping lab tent also...OH and an Auxilliary battery set up..Brought all this up this morning over breakfst....man that milk was not the only thing cold this morning. brrrr....


Chris,
I think you would be happier with the 8120! It is nearly the same as last years 7120 but has a full Bluetooth and Ipod interface built in (7120 is add on modules) plus it has more internal memory. By the time you add the modules into the 7120 you will have the same amount into it as the '08 8120. Also, read the Kenwood site as they will not honor any Gray market vendor deal with Kenwood warranty!

Red_Chili
08-08-2008, 11:50 AM
I use a Garmin GPSMap 60CSx and like it a lot. I can use it when hiking, when motorcycling, and it works just dandy in the truck. Weatherproof, just tested in a driving rain on a motorcycle at 75 MPH. It has SiRF III, and picks up satellites when you would think it couldn't.

Garmin's topo info sucks. I use Above The Timber's excellent Colorado map data which will load onto the 60CSx and display. Redraw is slower (due to extreme info) but acceptable. The Garmin junk is OK for Utah if you have a .gpx for the trail you want, not so much otherwise.

In-dash is not workable for me for a lot of reasons, some of which are above.

Caribou Sandstorm
08-08-2008, 11:50 AM
Thanks Kevin..I wondered about that, the addons are expensive and if I am going to pull the trigger I want the latest and greatest.

Uncle Ben
08-08-2008, 12:21 PM
In-dash is not workable for me for a lot of reasons, some of which are above.



I want to be able to drive into any town and find a Starbucks with only a couple button punches.....in-dash is important! :rolleyes: :p: :lmao: :bowdown::kevin: :cool:

nuclearlemon
03-08-2009, 04:57 PM
reviving an old thread since my etrex apparently has puked after years of abuse bouncing on dashes, off the floor, off the ground; not very durable;)


all the gps' in this thread are beyond my finances. i'd like something simple and cheap (around $150). if it works with my etrex's brand spanking new computer cord that i never got to use, that would be a bonus:rant: i would like to eventually be able to transfer trail info onto computer maps....not looking for turn by turn street directions...that's what i have a phone with mapquest for.

should i just stick with an etrex? or is there something better out there?

Bikeman
03-08-2009, 05:15 PM
I just got an etrex Legend HCX with car charger, car mount, 128 card and USB cable with nationwide road (not trail) software for 208 bucks shipped from costco.com.

60wag
03-08-2009, 05:56 PM
I'm looking at a Garmin nuvi 780 on Costco's site for 250$ Its a discontinued model but used to list for around 600$. Its got the SD slot so adding topo maps to it seems to be easy. Any reason not to go with this one?

RockRunner
03-09-2009, 09:59 AM
reviving an old thread since my etrex apparently has puked after years of abuse bouncing on dashes, off the floor, off the ground; not very durable;)


all the gps' in this thread are beyond my finances. i'd like something simple and cheap (around $150). if it works with my etrex's brand spanking new computer cord that i never got to use, that would be a bonus:rant: i would like to eventually be able to transfer trail info onto computer maps....not looking for turn by turn street directions...that's what i have a phone with mapquest for.

should i just stick with an etrex? or is there something better out there?


Ige, I still have the Etrex legend (blue one) that works perfect. Some map software and all the hook ups etc. for $75 if you are interested. LMK what you think, I am in Mexico now but will be back next weekend.

Hulk
03-09-2009, 02:45 PM
This is only $7.99 at JC Whitney. I'm just sayin'. :rolleyes:

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nuclearlemon
03-09-2009, 04:40 PM
no cool factor in the jc whitney version.:hill:

i splurged last night and found a legend cx for $109, so i ordered that.

Beater
03-29-2009, 10:09 AM
ok - what about gps pucks/receivers? Anyone have input there? I get fancy smancy pda's from work, and need to add a receiver. Are there any that work with topo et al?

I have my venerable magellan that I use for old school real style navigation in the backcountry...

Mendocino
03-29-2009, 12:22 PM
I have GPS in my Blackberry and use it with Google Maps all over the world. Its great but you need a GPRS data connection to get the planimetric mapping.

Beater
03-29-2009, 04:58 PM
yeah - I will be on a NON gps 8320. They didn't have any laying around at the free tree last time. RIM is getting stingy

j

SteveH
11-19-2010, 11:36 AM
Any updates on this thread. I want to spend ~$100 +/- and get an in-car GPS deal. I have read of the TomTom's having horrid customer service. I have read of some where map upgrades are very expensive. What's the current best bet on these as of Nov. 10?
I won't be a power-user, I just want one that can direct me to oddball locations in Denver and other cities.

thanks - Steve

Caribou Sandstorm
11-19-2010, 11:51 AM
I still use my Garmin Nuvi 720 all the time. Great product for around town and off road stuff. You can also download topo maps to an SD card and flip over to that. Works great for Utah expedition trips.

A few years ago it was $378.00 price matched at Best Buy from Walmart on line store.

frontrange
11-19-2010, 12:27 PM
I have the Nuvi 885T with lifetime map upgrades, and the maps are awfull once you get outside the big city. I can't tell you how many times it has lead us nowhere near our destination. OTOH the old Pioneer AVIC D2 in the Corvette has never lead us astray. I wish I knew who does their maps.

wesintl
11-19-2010, 01:23 PM
do these gps tell you where the Starbucks is in Green River? :confused:

Inukshuk
11-19-2010, 01:42 PM
do these gps tell you where the Starbucks is in Green River? :confused:

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Air Randy
11-19-2010, 02:18 PM
I've always had Garmin's and have never had a HW problem with them and have used them all around the world.

The latest unit I have is the large screen Nuvi unit. It has hands free bluetooth in it and I loaded it with the high resolution topo maps and trails data. I used it in Moab and it even shows the name of the trail you're on like "Poison Spider" and "Porcupine Rim" etc.

Garmin is starting to sell more SW these days that is not locked to the units serial number so you can share it amongst multiple units.