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Old August 8th, 2011, 09:13 AM   #1
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I am going to be buying a handheld GPS here in the next week or two. I did some searching on here and learned some information on different units. I know I am getting a Garmin, just not sure which model yet. I am looking to spend under $200. I know the topo maps are another $100 or so, but are they really needed? I have never owned a GPS before but I would like to explore this area more, while staying legal that is. I will also be starting to try out geocaching.

So here are my questions:

What model do you recommend and why? (Under $200)
Should I buy the topo maps?
Can I download other peoples trail maps? If so where?

I know the Pub may not be the place for this but when searching most of the threads I found were posted here.

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Old August 8th, 2011, 09:36 AM   #3
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Old August 8th, 2011, 09:57 AM   #4
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Garmin Nuvi 500...it's $300...waterproof, 3.5 screen. has topo maps already. can do track back, custom tracks, track back. for $60 you can buy the VV mapping which has all the snowmobile and trail maps in MI that are routable, and you can load it with marine charts if you choose. This is the unit I use on my RZR and snowmobiles and its been through hell and back and continues to work...I know its more than you want to spend, but here is where you might want to come up a bit to get something that will work for you
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I have an old(2002) Garmin Legend that gets the job done. Its Hand Held black and white 2.0 screen. I loaded topo maps from there website back when it was free and just create my own trails as im on my Quad, Truck, or snowmobile. It has saved me quite a few times while walking back to camp cause my quad was out of gas.

When you do get one Always remember to make a "WayPoint" where ever you parked your truck or the cabin is..
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I love my Lowrance XOG for the sole reason that it accepts Navionics mapping (Garmin doesn't accept Navionics), which is great if you spend time on any lakes. It's water resistant (not proof) and a touch screen. I used it as the GPS on my boat for 2 seasons, and it is still portable enough to put in your pocket or take ontrail rides or hikes. Battery life is about 2 hours with the standard battery.
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After all my searching before buying mine, I get an Oregon. I love it so far.
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I've had mine since the day they came out. Tons of diferent mounts, color screen, rugged, floats, micro SD, loadable maps, etc.. $220

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GPS Map76CSX- http://www.thegpsstore.com/Garmin-GP...FUEDQAod_BXH4Q

Affordable handheld with Top Line Features.

The Flagship of the popular Garmin 76-series is the GPSMAP 76CSx. The unit features a removable microSD Card for storing your detailed maps, and built-in electronic compass and altimeter sensors. The microSD slot is located inside the waterproof battery compartment so you don't have to worry about your data being compromised by outside elements. The Garmin GPSMAP 76CSx also features a new highly sensitive 12 channel SIRF GPS receiver which acquires satellites faster and can find you in heavy tree coverage and around tall buildings. The 76CSx is powered by two, AA alkaline batteries that will provide up to 20 hours of use.

Altimeter and Compass
Some of the best features of the GPSMAP 76CSx are the barometric altimeter and electronic compass. The altimeter is extremely accurate at calculating elevation data. A great feature when comparing data from MapSource TOPO maps. The electronic compass provides accurate heading data even while standing still. The GPSMAP 76CSx also has a beautiful color display which you can see clearly under direct sunlight conditions. Boaters love the fact that this unit is waterproof and it even FLOATS!

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The built-in Americas AutoRoute basemap covers North and South America and has extra detail for inside the US. By using the basemap the Garmin GPSMAP 76CSx can guide you turn by turn with visual directions and audible tones along highways and interstates. With the addition of the Mapsource City Navigator software, you can take the turn-by-turn function one step further, as it will enable you to locate a specific address or point of interest and guide you there safely. You can store your optional Mapsource maps on the included 128MB microSD card or buy additional cards for additional map storage. Garmin is also putting many of their Mapsource programs, like the Topo USA, Bluechart Americas, and City Navigator Europe, on pre-programmed microSD cards. This unit is identical to the 76Cx but ads the electronic sensors.
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Old August 8th, 2011, 02:39 PM   #9
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The Outdoorsman’s Dream; Electronic Compass, Barometric Altimeter, Handheld GPS Unit with a High Sensitivity Receiver.

New Product Hiking GPS Bicycle GPS Built for the outdoorsman, the Garmin e-Trex Vista HCx features a high sensitivity GPS receiver, electronic compass and a barometric altimeter. Garmin has introduced a line of e-Trex units that feature a high sensitivity WAAS GPS receiver that are able to receive a signal, even under heavy tree cover. The Vista HCx has a built-in electronic compass to determine bearings while standing still, and a barometric altimeter for increased accuracy of elevation readings, to help you along on your next hunting or hiking excursion. At a tiny 4.2"H x 2.2"W x 1.2"D and only 5.6 ounces with batteries, the Vista won’t weigh you down or take up too much room in your pocket or bag. Whether you are in a canyon, under heavy tree cover or in a city with tall buildings the Vista HCx will guide you along safely.

Accepts microSD Memory The Vista HCx includes the routable Americas Recreational basemap, including major highways, interstates and bigger lakes and rivers. The maps look great on the 1.3 ”x 1.7” high resolution color TFT display and it is even viewable in direct sunlight. The Vista HCx has a microSD card slot for memory cards that will accept detailed maps from Garmin’s Optional MapSource software. With the Mapsource City Navigator North America software you will be able to get visual turn-by-turn guidance on this tiny wonder. Garmin is also offering some of their more popular MapSource titles, like the Topo USA, BlueChart Americas, and City Navigator Europe, on Pre-Programmed microSD cards. Blank microSD cards are available in multiple storage sizes to hold loads of maps.

Included with the Vista HCx is a USB interface cable, so map downloads are much faster than traditional handheld GPS units. Garmin has also added audible alarms for off-course, proximity waypoints, and anchor drag. The operation of the unit could not be any easier, allowing a novice to use it for hiking, biking, Geocaching, or getting you to your favorite fishing holes. Other features include: storage for 1000 waypoints with symbol, 10,000 tracklog points, stopwatch, hunting/fishing calendar, and trip computer.

Do I really need the topo maps?
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I like my nuvi 500 as well, just as Hancho said.
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I like my nuvi 500 as well, just as Hancho said.
x3. I got mine at costco for a good price. I use a different gps for geo-caching. It's more accurate when you are within 30 feet etc.
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