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Old September 29th, 2013, 09:35 AM   #1
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Preferably Garmin with a full color display and detailed topo maps. It'll be used for hiking with eventual treks into state forests up north on foot. I don't have much experience with handhelds so hopefully whatever you recommend would be relatively easy to use.

This seems to be the front runner at the moment:

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Hunti...3Bcat104373180
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Old September 29th, 2013, 12:23 PM   #2
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You dont have to spend more than $100 on a decent one but if that is in your budget show do everything but carry you back out.

It should play movies on it for that price.

I would probably just use the GPS on my phone.
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Old September 29th, 2013, 01:08 PM   #3
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My dad bought this one to use for snowmobiling, and boating...
http://www.cabelas.com/product/Hunti...3Bcat104373180

My TomTom got better signal in the middle of the u.p.
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Preferably Garmin with a full color display and detailed topo maps. It'll be used for hiking with eventual treks into state forests up north on foot. I don't have much experience with handhelds so hopefully whatever you recommend would be relatively easy to use.

This seems to be the front runner at the moment:

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Hunti...3Bcat104373180
Uses "AA" batteries, no thanks.
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Old September 29th, 2013, 03:26 PM   #5
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What's wrong with AA batteries? I can carry with me a lot of those. Plus, they're common.
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Old September 29th, 2013, 03:27 PM   #6
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What's wrong with AA batteries? I can carry with me a lot of those. Plus, they're common.
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i figure for that kind of price it should come with a lithium ion rechargeable pack
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i figure for that kind of price it should come with a lithium ion rechargeable pack
How do you recharge it in he middle of the woods?
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How do you recharge it in he middle of the woods?
how long does it stay on in the middle of the woods? are you going to run the thing continuously for 10 hours? or just run it here and there for 10 minutes at a time?
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how long does it stay on in the middle of the woods? are you going to run the thing continuously for 10 hours? or just run it here and there for 10 minutes at a time?
Yes, if you are on a trail ride. One of our group yesterday left at 8:30 am & returned the following morning at 1:20 am. So, if you can't plug it in to 12V, you need to be able to swap batteries.
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how long does it stay on in the middle of the woods? are you going to run the thing continuously for 10 hours? or just run it here and there for 10 minutes at a time?
I would want one to be able to run all day long. The end of a day trying to get out of the woods is not the time to be worrying if your GPS is going to work.
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Oregon 450 or Dakota 20 would be best bets. Oregon runs $200, though just saw a sale at Cabellas or Bass Pro for $150. Either runs on a set of AA for the weekend, will do what you are asking with ease, also support maps if you want to put decent ones in it.
I'm not a fan of the eTrex click-stick, though they are good units as well.
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Montana. Covers all worlds of GPS use. Everything is a compromise, the Montana is the best compromise for everything that I could find, and I'm very happy with it.
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I had the Oregon before getting the Montana. The Oregon was perfect, just too small a screen. The Montana is very similar to the Oregon, and still small enough to be a handheld yet large enough screen for in vehicle use.
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how long does it stay on in the middle of the woods? are you going to run the thing continuously for 10 hours? or just run it here and there for 10 minutes at a time?
I go on backpacking trips that are a week long. It's on almost continuously for a week. Rechargeable batteries were the last thing I wanted. It's easy to carry a bag of AA's, it's kind of difficult carrying a power source to charge them.


I have the GPSMAP60CSx and have no issues with it at all. Getting one with an actual magnetic compass would be a recommendation if you plan on using it for such. Another nice feature is it also does turn by turn navigation, it only has an audible beep, making you look at the screen to see where to turn.

I have all of the National Park backpacking trails, topo maps and city navigator on it. Works great.
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I have the Garmin 62stc. I love it as a handheld. A rechargeable pack is available, but it lasts long enough on batteries I have not worried about buying it.

The 62STC also has turn by turn, but you have to load the street maps. It also has different profiles for recreation, trail riding, street etc..

I have fast locks, and very accurate locks in heavy UP tree cover. I have it so the screen backlight turns off and get even longer battery life. I believe a car adapter is also available.

The 62stc also has an onboard camera that isn't the worst but it isn't the best either. I can take a picture of a nice spot and it is also marked on the map in the GPS. Though I think if you remove the pictures from the camera you lose the 'waypoint' so you would have to log a spot as both.


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I have a Oregon 450 and the only thing I don't like about it is the size of the screen. I want to upgrade to a Montana but they are pricey.
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I have an Oregon that I never plan on using again if you are interested.
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