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Old 03-20-2011, 03:22 PM   #1
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Best GPS to use

I am looking to get a new GPS and after hours of searching still have not found one that has great off road maps and that will auto track way points. I think it is called log tracking.

Any suggestions on GPS units for off roading (and street driving)?

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Old 03-20-2011, 03:45 PM   #2
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I've got a garmin 20 and don't recommend it.

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Old 03-20-2011, 03:59 PM   #3
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I currently have a Garmin Nuvi 310. I like it, but it does not auto track waypoints.

I just want to off road and have where I go recorded so I can put it in Google maps later.
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The Garmin Nuvi's (I have a 1300) have a Trip Log which is similar to a Track Log. Import it into MapSource as a track then you can import it to google maps, or google earth.
If you want real control over tracks then you need to go with the GPSMAP 60CSX. Smaller screen(handheld) but can change tracks to many colors (save one in blue, then backtrack in yellow or another color to tell where you are) right on the device.
Unfortunatly the trip log on the Nuvi 1300 will be a blue line, no way to change colors, but if you touch the (in my case a jeep icon) and set a waypoint to mark the start of the trail, and then at the end of the trail you can identify it better or just turn the trip log on and off when you want to record the track.
If you have a seperate mapping like topo or vvmapping you can save your trip log as tracks to them, change the color of the track (say to green), load the map onto a micro sd card and load it into the nuvi 1300. (It will automatically combine with the preloaded maps and show you your saved tracks) turn trip log on and the blue line will cover the green of the track you saved.
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Old 03-20-2011, 06:01 PM   #5
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I have the Garmin Nuvi 1350 and really like it although I never use it anymore. I just use the GPS on my phone anymore because its always with me. I just updated the maps on it and now have decided to get rid of it. I beleive it will do most of the things you are interested in like the 1300 mentioned above. If you are interested send me a PM.

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Garmin's GPSMAP 60Cx is a pretty awesome offroad GPS that also optionally (extra cost for the software CD) does onroad automatic navigation to addresses, points of interest, etc. in its built-in database.

It automatically generates a very fine "breadcrumb" trail as you drive that you can save and name for future use, like a trail you do. You can load a topo map onto it too but I found I didn't need it/use it for where I offroad so I finally deleted it from lack of use. The database it comes with standard allows you to generate and save trails, routes, etc.. For offroad use, I haven't seen another GPS that has a better offroad-oriented feature set.

It has been out for several years go prices have really come down on it. So far as I have seen, Garmin's slightly more modern version of it doesn't really have any additional features that would make me want to sell my 60Cx to upgrade to it. Plus it has a rugged rubberized case on it that makes it pretty darned water, shock and dust proof.

It doesn't have a touch screen but its interface is pretty good even without it. No voice either but it does beep to let you know if you have an upcoming turn. If you get the optional auto-navigation database, it has pretty much everything in the U.S. you could want from restaurants, amusement parks, golf courses, hospitals, as well as all the streets and addresses.

Tiger GPS - Dealer for Garmin GPS, Magellan GPS, TomTom GPS, Lowrance GPS normally has pretty good deals on them, that's where I have purchased several of them over the years due to thefts.

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Go Garmin. Can't go wrong with any of there products.
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Could have used a device like this today in the pines. I typically ditch the Nuvi when going off road and go with the google maps on my Iphone when the pavement ends. I hit some trails up today that I have never been on and had some issues getting back out and a device that had these functions would have saved me alittle time. Got a new mod to add to the list I guess. This one will bump its self up on the need soon page as it could be a good thing to have.
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I have Google maps on my phone works as good or better than a gps unit for me.
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I ordered my second Garmin 60 CSx bundle last month for $199 shipped from Amazon. Now it is $247 again.

Amazon.com: Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx Handheld GPS Navigator: Electronics
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Thanks for all the GPS ideas. I'll take a look at the suggestions.
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I ordered my second Garmin 60 CSx bundle last month for $199 shipped from Amazon. Now it is $247 again.

Amazon.com: Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx Handheld GPS Navigator: Electronics
Yup. I've had my 60CSx for about 6 months now and I love it.
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+1 on the Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx. I loaded it with Topo maps, and it is great. I also use it when I go out hiking and prospecting, and I have found it to be very accurate, well-constructed, and easy to use.

I bought the dashmount for it, and this seems to be holding up quite well on and off road. I have mine mounted above the air vent on the drivers left. The Garmin dashmount does move around quite (shakes) a bit offroad, but does hold the position rather well, and I haven't had any problems with it.

The BaseCamp software included with the topographic maps is really good also, and it is pretty easy to set up routes and transfer them to/from your GPS.
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Incidentally, the difference between the 60CSx I originally had (stolen) and the less expensive 60Cx I have now is that the 60CSx has 'Sensors' which include a barometric altimeter and a true magnetic compass. The GPS derived altimeter and compass that the 60Cx has is good enough for my needs.
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Another vote for the Garmin 60csx. I especially appreciate the sensitivity of the unit's ability to receive a signal. Where I off road, there are many areas under heavy tree canopy. With other GPS units, I would often lose the satellite signals. The 60csx performs quite well under heavy canopy conditions, I have yet to lose a signal while using my 60csx here in the Pacific Northwest.
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Another vote for the Garmin 60csx. I especially appreciate the sensitivity of the unit's ability to receive a signal. Where I off road, there are many areas under heavy tree canopy. With other GPS units, I would often lose the satellite signals. The 60csx performs quite well under heavy canopy conditions, I have yet to lose a signal while using my 60csx here in the Pacific Northwest.
Shoot. I'm in my bedroom and just turned it on and it found itself from inside my house.
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Shoot. I'm in my bedroom and just turned it on and it found itself from inside my house.
Mine did as well. My last one would not do it. It was a Bushnell. Don't buy one, its crap
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I have a Garmin 76Csx. same idea as the 60Csx, with more power & more options.

also, you'll be hard pressed to find a GPS that has all the off-road trails built in. your best option is to download other people's waypoints and buy trail books for your area. trail books often have GPS coordinates you can punch in and go to...makes finding the trailhead easier sometimes. There is one trail here I've wheeled a half dozen times, and I've got the trailhead punched into my GPS...but I still get lost when i go. Road names & actual turns/intersections don't look anything like whats programmed into the GPS, so you basically need to ignore it and follow the trail book.

www.traildamage.com is helpful for some western states.
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I had a 76Csx, what do you mean it has more power & more options than the 60CSx? I'm pretty sure it's the same GPS as the 60CSx is except in a different style case.
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Yeah, Garmin 60CSX! Use it a lot. I even use it on my mtn bike to track the rides i do. Its pretty need to upload the stuff on garminconnect.com It takes a pretty good beating as i have had it for 2 years now. Many different mounts for it also so you can use it for all your needs.

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