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Old 11-29-2012, 01:46 PM   #1
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Inexpensive gps

Anyone recommend a GPS that works well for around $200 to 300?

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Old 11-29-2012, 06:11 PM   #2
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Garmin GPSMAP 60CSX can be had all day long on E-Bay for 200 and less. Color screen and works well both on and off road.

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Old 11-30-2012, 07:02 AM   #3
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A Garmin Nuvi, not sure of the model number, but mine has bluetooth, life time map updates, live traffic, voice recognition, and other features I don't remember or use.
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:56 PM   #4
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+1 for the Garmin Nuvi. I have the 1390...think it's been superceded, maybe by the 1490, but it also has lifetime maps & traffic. I got the 1390 for $150 on closeout.
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:14 PM   #5
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Nuvi 1450 I think. Nice display, but only gives you roads and such. Think a hiker gps will give you all the trails, but you'll be paying more with a diddly screen....
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:42 PM   #6
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Gaia GPS application for your iPhone. Download it from the app store
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:59 AM   #7
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yeah,Think a hiker gps will give you all the trails, but you'll be paying more with a diddly screen
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:54 PM   #8
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I didn't want a super tiny screen so I downloaded backcountry navigator pro to a 10" Toshiba thrive tablet I already had.

Works pretty good and the wife gets involved by being the navigator.
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:14 PM   #9
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Garmin's NUVI is a great on-road GPS, I own 3-4 different models of NUVIs... but the NUVI is NOT a good choice of offroad GPS in that you can't use it to save trails you like or use it to leave/save a "breadcrumbs trail" for future use like is extremely useful for offroading. Of course if the intended use is for the street, then a NUVI would be a good choice. But for pure street use, I have abandoned all of my NUVIs and now use Google maps on my cell phones... not to mention it is free and includes free updates, something Garmin's maps do not include.

As recommended above, I would search for a used Garmin GPSMAP 60Cx or a 60CSx. I've had three of them (two were stolen) and for the $$$, I don't think there's a better offroad oriented GPS that has all the features you could want for offroad use. Of the 6-7 GPS receivers I own, I use my 60Cx offroad because the others just don't have the features I regularly use offroad.

It snaps into a good holder it includes that you can attach to the top of your dash.

What is nice is that you can also load it with turn-by-turn street navigation SW that also includes a huge database of parks, stores, fast-food, camping sites, etc.
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Old 12-22-2012, 03:32 AM   #10
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Do you not have a smartphone? Cell phone mount and your phone. Boom done many free gps apps. If you have a table, even better
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:29 PM   #11
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My wife just bought me a Nuvi 500 for Christmas; I have yet to experiment with that. But when I go offroad, I use the BackCountry Navigator app for Android on my phone (BackCountry Navigator) I can't recommend this app enough. It is AWESOME! You can use topo maps, aerial maps, etc. You can import Garmin and Google waypoints (GPX/KML) and create trips. You can also view trip data, such as elevation, coordinates, elevation traveled, etc. I've been downloading the .gpx files from traildamage.com anytime I go wheeling and use these for navigation. Here's a sample screenshot of an aerial map overlayed with the Left Hand Canyon and Fireman Hill trails near me in Boulder, CO. The app is only $10.

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Does the Garmin have the forest service road, small county roads and trails needed to cross a national forest? Gaia does, but I believe the iPhone only uses three satellites and sometimes gets lost. This isn't a big deal if you are familiar with the territory, but I like taking 100+ mile excursions through the mountains and have been lost due to the level of granularity needed for a trip like that. My girlfriend and I create routes am download the maps in duplicate one each of our phones for redundancy purposes, but I still think a purpose built GPS is needed for additional security.
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Smart phone works great if you have a signal. A lot of CO/NM/LA/TX doesn't. I use a Garmin Etrex... Small hand held, has trail built in, I also have an old Garmin street pilot and Nuvi, neither of those are very good for offroad. In the wilderness, I always carry a good NSGS TOPO map and a compass, so far that has never ever let me down.
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Smart phone works great if you have a signal. A lot of CO/NM/LA/TX doesn't.
For the BackCountry Navigator smartphone app I use (referenced above), the downloaded .gpx files will always show as they are saved to your phone/SD card. Additionally, you can download (or cache) the map tiles before you hit the trail. With this combination, you can navigate without relying on a cell signal whatsoever. Although the battery then becomes the limiting factor unless you have the option of plugging it in.
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For the BackCountry Navigator smartphone app I use (referenced above), the downloaded .gpx files will always show as they are saved to your phone/SD card. Additionally, you can download (or cache) the map tiles before you hit the trail. With this combination, you can navigate without relying on a cell signal whatsoever. Although the battery then becomes the limiting factor unless you have the option of plugging it in.
Yeah, that would be great if I didn't have an EyeFone... But I do, and I have the coveted grandfathered unlimited plan... Sooo, Garmin is likely my best gps bet.

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