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Old 07-27-2012, 09:54 PM   #1
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Likes or dislike...... Besides how expensive it is?
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Old 07-30-2012, 11:39 PM   #2
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Don't know much about the Montana, but I have been drooling over the Oregan 450t. I currently have the archiac Garmin Geko. Not sure the diff between the Montana, Oregon, or the eTrex. If you dare to go into an REI, the sales guys could steer you in the right direction, I suppose. Been meaning to pick up a new fanny pack anyway..lol

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Old 07-31-2012, 12:10 AM   #3
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I have the garmin gpsmaps 62 & really like it. Its got the screwball antenna so gets great reception. They are a pain to learn though, I'm use to map & compass. But they have some really great features like using the GPS files from traildamage to put the trail straight on the unit. If you buy from rei you can return it if you don't like it, it it breaks, any reason at all they don't even ask. They have a 100% satisfaction policy. No time limit on returns with them either.
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I have a DeLorme Earthmate PN60. I prefer it to the handheld garmins because of the mapping software it came with. I can plan my entire trip on topo maps on my laptop - create trails, add waypoints, etc, then just transfer them to my GPS. The battery life is insane, nearly 20 hours on lithium ion batteries, and the antenna works great, tracking me accurately even in deep backcountry. There is a steep learning curve to it, though. I work at best buy, and love all technology, so I would consider myself quite technical; this unit had some confusing features at first! Once you get used to the interface, however, there are very few GPS units out there that will outperform the PN60.
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I have a DeLorme Earthmate PN60. I prefer it to the handheld garmins because of the mapping software it came with. I can plan my entire trip on topo maps on my laptop - create trails, add waypoints, etc, then just transfer them to my GPS. The battery life is insane, nearly 20 hours on lithium ion batteries, and the antenna works great, tracking me accurately even in deep back country. There is a steep learning curve to it, though. I work at best buy, and love all technology, so I would consider myself quite technical; this unit had some confusing features at first! Once you get used to the interface, however, there are very few GPS units out there that will outperform the PN60.
I can do all of that with my handheld Garmin gpsmaps using the free Garmin basecamp software, they even have a birds eye view map mode that is an aerial photo of an area. Also with the recharagable NiMH batteries I get over 23 hours of battery life on a full charge. As far as maps go any GPS manufacturer out has reall good detail maps of the US. Its when you plan to do some international travel that you'll want to see who makes maps for your area. For example Tom Tom covers most of Russia and Garmin does not, but Garmin covers more of S. America and Africa than Tom Tom. I used Garmin and Tom Tom because they are the two largest and well know GPS manufacturers and cover more of the world than any other manufacturers.

Either way, the best way to tell is go to REI (like previously mentioned you can return it here at any time for any reason as oppose to Best Buy you only have 30 days to return) or Best Buy and get an associate that really knows their stuff with them. Have them show you how to use it and explain their features. Then decided which you like better. The REI in Denver has a guy there named Travis, he is the formost expert on GPS's in Colorado, seriously. This guy can tell you the history of civilian & military GPS systems, explains the difference in types of antennas, interfacing options, travels all over the world from Southeast Asia to South America multiple times a year using GPS, gets training from manufacturers and teaches the all the GPS classes offered at REI.
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Old 07-31-2012, 04:38 PM   #6
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Wow!!! Thanks guys. The 650 t should do me ok for now, mounts to dash perfectly. I'm loving 4" screen and the TOPO maps
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You can't go wrong with the Montana, its a solid unit. Make sure you download Garmin Basecamp as you'll need that to interface with the GPS. It is kind of confusing at first so if you have any issues just pm and I'll help you out.
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Old 07-31-2012, 06:28 PM   #8
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Old 12-25-2012, 06:47 PM   #9
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Blast from the past, lol...


Been using my Montana 650t and love it grabbing a car mount, and city navigator so it will voice navigate turn by turn directions then swap to Topo 24k for west coast I have loaded Birdseye for my areas along with dig the 100k for when I'm out of area which is handy especially when it takes so little tiles for what it offers...

I have a gpsmap 62s as well for climbing and my survival pack but back up my way points and trails to it so I have dentical info.

The car mount charges it as well so no loss of power and if the battery empties then slap 3 AA's in it for another 20+ hours...
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Old 12-25-2012, 07:49 PM   #10
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I have never been able too find a car mount for my gpsmaps 62s. Is rather disappointing, especially since my nuvi was stolen from my Jeep.
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Don't know much about GPS, but I know that I won't need one, I'll just drive around until I figure it out
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:09 PM   #12
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I bought the Oregon 450t. A little advanced for me, still trying to figure out how to use the damn thing, although I am sure it can so plenty. the topo is cool. I like the Garmin base camp program. its nice to download the trail file from (traildamage) to the program to my unit. I also got a nuvi 60 for a gift. Much easier to use...lol but gets lost off road. I could get the maps, but can not track or pin waypoints.
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Old 12-27-2012, 02:32 PM   #13
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The nuvi is a good back up on trails, don't have to worry about The batteries dying. Turn The bread crumb feature on and it will show you The way you came. Worst case scenario you can follow The bead crumbs back out.

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