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Old 07-25-2012, 06:39 PM   #1
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Gps or maps???

Looking for best option. Any ideas????

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Old 07-25-2012, 07:15 PM   #2
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Maps, batteries never die in those lol. We carry maps a hand held gps an the one in my wife's phone. The hand held dosent have maps just the ability to get grids and marks the path you took so when we're following random trails that's on some can find our way back if we get turned around. Remember if you have to rely on technology only you will get burned eventually. Always carry the basics to. Hell I also have a lensatic compass in the jeep

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Old 07-25-2012, 07:18 PM   #3
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Not even the garmin. It has maps of all the trails. Little pricey, but damn it was sweet.
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:23 PM   #4
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GPS is pretty reliable I usually only use it on road trips across country.
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:37 PM   #5
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Use both, GPS is good to get you there but it really does not show you the options that a map does. My garmin is loaded with topo maps but the small screen does not provide the detail of a good map.
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Old 07-25-2012, 08:07 PM   #6
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I found a 5" screen, but the maps for trails are expensive. I look more into and let people know. Thanks for advice
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Old 07-25-2012, 10:21 PM   #7
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I'm a bit more old school. Maps are maybe a bit more of a pain to fold, flip, tuck, and you can get a war wound of paper cut, but it's like a standard...once you know how to use them you never forget and they are simple in function and don't break.

To be fair, I like to be prepared (I haul probably more than I need to up trails) so I have both GPS and maps, but like Brendend said...if the batteries die I can pull out ol'reliable.

Not to mention I'm fond of topo maps so I can gauge what the mountains will be doing.
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Old 07-25-2012, 10:25 PM   #8
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Master the maps.....The GPS is a very useful tool......But you need to know how to read a map and compass!
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Use both, GPS is good to get you there but it really does not show you the options that a map does. My garmin is loaded with topo maps but the small screen does not provide the detail of a good map.
Ditto, as far as I am concerned you really want both. For every trail you can find on a gps, a NFS map will show you five more. But when you are in the boonies, following one trail after another it can be really nice to be able to pull down your coordinants to see where you actually are.
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Old 07-25-2012, 10:55 PM   #10
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Oh and speaking of maps we bought a trail book with some of the more popular trails and it has some maps in it, Ed if you'd like it's yours but your probably better then the book itself lol. If Ed dosent want it first person to call dina gets it
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:20 PM   #11
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Just picked up that book today. Sweet got some other maps also. Gunna order 650t by garmin also. I have now found my new hobbie.
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I live by NFS maps. They are actually better than the Rand MacNally state maps. A gps will tell me how fast I am going and give me my longitude and latitude. Other than that they will send me down the sewer faster than a rat.
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Oh and speaking of maps we bought a trail book with some of the more popular trails and it has some maps in it, Ed if you'd like it's yours but your probably better then the book itself lol. If Ed dosent want it first person to call dina gets it
Put it up for grabs. All trail books do is irritate the hell out of me
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Old 07-27-2012, 09:13 AM   #14
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I'm looking at gps. do they give you total mileage ?
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:34 PM   #15
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As a boater as well as a Jeep enthusiast I can tell you from experience you need both. Electronics can crash and a GPS and map serve as a check on each other. The best thing about GPS is the ability to pinpoint where you are so you don't take that wrong fork (or spoon) in the road, especially on trails that have offshoots. The other advantage of GPS is the ability to plan your route beforehand, plot distances and enter critical points.

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