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GPS suggestions
« on: January 21, 2015, 08:25:27 AM »
Any Recommendations on a Cheap GPS (SatNav)???
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Re: GPS suggestions
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2015, 08:32:51 AM »
Any Recommendations on a Cheap GPS (SatNav)???

Jay - can you provide a little more information, IE:  intended use?
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Re: GPS suggestions
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2015, 08:55:39 AM »
Sorry.. Mostly Off Road , fire roads,trails, etc..
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Re: GPS suggestions
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2015, 07:10:47 PM »
Okay cool...so accurate mapping for off roading/fire roads etc?

Check out Garmin and DeLorme. They have decent mapping software for some of their sub-$100 units. Try to get a unit that offers SD card upgrades, which helps with map storage.

Now if we are talking paperless geocaching...;)


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Re: GPS suggestions
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2015, 07:11:50 PM »
Lowrance if budget is no object. Check out Rugged Rocks/Rugged Routes stuff.

Very cool.


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Re: GPS suggestions
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2015, 08:12:55 PM »
I haven't started searching for Geocache  "YET" I can see myself getting a little addicted , love me a good treasure hunt.
thanks for the suggestions on GPS.
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Re: GPS suggestions
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2015, 02:43:33 AM »
Lowrance if budget is no object. Check out Rugged Rocks/Rugged Routes stuff.

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I'd second the Lowrance from Rugged Rocks and the map layouts fro Rugged Routes. I've seen them in action and it's pretty amazing real time information.
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Re: GPS suggestions
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2019, 05:48:31 PM »
Guys, I'm shopping around, any other reliable units besides the sweet Lowrances, $300 or less would be better to budget.  Mostly CA, NV, AZ offroad trails.  Current models? 

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Re: GPS suggestions
« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2019, 06:38:48 PM »
Guys, I'm shopping around, any other reliable units besides the sweet Lowrances, $300 or less would be better to budget.  Mostly CA, NV, AZ offroad trails.  Current models? 

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Re: GPS suggestions
« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2019, 09:06:09 PM »
Hey all.... Just my 2 cents. I am running a Delorme / Garmin inreach blue toothed to an IPAD mini. It works like a champ! I am able to pull up several different types of maps (Actually downloaded to the IPAD) including Imagery...

Now the pros and cons

Pros
1) Super accurate GPS
2) Downloadable Maps and imagery
3) Long battery life (Used for 3 days and still had battery room left
4) emergency contact with GEOS (I think its GEOS). So if stuff goes real south you can get a hold of the people who will come get you and may save your life.

and the big winner for me

5) Satellite communications and tracking. So every so often (User defined) the unit leaves a bread crumb and you can see on the map where it dropped the pin. I bought this unit when I was doing solo hiking and the boss wanted me to be as safe a possible. The communications portion is the huge bonus here. You can send and receive text based messages. You can also send a message to your loved ones and it will show them on a map where you are (too intrusive for some, but works for me). I have never not had a signal with this thing. Its pretty bullet proof..... (YMMV)

Cons

1) High up front cost
2) Subscription based program


For me this was a game changer..

       
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Re: GPS suggestions
« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2019, 06:58:16 AM »
The biggest issue I have with the subscription based units is more often than not I am somewhere where I have a good general idea of where I am. At the very least I will know that if I head in whichever direction I can get out. The few times I am not in those places it would really pay off. Sometimes the Big Bear fire routes are easy to get turned around on especially at night after you have come off of a trail and are tired. You will eventually get to where you need to be but "Eventually" is not always optimal.. Using them for solo travel in wilderness areas is another great option for security. I finally bought an older used Garmin that I've been super happy with. It tells me everything I need to know. I have not yet upgraded the maps as you have to pay a small-ish fee to update it. I probably eventually will, someday....maybe.




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Re: GPS suggestions
« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2019, 09:03:04 AM »
So...which older Garmin with a decent sized screen can someone recommend, with updated maps?  I'm looking into this Lowrance but only a 7" screen at this price, I suppose is reasonable.

https://ruggedrocksoffroad.com/Elite-7-Ti2-Multifunction-Off-road-GPS-Lowrance.html?search=gps

Or this Magellan at $399?

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Re: GPS suggestions
« Reply #12 on: March 08, 2019, 08:20:02 PM »
 I bought a used Garmin Nuvi and while it's a small screen I've still been happy with it. The maps are upgradable for either a $49 fee or a $80-something lifetime upgrade. It's actually worked very well for me and I can do simple things like zoom in etc. I'm still trying to figure out how to easily pre-load trails prior to getting to them but it's easy enough. The time/direction and speed have been right on target thus far. I don't know if it would fit your bill with the screen but even with my old tired eyes it's plain enough.
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