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OneEffinName 06-03-2011 11:22 AM

Is the Lowrance Baja viable for large offroad GPS?
So I have been a garmin user for 20 years. I ride 95% offroad and currently use a GPS 60CSx. I am very familiar with the GPS and Mapsource, creating my own IMG maps, etc. I have multiple sources of IMG maps for Canada and the US. The *only* thing I dont like is that there is no large screen (e.g. 5") waterproof Garmin GPS that does a decent job of topo.

I purchased a Zumo 660, loaded on my topo maps, and it was crap. I have tried a large screen android tablet - but no luck with a waterproof rugged case. The Oregon is OK, but really not a big enough screen.

So, in comes the Lowrance Elite 5M Baja. Waterproof, Big screen, built for offroaders. Expensive too. But...

Can I convert my Garmin IMG maps and load them into the device?
Will the conversion be OK?
Does it do a good job of displaying topo?

Any garmin users have experience with this unit?

OneEffinName 06-03-2011 11:56 AM

damn. I just read about the new Garmin Montana announced last month.

4" screen
does topo
does street routable maps
5MP camera
dual battery system
comes with a hot blonde

Damn close to what I want...

DRTBYK 06-10-2011 06:37 PM

As you say the zumo 660 wasn't for you but I'm curious about your comment:


Originally Posted by OneEffinName
. . .loaded on my topo maps, and it was crap.

What was it that was "crap"?

OneEffinName 06-11-2011 10:26 PM

Its display of the contour lines was using too large of lines, so it cluttered the map.

It did not display coloured areas the same as in MapSource or as on my GPS Map60csx

Its clutter filtering was either too much (meaning no terrain) or not enough (too cluttered).

I found the tracks and waypoints way more of a pain to manage, as it is primarily a road GPS.

I purchased one from best buy, took it home and tried it out. I didn't likeit for topo, so I returned it. Perhaps you might to try the same and see if it will work for you.

DRTBYK 06-12-2011 07:09 AM

Good points. I'm a long time zumo user and made the same assessments some time ago regarding Topo use. Since I rarely do trail riding on my HP2, topo's have not been a priority for on-GPS maps. I do occasionally use them in planning my dirt rides.

Maybe the Garmin Montana will be a better fit. Good luck in your search.

By the way, do some more searching, there was someone here who did/does use a Baja 5 off-road.


treeskier 11-26-2012 11:23 AM

what did you end up going with?

I am on the fence between Garmin Montana and Lowrance Elite Baja


mcnut 11-26-2012 02:34 PM


Originally Posted by treeskier (Post 20120774)
what did you end up going with?

I am on the fence between Garmin Montana and Lowrance Elite Baja


What maps covering Baja or Central America are available for the Lowrance, and does it require an external antenna?


Philo99 02-08-2013 08:45 PM

Lowrance listens. Garmin doesn't!
Lowrance now has topo maps for the 5M Baja, Just coming available this month. Since I am totally fed up with Garmin's utter lack of motivation to produce a true adventure bike GPS I am going to make the leap this week to the Lowrance. They also have a micro card for fishing hot spots. Sweet!


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