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Old 02-14-2013, 08:30 PM   #6974
Bill Murray
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Originally Posted by Mac View Post
So, I've been looking at getting a Montana to replace my Zumo 450. Every time I'm about to pull the trigger, I look at this thread. Then, my finger goes back to the standby position.

Is the Montana worth all the hassle and babysitting??
Another very satisfied Montana owner.

Prior to the Montana, I used a Zumo 550. It served me well for nearly four years; however, I wanted a GPS that supported using tracks. The Montana had many other features that were intriguing, so I decided to take the plunge and purchased a Montana 650. Yes, there is a little bit of a learning curve, but it is not as daunting as you may believe after reading the posts on this thread. And you have an excellent online resource available to you that I did not know about when I bought my Montana (the Garmin Montana GPSr Wiki at

If you have been reading the recent posts on this thread, you have seen the discussions about the limitations of routing on the Montana. I have never found that constraining. Routes have worked fine for me. However, I prefer to create tracks from my routes (in BaseCamp) and load both the routes and tracks to the Montana. Generally, I prefer using the tracks to navigate, since I know they are never recalculated by the GPS. Yes, you lose the turn-by-turn prompts, but I have never found that to be a problem.

The Montana is versatile, but it may not be to everyone's liking. Do your homework so you can make an educated decision. Feel free to contact me via PM is you have specific questions you would like to discuss.
Bill Murray
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