ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Layin' down tracks > GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 08-20-2012, 09:38 PM   #1
SE Steve OP
Super Noob
 
SE Steve's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2011
Location: So Cal
Oddometer: 167
OMG!!!! What GPS should I Get!!!!!

Zumo 660 or Montana 650T. I'm so confused.
SE Steve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2012, 04:26 AM   #2
Burbs
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Burbs's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2008
Location: Alabama
Oddometer: 193
Can't go wrong with a Zumo IMHO.
__________________
This is my Concours. There are many others like it, but this one is mine.
Burbs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2012, 06:47 AM   #3
BruceWA
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Joined: Jan 2005
Location: Wenatchee, WA
Oddometer: 425
My dilemma as well and throw in the 350 too.
__________________
Figures don't lie, but liars can figure
BruceWA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2012, 07:17 AM   #4
PFFOG
Richard Alps-aholic
 
PFFOG's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2005
Location: Western NY, further from NYC than 6 entire states
Oddometer: 1,901
Garnin 276C/376/478 Oldies but GREATies
__________________
Tuscany 2010
Maritime Alps and Vosges

Richard
PFFOG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2012, 07:19 AM   #5
BruceWA
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Joined: Jan 2005
Location: Wenatchee, WA
Oddometer: 425
I've been using the 276c for the last 7 years, but thinking of selling it and "upgrading" to a newer supported unit.
__________________
Figures don't lie, but liars can figure
BruceWA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2012, 07:21 AM   #6
BK
Electron herder
 
BK's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: Indiana
Oddometer: 395
Quote:
Originally Posted by SE Steve View Post
Zumo 660 or Montana 650T. I'm so confused.
The 660 LM (lifetime maps) is due to be released this month according to Touratech. It's also listed on Amazon, same price as 660 without the maps.
__________________
"Human beings are the only creatures on Earth that claim a God, and the only living things that behave like they haven't got one." - The Rum Diary
BK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2012, 11:59 AM   #7
DRTBYK
Long Haul Adventurer
 
DRTBYK's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2003
Location: North Central Washington (state)
Oddometer: 4,877
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChevalDeFer View Post
The 660 LM (lifetime maps) is due to be released this month according to Touratech. It's also listed on Amazon, same price as 660 without the maps.
Just to clarify, same price as zumo 660 without Lifetime maps. All zumo's come with pre-installed City Navigator North America or EU (depending upon your country of purchase).

Cheers,
__________________
Cheers,

Dan
All Things GPS
Reviews at www.GlobeRiders.com
DRTBYK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2012, 12:15 PM   #8
DRTBYK
Long Haul Adventurer
 
DRTBYK's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2003
Location: North Central Washington (state)
Oddometer: 4,877
Quote:
Originally Posted by SE Steve View Post
Zumo 660 or Montana 650T. I'm so confused.
Depends of course. The features of these two GPS's are quite different. Which one best suits your needs?

Cheers,
__________________
Cheers,

Dan
All Things GPS
Reviews at www.GlobeRiders.com
DRTBYK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2012, 06:06 AM   #9
Twilight Error
Going nowhere slowly
 
Twilight Error's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2002
Location: The Submarine Mines
Oddometer: 22,387
One of each. Use the Zumo for road navigation, the Montana for trip computer and a topo map.

Okay. Serious answer: If bluetooth connectivity, spoken direction and the fancy 3D turn preview the Zumo offers aren't critical to your use, go for the Montana. Its a lbit more versatile in that you can load it with road or topo maps.
Twilight Error is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2012, 12:04 PM   #10
SE Steve OP
Super Noob
 
SE Steve's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2011
Location: So Cal
Oddometer: 167
Quote:
Originally Posted by Twilight Error View Post
One of each. Use the Zumo for road navigation, the Montana for trip computer and a topo map.

Okay. Serious answer: If bluetooth connectivity, spoken direction and the fancy 3D turn preview the Zumo offers aren't critical to your use, go for the Montana. Its a lbit more versatile in that you can load it with road or topo maps.
According to garmins web site the 660 can be loaded with topo maps. For an added cost. Has anyone done that on a 660 yet ?
SE Steve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2012, 12:55 PM   #11
DRTBYK
Long Haul Adventurer
 
DRTBYK's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2003
Location: North Central Washington (state)
Oddometer: 4,877
Quote:
Originally Posted by SE Steve View Post
According to garmins web site the 660 can be loaded with topo maps. For an added cost. Has anyone done that on a 660 yet ?
You can use any Garmin compatible maps on the zumo 660 in addition to the CNNA maps. The maps you want to add are bundled up into a single file named gmapsupp.img. You can have one gmapsupp.img on internal storage and one on the µSD Card.

I found the Topo maps to be rather useless on the zumo due to the contour lines - they look just like roads.

Cheers,
__________________
Cheers,

Dan
All Things GPS
Reviews at www.GlobeRiders.com
DRTBYK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2012, 01:25 PM   #12
SE Steve OP
Super Noob
 
SE Steve's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2011
Location: So Cal
Oddometer: 167
So it sounds like the Montana is better for off road but may not be as robust for mounting on a motorcycle and maybe a little harder to figure out ? and can be upgraded for on road use?

660-665 sound like there more for street use but can be adapted to off road when planning a trip ? With these units you wont get the detail needed for super back country riding?

Maybe the better question is if you could only pick 1 unit. And you were going to ride from Southern CA to Bend Oregon. need to be able to up load a route you want to take up and back. and have the ability to upload maps while at the KTM adventure rally. What unit would you take?? and why??

Thanks
Steve
SE Steve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2012, 03:03 PM   #13
DRTBYK
Long Haul Adventurer
 
DRTBYK's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2003
Location: North Central Washington (state)
Oddometer: 4,877
Quote:
Originally Posted by SE Steve View Post
So it sounds like the Montana is better for off road but may not be as robust for mounting on a motorcycle and maybe a little harder to figure out ? and can be upgraded for on road use?

660-665 sound like there more for street use but can be adapted to off road when planning a trip ? With these units you wont get the detail needed for super back country riding?

Maybe the better question is if you could only pick 1 unit. And you were going to ride from Southern CA to Bend Oregon. need to be able to up load a route you want to take up and back. and have the ability to upload maps while at the KTM adventure rally. What unit would you take?? and why??

Thanks
Steve
The Montana Series is arguably the most "robust" GPS Garmin makes. It is designed to be used on Motorcycles, ATV, Snowmobiles, etc. It has most of the on-road routing features of the zumo 66x series. The zumo 66x series is somewhat easier to use in the sense that it has very little customization available compared to the Montana. Would it take you a little longer to learn the Montana over the zumo - maybe.

Based upon your lack of GPS skill, I would suggest you stay with the zumo 660. It is a fine GPS and will do what you appear to need it to do. But, even it has features that you will not figure out without some assistance since they are not outlined in the Owners Manual.

Cheers,
__________________
Cheers,

Dan
All Things GPS
Reviews at www.GlobeRiders.com
DRTBYK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2012, 04:59 PM   #14
Mike955i
Studly Adventurer
 
Mike955i's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2005
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Oddometer: 982
If you truly get into remote backcountry, past Forest Service roads and graded County roads, the choice is the Montana for it's feature set and ruggedness. If you never get dirtier than Forest Service roads (or never get dirty) the Zumo is the better choice due to it's more street focus and ease of use. Simple...
__________________
Just another Dharma Bum, drifting in the void
Mike955i is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2012, 06:05 PM   #15
BK
Electron herder
 
BK's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: Indiana
Oddometer: 395
Touratech is now shipping the 660lm.
__________________
"Human beings are the only creatures on Earth that claim a God, and the only living things that behave like they haven't got one." - The Rum Diary
BK is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 05:22 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014