24K vs. 100K

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by trampaslake, Apr 25, 2013.

  1. trampaslake

    trampaslake Been here awhile

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    Hello all,

    I'm considering purchasing a Montana.

    I've never had topo maps on a GPS before but am intrigued by the idea. I'll be doing alot of riding and hiking with the unit.

    I've watched videos comparing the two maps and I wonder if the 24K maps can become cluttered since the topo lines can be so close together. I imagine riding in the mountains and the screen being practically covered with topo lines.

    Is is possible turn down the detail on 24K maps if I'm not needing it?

    Or would I be better off going with the 100K and losing some detail if I zoom way in?

    Thanks
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  2. DSM8

    DSM8 Where fun goes to die....

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    You can adjust the detail of the topo maps as they are displayed.
    Re you other question I dont know.

    I have the 60CSX and run the 24K maps, they are easy enough to read. And will provide more detail than the 100K as needed.
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  3. mcnut

    mcnut Long timer

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    The 100k has the same issue of clutter but as has been stated you can set the detail lower but then you also loose other map data ( at a given zoom level).

    It may be possible on the Montana to control the contour lines separately from other data. I say that because it is possible in the BaseCamp profiles, unfortunately only on/off.

    To really get the most out of a GPS on-road & off-road requires several mapsets be loaded.

    Bruce
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  4. trampaslake

    trampaslake Been here awhile

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    Yeah I'm coming to that conclusion too.

    Thanks!




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  5. swaanimal

    swaanimal Adventurer

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    The 100k maps are not as accurate as the 24k maps. When trip planning, I was getting frustrated with the trails not matching Google satellite view until I switched to the 24k maps. My GPS zooms to match the speed traveled over ground (which when trail riding in the mountains is not all that fast) and the screen is never cluttered. I often have to zoom out to get an overview to verify where we are at on the map. IMO the 24k maps are the way to go.
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