Best Off Road GPS & Why

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by 05 XR650R, Apr 19, 2013.

  1. NJjeff

    NJjeff Long timer

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    Have a look at the Delorme PN series.

    Frustrating at first but once learned it's a very good durable unit. Tracking, routing, topo maps.
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  2. 01Belgarda600

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    I use a Garmin Nuvi in the truck everyday and it suites that purpose well. (It is hopeless on its own battery though) Never used one on the bike before at all. The main feature I like with a gps is pin pointing where you are in relationship to an intersection. This way you can find yourself on the paper foldout map and continue to navigate. Has anyone used a "Trail Tech Voyager GPS" before? if so any comments. Are Australian DSE fire trails on most GPS' standard?

    PS good points about the power conections, mounting and durability.
    Cheers
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  3. nwvic

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    Can you expand on how they broke? How were they mounted? How hard do you ride etc.

    I'm looking at the Montana/Oregon/62s and am primarily concerned with durability. I don't want to plunk down some fairly serious cash to have the unit turn into a brick.
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  4. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    For every whiner there are most likely a hundred happy owners and I don't care what the product is. I'm on my third Montana. One Garmin replaced due to hardware malfunction early in the build cycle. The second one I broke. The third one has many thousands of miles on it with NO issues. The Montana is just as easy to use as any other GPS. You CAN do lots of things to make it more compatible to your workflow (once you know what that is) but you certainly are not obligated to do so. Open the box, put the battery in it, turn it on and use it. There that wasn't to hard now was it. :lol3
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  5. Countdown

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    For Max durability, it is between Oregon and 78s, they have both been bullet proof. Touch screen of Oregon is probably a little less robust than buttons of 78 but also no durable external power. To answer your question about most durable 78 or 76 or 60 (with no internal batteries) hands down, nothing more reliable but do you really need it?

    Montana has had many hardware and S/W issues but Garmin stands behind it so you will never own a brick. If you want external power, 62 is as far from durable as you can get. External 3rd party USB power supply and USB connector are all designed for desk top use not a vibrating motorcycle in the rain.
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  6. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    I believe that the Oregon is the most durable of the three. Watch this video for the first few minutes - you won't need the audio to get the point.

    Der Hammer
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  7. Shooby

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    Damn, that's serious durability testing. I'd like to see that with the Montana.
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  8. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Not with a Resistive Touchscreen. It's the Glass and "wrap-around" packaging that makes the Oregon that tough. If I had lots of money I'd give the Monterra the "Der Hammer" test. :evil
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  9. learhopper

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    Do you have to purchase road maps after buying either one of these units? Sorry (noob)
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  10. DRTBYK

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    Yes.
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  11. learhopper

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    How about the Oregon 450t?
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  12. nwvic

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    Thanks all for the feedback. I ended up ordering an Oregon 450 from GPSCity, they have it for $160 right now. It's not the same design as the Oregon those Germans are smacking around in the video but from other things I've read it should work fine.
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  13. mcnut

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    At that price I was tempted as well.
    Just one word of advise, do not hardwire it as the usb connector will fail with in time.

    Bruce
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  14. Martin Eves

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    The best offroad gps if you do not require any route just on the road in my opinion is presently Montana series.
    I have used Zumo GPS for 3 years excels as a combined highway and offroad gps.
    The big problem was that it can not present topo maps in a good way. Montana can handle it without problems. The limitations of route management, can I live with
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