Garmin Dakota Series?

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by Buzzbomber, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. Buzzbomber

    Buzzbomber Not Dr. Who...

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    Anybody using one of these? Search wasn't very helpful.....

    The price isn't bad with rebate, looks good on paper. :ear

    Would be using for a mix of uses, but mostly on the bike as a reference to check position when on forest roads, etc...
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  2. Buzzbomber

    Buzzbomber Not Dr. Who...

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    I think I hear crickets chirping somewhere...

    Ok, I guess it's fair to assume they aren't popular for this crowd.
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  3. DewNmoon

    DewNmoon Been here awhile

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    Ordered a Dak 20 from REI and expect it today. Replacing an Etrex and GPSV handhelds for dirt/ MTB use.
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  4. kojack

    kojack Stay adventurous my friends!

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    I have the Dakota 10 for this season. Looks to be a great device with lots of features.

    I am waiting for my dash mount to try it out in bike.
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  5. Truckin_Thumper

    Truckin_Thumper low profile

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    I have the 20...I actually like it pretty good.
    I use it for finding my way to places when I get sidetracked by gravel roads, or use it for a general guideline of a route

    You CAN get aerial imagery for it too...I am getting that in the next week or two. Plan on using that on my excursion out west.

    It is reliable and accurate, I would suggest using recharble NiCad batteries though, it eats up throw aways.
    Screen gets a bit tricky in certain light, but what GPS doesn't?

    It does not have trackback, but just follow your trails.

    I'd say get it, you wont be disappointed, unless you have a BMW and "need" a Zumo :lol3
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  6. Buzzbomber

    Buzzbomber Not Dr. Who...

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    Cool, more good input. I've got a nuvi I throw on the bike occasionally for road work, so I definitely don't need a zumo:lol3 It sounds like this unit will do what I want for the offroad stuff.
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  7. skopiec

    skopiec Adventurer

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    I've had mine for a couple of months and like it just fine....

    Screen is tough to read when the sun is low in the sky and it hits the GPS at an angle. Usually, I can swivel the unit on the bike mount enough to see it. Since I use mine for mostly off-road, I don't read it on the move all that often anyway. The touch screen menu is great and is usable w/ gloves if you're still. While moving, I send to miss too often.

    I really like the size of the unit since it can also be used on my bicycles, etc. The 60 just seemed a little too big for some application.
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  8. peekay

    peekay Been here awhile

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    Might also want to consider the Oregon 450... it's has a much better screen and only about $30-$40 more street price (and the same rebates should be available as the Dakota 20).

    The Dakota is basically a basic version of the Oregon.
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  9. Buzzbomber

    Buzzbomber Not Dr. Who...

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    Well, I found myself at REI this weekend and wound up bringing home a dakota 10. I loaded up some routable maps for my area from OSM and a pretty good(but non-routable) topo/street map for the area. So far, I like it, but haven't had it on the bike yet. RAM cradle is on the way...
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  10. kojack

    kojack Stay adventurous my friends!

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    what is the process of loading arieals.
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  11. truckguy

    truckguy awesomeness!

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    I know Im bringing this back to life, but I just bought a Dakota today and Ive messed with it a little bit and I really like it:thumb
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  12. R-dubb

    R-dubb Dubbious Adventurer

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    GPScity just put the Dakota 20 on sale for $210. I'm thinking it will be really good for hike and bike with 24k Topo. Screen sucks for MC use.
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  13. T-Stoff

    T-Stoff Been here awhile

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    Have had my Dakota 20 since Dec. '09 and nary a shadow of any problems with it. If at all, it's too cute.
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  14. Buzzbomber

    Buzzbomber Not Dr. Who...

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    After having had mine for a year, I have some thoughts. It's hard to see on the road when using it to navigate turn by turn, but works fine on DS rides where speeds are a bit lower. The auto-routing isn't as good as the Nuvi in my cage, but will get you there without too much drama. Battery life on rechargeable nimhs is really good, I used it for a two-day DS ride with the backlight on full-time on one charge. That's about it.
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  15. R-dubb

    R-dubb Dubbious Adventurer

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    Just completed a five day mountain bike trip. The Dakota is a perfect size GPS to have along. Kept the group from getting lost once or twice. Trail detail in 24k Topo maps works really well on this unit. The only additional function I wish it had is a trip altimeter for cumulative climbing. You can still back into this info by using the elevation plot function on the track log, just not as convenient as if it were showing in a data field on screen.
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  16. Karlxx

    Karlxx Dirt Curious

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    I am also happy with My Dakota 20 on the bike, always gets me there and love the trip meter for monitoring my progress on a long distance day (maintaining averages). Would be nice to have a bigger screen, but more power would be required.

    I run it off the powered usb adaptor I have and it also runs all day without using battery.

    K
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  17. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    I'm looking for a GPS for riding on trails offroad. I've seen these for $180 on ebay with free shipping, refurbished. Is this the best bang for the buck, or are there other models I might consider?
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