Garmin Montana

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by AugustFalcon, May 18, 2011.

  1. AugustFalcon

    AugustFalcon Long timer

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    One would hope that they will be consistent with the Profile options in the BaseCamp Beta which allow you to set up how you would like the route calcs to be done. That was one of the things they cleaned up.
  2. brfinley

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    And...it routes you into traffic so you can lane split. :p3rry
  3. OneEffinName

    OneEffinName Been here awhile

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    Gee all my offroading finally beat the crap out of my 60csx this past weekend. What will I get next??? :D

    I sure hope this unit can handle all the bashing around.
  4. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Profile Options are all well and good. And, having the same NAME for them between Garmin products would be. . .unique. But, what I was implying is that even if the GPS Software and BaseCamp have the same Profile Names/Activities we, as customers, do not know what to expect from these profiles+options unless Garmin development tell us what to expect when we create a Route using the available parameters. There are a number of "hidden" variables that only the algorithm developer knows and it is left up to us customers to figure out (reverse engineer as it were).

    A simple paragraph on each of the Profile Activities and it's associated options describing the expected outcome would be much appreciated. But I'm not going to hold my breath. :kboom
  5. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    I agree.

    There. I've said it: It looks like Garmin finally is making a GPS that I'd want to replace my 478 with.

    Whew! :D
  6. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    It looks quite customizable, too. This was one of my main gripes with the Zumo / Nuvi models: they were spoon feeding me and not letting me have control of the info I wanted.

    <iframe width="560" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5vD9UXN6Y5M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    :clap


    I can't wait for my 478 to break now.

    Uh..... :uhoh

    :D
  7. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod I want to do right, but not right now

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    I'm interested in how it routes. Does it auto-recalc the route when you load it, or run it as you created it in mapsource. Does it allow you to create custom avoids, and have custom routing preferences like the 478 where you can adjust road preference sliders.
  8. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Only time will tell how customizable it will be. Although, Garmin Software Engineering can do whatever they're given funding to do - obviously.

    Much of that changed on the zumo 66x back at v3.9 of the software. It has just as much on-screen/on-map customization as the chartplotters had (all be it without the Marine mode data fields). It actually now has a feature that no other Garmin GPS has ever had... Import Tracks of any point count and convert them to Routes without changing the track-path AND with NO Viapoints.

    I think I'm holding out for the "full-meal-deal": i.e, A Montana with Bluetooth, MP3, XM Weather and ALL of the features we know and love.:rofl:rofl:rofl

    I know, I know... "Don't hold your breath."

    Cheers,
  9. Countdown

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    It is really not a full entertainment system without HD-TV DVR, etc. It should also have wheels and an extendable handle to roll it into motel rooms at night.
  10. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Got all of that on my iPhone :evil don't need the wheels and handle either.

    But ya know, when you're in the saddle all day for two months strait, a little audio isn't a bad thing. :ear

    I'd just like the option...a Montana 650tuvwxy

    Cheers,
  11. DennyIndy

    DennyIndy Old F@rt

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    Isn't that feature broken with the 4.2 firmware update?
  12. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    I said it had the feature, not that it was working. :cry

    Hey, wait a minute. . . you've been readin' my [other] posts. :freaky

    I think it's going to get fixed soon. I received a very nice, and speedy, reply from the VP Consumer Engineering - Mr. Mike Wiegers. As much as I give Garmin a hard time, I must admit that their exec's are very customer oriented.

    Cheers,
  13. DennyIndy

    DennyIndy Old F@rt

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    I'd sure like to be able to contact someone like that within Garmin.
    Maybe I could change my mind about them if I could complain to the right folks.
  14. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Why can't you?

    I just looked up who I thought "owned" the problem and found the email address online. I then penned a polite but honest email and sent it.

    I've found that with corporate exec's, it is best to briefly and clearly state your message. And, if you want a reply, end your letter with a request for help.

    Cheers,
  15. DennyIndy

    DennyIndy Old F@rt

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    Couldn't because I didn't know how.

    Now that i know a little about HOW, I shall give it a try.

    Thank You!!
  16. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    Thanks for that. I wasn't aware. I've been too busy bashing the Nuvi platforms to actually figure out whether what I thought was right or not.

    :rofl

    :brow

    :D
  17. CHIA

    CHIA Ya, right

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    My question may be the same, or slightly different, I'm not well versed in this area so I'll simply ask:

    One feature I really really like with my Zumo 550, is the ability to turn my current track log, into a route, on the actual unit, that I can later use for turn-by-turn directions.

    I often ride a full day of twisty backroads, with buds who know the roads/routes much better, and this feature allows me to save it, so I can replicate the exact same later......would it be a fair assumption that the Montana would have this same feature?

    If so, I think I'll put my Zumo up for sale. I love my small 60csx, and the fact that it runs SO long on batteries, but also miss the touchscreen, and speed of the larger units....this looks like it may be the best of both worlds......I don't care about MP3's or BT, never use it.
  18. CHIA

    CHIA Ya, right

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    Ok, after lots of reading, watching online tutorials, and finally find this user manual for the 600 model, it appears that "save track as route" is not one of the features.

    Kinda surprised, as this unit appears to be very feature rich, damn!!!
  19. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    "Save as Route" may not be one of the features that are delivered day-1 but I've never seen any Garmin manual give the complete description of ALL features/functions a unit provides - not to mention that this is a pre-release document.

    Keep in mind that the Montana is a fit's-most, does-a-lot GPS. Maybe over time it will DO ALL.

    Since the unit will save the current Track Log or a segment of the current log to the Track Manager, you can call up a saved Track and navigate it (no turn by turn audio). What more do you need than a path on the map indicating the direction of travel?

    If you just have to have a Route, when you get home, upload the saved tracks to BaseCamp and select "Create Route from Track".

    Cheers,
  20. CHIA

    CHIA Ya, right

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    It's a real bonus to simply click, save track as route on the unit, and 10 seconds later, have it saved....no PC, no messin around, just click & done.

    I like the tun by turn directions.....for the street, trying to stare at a track and follow it is a pain, best reserved for off-road peeps.