Garmin Montana

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

  1. ramz

    ramz Professional Trail Rider

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    You know the answer... if it was easy/convenient, it's still on the Garmin ToDo list.

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  2. River-Runner

    River-Runner Been here awhile

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    Under Maps in Basecamp, hit install and BC calls on mapinstall - you called it.
  3. Emmbeedee

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    You can copy shortcuts and profiles. They are in separate folders under \Garmin on the device.


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  4. El Lobo

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    Go figure. Tapping on this machine sometimes feels like figuring out a Rubik's cube.
    Otherwise this 600 is awesome.
  5. shu

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    Not sure if anyone was able to answer this yet, but here's what I do. (This is assuming that you have created a route containing the waypoint in question.)

    No, AFAIK, there is no magic box that will show this bit of info, but you can get to it with 2 taps and a little bit of scrolling- easily doable on the open road.

    1.Tap the top banner that gives you your next turn info. This will take you to your complete list of turns.
    2. Scroll down to find your waypoint.
    3. Tap on the waypoint. This will yield the desired info: distance and time to that point from your present location.

    Hope that helps................shu
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  6. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    In Nuvi Dashboard mode, of course. Not that everyone uses that.

    In other modes, go to 'Active Route' to see upcoming route information.



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  7. biker128pedal

    biker128pedal Super Lurker

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    Hey I use NUVI mode.....on the road.

    Today while mountain bike riding I tried the goto function for a track I had of the trail. (Not in NUVI mode) I noticed there were points on the way where I had stopped before. The distance to next point was to the next points. There is also an option for how far off the track one is.
  8. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    Where is the "How far off track" option. Maybe one of the dashboard display options. Interesting.
  9. Spud Rider

    Spud Rider Long timer

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    For several years I have been using a Garmin eTrex 20x with the Garmin Topo 2008 maps. I use this GPS receiver for single track, dual sport, and adventure riding. I like the excellent battery life and small size of the Garmin eTrex unit; however it is very difficult to read in daylight. This summer I rode the Tour of Idaho 2, thevTour of Idaho 3, and the Idaho BDR. Nevertheless, I was frustrated by the frequent stops required to verify I was riding the correct track. Therefore, I am considering adding the Garmin Montana 610t to my GPS arsenal. Before spending the money, I have several questions for my fellow inmates.

    My eTrex 20x weighs about half as much as the Garmin Montana. Nevertheless, my Garmin eTrex will frequently shift position on the Ram cradle and its medium Ram arm while riding over rough terrain. Will the heavier Montana receiver remain securely attached with a Ram cradle or Rugged AMPS mount if I switch to the shortest RAM arm?

    Is the Garmin Montana easy to read in direct summer sunlight? If so, is the backlight required?
  10. bluestar

    bluestar the rain maker

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  11. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    My Montana has been secure on 1.5", 3", and 5" RAM arms.

    The Montana display is a transreflective TFT LCD. In bright light, it (start wrong) turns off its light (end wrong) has high contrast for very good readability in direct sun.

    EDIT note around wrong part.
  12. Spud Rider

    Spud Rider Long timer

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    Thank you, gentlemen. Garmin claims the eTrex 20x, the GPX64st, and the Oregon GPS receivers are easily readable in direct sunlight. However, I know this is false for my eTrex 20x.

    https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/518046
    https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/140024#overview
    https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/550460

    I want to be able to verify I am on track with a quick glance at the GPS receiver while riding. Based upon my research, the Garmin Montana is the only rugged, track-friendly, GPS receiver which meets this requirement. Am I correct, or am I missing other possibilites?
  13. shu

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    I don't know about the others.

    The Montana is :
    1. rugged,
    2. has an excellent , strong and stable, powered mount,
    3. track friendly (although you cannot create a track on the unit, you can follow one.)
    4. readability of screen is excellent in all weather conditions, rain to bright sun.

    ...........shu
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  14. Anders-

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    Make sure to get the garmin anti-reflex screen cover, it helps a lot to make the screen readable in sunlight.

    As for the ram stuff moving around, I guess you're on a thumper? I put a bit of bicycle tube on the balls, cancels some of the vibration and also makes sure everything stays in place.
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    Not sure I get that, how does the gps know it's in bright light, there's no sensor for this?
  16. Spud Rider

    Spud Rider Long timer

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    Thanks for posting both of those excellent suggestions.

    Yes, my Honda XR650L, Honda CRF250X, and Yamaha XT225 are all thumpers. Also, I sometimes ride rough terrain at higher speeds which causes a lot of vibration.
  17. Spud Rider

    Spud Rider Long timer

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    Thank you. I download tracks from others or create my own tracks using Garmin Mapsource, Garmin Basecamp and Google Earth. I have never used routes, since I primarily employ the GPS to ride off road. I would gladly stick with my eTrex 20x or another GPS receiver smaller than the Montana, but I really dislike the necessity to stop frequently in bright sunlight merely to verify I am riding the correct track.
  18. LApilot

    LApilot Been here awhile

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    I hate the tiny screens. I used an Aera for the last 13 years before recently buying a Montana. It is smaller but still way bigger than an etrex. If you have your zoom level set close enough and you are "navigating" the track (which increases the size of the colored line) you will have no problem seeing where to go with a quick glance.
  19. Spud Rider

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    Thanks for posting the 'navigating' tip; I will give that a try.
  20. SteveAZ

    SteveAZ Long timer

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    I agree with the positives - very good sunlight display, reasonably robust package, great mount, good size, can take raster maps (with a lot of work). Some downsides are the touch is difficult to use in motion, it's not a good street unit - software is better suited for off-road, and it has a fair bit more position error than most units in the price class I've touched.