Garmin Montana

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

  1. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Here's the difference between the uncluttered and cluttered map display in my two profiles.

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  2. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

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    thanks for taking the time emmbeedee. I've been pulling my hair out with this issue, what's left any way....

    I tried at least a dozen "user waypoint" zoom settings, including "off", prior to my post but to no avail. I tried "off" again, full moon so you never know, but the POI clutter issue persisted. I should mention, I currently don't have any "user waypoints" on the GPS at the moment.

    While fussing, I toggled zoom-->map points from auto to 500 and back to auto. The POI clutter magically disappeared and not sure why. Only thing I can think of perhaps the XML config file was corrupt or not getting updated correctly???

    I changed my "user waypoints" setting back to preferred 800ft for my off-road profile. Problem solved....thanks again...

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  3. SteveAZ

    SteveAZ Long timer

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    I'm done with my montana. After several years of very hard use I will be retiring it. It has a broken power button and the only way I can turn it on is by plugging it in to usb and pulling the battery to turn it off and it is stuck on full brightness - clearly it's time to go back to garmin for the out-of-warranty exchange ($160).

    I had only been using it on my bicycle and have since been running another unit so it's just sitting around and I see no future for it in my toolkit.

    If someone wants it to send in for exchange, $100 (paypal). Just the unit as-is.

    If nobody wants that, I'll eventually send it in and offer the refurb unit for $300....
  4. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    What are you replacing it with, and why?
  5. SteveAZ

    SteveAZ Long timer

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    For the 4x4, kayak, sailplanes and moto - 276cx.

    I put my old 76 on the bicycle when the power button went south. I'm finding I actually prefer it quite a bit more in just about every way except for screen size. For bicycle use the smaller screen is much less of an issue too. So I just don't see any reason to keep this unit since all I have been using it for lately is the bicycle and don't really have any other use for it.
  6. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Jockey

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    Is anyone running one of those clip on sun shields on their Montana?
  7. biker128pedal

    biker128pedal Super Lurker

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    Got a reason the Montana is better than an iPhone 6. Or at least have both. The iPhone shuts down below freezing. So the Montana has a wider operating range.
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  8. marchyman

    marchyman DR and GS

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    What app on the iPhone? Perhaps there are apps that are better :dunno

    I rarely have a cell signal once I get off the major roads. Anything web based is therefore useless. I have many gigabytes worth of maps on my GPS. My phone doesn't have that much space available -- perhaps yours does. Also, the GPS handles weather better than the iPhone. I'm ignoring 3rd party cases for the phone.
  9. biker128pedal

    biker128pedal Super Lurker

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    I like Galileo Pro on the IPhone 6 but there are better.

    As for cold weather it does not matter which app. It may work as long as it is plugged in and charging but unplug once and after two pictures the phone shuts down. Y know pictures for a tag grab. :muutt
  10. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    there are plenty of threads about this already, but
    rugged androids are super cheap, work well below freezing (tested) on tight/heavy tree cover/canyons/lakes/etc, without cellular service, etc and it's really not a big deal to toss them into a creek and take video of fish/crawdads. storage for maps is almost unlimited, with these 128gb sdcards and everything. if I'm outside of cellular range (yay!) I'll usually hang a weather sock outside the hammock.

    I can't speak for iPhone issues with cold weather but my androids love it. it helps keep the big android muscles happy ;-)
  11. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Or just use a Montana.
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  12. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Do they make one for the Montana? I figure it would be difficult to design something which might be useful in both orientations, portrait and landscape.

    I'd like to find something to shade the whole gps when the sun's very bright. I don't usually have any trouble seeing the screen, but the device itself gets too hot to charge the battery at times.
  13. JR356

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    Found this for those with a 3D printer:
    https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1324198

    JR356