Good GPS for Hiking and Traveling?

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by greener556, Jun 23, 2012.

  1. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    No, you can't. You can power it, but not charge it.
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  2. jsat

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    Digging this up from the dead; anyone use a current model GPS for hiking + moto (dual sport)?
    Thx!
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  3. Countdown

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    Nothing really new in last few years. All the Garmin hand-helds work for hiking but only the 78 has 12 V power input for motorcycle use. At Dual Sport events the Montana is really taking over with 78 distant 2nd. Montana is a little big for hiking. I take my 78 off bike to explore and it fits in shirt pocket fine or even tool pocket on side of my Carhart pants.
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  4. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    hiking, we usually geocache along the way, if they're close by and show to have been found recently
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    dual sport, with about fifty routes displayed, and thousands stored on phone memory
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    turn by turn navigation on those same DS tracks. sometimes I just wanna let it tell me when the next turn is coming, rare but it happens
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    I usually leave it in my backpack/pocket for hiking and record a track along the way for back tracking. for DS /woodsrides, I'll put it on the bars and stream music to my helmet either through Bluetooth or wired earbuds.

    the available maps seem limitless. I change between satellite imagery , topo, and roads-only as needed. every now and then I'll use the old usgs maps to find old dirt roads, tunnels, etc for fun.

    after several years of off roading, I keep waiting for one to die (like everyone says it inevitably must) but no luck yet.

    it's just a 3 year old, waterproof/rugged $65 phone
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  5. ObisoD

    ObisoD furiously strollin'

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    What OS and App are you using?
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  6. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    android os (5.x) and locus application.

    locus is harder to learn initially, but does more than the others.

    screenshot with thousands of miles of tracks and ten thousand+waypoints/caches, just hard to tell until you zoom in to see the real detail involved

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    the ability to EDIT tracks on the device is pretty nice
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  7. Got_Carbs?

    Got_Carbs? Been here awhile

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    Wouldn't battery life be one top priority for hiking. A smartphone can't match a dedicated GPS in that.
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  8. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    everyone that carries a GPS device (Tablet/Phone/Standalone) should carry extra batteries.... but still....

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    this is 12% battery usage while cleaning single track and recording waypoints/tracks, for a little over five hours today. it's pretty typical of my hiking usage, except when we geocache I'll have it on for approximately three times as much to organize finds, read clues, pictures, etc

    I have experimented with this phone, and screen on time is usually good for 8-14 hours depending on brightness and usage. I normally carry a lipo power brick for over nighters, and/or extra batteries, just like I would with the 60csx or Oregon.

    the biggest battery depleter is normally being on the fringe of cellular service, but since I learned turning off the cellular antenna makes it quiet and last a long time, I now do.

    of course, I always carry an extra phone loaded with the same maps /tracks/database, as a redundancy. so far, I haven't needed it.

    speaking of hiking usage, I don't think I've ever carried a gps the whole way, let alone kept the screen on the entire time while carrying it. pockets and backpacks do a nice job of carrying things for me, and the power save function (turns the screen off after fifteen seconds or so?) on my Oregon is the only way it's going to achieve battery superiority vs the smartphones I have. it requires the screen to be at full brightness in order to be seen under tree cover, but my phone is good at 50%. of course in full sunlight the Oregon screen is transflective... but oh so tiny it's hard to see anyway.
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  9. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    here's another battery screen shot. this time from an old rugged Samsung I didn't realize was on until I knocked it off the monitor...

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    notice, Wi-Fi and cellular are enabled, but it doesn't have a Sim card in it. that's an older version of locus running, hopefully this updated version has similar battery performance with all its new features too.

    maybe there is a Garmin that will last around ten days with occasional use ?
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