GPS features.

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by fiwi, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. fiwi

    fiwi Been here awhile

    May 10, 2009
    Perth, Australia
    Hello all. For all the riders out there that do remote outback riding, eg the deserts of Australia, unsealed roads, sandy/rocky tracks, what features are the most important to you when you are deciding which GPS is appropriate?. I figure that is the best way for me to decide on a GPS to buy ratherthan asking the standard 'which gps should I buy. Thanks
  2. mcnut

    mcnut Long timer

    Apr 26, 2006
    Bakersfield CA & Sammamish WA
    That just opened a can of worms but I'll get it started.....

    1) Unit must have a good history for being rugged, durable and having mature firmware.

    2) A screen you can see. Factors include how good your eyes are and if 100% back-lighting is required.

    3) Unit can record, export & import tracks. You will want a track log if navigating unmapped paths.

    4) Ability to handle different map sets (ex. CityNavigator & Topo or 3rd party) and switch between them.

    5) Good power options including a robust plug (not mini USB) if hard wired. For me must be capable of battery operation with AA batteries a option.

    6) Unit must be well supported by manufacturer customer support, software and forums. Others will disagree but for me that means Garmin products, which have been around at least a year.

  3. Countdown

    Countdown Long timer

    Oct 20, 2003
    Carson City/Ridgecrest
    Above says it very well except drop the "if" in power. Internal and rugged external is a must for reliability.
  4. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

    Dec 18, 2007
    Abq NM
    I guess it falls under "rugged", but the unit must be waterproof. They tend to get rained on a lot.

    Screen brightness is a big deal. If possible you might want to take one outside and look at with the sun both behind and in front of you.

    On my 60 the weakness was poor visibility with the sun in front of me.

    It is also important to have good support software. Garmin is pretty good for this. I don't know about other manufacturers.