GPS for Off the Bike Adventures

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by TimothyCaseTimothy, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. TimothyCaseTimothy

    TimothyCaseTimothy Been here awhile

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    Sorry if this topic has been beaten to death already...I'm looking at doing some backcountry thru-hiking next season out here in CO and suspect that some of the GPS devices in use for backcountry moto adventures might serve me well on foot as well...

    Can the peanut gallery make recommendations on their favorite GPS device to use in the outback?

    My experience with these devices is nil, but I have plenty of time to study up, practice, etc. There are ample paper maps for the hiking I'm gonna take to, but I'd like a backup/redundancy and some sort of immediate feedback as to my progress, etc.

    I was looking at a wrist GPS/HR monitor combo in the Suunto Ambit, but want to get your opinions on the matter before I drop 5 bones on a device...

    Thank you!

    Tim
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  2. GSWayne

    GSWayne Old Guy nOOb

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    You should probably post in the Laying Down Tracks forum. Lots of GPS geeks there. I like my Garmin Oregon for hiking.
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  3. TimothyCaseTimothy

    TimothyCaseTimothy Been here awhile

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    Thank you! Reposted there...

    TC
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  4. River Pilot

    River Pilot "Razor Six"

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    Hello Tim,

    Agreed. The Garmin Oregon 450T/550T are the devices of choice in my opinion for your situation. Good setup would be the Oregon 450T or 550T for off road motorcycle riding/hiking along with adding CNNT 2013.3 map for street use. If any these units are selected, suggest adding the hard case to protect them. It includes a carabiner for attachment to your equipment.

    Here is the info for City Navigator CNNT and adding Lifetime Maps is also recommended.

    Here are the off road devices Off Road Devices for comparison

    Purchase a 4GB or greater SD card when buying any device to accept any future map upgrades.

    Purchase the screen covers to protect the screen.

    Purchase a Spot Satellite GPS Messenger for safety, security and real time sharing/tracking.

    Good luck and enjoy CO.

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  5. dlh62c

    dlh62c Long timer

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    My vote would go for the 62/78 series.

    Its all a compromise. For remote use, you want something that gets great mileage on a set of batteries.

    daryl
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  6. Dualthing

    Dualthing Been here awhile

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    On the bike I use a Nuvi 500, and for hiking got the Etrex 20, works like a charm
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  7. tdvt

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    I also have no experience with GPS units but figure I better get on-board before too long. While I don't hike much, my primary uses WOULD be off-road & remote, generally on a bike. The street map use would be an added bonus for the odd road trip.

    So these Oregon units look pretty interesting, but using the Garmin comparison page I'm not seeing differences between the 450 & 550. Size, weight. memory, screens, battery life, etc. all seem the same.......

    Also are the 'T" models with Garmin topos worth the $$? I have read there are better maps available cheaper (or free)
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  8. tdvt

    tdvt Been here awhile

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    Missed the camera
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  9. SLV2NON

    SLV2NON Been here awhile

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    I LOVE my ambit. If you are looking for a full fledged GPS with detailed maps... It's not the GPS for you. If you want waypoint navigation, to know your position, basic route navigation, altitude, barometer, compass, heart rate, etc... It is sick. I use mine for tracking my cycling, both road and mountain. It tracks all sorts of metrics and displays them in an easy to understand and use site.

    Check out Movescount.com and their new "app" page. They just opened up a whole new field of fun with app development for the watch.
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  10. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    I prefer a larger screen on my bike so the Garmin Montana 600 Series is the unit I use. When off the bike hiking I just change my unit profile to "hiking mode" and pop the Montana in my case that clips to my belt or shoulder strap of my daypack. If I want to get really picky about weight, I always have my Garmin fēnix watch - best battery life on the market for a full fledged GPS watch.

    Cheers,
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