Hand-held GPS recommendations?

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Oz and Kiwi Land' started by iconman, Aug 31, 2017.

  1. iconman

    iconman Good vibrations

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    Hi. Can anyone recommend a good hand-held GPS I can mount to my WRF? I need glasses to read stuff up real close so a decent screen is a good idea. Have a Zumo 550 but its a bit too big. Cheers.
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  2. Rider 101

    Rider 101 Highly paid idiot

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    New Garmin Montana 680. Expensive but good. You can purchase the Amps rugged mount and a Ram mount for the bars.
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  3. Motopsychoman

    Motopsychoman Not a total poseur

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    Depending on what you want it for, but I have an eTrex 20 mounted to my bars. Decent free maps, and I really want it mostly for finding my way back in case I get lost.
    Downside, doesn't work at all well with gloves on.
    Plus side, runs 40+ hours on a set of Lithium batteries. I keep mine plugged into a USB charger most of the time anyway. Only a few bucks for a cradle. 100% waterproof and seems to be vibration proof.
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  4. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    Garmin 60 or 70 series.:thumb They do everything, and more.
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  5. EastRoad

    EastRoad Road Viking

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    You could buy a cheap-ish rugged smartphone and load whatever software & maps you want (and no it does not even need a sim card to be used as a GPS).

    Used to have a garmin montana 600 on my bike... and these days happily use my smartphone instead.
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  6. Oldfatbeerman

    Oldfatbeerman Enroute to a PUB

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    I have been using a Garmin Montana 650 T for about the last 3 or so years , loaded with Garmin topo maps it is quite easy to use . Best piece of equipment I have for exploring unknown areas !

    Recently I have dabbled in the Smart phone as a gps arena , still have yet to find an app that works anywhere near as well as the Montana . The smart phone is not water proof when plugged into the bikes power supply (battery) like the Montana is , because the power connection is external on the dedicated GPS but is internal with a cover on my Samsung S5 . So water resistance is an issue . The S5 is IP 67 rated for water resistance with the charging cover closed though .

    I have , just today , downloaded an app and installed it on a $100 7" Tablet , it was free as was the map for my state for use when off line , as this tablet is wi fi connection only , the offline part is imperative for me . It appears to work well so far , but I have not had it on my bike as yet to give it a proper test . Time will tell . The App is OsmAnd , available in the respective Apple and Google apps stores for $ 0 for the basic setup . You can upgrade to the all singing all dancing level after paying $ if you find you like/ love it . I have been able to up load a couple of GPX files and get them to show on the map , this is more promising than any previously tried app :clap . But , I will reserve my judgement till I test the app and usage suitability in the field .
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  7. iconman

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    Great, thanks Fatty. Bit out of my price range though....
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