Help from a dualsport mapper

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by huckleberry, Jan 30, 2010.

  1. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    I've owned and used GPS III, III+, V, Etrex Vista, 2610, 2820, 376c, 478 & the MIO C310x. My current GPS's I use are the 2820 and 478. My wife uses the 376C. I never could get used to the Etrex even though I think it would make a great DS GPS.

    The 367C/478 are my favorite GPS to date! Between the integrated XM & Nexrad weather, awesome tracking capabilities and one of the best GPS screens, they do everything I need. I like the 2820 for its ease of navigation and BT capabilities and 3D view, but if I had to choose only one, the 478 would win out.

    I've only ever just played with a few Nuvi's and was never impressed with them. IMOP, they are way too "dumbed" down and don't allow you to do what you want.
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  2. rwamf

    rwamf Follow me

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    Yes in Topo 8 you can draw the planed ride, convert it to a track and export it to a 'gpx' file as suggested, When I do my track files I will save three files, a unfiltered file with up to 10,000 points for each day, and then I split it up into 20 500 point tracks for the Garmin colormap units, I also have Mapsource and I will also make a 10 track 250 point file for the B&W Garmins, as there are still people who use that crappy tech, IMO it is worthless, better off with the roll chart.
    Mapsource is great and needed to transfer files to the people who show up with a Garmin, it is also very easy to split the tracks and filter them as has been explained in an earlier post. Also remember to tell people to bring their transfer cable if they do not have a 'USB' garmin.
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  3. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    If any of your friends use a Garmin zumo450 or zumo550 those 500 point tracks will do them no good. Give them the same 250 point track you are going to give the old B&W Garmins. Also, be aware the zumo450/550 don't do Track importing very well (Tracks are converted to a Route).
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  4. TowPro

    TowPro Lets ride

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    So you filter them down to 250 points with Topo 8? That is what I was using mapsourse for.
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  5. rwamf

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    No I use mapsource for the 250 point files , but for the 500 point files you can cut up a 10,000 point file into segments in Topo 8, or you can use Mapsource as well.
    either way is okay, It is hard to beat mapsource for file handling/filtering after you have made your track in Topo 8, I use both.
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  6. TowPro

    TowPro Lets ride

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    This is true if your using a Garmin GPS, I switched to a PN-40 :D.

    But I still need to export stuff so everyone else who jumped on the garmin bandwagon can use my tracks.
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  7. huckleberry

    huckleberry BACK ROAD BOMBER

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    it was easy to cut down the number of points on the pn from the menu's i just set the distance to 510' from 10' that gave me 300 points in 30 miles, i didn't know that i had to keep it under 500 so i guess i'll have to adjust a little on the map, was hopeing to keep it as simple as possible and do it with 2 tracks as the event will be 2 loops of aprox. 50 miles each. perhaps it would be better to do 4 tracts of 25 miles each to show more detail in the woods, but then no one will be reading the small screen while riding:lol3
    Thanks for the link on the mapsource 9 dave! i guess i'll have to get that and work with it a little.
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