Looking at buying a Garmin 60CX ,CS or CSX?

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by fanderson, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. fanderson

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    I am looking for a cheaper gps that can do the following for me, and am just a little lost about the differences in the three choices I mentioned. I am a gps noob and the only gps I am used to is "Navigation" on my android.

    Ideally I would like to be able to.

    -Use for highway riding around the states, and mexico. As well as off road on the drz, and on ohv areas with my dedicated dirtbike.
    -Show my Tracks
    -Be able to automatically route me to a destination.
    -Create my own route that the gps will follow and give me directions etc (this is where im pretty lost)

    Are these any good for use on roads? I will more than likely be using this instantly on a trip to baja in january.

    Thanks
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  2. EmmEff

    EmmEff Long timer

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    The 60 series is/was the party line for many Garmin fans... it is a capable GPS, however it is now quite outdated technology. I was never a fan of this GPS and jumped from an eTrex Vista to the Oregon 450.

    The 60CSx or 60Cx (don't bother with the CS) will do what you want, but those who are selling them think they're gold plated and are asking WAY too much money. Don't pay a premium price for a GPS that is now several years out of date.

    What is your budget? Almost everybody will tell you to go with the Montana, but it's $400 + accessories and maps.
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  3. fanderson

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    My budget is right around 300.

    Looking at that oregon you spoke of would you recommend that instead? Seems nice, and even cheaper new, is it pretty good for directions on the road? Can it track?

    This thing will be be used only for the bikes, no hiking or hunting.
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    It's funny they went down in price and then went back up a lot. I still like mine though.
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  5. Emmbeedee

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    The Oregon is a very good gps and with the right maps will give direction info on the road, but they won't be spoken directions, just beeps and arrows.

    The big problem with using the Oregon on a motorcycle is that it uses mini usb as a power source and that doesn't last long, in my experience. 6 months is the longest I got out of the usb before it started misbehaving.

    I think you should save up a little longer, or dig deeper, and get a Montana instead. It'll be the last gps you buy for a very long time.
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  6. EmmEff

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    I've never had a problem with my Oregon 450, despite it being used with the mini USB connector on my BMW for 20000 km (before I wrecked the bike) on all terrains (fire/forest roads and highways). I would recommend it, with the reservation that you'll probably want a larger screen.

    Somebody in another thread said they saw the Oregon 450 for $199. The Montana will exactly twice that price... your call!
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  7. EmmEff

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    Supply and demand... unfortunately, I think the demand is unwarranted. Like I said, it was a good GPS, but it's dated technology now. I wouldn't buy a 60CSx/60Cx now if I was in the market.
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  8. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    I would. I like buttons vs. touch screens. I don't need all the bells and whistles of the Montana and Oregon. My 60CsX works perfectly for the kind of riding I do.
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    +1 , I also prefer buttons.
    In my case sub 76CSx for 60CSx (pretty much the same thing in a different package)
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  10. EmmEff

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    My only complaint related to the touchscreen on my Oregon 450 is that marking a waypoint in the fly is more difficult than it should be. On my eTrex Vista, two clicks of the thumb stick was all it took. I far prefer a touchscreen user interface than buttons.

    To each their own...
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  11. Emmbeedee

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    +1

    I would never go back either to a button gps or one which was limited in the way it handled maps and tracks. But as you say, to each his own.
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  12. dlh62c

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    The 76/78 series units are classified as "Marine" units.

    The 60/62 series use a quad helix antenna. The 76/78 use a patch antenna, which has very good reception as long as the unit is held flat. The quad helix antenna improves reception and is better suited to holding the GPS in a more upright vertical position.

    daryl
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  13. fanderson

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    I think I just became more lost because of this thread lol
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  14. dlh62c

    dlh62c Long timer

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    Its all a compromise.

    YouTube has many videos on various models and features. Sit down, watch some and take notes.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLkaLON_7rM

    I replaced my Delorme PN40 with a Garmin GPSmap 62s and couldn't be happier. Sure, it gets its external power though a mini USB connector, but I've never used it for that, even in the truck. I get some purdy good mileage out of a set of PowerEx rechargeable batteries and a PowerEx Wizard One charger.

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  15. Cataract2

    Cataract2 Where to?

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    I have a Garmin 78s and can say that it has zero issues receiving sat signal no matter how you hold it. I've seen no noticeable difference on the sat screen in how it's receiving and the accuracy has remained stable.
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  16. mwolff

    mwolff Been here awhile

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    After just using my 60Cx on dirt rides in Death Valley, I decided to upgrade to 1. Bigger screen and 2. Touch screen. The 60Cx has been a good unit, durable as ever, good signal from the antenna......but these old eyes need bigger screen. Soon I'll post it for sale.

    Fanderson, I'm next door in Mendo Co. PM me if you wanna ride Cow Mtn. soon.
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