Map E32 worth it

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by booger1, Aug 31, 2012.

  1. booger1

    booger1 Been here awhile

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    Looking at taking a trip south of the border in a couple of months.
    I have a Montana 600 GPS.
    Will I get all roads available, is it easy to use, are there any other options I should be looking at, Or if I simple download the birdseye imagery, would that give me a cheaper solution and easier useage?
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  2. Hill Climber

    Hill Climber Been here awhile

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    Depends if you're travelling off road and looking for single track trails, farmers to get gas from, get the E32. If you're just cruising down the pavement, I'd get garmin city navigator (if you get ALL of North America, it includes Mexico) You can use it north of the border too. It also auto-routes. Bicimapas ia also good but has fewer backroads and trails, but will auto route like city navigator.
    If you're not familiar with topo maps, you may find E32 and Bicimapas a little confusing with all the topo lines.

    I've read good stuff about LB Maps. Cheap but does not auto route.

    There's lots of debate and opinion out there as to which map is best..... search around a bit and read others input.

    I personally like the E32 map best.
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  3. booger1

    booger1 Been here awhile

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    I will be doing alot of off-roading.
    I can deal with all the lines of a topo map, but can I get away with just down loading birds eye imagery.
    Thanks for your help.
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  4. stormdog

    stormdog Been here awhile

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    I have used E32 for a couple of trips and liked it.
    On my last trip however I screwed up the down load. At home my 62st appeared to have the map installed correctly. But once I was south of the border it was as if I was missing layers of detail for most of the country.
    When I got home I found that if I installed the map to the micro sd instead of the internal memory it downloaded fine.
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  5. Hill Climber

    Hill Climber Been here awhile

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    I don't know anything about birds eye imagery... if no one is talking about it, then perhaps it's not worth raving about? I don't see on garmins website if they guarantee their images are crystal clear or not. I know that lots of google earth images aren't. I also noted that the utube video describes using their images for finding tree cover for hunting, using it in urban areas for finding parks, finding parking for geocaching, locating creek beds, but no mention of using the imagery for navigating. The video demonstrates that you can place waypoints, describing known land features so you can reference yourself, but most topo maps aleady have a ton of land features in their data base.
    Bottom line for me is that mexico topo maps work for me and I've always found what I'm looking for and how to get there. I think the key words here are the ability to navigate.
    Just my 2 cents worth.
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  6. booger1

    booger1 Been here awhile

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    Thanks Hill Climber. That's the insite I'm looking for.
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