Montana: Horizontal or vertical?

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by FakeName, Jan 18, 2014.

  1. FakeName

    FakeName Wile E Coyote SuperGenius

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    For years, everyone used the 60Csx in the traditional vertical orientation, but now I'm seeing many use Montanas in the horizontal postition.

    Which do you prefer and why?
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  2. 250senuf

    250senuf Long timer

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    There wasn't a choice with the 60zzz, otherwise you might have seen some in horizontal (landscape) position. Preference would depend on what one wanted to see, ahead or what's off to the sides.
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  3. FakeName

    FakeName Wile E Coyote SuperGenius

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    Erm- yes, I understand.

    What position do YOU use and why do YOU prefer it?

    Thanks.
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  4. rwamf

    rwamf Follow me

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    GPS - Vertical, Track Up, I like to see what is coming up
    Shooting Video on your phone ---- TURN IT SIDEWAYS (Horizontal)
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  5. shu

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    Horizontal works for me. Plenty of view to what's ahead and a pretty good understanding of my surroundings.

    ............shu
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  6. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    I use mine in vertical position.
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  7. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Horizontal, same as my monitors, my laptop screen, and my TV. :D
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  8. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    I have always had mine locked in horizontal. It never occurred to me to look at vertical.

    I use north up so I guess I could get a longer preview of the ride for north/south legs in vertical.

    I guess those who use track up are always going to have a limited preview.

    But IMHO this is virtually never an issue.
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  9. caver

    caver Missouri The Cave State

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    Horizontal and track up.
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  10. aussiestrider

    aussiestrider Adventurer

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    Ditto for me. Works well. I'll post a pic tomorrow..
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  11. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    I've always used it horizontal (or landscape). I usually prefer track up but sometimes use north up.

    I've just looked at it in vertical (or portrait) orientation and I'll give that a try for a while. I'll need a different RAM arm to make it fit better in the space between the tach and handguards.
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  12. gearheadE30

    gearheadE30 Long timer

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    I usually use it vertical up. I don't know that I've even tried it horizontal, but it would fit better behind the windscreen that way.

    I'm trying to get used to orientation tracking, which is what makes vertical up useful. For some reason my brain processes north up better.
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  13. Famous

    Famous Goin down hill fast

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    Vertical, Track up

    Reason: I mostly use it for tracks & I can get more detailed info earlier on the move
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  14. MasterMarine

    MasterMarine Long timer

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    Vertical. Track up. I care more about what is coming up than what I am passing by.

    I use a Montana for my main GPS and a 60csx for secondary / backup unit. I build my routes for the trip I am going on and stick to the requirements for the 60csx. Then I put the same info in both GPS units so I can use the 60csx if the Montana flakes out. While everything is working normally, I set up the Montana to show me a nice big map at my desired zoom level navigating the direct route I am navigating. I set up the 60csx to navigate the same route but have it on the data fields screen. Normally I have the data fields tell me handy things like time, time to sunset, elevation, next waypoint, dx to next waypoint, etc.

    Here is a picture. This is at the start of the trip and I was trying out larger data fields.

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    Here is a shot of how I had the 60csx set up 865 miles later in the ride.

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    Before I got the Montana, I used to do the same thing with the 60csx as the map and my Garmin eTrex as the data screen.
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  15. dracomm

    dracomm Adventurer

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    I have used my Montana in horizontal in the past, but I recently discovered that I can see the screen better with my polarized sunglasses in the vertical position.
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  16. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    I run my Montana vertical, track up, and also a Nav V horizontal, track up. That way I get the best of both worlds. :deal
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