New Garmin Montana

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by AugustFalcon, May 18, 2011.

  1. Canyon Rider

    Canyon Rider Been here awhile

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    Thank you Emoto!. :thumb

    I did play with it a bit. It reminded me of my old 90s Garmin GPS12xl in that it doesn't have any background features.

    I'm sure I'll figure it out. At least I know where to come for some help and a good laugh.:D
  2. atlas cached

    atlas cached OX Ambassador

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    Which GPSr would you choose?

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    :freaky


    I sure hope Garmin ports much of the new features from the Oregon 6x0 to the Montana. I may have trouble putting this thing down. MANY of the issues and feature requests with the Montana have been resolved on the Oregon 650. This thing is FAST!
  3. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    Ya just gotta start using it some for trivial things. Then you'll see how it works.
  4. snooker

    snooker AttitudeIsEverything

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    I'm new to routes but have been playing with them in my cage and if I understand you correctly I do think there is at least one way to do what you describe. Of course there may be others but this works for me:

    There are 2 keys:
    You have to use the Route Planner app itself to edit the route. (Whether you are actively navigating the route or not).
    AND
    You have to set the Activity Profile of the route to DIRECT in BaseCamp when you transfer it to the Montana.

    At least that worked for me. Transfer a Direct route to the Montana then navigate it in an autorouting profile (like Automobile). Then you MUST go into Route Planner then select the route by name. This will bring up the options page (note for a Direct Route you can also select "Reverse Route", kindof handy).
    When you select Edit Route then you see the Via Points and Waypoints currently in the route to choose from. Pick one then on the next page you can pick Insert to insert an item before it, for example.

    In my experience this simply inserts the new item and does not affect any of the already existing items.

    Here is a set of examples from the Montana Wiki that has a series of waypoints for a route:

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  5. snooker

    snooker AttitudeIsEverything

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    My advice is if you are transferring from BaseCamp to the Montana then ignore routes for starters and only try tracks. So ignore any threads here that say evil words like "via points" or "shaping points" :lol3

    On the other hand if you are just playing with the unit itself and want to go somewhere then start with "Where To?" and pick an address of point of interest and then watch it autoroute.

    That takes care of routing and tracking which actually comes Second!

    First just figure out the initial starting points in the Wiki and other places, then focus on profiles (select Profile Change) and many of the items under Setup.

    It's a "process" but it comes. Also the help videos under the Montana page at GPSCity.com helped me.

    Don't give up yet!
  6. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    Snooker, I'll try what you suggest and report back. What you suggest is so counter-intuitive to the way the process has typically worked. I have literally created hundreds and hundreds of navigable routes over the years and all of my Garmins that supported routing allowed me to edit the route on the GPS. But it's not easily done on the Montana (and I'm a big fan of it) unless the route is created on the GPS.


    Tim in Burien, WA
  7. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Can you see the screen in bright sunlight as well as the Montana?
  8. atlas cached

    atlas cached OX Ambassador

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    It just landed on my doorstep last night... I will be field testing and evaluating beside my Montana this weekend.
  9. atlas cached

    atlas cached OX Ambassador

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    No. But it does have Bluetooth, although I do not see any headset pairing options, yet. The firmware is still very new, and surely will be evolved over the next year or two.

    More details will be posted in the Oregon 6x0 thread.
  10. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Ahhh NM, I see it has the same screen as the Oregon 550. Had one of those, couldn't see it, took it back.
  11. atlas cached

    atlas cached OX Ambassador

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    You couldn't be more wrong. The Oregon 6x0 has a completely new screen with multi-touch, not resistive touch. The screen is very clear and bright, just like my iPhone.
  12. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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  13. 'Flagger

    'Flagger ..this space for rent..

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    Stop cluttering an already bloated thread off-topic BS. Please?
  14. atlas cached

    atlas cached OX Ambassador

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    From the product Page for Oregon 650:

    Touch and Go

    Oregon 650 has reflective display technology for the most brilliant, sunlight readable touchscreen we’ve ever made. It's as vivid in full bright sunlight as it is in shade. The screen has been strengthened for impact resistance but still accommodates gloved operation. And with dual-orientation, multi-touch screen, you won’t just look at maps, you’ll interact with them when you zoom in, pan out and rotate the display.


    :deal
  15. 'Flagger

    'Flagger ..this space for rent..

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    Since you missed it
  16. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Ahhh, they really need to work on their shitty website, I almost always use the compare unit feature when they come out with a new unit to see what changes are made.
  17. cablebandit

    cablebandit Web Adventurer

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    :deal
  18. OneEffinName

    OneEffinName Been here awhile

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    After a few hundred hours of very hard offroad and B/A hare scramble courses my Montana screen finally cracked and let a bunch of water in. No replacement parts available so I have to purchase a refurb unit for $175 CDN. Not too bad considering how much punishment it saw.
  19. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    Snooker,

    Your tip is SPOT on correct! Thanks for posting it. :clap:clap It solved my routing problem as I like to edit routes while riding.

    If one creates a route in BC using a profile other than direct, it can't be edited in the Route Manager and the behavior I noted in a prior post happens when one tries to edit the route. I would encourage those who use routing to keep your routes short and to consider converting the route to a track and sending that also to your Montana.
  20. Bli55

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    OneEffinName, that's sad.... :cry

    Which mount was it in?
    Did it just break whilst riding or something hit it in an off?