OMG!!!! What GPS should I Get!!!!!

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by SE Steve, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. SE Steve

    SE Steve Super Noob

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    Zumo 660 or Montana 650T. I'm so confused. :cob
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  2. Burbs

    Burbs Been here awhile

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    Can't go wrong with a Zumo IMHO.
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  3. BruceWA

    BruceWA Been here awhile

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    My dilemma as well and throw in the 350 too.:eek1
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  4. PFFOG

    PFFOG Richard Alps-aholic

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    Garnin 276C/376/478 Oldies but GREATies
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  5. BruceWA

    BruceWA Been here awhile

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    I've been using the 276c for the last 7 years, but thinking of selling it and "upgrading" to a newer supported unit. :D
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  6. BK

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    The 660 LM (lifetime maps) is due to be released this month according to Touratech. It's also listed on Amazon, same price as 660 without the maps.
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  7. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Just to clarify, same price as zumo 660 without Lifetime maps. All zumo's come with pre-installed City Navigator North America or EU (depending upon your country of purchase).

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  8. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Depends of course. The features of these two GPS's are quite different. Which one best suits your needs?

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  9. Twilight Error

    Twilight Error Going nowhere slowly

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    One of each. Use the Zumo for road navigation, the Montana for trip computer and a topo map.

    Okay. Serious answer: If bluetooth connectivity, spoken direction and the fancy 3D turn preview the Zumo offers aren't critical to your use, go for the Montana. Its a lbit more versatile in that you can load it with road or topo maps.
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  10. SE Steve

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    According to garmins web site the 660 can be loaded with topo maps. For an added cost. Has anyone done that on a 660 yet ?
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    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    You can use any Garmin compatible maps on the zumo 660 in addition to the CNNA maps. The maps you want to add are bundled up into a single file named gmapsupp.img. You can have one gmapsupp.img on internal storage and one on the µSD Card.

    I found the Topo maps to be rather useless on the zumo due to the contour lines - they look just like roads.

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  12. SE Steve

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    So it sounds like the Montana is better for off road but may not be as robust for mounting on a motorcycle and maybe a little harder to figure out ? and can be upgraded for on road use?

    660-665 sound like there more for street use but can be adapted to off road when planning a trip ? With these units you wont get the detail needed for super back country riding?

    Maybe the better question is if you could only pick 1 unit. And you were going to ride from Southern CA to Bend Oregon. need to be able to up load a route you want to take up and back. and have the ability to upload maps while at the KTM adventure rally. What unit would you take?? and why??

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  13. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    The Montana Series is arguably the most "robust" GPS Garmin makes. It is designed to be used on Motorcycles, ATV, Snowmobiles, etc. It has most of the on-road routing features of the zumo 66x series. The zumo 66x series is somewhat easier to use in the sense that it has very little customization available compared to the Montana. Would it take you a little longer to learn the Montana over the zumo - maybe.

    Based upon your lack of GPS skill, I would suggest you stay with the zumo 660. It is a fine GPS and will do what you appear to need it to do. But, even it has features that you will not figure out without some assistance since they are not outlined in the Owners Manual.

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  14. Mike955i

    Mike955i Future Escapee

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    If you truly get into remote backcountry, past Forest Service roads and graded County roads, the choice is the Montana for it's feature set and ruggedness. If you never get dirtier than Forest Service roads (or never get dirty) the Zumo is the better choice due to it's more street focus and ease of use. Simple...
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  15. BK

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    Touratech is now shipping the 660lm.
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    Not to confuse the subject, but what about the 660LM VS the new 350 LM?
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  17. BruceWA

    BruceWA Been here awhile

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    Think I've narrowed down my choices to either the Montana 650t or the zumo 660. Have toyed with Base Camp, not impressed after 7 or so years using Mapsource, but I can learn. :puke1

    Most of my riding is on the road these days, but I still have a dirt bike and like to explore, but just getting to appreciate comfort in my senior years.:evil

    Sure wish the Montana came with the lifetime maps!!

    Whay say you????:deal
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  18. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Once you have bought City Navigator NA for $75, it's only another $75 to get lifetime map updates. And you don't need to buy it right away since you do get one free update when you initially buy CNNA.
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    BruceWA Been here awhile

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    Now thats what I was expecting from this forum, great stuff.
    Do I really need the camera??? Maybe the 650 or 600 would work as well for me. Have 2 digital cameras now.:ear


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  20. SE Steve

    SE Steve Super Noob

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    Oh I get dirty :evil
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