I just got back from two weeks in the Dolomites and Tuscany, assisted greatly by the Montana and City Nav Europe. I offer some impressions for future googlers and also to angle for pro tips in case I've been missing some great feature. I just did not warm to the unit at first because I get very impatient with user interface approaches that are anchored in the 90's. Now that the unit trained *me* how to use it, obviously things are a lot smoother, but I still feel Garmin has missed the memo entirely on human machine interaction. That said, you don't get this level of customization without some headaches for the user: you need to know what the thing can do and then you need to know what exactly you want to do, and make those things line up if possible. The learning curve could be a lot less steep given the state of the art, but punch through that, and there are rewards. I had pre-built very few routes in BC beforehand, but had loaded in key waypoints for our trip. My approach was to browse the amazing paper Touring Club Italiano 200k maps in the evenings and mornings, pick a target route based on some loose notes we made beforehand, where we'd happen to land, and where we were headed. I'd gone through some some suggested routes from ADAC-UEM and scribbled these onto the paper maps, which was largely redundant as many of the same roads are highlighted in green as scenic on the TCI maps. I didn't see much point in programming all these in as routes or tracks beforehand. So once a route was picked out, I would go through the exercise of using Route Planner on the unit to build the route with Use Map, and also preprogrammed waypoints. I got reasonably good at it, but there were a few annoyances: - perhaps it is NAVTEQ, but at various zoom levels on the screen, the place names the Montana displays rarely correlate with boldfaced larger population centres on the map. For example, an intersection of two roads ending in SIENA will display some obscure village name on the outskirts instead. This makes trying to get your bearings on the screen very difficult. Perhaps there is no population data in the routeable maps, which would surely make things a lot easier, especially in a place like Italy which such a massive density of small villages. In the end I had to hunt for intersections of 'major' roads, of which, again, there are legion. So this transferring our plan from the paper map into the unit was only really painful because of trying to match maps that did not display anywhere close to the same information. - every time I would do route planning I would have to reset my map for North Up, and then set it back again for actual riding to Track Up or Automotive. A pain when this is happening every day, sometimes more than once. Correlating the maps is that much harder when north is not up... - maybe I haven't yet got it, but when you are navigating, is there no way to take a detour to a found fuel waypoint off of your active route, for example, and then get directed back to your original route? No way that I could find. This is relatively minor, but if off-route calc is disabled, which it is for me, you are on your own to find your way back to the purple line after you've fuelled. It seems like a pretty common scenario. - buttons are little small for gloves, especially in the nuvi-look mode. - default track name prefix for saving tracks would be nice to have. - yeah, that red pin is HUGE - tunnels notwithstanding, the track got wildly off the map a few times, but then recovered. May be a map data problem, or could have lost the satellites. It sorted itself. I got messed up with a crazy intersection and too much lag on the unit, only once, and missed an important turn that put us on the autostrada and completely changed our plan. Really, other than these points and the too-deep menu system, the Montana was a total champ. We would have wasted a whole lot of time navigating and a lot less time enjoying. My North American brain is just not wired for the incredible density of twisty roads, great villages, and roundabouts here. TORNANTE!