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bmw nav6 or garmin inreach exp for off road.

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by tk1250gsa, Aug 11, 2019.

  1. tk1250gsa

    tk1250gsa Been here awhile

    Mar 16, 2019
    on road i'm ok with smart phone
    want to get some good gps tracker for serious off road use with mapping and waypoint.
    is it better to get just bmw nav 6 or garmin ?
  2. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

    Sep 21, 2010
    the inreach is really bad at navigation. you'll probably want to look into either an application (locus /back country navigator/ oruxmaps/ etc) designed specifically for offline/off-road use...

    or fall into the pit that is the Montana /similar line of ancient devices.
  3. BMWzenrider

    BMWzenrider The Road Scholar Supporter

    May 9, 2003
    CheeseHead Land...
    Garmin has recently released the GPSMAP 66i, a new Nav/inReach model which combines:

    - Rugged MilSpec construction.
    - Both IPX7 and MIL STD 810G for thermal, shock and water performance.
    - Pre-loaded topographic, trail, & road maps (Topoactive OpenStreetMaps).
    - Road routing with turn-by-turn directions.
    - InReach satellite based text messaging, live gps tracking, & global SOS services.
    - Barometric Altimeter and 3-axis magnetic compass.
    - Bluetooth & WiFi for smartphone connection and live weather, etc.
    - 16gb internal storage and MicroSD card for downloading additional maps and even birdseye satellite view for hiking & off-road exploring.
    - Long battery life (rechargable Li-ion) with available auto & bike mounts.

    I am taking a serious look at this unit to replace my aging Garmin 478.

  4. Motopsychoman

    Motopsychoman Not a total poseur Supporter

    Jun 2, 2013
    There is a very basic problem with using a GPS for both route information and for satellite communicating/SOS functions. I want my SOS device attached to ME and not to the bike, that way if we part ways I can still call for help. That means I can't see it while driving.

    Something like the InReach Mini for SOS/texting and something more navigation friendly attached to bike. I go old school and use a handheld GPS mounted to the handlebars for use basically as bread crumbs in case I get lost. I plot out each days ride ahead of time and store it in my head. I can check the electronic maps when I stop.