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

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    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 ?
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  2. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    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.
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  3. BMWzenrider

    BMWzenrider The Road Scholar Supporter

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    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.

    https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/623975
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  4. Motopsychoman

    Motopsychoman Not a total poseur Supporter

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    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.
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