Gaia GPS vs Garmin Montana

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by Surfnjmatt, Sep 11, 2018.

  1. Surfnjmatt

    Surfnjmatt Adventurer

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    Can I get just a much functionality out of my iPhone with Gaia and the pro membership as I can with Garmin?

    Are there any drawbacks that I am missing?
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  2. JR356

    JR356 Long timer

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    iPhones can have heat tolerance issues,need additional shock and weather protection(depending on model),not as easy as a GPS to operate while moving.
    Number of folks using various phones for GPS guidance with reasonable success.
    I need my iPhone for other things,so it is in my pocket or tankbag as a backup to my GPS,but only if needed.

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  3. dhally

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    Gaia doesn't have turn by turn navigation. The Pro membership is for more maps and overlays, may not need them.
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  4. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    i thought the pro version was just for more maps ?

    have you tried motionx ?
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  5. Pepperjack

    Pepperjack Been here awhile

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    I highly recommend... blackview BV6000s. LocusMaps. Quad lock mount. IP68 rated.

    Awesome...rugged as. See YouTube videos ... guy hammers nails in with the screen.

    I've used lots of different GPSs...Garmin..how they are still in business I'll never know, marketing.

    BV6000s...$160aud delivered!!!

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  6. Addapost

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    I use Gaia on my iPhone and think it is fantastic, it does everything I need. I find it to be much more intuitive to use than the Garmin Montana that I owned (then sold). The good news is that you can try it for free (or extremely cheap if you get the $20/year version) to see if it will work for what you want.
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  7. Surfnjmatt

    Surfnjmatt Adventurer

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    @Addapost can it do turn by turn when you upload a gpx file of trails
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  8. Addapost

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    I don’t think Gaia does turn by turn. I don’t use turn by turn, I can’t hear anything in my helmet and I just want to follow a colored line on the screen. I believe there are other apps for phones (maybe only on Androids?) that might do turn by turn but I don’t think Gaia does.


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  9. petertakov

    petertakov Been here awhile

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    What's the benefit of "turn-by-turn" voice navigation over following a bright coloured line on the display, especially for motorcycling? What does even "turn-by-turn" mean in the context of riding trails - "turn left after the second bush"?
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  10. huguesfrederic

    huguesfrederic HF

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  11. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    It's not very useful on trails, since the tail pretty much shows where to turn. At trail heads it's pretty handy to have the bright line on the screen, but turn by turn is most usedus in cities with HEAVY traffic that you really want to be watching instead of the screen.
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