Is the Garmin GPSMAP 64s still relevant?

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by Tyestick, Sep 28, 2020.

  1. Tyestick

    Tyestick Hooligan at heart

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    Hello,

    I’m pretty new to the world of dedicated GPS units.

    I’ve recently acquired a Garmin 64s, and wanted to know if it’s still relevant and worth using when compared to other units on the market.

    Thanks for any input!
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  2. empedrado

    empedrado Been here awhile

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    They are all relevant depending on what you want to do
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  3. salty_dog

    salty_dog Day trips around TLH, WMAs and South Ga dirt roads

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    Very relevant. Love mine. I use it for DS rides all over the Southeast.
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  4. seasdes

    seasdes Adventurer

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    Use mine a lot. Use it for rural and city nav.
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  5. Tyestick

    Tyestick Hooligan at heart

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    Thanks everyone.

    I had been using a Garmin etrex 30 to learn the basics. Installing maps, reading topo, etc.

    I’m definitely enjoying the fact that ‘map drawing’ is much quicker on the 64s. :lol3
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  6. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    Why did you wait until after you bought this unit to ask this question?
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  7. Tyestick

    Tyestick Hooligan at heart

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    Thank you for your contribution to this thread regarding my question.
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  8. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    Quit using mine...the phone tablet (no service needed) running a nav app is much better (for me).
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  9. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    that's a pretty good point....

    normally I research prior to buying bike parts/accessories/tires, instead of after.

    the questions I have AFTER the purchase are usually " hey how do y'all do xyz on product abc ? I'm used to doing it this way on my old hardware, but not finding a method in the new product” it something similar
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  10. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    as technology marched on, I was already used to big (4-7") screens when I regressed to the older style stand alone units , to make sure I hadn't missed something.

    I tried:
    etrex
    montana
    276(the REALLY old slow one)
    275cx (the news REALLY slow one)
    Montera
    60cx (my favorite standalone)
    Oregon
    monterra goa hacked to run on any Android device
    (probably the best combo that Garmin could have ever made)
    and a few Tom Tom units

    what I found was the transflective screens were the best, for full sun visibility, but their incredibly backwards reliance on plugging into a computer to do everything was ancient feeling.... and that basecamp was a terrible partner that was married to them.

    I bounced back and forth between each stand alone as they became available on Craigslist/fbmarket from hikers/bikers that had given up on the archaic user interfaces and just used their iPhones instead... but then Garmin released the 700i which looks very interesting for my uses.

    the 64st was so far behind when I used it at the store (bass pro) that even the salesman wondered out loud "I don't know why we have those on display anymore, when they can't even get GPS lock in here, and people can't do anything with them" ... which was a good point, as both his iPhone 5 and my duraforce xd had acquired location info in a couple seconds.

    to me, the old interface and lack of storage/databases are the main problems. the screen size is still OK for now, but in another year or two my eyes won't like it. the lack of syncing, lack of input/output on the data (tracks/waypoints/caches) sharing areas make this device just too ancient to suffer through... for me.

    if all you need is a Gps enabled screen that can record or display a track, yes it will work fine for that. the capabilities of modern devices are where it starts looking like a scroll of papyrus vs the new abilities.
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