New Garmin inReach 2017.

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by gjn201, Jan 4, 2017.

  1. gjn201

    gjn201 Wannabe Ranulph

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  2. MtnRoamer

    MtnRoamer Been here awhile

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    Maybe I am missing something, but the Explorer+ definitely looks a lot more all-in-one than the previous version (I have the previous model). The maps with my inReach Explorer looks like something out of a color version of an eTrex 10, the ones on this newer model look like full topo maps. What more were you looking for out of an all-in-one device? I also don't see any reason you could not brew up a gpx file in Basecamp or load one created from another source. I do this currently with the previous model and the only major limitation is the 500 point limit (but it will take your gpx and convert down to 500 points). Hopefully the new model supports more than 500 points so that is not needed.
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    gjn201 Wannabe Ranulph

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    Does it work with basecamp? Doesn't say it does. Can you load other maps (city nav)? Routes made on device?
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    MtnRoamer Been here awhile

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    The Explorer model has always supported the GPX format which Basecamp exports and is the preferred format for most off-road nav. Most of the off-road tracks you will find, Backcountry Discovery Routes, etc, will be in GPX format.
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    In the specs there is a checkmark for 'ability to add maps.' What that really means remains to be seen.
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    Ah, that's not how I use my gpsmap 64. I do all my own routes/tracks in Basecamp using the maps on the device.
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    MtnRoamer Been here awhile

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    A track does not care what map is used to create it. You can create tracks in Basecamp, upload them to a inReach Explorer device and then navigate with them. I use an eTrex 20x for navigation, but the Explorer is my secondary navigation device and always has the same tracks loaded that my eTrex 20x does when I depart.
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    markinthailand Been here awhile

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    This looks really good. Any idea when they will go on sale? Also, I'm assuming it isn't a touch screen as well as buttons. Is that correct?
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  9. MtnRoamer

    MtnRoamer Been here awhile

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    Regarding the maps question:

    "²Preloaded DeLorme TOPO maps are not compatible with other Garmin devices. Other Garmin maps not compatible with this device."

    Pulled from (bottom of page):

    https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/561269/pn/010-01735-10
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    gjn201 Wannabe Ranulph

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    Thought as much. So more or less the same thing in a different case. Poo.
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    MtnRoamer Been here awhile

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    Same thing with the addition of Topo maps on device in a new case. Too bad about not being able to load the Garmin maps.
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    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    They appear to still be Delorme based but with a Garmin familiar body style: i.e, GPSMAP 64.

    PROs:
    • Delorme Map Library is free: for Explorer+
    • Online MapShare is free
    • Ability to upload pre-planned GPX data to MapShare and download to inReach - as with current models.
    • Much better display!

    CONs:
    • Only Delorme Earthmate Map Products - although they are pretty good.
    • No direct support for importing GPX Track data.
    • No on-device auto-Route creation - no routable maps.
    • No removable storage - but then you don't need any given the limited Waypoint and "route(Tracks)" capacity.
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    If Garmin advances this to the point it works like my 60CSX, then I would consider upgrading for "all in one" at $499. But till then it's not worth the extra expense. I'll keep my spot subscription for satellite com and 60CSX for nav.


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  14. jojojones

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    I guess this is a bit of a punt on garmin's part. Did I read this wrong???...this can't import a gpx track? I thought the previous explorer did? I would buy the previous one and live without the better maps in order to follow a track as a back up to osmand and emergency comms....or can you take a gpx track and convert it using maybe gpsbabel to a format that works on this with track navigation?
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  15. jonz

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    What is the difference between pre-planned GPX data (can be uploaded) and GPX Track data (no support for importing). What is the difference between uploading and importing?
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    You cannot directly Import the GPX file into the device or the Earthmate App: e.g, you cannot connect the device to your computer and copy a GPX file directly to the device - as you can with other Garmin devices. You must Upload the GPX data to your MapShare web account and then Sync (download) that data with the device and/or Earthmate App over the internet.
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    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    Ahhhh, thanks for that explanation. More convoluted than I'd like but I could make it work. On Garmin's Facebook page, I asked when it would be available for sale and they wrote there was no release date yet and to sign up for an email notification.
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    so "in theory" it can follow a gpx track with this extra step and have the same basic functionality as a dedicated gps...thanks!
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    Just looked at the Garmin site....price went up to $399 to $450...plus subscription...I think I'll pass :dirtdog
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    You can pick up a used previous gen Explorer for like $250 on eBay (exactly what I did last year). You can pay a small yearly fee to turn the service off and on at will (you will of course pay the normal monthly fee for your chosen plan when it is on). Unless all you need is a PLB all of these types of devices have a service fee. Your needs may be different, but if no devices existed in the used market and I had to do it again I would still buy the Explorer without hesitation.
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