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Handheld GPS recommendations

Discussion in 'Technology' started by blackcloud08, Nov 12, 2017.

  1. Nov 12, 2017 at 6:03 PM
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    blackcloud08

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    How did your Garmin group buy go?
     
  2. Nov 12, 2017 at 6:06 PM
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    Great :)
     
  3. Nov 12, 2017 at 6:11 PM
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    Does your Garmin have detailed FS roads on the 24k maps?
     
  4. Nov 12, 2017 at 6:16 PM
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    I have a Garmin 62SC as well as using my phone apps. The Garmin works well, I have backroads maps for BC loaded on it. All the forest service roads, ATV trails, that kind of information.
    Garmin has a website with free maps, you choose the area and the detail. http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl You can zoom in quite detailed on an area if you want.
    Once you have the map you want put it in Garmin Basecamp and load it onto your GPS.
     
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  5. Nov 12, 2017 at 6:18 PM
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    Thanks!
     
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  6. Nov 13, 2017 at 5:36 AM
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    It's been a long time since I used a handheld GPS, but they definitely have their uses. My first GPS was a Garmin eTrex. It was very simple and worked great for geocaching. Then I upgraded to a Garmin Rino which was both a GPS and FRS radio. The Rino had a bit better mapping features, though still black and white, and you can send your location to other Rino users via the radio. Both used AA batteries which was great.

    I'm kinda looking at picking up another handheld GPS just to have. I currently have Gaia installed on my iPhone which works ok and makes saving my route and sharing it with others a breeze. But I kinda miss the ability to type in lat/long coordinates and setting those for my destination.
     
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  7. Nov 13, 2017 at 2:43 PM
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    The newer 750/55 Rino's appear to be a beast but I have no use for the radio feature. I just hope Garmin's 24k map upgrade is detailed when it comes to FS roads. I also wished Garmin had promo codes to help absorb some of the $100 map price.
     
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    i can get any Garmin unit in GB pricing if we get enough members to purchase the same unit.
     
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    Do you have much experience with topo maps?

    Any map on a GPS receiver is likely to only be a complement for the real USGS 7.5-minute maps in terms of detail. The maps you can underlay Gaia could be the same USGS digital maps, but the benefit of a GPS receiver is in the routing and waypoint ability, which requires vector maps, and can't really be a true substitute for the real paper (or electronic raster) map.

    I still carry quads, MVUMs, Gazeteers and Trails Illustrated with handhelds anyway. I didn't buy the maps for my Garmin(s) because what you get with OSM topo maps for free is typically as current and sometimes more current than Garmin and has always been plenty sufficient for me.
     
  10. Nov 13, 2017 at 3:18 PM
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    Is it usually a certain percentage for x amount of buyers?

    No I do not. I just thought the 24k were more detailed and would so me closer to my actual location.
     
  11. Nov 13, 2017 at 3:22 PM
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    That is the most detailed map the USGS produces but that doesn't mean what is compiled into the vector maps is necessarily complete or accurate. They are usually really good but I wouldn't trust them as my sole source for trails, boundaries and ownership.
     
  12. Nov 13, 2017 at 3:23 PM
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  13. Nov 13, 2017 at 7:33 PM
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    I think I’ve switched gears, going to utilize my iPad Pro(I need a wireless gps) OR Samsung Note 8 and use Motion X or Gaia apps mounted on a hondo garage mount. Any advice that’s not already been given?
     
  14. Nov 17, 2017 at 10:56 AM
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    On an unrated note (not entirely), I downloaded the Geocaching app to my iPhone today. I'm surprised that my account still exists. It appears I created my account in June of 2004. Back before smart phones. I'd still like to pick up a handheld GPS just to have. The main reason is exploring where there is no cell reception.
     
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  15. Dec 6, 2017 at 9:57 AM
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    I'm surprised that no one has said it, but you really need to give OsmAnd and try. It's a free app, but I paid for the breadcrumb addon and a I think hillshade layering or something...
    Anyway, I have found that it is on par with Google Maps for on-street navigation (some pluses, some minuses, somethings just different).
    I have it loaded on a Nexus 7 tablet, which is getting to be underpowered for the task. However, the app does a fantastic job at showing me trails and routing along that I used it as my sole navigation tool for a trip along the Washington Back Country Discovery route, and I no longer need to juggle the phone and the Garmin 62stc for my offroad adventures.

    I will say, it does take a learning curve and there's still things that aren't as intuitive as I'd like, but overall it's very powerful and I don't have to fart around with Garmin BaseCamp - I can just use Google Maps to create routes and export the kml/whatever.
     

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