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post #1 of 36 Old 08-26-2010, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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GPS offroad navigation

Just wondering what you guys are using for offroad navigation?!

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Garmin 60CSx. It can provide on-road automatic routing (with optional software) to addresses/points of interest but more importantly, it has all the offroad functions you could possibly want. It's waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof.

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Road atlas, Topo maps, Compass. GPS can fail, maps don't.
Sounds like you should switch back to a horse & buggy then. Your Cherokee's onboard computer or ignition can fail, horses and buggies don't. And having spent 40+ years using maps, topo maps, and compasses, I'll take my GPS any day over them.
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Garmin 205nuvi (on road GPS but works fairly well off road).....keeps track of where I'v been and where I'm going

Only thing I do not like is that there is no elevations....but thats why I only wheel known land, or with a topo map

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Garmin 60CSx. It can provide on-road automatic routing (with optional software) to addresses/points of interest but more importantly, it has all the offroad functions you could possibly want. It's waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof.
I have this unit, it is awesome! I used to use a simple eTrex but every time I was under heavy tree canopies, I would lose my signal. Since I upgraded to the 60CSx, I have never lost a satellite signal while off-roading. The 60CSx is the GPS of choice, for many of the "search and rescue" volunteers here in the Pacific Northwest.

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Garmin 205nuvi (on road GPS but works fairly well off road).....keeps track of where I'v been and where I'm going
I have used my Nuvi offroad too and it's fine for most needs but what it lacks is the ability to permanently store and name trails you have been on like the 60CSx can do easily.

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Several posts here aren't helpful at all guys, let's stay on topic.

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Look at his frigging subject title people. "GPS offroad navigation". He asked for help on how to pick out a good GPS. He didn't ask for frigging life skill lessons.

Let's keep this topic on his GPS questions... not how to use the frigging mud tracks, stars and planets, etc. for how not to get lost.

I'm gonna start deleting the non-helpful stuff out if I need to so this thread can get back to what he frigging asked for help on.

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One more thing I like about the 60CSx, when I use it for on road navigation - it beeps, rather than prompting by voice. I tend to find voice prompts, irritating at times.

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Just wondering what you guys are using for offroad navigation?!
I use a Garmin etrex legend, I just got a tom tom, never used it off-road. I also use maps and compasses and my God given senses.

Anything can fail and you should have some sort of back up, this is the same reason I would recommend carrying a spare tire.


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One more thing I like about the 60CSx, when I use it for on road navigation - it beeps, rather than prompting by voice. I tend to find voice prompts, irritating at times.
That's a good point, I'd rather have my 60CSx simply beep to announce an upcoming turn than hear my Nuvi give me a bunch of irritating voice instructions. Only once in a while do I want voice instructions when I am in my car and using the Nuvi. I normally keep it muted unless I'm using the Nuvi's Bluetooth speakerphone for my cell phone.

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I am running an old Garmin V in my Jeep. No color display or fancy stuff but it works.
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I have used my Nuvi offroad too and it's fine for most needs but what it lacks is the ability to permanently store and name trails you have been on like the 60CSx can do easily.
Thats a good point, and the only thing that I really hate about it.

However you can load POIs into it, so I can name trail heads but cant highlight actual trails.

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I use the MotionX GPS App for my iPhone. It's only $3 and does a lot. You can cache maps onto the phone to use when out of service (pretty much the only time I use it). I cache the entire area I plan on being in and can choose which zoom levels to cache.

My favorite part is being able to record tracks. I can record a trail I just did, and it's saved there for finding/running it again. Plus you can upload the tracks as .gpx files for viewing on Google Earth and such.

However it doesn't have a turn by turn directions to get from point A to point B. And being an iPhone, the GPS isn't quite as accurate as GPS-only units but still very close.

For someone that already has an iPhone, I would strongly recommend going this route. Why pay $200+ for a GPS when you pretty much already have one? I know there are similar apps out there for Android and other OS' too.

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I use the MotionX GPS App for my iPhone. It's only $3 and does a lot. You can cache maps onto the phone to use when out of service (pretty much the only time I use it). I cache the entire area I plan on being in and can choose which zoom levels to cache.

My favorite part is being able to record tracks. I can record a trail I just did, and it's saved there for finding/running it again. Plus you can upload the tracks as .gpx files for viewing on Google Earth and such.

However it doesn't have a turn by turn directions to get from point A to point B. And being an iPhone, the GPS isn't quite as accurate as GPS-only units but still very close.

For someone that already has an iPhone, I would strongly recommend going this route. Why pay $200+ for a GPS when you pretty much already have one? I know there are similar apps out there for Android and other OS' too.

If this happens does the GPS still work in a cell phone?

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Anybody any experience with the more beginner model garmin nuvi 1100? A guy at work ordered a bunch of them and sells em for only 75 bucks, so I am thinking about it. I think the only options I really want is to search via longitude and altitude, since some jeepers post trails that way and maybe being able to store trails. Last trail i was on, I was not able to get any phone reception....
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