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Unread 01-29-2008, 03:19 PM   #1
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Good off-road GPS

What are you using as a good off road GPS. I am interested in one that I can upload maps into and mark my favorite trails in. Prefer one that also gives audible directions (i.e. "right turn 500 ft") and is vehicle mountable (no handhelds). I know the $2000 Garmins will do most of this but not interested in paying that much.

Second question IF I was to upgrade to the MYGIG with navigation will it do most of this? How happy are you with it's off road maping ability.

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Unread 01-29-2008, 03:27 PM   #2
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I have a garmin 2610. It has a 1 gig chip that I can program both city and topo maps and can go from one to the other and it also give voice commands but hey tend to be very irratating so I turned it off.
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Unread 01-29-2008, 03:32 PM   #3
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I have a garmin 2610. It has a 1 gig chip that I can program both city and topo maps and can go from one to the other and it also give voice commands but hey tend to be very irratating so I turned it off.
How much was it? Are the Off-road trails easy to mark?
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Unread 01-29-2008, 03:58 PM   #4
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Might start by perusing this forum:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f88/

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Unread 01-29-2008, 05:05 PM   #5
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I think the most flexible combination is a PocketPC PDA and DeLorme TOPO. I have the HP IPAQ H5555. Used ones are going for $180 on eBay. Here I'm following the trail on the Hell's Revenge trail in Moab, Utah.

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Unread 01-29-2008, 07:30 PM   #7
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Garmin 60CSX is what you are looking for. I doesn't have spoken guidance but it does alert you to upcoming turns. Address lookup, POI's all the cool stuff. You can install topo maps and City Navigator maps and switch between the two.
But if I was looking to replace my 60CSX, I would get the new Garmin Colorado 400T a little expensive. But very powerful, It has 3D topo maps very cool!! There is a short video on You Tube
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Unread 01-29-2008, 07:50 PM   #8
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I just ordered a new Garmin Colorado 300 the other day, hopefully I can test it out this weekend and give you an opinion on it.
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I downloaded Garmin Colorado's owner's manual and from what I've read so far it's lacking on topology route mapping for laying down Jeep trails.

I think I prefer my current set up with PocketPC. On my laptop, I fire up DeLorme's TOPO USA. I read in the GPS coordinates of Hell's Revenge trail in Moab (for example). I select the map squares (click the trails basically), and export to PocketPC. On PocketPC, I use DeLorme's StreetAtlas to show the topolog map so I can follow the trail. Anfd, my PDA screen size is 4", huge.



As you can see the advantage is that you can put comments, waypoints #s, and flags, etc.

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Unread 01-29-2008, 10:30 PM   #10
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It depends on which Colorado unit that you buy. The 400t comes preloaded with topo maps already. I got the 300 so I could run the street and topo maps with different SD cards.
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I love the way my Garman Trail Guide works and looks!

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Thanks guys,
I haven't heard anyone comment on the MyGiG off road capability??? I will look closer at both the PDA and the Colorado. Thanks for the screen shots on the PDA that really helps.
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I used to use a PDA same as yours. To fragile and expensive to be using outdoors. One good drop and you are out of business. The plug that the GPS antenna plugs into is fragile. Poor battery life and you can't just throw another set of AA's in it. My 60CSX has been abused, rained on and still looks and works like new.

Besides I don't belive your PDA does auto routing, address look up. What did your setup cost.
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Thanks guys,
I haven't heard anyone comment on the MyGiG off road capability??? I will look closer at both the PDA and the Colorado. Thanks for the screen shots on the PDA that really helps.
As far as I know the MyGig is not very off road friendly. I think it can do a bread crumb feature, but you do no have the ability to load the data back to you PC or insert waypoints.
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Thanks guys,
I haven't heard anyone comment on the MyGiG off road capability??? I will look closer at both the PDA and the Colorado. Thanks for the screen shots on the PDA that really helps.
As far as I know the MyGig is not very off road friendly. I think it can do a bread crumb feature, but you do not have the ability to load the data back to you PC or insert waypoints.
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