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post #1 of 12 Old 03-18-2007, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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I need a little GPS advice....

I am trying to plan a little trip across the country and think a GPS might be a good idea. I am wonderering if any of you use a model that is $200.00 or less. I have looked at a few at REI, and some of the smaller handhelds look good. I like the fact that I could also use it for mountain biking. Will a sub $200.00 GPS just not cut it? What are the features that are essential for a long trip.
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Several things I think are critical for a long trip:

1) Ability to hold enough map data to cover your entire route. My Garmin ETrex Legend C (not the Cx) holds most of the southeast USA but not the whole country. My Garmin 2820 holds all of North America.

2) Easy to read. The ETrex handleld is a bit small for reading on a bike. The 2820 is plenty big.

3) 12 volt power. You don't want to get out in the middle of nowhere and need batteries. My ETrex will go about 30 hours on a pair of AA batteries but even so I preferred using 12 volt power. My 2820 doesn't use batteries at all.

4) Make sure whatever you get has detailed maps available. Some of the older GPS models don't have maps that show lodging, food, gas stations, addresses, etc.

5) For a bike: WATERPROOF!!

Personally I seldom leave home without mine. Even if I know where I'm going and how to get there it's still nice having a GPS in case I see a road I want to try out. For a long trip in unfamiliar territory they are just plain great to have around.

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Check out the Mio C310, not sure of the water proof issue. Gibbage has one and it looks good, he will be doing a review on it at a later date, but for now you can read a review here:
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Chris,

I use a Lowrance H20C handheld unit on my DR650. I also use it when fishing, mt biking or hiking, etc. It has a 12 volt plug, but also batteries, computer loadable detailed maps of the US, color screen, waterproof. It's a very good unit, I'm happy with it.
It is what I used before I got a 2610.

On my Strom I have a 2610, which is touchscreen, has auto routing, etc. Those are great features, but that unit is only for vehicle use.

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Thanks for all your replies. They are very helpful. I have started to narrow the field down, and am thinking that the GarminGPSMAP 60 might be a good bargain comprimise to the larger/fancier units. Anyone have experience with this product?
http://www.garmin.com/products/gpsmap60/
Thanks again for all your advice.
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I have the MIO 310X and it works fine:-) . It is not waterporoof. It's not perfect but I only paid $150.(Thanksgiving sale I bought 28-) ) Full US maps built in. Limited updating capabilites:sad: . Battery life is 2-4 hours depending on what yuou're using. Charges through USB type connection. car adaptor included. I put it in my tank bag under the clear plastic. It works well and the MP3 player(uses SD card) allows me to listen to my tunes while riding . The guidance intterupts/pauses the music and then continues back to the music. I use Sony earbuds. The map is hard to see in certain lighting becasue it's flat on the tank. I'm working on a bracket to sit upright off the handlebar, and still provide some water protection. The maps are supposed to be updated this month according to some sorces. It has pedestrian and car modes but no motorcycle. You can program 2 favorite locations and history will hold a fair amount of places. You can record routes as you travel. The recording only gives average speed. There are POI's whihc I figure are about 2 -5 years out of date in some instances..... Others are only 1 year old. The insructions are not very good. Alot is left upto you to figue out, but it's not difficult. It does what I wanted it to do, is the bottom line. I did buy an extended warranty which covers everything inlcuding theft. If I drop it it gets replaced. It's pretty sturdy as I have dropped it a couple of times.

PS : check out the VIAMichelin. I think it's new and I have seen it advertised for $199.

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I have and use the newer version the 60Cx version and I love it. If the 60 fits your budget, buy it, but I'd recommend spending the extra and getting the expandable memory capability

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Thanks for all your replies. They are very helpful. I have started to narrow the field down, and am thinking that the GarminGPSMAP 60 might be a good bargain comprimise to the larger/fancier units. Anyone have experience with this product?
http://www.garmin.com/products/gpsmap60/
Thanks again for all your advice.
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I am a HUGE fan of the Lowrance Iway 100m. This under appreciated (and discontinued) model has been on close out from time to time for under $150. A guy at work got one a month ago for $140 including shipping.

It waterproof (ipx 7), does turn by turn autorouting (w/voice commands via the 12v adapter/speaker), runs for 12 hrs on 2 AA batteries & is expandable via SD card memory.

It comes complete with the mapping software and a RAM mount (these 2 items cost close to $150 alone if your looking at a garmin hand held). You will want to buy handle bar adapter for the RAM (about $15) and a 1GB card ($20) and you should be able to put 1/2 the US on the card w/TONS of details.

The software is getting a bit old now (2004 version), but it is a nice mix of street & topo type information that takes 2 programs from garmin to duplicate. It will autoroute you over forest roads.


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I am trying to plan a little trip across the country and think a GPS might be a good idea. I am wonderering if any of you use a model that is $200.00 or less. I have looked at a few at REI, and some of the smaller handhelds look good. I like the fact that I could also use it for mountain biking. Will a sub $200.00 GPS just not cut it? What are the features that are essential for a long trip.
Thanks for your help,
Chris
Hey Chris, same thoughts. I just bought a Garmin 76S from the "GPS Store". Total for the GPS, handlebar mount and shipping $241.85. Has "Greyscale" display, not color, but does great with mapping(comes installed/all of North America including Canada). Shows Interstates(mile markers, exit numbers, and services), State, and County highways. There is a small town just south of where I live. The population is around 200-300 and it shows on the map! The link to the GPS store is below.
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http://www.thegpsstore.com/Detail-Ga...PSMAP-76-S.asp
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i have had the garmin gpsmap 60cs for several yrs now. mounted on a RAMmount on the handlebar and used in the truck in a garmin beanbag mount. has provided me with all the features i need at a reasonable price. somehow, a touchscreen and audio output just never seemed that important on the strom. however, as always, YMMV.....

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