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post #1 of 18 Old 04-09-2007, 01:00 AM Thread Starter
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Just wondering if anyone could provide feedback on this unit. I'm in Canada and found it at Costco for $419 but it only comes with U.S. map software. I'd have to purchase the Canadian maps separately. The reason I was looking at this one as opposed to the 2820 and the tomtom style is that I could use it for backcountry camping and canoe trips.

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Just wondering if anyone could provide feedback on this unit. I'm in Canada and found it at Costco for $419 but it only comes with U.S. map software. I'd have to purchase the Canadian maps separately. The reason I was looking at this one as opposed to the 2820 and the tomtom style is that I could use it for backcountry camping and canoe trips.

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I have the 60Csx... not sure what the difference is compared to the 60cx but but I love my unit and use it a lot for hiking, biking, in the boat and car. The screen can be a bit small for in-car or on-bike use compared to pure vehicle-only units but the "hikeability" of the 60 was worth the tradeoff for me.

I bought the Garmin topo-map-on-a-micro-sd-card for Ontario from GPScity.ca but I see they're out-of-stock now. It was about $84 but worth every penny. In addition to the topo detail it also shows streets and will provide directions if you have a waypoint to navigate to (I don't think you can search for a street address in the GPS unit; anybody know for sure?).

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I believe the "S" on the CSx stands for sensors - these are for altitude and compass direction.

The Cx can use the satellite info for these, but for the compass to work, you have to be moving (at least a little bit) so it knows what direction you are heading.

Other than that, I believe they are the same units.

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I took a demo on that model and that is what I am going to get...

Tigerdirect has them for Really cheap as well... not sure what the CA maps will run you, but the difference in price would be worth it. FWIW. my $.02

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I love the unit! I use it in my cars, on my bike and on my Ultralight airplane. I added a one meg card (but am going to get a two meg soon). I use the City Navigator North America V8. Lots of mapping can go on a 1 meg card (all of Canada as well as a good chunk the the US Eastern Seaboard). From playing around with the mapping program it appears that all of North America will load on a two meg card. It is a great all-purpose unit.

Get some RAM mounts as well as a cigarette lighter charger (and install a lighter-plug on your bike) and you will be set.

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One other thing: I know it isn't close to you but in Calgary (GPS Central) there is a great place for getting GPS units and Ram Mounts. I have ordered from them in the past and they have been very price competitive. They currently have it listed at $399.00.

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I have the 60cs and love it for hiking and geocaching. No voice prompts, small screen, and buttons that are hard to push with gloves on make it not so good for on the bike IMO. I have another GPSR for riding.

The difference between the 60cs and 60csx is like night an day. The 60csx uses the SiRF chipset which will acquire satellites much faster and is suppose to have better accuracy. Great when geocaching. Also the 60csx takes a SD memory. The 60cs only has built in memory making the amount of maps it can hold very small. This makes the old 60cs all most useless for cross country trips unless you either don't use detailed maps or take a notebook PC and keep uploading maps. To me the detailed maps are a big deal because of the points of interest. When traveling those POIs make finding food and motels easy. If I was going with the 60 series again I would get the 60csx over the older models.

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If anyone is interested I've been keeping an eye on prices for the 60csx & backpacker.com has them for 344.99, that's cheap & they are new!

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Ya I wouldn't be interested in the cs either but the cx and the csx have the SiRF chipset and expandable memory - a must have imo. I'll be in Cowtown in a few weeks so I'll inquire about it at GPS central. Thanks for the info! My only like about ordering from Costco.. is the pretty-much-no-questions-asked return policy. I looked around the books section for map software as I had seen some there a few months back. But nothing this morning. And the only GPS unit they actually carry in the store was a Magellan Explorist 600. I think it was around $350 CAN.

I saw the CX on tigerdirect on the U.S. site but it's not on the Canadian site. I just wish more companies were on borderfree.ca . Check it out if you already haven't. There are lots of decent companies on it. Anyway... I digress.

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