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post #1 of 29 Old 08-20-2015, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
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Non-Zumo GPS that can do routes and tracks

Garmin makes lots of GPS models. The primary difference between the Nuvi series and its successors, and the pricey Zumo series, is the IPX7 waterproofing on the Zumos.

Does anyone have any recommendations for non-Zumo Garmins that will do what Zumos do? My thought is that for a third of the price and a water resistant/proof mount, it would do just as well as a Zumo.

Full disclosure - I'm currently using perfectly functional 2720 on an over the dash mount. Unfortunately Garmin no longer supports it and the three year old maps are beginning to show their age. Meanwhile I'm also considering putting my phone in an aquabox with the TomTom app.

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there are many others than just tomtom for your iphone -

this https://trips.furkot.com and this are a breakthrough

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I bought a used Nuvi 765 off of eBay, routes can be loaded into it, it will Bluetooth to a helmet headset, and I just updated the maps in it last night. It's a good idea to add a SD card to it for extra memory capacity for the maps.
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I'm pretty happy with my Nuvi 2597LMT, especially considering the price of it vs. the Zumos. I use Basecamp to create my routes and load them onto the Nuvi, and use it for family auto trips as well as on my VStrom. As with a majority of GPSs though, it's not the greatest with direct sunlight on it, but a shade can help with that.

I also have a 62s that I use on my WR (because it's built to take a beating and withstand the elements, etc.), but I do get pretty spoiled with the 5" display on the 2597 as well as other features that are nice that the 62s doesn't have or are as easy to access (e.g. what's up ahead, posted speed limit, etc.). The 62 accepts tracks though, and that's how I usually ride with my WR. The Nuvi only accepts routes, but that has been just fine for the trips I've used it on.
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A hikers GPS like a Garmin Montana or Oregon is waterproof and designed for severe use. My Oregon has spent a lot of time bouncing around offroad. If you add a City Navigator SD card it acts just like a Nuvi with downloadable routes, turn by turn navigation, and points of interest.
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there are many others than just tomtom for your iphone -

this https://trips.furkot.com and this are a breakthrough

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Actually, I recently retired my Blackberry after it bounced off granite courthouse floors one too many times and was led to believe an android phone was what a I really needed. I'm not convinced yet, and unfortunately motomappers doesn't support android. I like the look of Furkot, though.

Meanwhile, I was directed to Maps.Me as a general purpose off-line GPS - so far so good. My test is to input the names of the obscure little baseball diamond parks where my kids will be playing to see if the mapping software can find them. Since the ballparks rarely have addresses - typically they're tagged onto the back of a schoolyard with a different name, even google has a hard time finding them - slightly better luck with my cheap car mounted Tom Tom 1400.

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A hikers GPS like a Garmin Montana or Oregon is waterproof and designed for severe use. My Oregon has spent a lot of time bouncing around offroad. If you add a City Navigator SD card it acts just like a Nuvi with downloadable routes, turn by turn navigation, and points of interest.
I was thinking that too, but the little screen and my aged eyes don't get along well, particularly when riding.

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I was thinking that too, but the little screen and my aged eyes don't get along well, particularly when riding.

Plus, they're almost as costly as a new TomTom Rider or a base model Nuvi.

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I was thinking that too, but the little screen and my aged eyes don't get along well, particularly when riding.
That's the case with my Oregon. It's fine offroad when I am not moving fast and just want to follow a trail. I am thinking about replacing it with a Montana that has a larger screen.
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So this week I compared using an iPhone 6 versus and a new Zumo LM 590. I didn't like the iPhone 6 as much as I thought I would for navigation. It just felt like the roads were showing a little bit skinny and the screen was a little reflective in the sunlight. I just finished a ride using the zumo and I can say that it is absolutely readable in direct sunlight. I was very impressed. The maps on the zumo seems a little outdated looking compared to the very familiar Google maps on my smartphone.

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