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I noticed that Canadian Tire has the Garmin 60Cx on sale for $250. It's basically the same as the 60Csx but does not have altimeter and compass sensors. It will give you altitude and compass when moving from the satellite readings.

Unfortunately a good mapset will cost you extra.

http://tinyurl.com/582gcg
 

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Dtaylor ,

Yep , those are nice units . Folks should look at those for saving a buck if they aren't into tons of features for sure . Just a thought though , looks like stuff like this would get better exposure in the " MARKET PLACE " thread instead of regional forums .

Just thought I would suggest that , PO
 

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I've been to North Carolina a few times...don't recall many Canadian Tire stores down there. Think this might be, kind of, a Canadian thing and it would probably get lost in the marketplace section.

Dtaylor ,

Yep , those are nice units . Folks should look at those for saving a buck if they aren't into tons of features for sure . Just a thought though , looks like stuff like this would get better exposure in the " MARKET PLACE " thread instead of regional forums .

Just thought I would suggest that , PO
 

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I've been to North Carolina a few times...don't recall many Canadian Tire stores down there. Think this might be, kind of, a Canadian thing and it would probably get lost in the marketplace section.


Heavy ,

Wasn't trying to be a dink Bro . I didn't realize nor would I have realized it was a tire store selling those puppies . I saw the Garmin thing but didn't click the link to see who the reseller was . UH...UH... Never would have made the connection had you not mentioned it . LOL . But you'd be right , it would likely get pretty dusty in another thread . LOL . Just trying to help .

Ride long , ride safe , PO


p.s. Canadain tire store in NC ? .... Don't think I have spotted one of those either . If I do , I'll check on some deals for ya . LOL . Hec , come on down man , we'll hunt a Canadian tire store till were blue anyway . You never know how many BBQ joints were likely to visit till we find one huh ? lol

Ciao , Wes
 

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Okay...BBQ joints in NC....now you're talking my language.


Heavy ,

Wasn't trying to be a dink Bro . I didn't realize nor would I have realized it was a tire store selling those puppies . I saw the Garmin thing but didn't click the link to see who the reseller was . UH...UH... Never would have made the connection had you not mentioned it . LOL . But you'd be right , it would likely get pretty dusty in another thread . LOL . Just trying to help .

Ride long , ride safe , PO


p.s. Canadain tire store in NC ? .... Don't think I have spotted one of those either . If I do , I'll check on some deals for ya . LOL . Hec , come on down man , we'll hunt a Canadian tire store till were blue anyway . You never know how many BBQ joints were likely to visit till we find one huh ? lol

Ciao , Wes
 

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I noticed that Canadian Tire has the Garmin 60Cx on sale for $250. It's basically the same as the 60Csx but does not have altimeter and compass sensors. It will give you altitude and compass when moving from the satellite readings.

Unfortunately a good mapset will cost you extra.

http://tinyurl.com/582gcg

It is a good general purpose unit. I use one with a map of North America with great success. All of City Navigator V8 fits in a two meg Micro SD card with room to spare. (I suspect V9 is bigger). I have used it for some geocaching, on my Strom and in my car for navigating (It can calculate routes with the software) and in my little Ultralight Airplane and on a trip to the Bahamas in a Cessna. I've taken is on airline trips and recorded he flights.. it gets great reception and battery life is quite long. As a general purpose unit it works extremely well.

I don't think the altimeter and compass are much of a big deal unless you are doing serious back-woods hiking. The direction is easy to find with a few steps and I suspect the altimeter wood be less accurate than the GPS-based altitude for most average users (unless they take care to get the atmospheric pressure before each adventure.) The negatives are a fairly small screen (Compared to a Zumo) that is hard to read is some sun-angles.


If I was to purchase a GPS today for use on the bike I would get a Zumo but the 60Cx is hard to beat as a general purpose unit.


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If I was to purchase a GPS today for use on the bike I would get a Zumo but the 60Cx is hard to beat as a general purpose unit.


..Tom
Agreed. I have both. I've used a handheld Garmin GPS of various models for years, for my canoeing expeditions. I used the 60Cx on the bike for a couple of years, and my only complaint was that I found the screen a bit small. So I got a Zumo for the bike, and it's great. Nice plus about the Zumo is that it comes with a car cradle as well as the bike one, no need to buy extras. As a result I now have a RAM 60Cx cradle that I don't use. :confused:
 

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Experience with 60 CSX

I have both a 60 CX and and 76 CSX unit for a few years. My experience with the 60 CX is a little more varied and less pleasant - the unit I have now was replaced with a refurbished unit after the screen went up in smoke - literally , about a year ago. The original unit was about 3 years old. I do believe however that not all 60's units are faulty but I may have gotten one of the units that slipped past quality control.

I always carried mine in a Gillson neoprene case, and that usually inside a pocket. I was disappointed to see that the case cracked in the narrow span between the screen and the bottom left hand corner - look at one and you'll immediately see it's the area of highest stress. Repeated attempts with Garmin in 2007 to get them to acknowledge a problem and help me with repairs on both the case and screen fault met with no success until I received out of the blue an email from Raytech in Mtrl offering a brand new unit at a very attractive replacement price. I had the 76CSX by then but did deal anyway since my significant other and I geocoache a lot and having two is great for that. You can search this site fo my ealrier smoking GPS post.

Function wise - each works well and the screen size is subjective - I find it fine but I don't route plan - i use trip mode to show upcoming turns.

On CX versus CSX - I don't use altimeter very much - I've tested it against land datums and it's not very accurate at all. The compass however is highly useful if you're a hiker or geocacher, if you're riding, really no advantage.

Like V-Tom says - battery life is pretty good. With fresh batteries and no fiddling - just leaving it on a single display function, I've gotten about 25 hours out of a set. Fiddling, like wihen using Topos or geocaching - figure on about 8-10 hours average, longer if you're not constantly using functions.


Last but not least - it's not uncommon for mass merchandizers like Cda TIre to sell units at deep discounts when they are about to be discontinued, I have several products acquired this way - although I can't find evidence in this case, surprises me that they could undersell some of the other Cdn suppliers .

As you can see I have a love/hate relationship with Garmin - they make a good product but IMO, their support is lacking - as it is with most consumer electronic / entertainment products. Still, for all round versatility, the 60 is a good unit that falls easy to hand if carrying around and overall although I personally prefer the 76 CSX, I like Garmin products more so that the two other GPS units I've owned and the 1/2 dozen others I've tested.

My two cents.

Bob
 

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On CX versus CSX - I don't use altimeter very much - I've tested it against land datums and it's not very accurate at all. The compass however is highly useful if you're a hiker or geocacher, if you're riding, really no advantage.
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My little Ultralight airplane has an Altimeter. This is barometric so it should work the same as in the Csx. What most people don't realize is that you need to set them based on the current atmospheric pressure. For example, as I type this Pearson (Toronto International) Airport is showing the Mercury at 29.64 inches. If I didn't set my altimeter before each flight then I could be off by a few hundred feet in altitude. Since I know my field is at 1000 feet I usually set the altimeter to 1000 feet and that would get me that Barometric Pressure. I don't have the Csx but I imagine there must be a way to tell it either the current air pressure or the actual altitude you are at. From that point is should be quite accurate assuming you are not experiencing a rapid change in Barometric pressure.

For what it’s worth, I found the GPS altitude to pretty closely match (I think within 25 to 50 feet but don't recall for sure) the Barometric once the barometric is set properly. The difference in the lower flight levels is such that I suspect you could dispense with a barometric altimeter (if it were legal to do so.)

As for compass, I could see it being useful in hiking or similar adventures but the GPS sensitivity of the Cx is so good that a short walk will tell you your heading and it can be used with confidence in heavy forests.

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V-Tom: Insightful as always and I'll double check as I might have been a bit hasty in my judgement. For what it's worth, my comparisons, (2), were done at known datum points on the Rideau Canal during a canoe trip. I have recent charts for both and spot checked at various points between Newboro (high water point on the canal) and Burritts Rapids. Although I set the unit up ahead of time the weather could have well had something to do with it as it started getting cold and rain when I put in at Newboro and pretty well got worse as I went farther towards Burritts. I was off, as per charts by approx 40-50 ft as I remember (it was last spring and I didn't keep the measurements). I did catch my first ever muskie, albeit a very small one while I was actually trying to catch some perch for supper so the trip wasn't all bad.!

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Forgot to add to last post - RadioWorld end of year sale flyer came tonight - $355 for the 60 CX so the Cda Tire price definitely looks attractive.

BOb
 
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