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Posted: 12/7/2008 11:01:06 AM EST
Looking for something with the following features:

1. Handheld
2. Color screen
3. Topographic maps and street maps on it
4. Ability to give turn by turn directions
5. Ability to find gas/food/etc. in the area.

I'm assuming that most GPS's can do all of that now-a-days, but I haven't really kept up on them, so I'm looking for advice on a unit that can meet the above requirements.

Link Posted: 12/7/2008 11:04:39 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/7/2008 11:05:15 AM EST by mjohn3006]
Link Posted: 12/7/2008 11:07:01 AM EST
I have one of these:
Garmin E-Trex

It tells me which direction I'm moving, and where I am at on the Earth.

Nothing fancy, but effective.
Link Posted: 12/7/2008 11:07:28 AM EST
Originally Posted By mjohn3006:
Garmin 60CSx

For the win!

https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=145&pID=310


That's nice. Is that the cheapest unit that matches the requirements?
Link Posted: 12/7/2008 11:09:27 AM EST
I, too, have a Garmin E-trex and think it's excellent.

Link Posted: 12/7/2008 11:25:07 AM EST
I have a Garmin Colorado 400i. Excellent unit. However, it will not provide turn by turn street routing without buying the City Navigator mapset (about $100). The 400i does not have the Topo included but has the "Inland Lakes and Waterways" preloaded. I believe the topo model is the 400t.
Link Posted: 12/7/2008 11:39:13 AM EST
I have an e-Trex, and it is perfect for elk hunting, but I am eye balling one with XM Weather features.
Link Posted: 12/7/2008 11:42:40 AM EST
Originally Posted By mjohn3006:
Garmin 60CSx

For the win!

https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=145&pID=310


I've been using the 60CSX for the last two years and love it. It does everything you wwant. I use it for hunting, geocaching and driving. I have topo maps and city navigator loaded into the GPS.

Link Posted: 12/7/2008 11:43:57 AM EST
Originally Posted By Steve_in_PA:
Originally Posted By mjohn3006:
Garmin 60CSx

For the win!

https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=145&pID=310


I've been using the 60CSX for the last two years and love it. It does everything you wwant. I use it for hunting, geocaching and driving. I have topo maps and city navigator loaded into the GPS.



How well does it handle turn by turn directions? You had to buy the street navigator software from Garmin too, right?

Link Posted: 12/7/2008 11:45:30 AM EST
I have the Garmin Rino 120. I got it for like $110. It seems to be a great unit.

My buddies all have them as well and it makes hunting/communicating/navigating a whole lot easier.
Link Posted: 12/7/2008 11:48:07 AM EST
Originally Posted By mjohn3006:
Garmin 60CSx

For the win!

https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=145&pID=310


+1 And its waterproof, but does not float. Mine almost got away from me while kayaking. I had to fetch it from the bottom of the lagoon.

Link Posted: 12/7/2008 11:50:17 AM EST
IMHO, you'd be better served with separate car and handheld units. Both are pretty cheap nowadays, and you don't have to compromise on features.

I'm happy with a cheap TomTom and a ETrex Legend HCx. The only bad thing about the ETrex is the shitty base map, which can be upgraded.
Link Posted: 12/7/2008 12:12:38 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/7/2008 12:13:18 PM EST by Gamma762]
Originally Posted By Mxpatriot51:
Originally Posted By Steve_in_PA:
Originally Posted By mjohn3006:
Garmin 60CSx
For the win!
https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=145&pID=310

I've been using the 60CSX for the last two years and love it. It does everything you wwant. I use it for hunting, geocaching and driving. I have topo maps and city navigator loaded into the GPS.

How well does it handle turn by turn directions? You had to buy the street navigator software from Garmin too, right?

Yes they will do turn-by-turn directions as long as you have a "routable" map installed. Either City Navigator, or Metroguide along with the aftermarket program to make Metroguide routable. I'm not aware of any free routable US maps.

If you don't need the altimeter/barometer and electronic compass, get the 60Cx and you'll save roughly $50 over the price of the 60CSx.
Link Posted: 12/7/2008 3:35:08 PM EST
Originally Posted By JarheadPatriot:
I have one of these:
Garmin E-Trex

It tells me which direction I'm moving, and where I am at on the Earth.

Nothing fancy, but effective.


+1 for E-trex

Link Posted: 12/7/2008 4:03:28 PM EST
Originally Posted By mjohn3006:
Garmin 60CSx

For the win!

https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=145&pID=310


This. Best handheld unit out there.

Note that unless you get a package deal you'll have to buy the street and topo maps seperately. Street maps can be had for about $100, topo a little less.

I've got a 1 gig card in mine and have pretty much the entire eastern half of the country, topo and street, loaded.

If you plan on using it in you car go ahead and spring fro the RAM mount. Much better that the Garmin mount.
Link Posted: 12/7/2008 4:11:18 PM EST
Garmin etrex Venture HC

Just need to load Streets Map software.





Link Posted: 12/8/2008 4:51:02 AM EST
Originally Posted By FredMan:
Originally Posted By mjohn3006:
Garmin 60CSx

For the win!

https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=145&pID=310


This. Best handheld unit out there.



I prefer the one-handed operation layout of the Colorado. What can the 60csx do that the Colorado can't?

I've got a 2GB card in mine and it holds City Navigator North
America NT in its entirety.
Link Posted: 12/24/2008 7:08:12 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/24/2008 7:08:33 PM EST by PA452]
Sorry, wrong thread.
Link Posted: 12/24/2008 9:30:07 PM EST
I'm very happy with my Delorme PN-20

Around $200

Maps blow away any other units...Add $30 to an annual subscription and you can download all the maps you want:

# Hi-Resolution Color Aerial Imagery DOQQ
# USGS 7.5-Minute Quads
# NOAA Nautical Charts
# USGS High-Resolution Cities
# Black & White Aerial Imagery

It's an awesome unit.

The PN-40 just came out at around $350
Link Posted: 12/24/2008 10:20:04 PM EST
I'm looking for something very similar, except I don't care about turn by turn directions.

My requirements and top priorities are:

Handheld
Color display
Accurate and quick to get a lock
Electronic compass (can tell me direction without moving)
Has or will accept high quality topo maps

The maps are a high priority for me. I'm not sure offhand what kind of detail I can expect here though.
Link Posted: 12/24/2008 10:40:41 PM EST
Garmin.

60CsX or RINO 530HcX if you want the integrated two-way radio and weather radio.

Not a better unit available.
Link Posted: 12/24/2008 10:52:09 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/24/2008 10:52:54 PM EST by PA452]
I've been looking at the Garmin 60CSx and the Garmin Colorado 400t. I really just started looking into it, but so far I haven't found what scale and level of detail the Colorado's built in topo maps are.

And I have yet to look into anything other than Garmin.
Link Posted: 12/24/2008 10:55:30 PM EST
Originally Posted By PA452:


And I have yet to look into anything other than Garmin.


don't

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