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#7150831 - 12/06/12 Which Garmin?
Tanner Offline
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Registered: 03/01/11
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Loc: High Country Colorado
Looking into a Garmin for an X-Mas present for my Father, and I'm a total newbie on the subject. I've heard the pre-loaded state map 'chips' are a pretty handy little tool to use, and he said he'd love to have one for lion hunting.

Is this one going to work out?

http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/73828?productId=1228603&subrnd=0&qs=3016887_pmd_google_pla

Thanks all, and sorry for my ignorance on the subject.


Edited by Tanner (12/06/12)

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#7150922 - 12/06/12 Re: Which Garmin? [Re: Tanner]
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Dakota 10 or 20!

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#7151006 - 12/06/12 Re: Which Garmin? [Re: Ackleyfan]
MuskegMan Offline
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Registered: 09/30/04
Posts: 3088
Loc: S.E. Alaska

62-CSx

The preloaded state map chips w/ topo, land ownership and unit boundaries rock!!!

There are units out there which you can download satellite imagery to the unit also.

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#7151875 - 12/06/12 Re: Which Garmin? [Re: MuskegMan]
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that is the one I would go with. I bought the 20 last year and love it but the 30 has the digital compass so you can get your route by turning the gps, otherwise you need to be moving for the route to adjust. I would download the maps off the garmin site instead of buying the card. If you loose the card you will have backup on your computer.
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#7152285 - 12/07/12 Re: Which Garmin? [Re: Irving_D]
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Registered: 02/03/03
Posts: 2152
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I went from the old Etrex Legend to a 62S and added a chip with 24K map of our hunting area. Night and day difference for these old eyes. As an old timer I was a bit leery of the durability of the touch screen Oregons, but there are many that like them.

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#7152338 - 12/07/12 Re: Which Garmin? [Re: Ole_270]
eh76 Offline
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Not sure what "pre loaded" micro SD you are referring too BUT if it is www.huntgpsmaps.com do not buy the pre loaded SD version. Buy the download...you get free updates and two licenses so you can put it on 2 gps units.
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#7152582 - 12/07/12 Re: Which Garmin? [Re: eh76]
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Registered: 01/14/12
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Loc: Ouachita mountains, AR
I use the Oregon 550T hunting, horse (mule) back and also in mounted search and rescue... it has held up great for 3 years now..
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#7152584 - 12/07/12 Re: Which Garmin? [Re: eh76]
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I use the Oregon 550T hunting, horse (mule) back and also in mounted search and rescue... it has held up great for 3 years now..
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#7192436 - 12/17/12 Re: Which Garmin? [Re: Tanner]
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Registered: 08/11/06
Posts: 1132
Loc: Michigan
I've had quite a few GPS'..the eTrex are a good entry level and this one is a good one. The touchscreen models are more user friendly IMO. Don't get the pre loaded maps, I believe those are a 1:100,000 scale, you can get their 1:24,000 map chips that are the same as regular top maps. Much better detail.

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#7193390 - 12/17/12 Re: Which Garmin? [Re: Tanner]
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Also, I found this site online, might be useful to readers here...
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#7197024 - 12/18/12 Re: Which Garmin? [Re: gossipgodd]
Kurt52 Offline
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Registered: 02/06/11
Posts: 225
Loc: British Columbia
Tanner,
The Oregon 450 was my choice when the old yellow Etrex screen was finally giving it up this fall (10 years old?). I really like the 450 and have the BC and Washington state chips that work great. I like the touch screen on the Oregon. Lithium AA batteries have lasted the past 8 weeks for my weekend hunting, and still show full charge.

The 62 and Montana are too large and heavy as I am a backpack hunter.
Kurt

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#7197045 - 12/18/12 Re: Which Garmin? [Re: Kurt52]
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T,

The best garmin handhelds are the 62series, especially for older guys.

They have buttons that LRX them navigate easier.

Spot
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#7197106 - 12/18/12 Re: Which Garmin? [Re: Spotshooter]
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62 by far. Also, the pre-loaded topo maps don't quite have the same detail as the add-on. Also, if you add it on, you manage what and where, allocating memory usage yourself.
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#7197117 - 12/18/12 Re: Which Garmin? [Re: Rev579]
Tanner Offline
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Registered: 03/01/11
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Cool beans, thanks for all the help gentlemen.

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#7197218 - 12/18/12 Re: Which Garmin? [Re: MuskegMan]
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Registered: 06/23/08
Posts: 909
Loc: Clancy, Montana
Originally Posted By: MuskegMan

62-CSx

The preloaded state map chips w/ topo, land ownership and unit boundaries rock!!!

There are units out there which you can download satellite imagery to the unit also.


zactly!

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#7197526 - 12/18/12 Re: Which Garmin? [Re: Tanner]
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#7197592 - 12/18/12 Re: Which Garmin? [Re: panmin]
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#7198184 - 12/18/12 Re: Which Garmin? [Re: Tanner]
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Loc: wyoming
I'm a big fan of the Rino series.
Rino 610


Edited by Ranch13 (12/18/12)
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#7198366 - 12/18/12 Re: Which Garmin? [Re: gossipgodd]
bobmn Offline
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Registered: 01/25/08
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Tanner: Because of your location and use for lion hunting, I assume your father will use his gps in canyons. Because of this I would strongly recommend whichever unit he buys has a high sensitivity receiver and is capable of receiving GLOSNASS (Russian) satellites. While in a canyon your device looks at a very small portion of the sky so you need to have access to as many satelites as possible. After using gps all over the world, it has been my experience that the military has concentrated the satelite orbits towards the equator. I got much better reception in Africa than I get in the Northern Plain States. I would avoid a touch screen because they are cumbersome to use while wearing gloves. Ever try to find a stylus after dropping it in 12" of fresh snow?
I use a Garmin eTrex 20. Cheap, light, good battery life, acguires position rapidly even under a tree canopy. SD chip compatable. The only drawback is small screen size.

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#7198377 - 12/18/12 Re: Which Garmin? [Re: bobmn]
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I recently bought a 20 and agree with your assessment. I've not made my mind up on Birdseye Imagery, it gets blurry under 800 ft, but the unit itself works great and is easy to use.

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#7200925 - 12/19/12 Re: Which Garmin? [Re: Spotshooter]
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Registered: 08/11/06
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Loc: Michigan
Originally Posted By: Spotshooter
T,

The best garmin handhelds are the 62series, especially for older guys.

They have buttons that LRX them navigate easier.

Spot


I had the old 62Csx for about 5 years and I've seen some say it's the gold standard for GPS'. It was a great GPS and I was very happy with it. When I sold it to upgrade, I almost went with the new version, but went with the Montana and have been more than happy with it. The only downside is it is large, but the large screen is nice and I have to admit, the touchscreen beats buttons any day, esp when entering names of waypoints.

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#7201044 - 12/19/12 Re: Which Garmin? [Re: M1Garand]
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Birds eye is not all its cracked up be, I bought a subscription a year ago, and when the subscription ran out the pictures stopped working.

Pissed me off.
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#7202357 - 12/19/12 Re: Which Garmin? [Re: Spotshooter]
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Loc: Michigan
I had thrown around getting birdseye but didnt, esp when I saw it was only a subscription for a year. The cool think about the Montana I have is you can do custom maps. In Google Earth you can overlay any map to an area and download it into it, including satellite pics, trail maps, state or national parks, etc. If you have one of the latest versions of the 62 series, you can also do this.

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#7202493 - 12/19/12 Re: Which Garmin? [Re: M1Garand]
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I have a subscription, and don't know that I'm all that impressed. The picture quality is very low if the unit is set below 800 ft.

The Etrex 20 was on sale at Cabela's for $169.99, so I bought the subscription. I'm thinking there are better options for mapping than Birdseye.

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