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    Default GPS guru's I need your help...

    What is a good GPS (up to $300 max) for general trail hiking, atv'ing, land navagation? I'm a GPS idiot, it does not need to be fancy--in fact I prefer durable/simple.

    Thanks in advance.

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    GPS isn't for being on a windshield full time? Who knew.......lol........i have zero idea.......sorry.
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    How about the garmin etrex vista hcx? I found one for $249

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    It's honestly hard to beat anything from Garmin. Especially the ETrex. They tend to get good reviews and I don't think a single one of them is over $250 bucks.

    Radio Shack is having a big sale on the website (www.radioshack.com)

    If that's not your cup of tea, Magellan has the Triton series which is sometimes a bit cheaper with more attractive options. But they can be hard to find.

    Also Lowrance has their Endura and iFinder series units which can get a bit pricey but for outdoor use, they are one of the best.


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    Lowrance builds the GPS and Guidance system transponders for most Navy vehicles, people and even some weapons.

    Anyone else outside of those three are just poor imitators. IMO, you could go with a unit from any one of them and be good.
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    I like the garmins too. Something to look for is what maps come with the unit. Some of the lower priced units only have topo. maps and must be upgraded to get road maps, where as the higher priced ones have all the maps preloaded. I'd also look for waterproof.
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    I have the Navigon 7200T - great for under $250. Looks sweet too. Lifetime Traffic+Zagat Guide

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeusExa View Post
    I have the Navigon 7200T - great for under $250. Looks sweet too. Lifetime Traffic+Zagat Guide

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    Um, that's snazzy and all but two things. One, who the hell is Navigon? Two, the OP specifically requested "for general trail hiking, atv'ing, land navagation" and after trying to find out more about that unit it doesn't seem to do any of that. And if CNET's price estimates are true, unless it's on sale, it's outside of his desired price range.

    I'm glad you like your GPS unit and it's clear you want to help but if a man asks for apples, don't give him an orange and tell him how great oranges are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jstas View Post
    ... I'm glad you like your GPS unit and it's clear you want to help but if a man asks for apples, don't give him an orange and tell him how great oranges are.
    I had actually heard of Navigon, but yeah ... the road map devices are pretty much useless to the O.P. for trail hiking or ATV etc. Our Garmin even gets lost on the smaller County Roads in the mountains near Winter Park, CO. Basically, as a simple rule of thumb: if it isn't on the internet map sites such as Mapquest, Yahoo! or Google, the road map versions don't have it either.

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    Careful with the eTrex - I bought one, and they don't come with anything but the most basic maps (essentially major highways), so make sure you budget to buy either the road maps or the trail maps, each of which are like 80 bucks on top of the cost of the unit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jstas View Post
    Um, that's snazzy and all but two things. One, who the hell is Navigon? Two, the OP specifically requested "for general trail hiking, atv'ing, land navagation" and after trying to find out more about that unit it doesn't seem to do any of that. And if CNET's price estimates are true, unless it's on sale, it's outside of his desired price range.

    I'm glad you like your GPS unit and it's clear you want to help but if a man asks for apples, don't give him an orange and tell him how great oranges are.
    Sorry! Didn't see the particulars for "trail hiking". I guess this is a unit you put in your nice car permanently (my dad's Lincoln)....

    Price wise, i got mine for $199 in January....now its ~$250...

    Navigon is pretty big though...I think 4th largest GPS manufacturer or something...HQ is in Germany


    in that case, go with one of those rugged Garmins....
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    I decided on, and bought the Garmin GPSMAP 60Csx.

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    I believe the Garmin 60csx is a great choice Steve. Still getting my learn on with my unit though the basics are pretty straight forward. I use mine on my dirtbike with a ram mount and the unit has taken more then a few bumps and bruises.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steveinaz View Post
    What is a good GPS (up to $300 max) for general trail hiking, atv'ing, land navagation? I'm a GPS idiot, it does not need to be fancy--in fact I prefer durable/simple.

    Thanks in advance.
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    Already know the compass, inside and out thanks to the Army. Declination angles, conversion of grid azmuths to magnetic azmuths, general land navagation, etc. Unfortunately I got out before GPS came into play in the military, so I want to learn these devices.

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    That's cool.


    My preferred method is to wander around the woods yelling "HELP!" until someone finds me. Works like a champ in the woods behind my house!
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    TomTom is popular GPS out there. Madgellan (SP?) is too
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    60 csx is a great unit...use one when hiking, huntin and 4 wheelin and never a problem....

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