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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-23-2005, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
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Is there a decent GPS?

I've had it with this Garmin Legend trash.
You can't find anything, too many controls, too complicated, erases everything. You need 1,000,000 hours of training.
It shows what you want on the screen, but you can't activate it.
Instructions are more confusing than just playing with it.

Maps are a scam - $100+ for a map that shows roads and trails -- they don't tell you it's only National parks.

Eats batteries like crazy - not like the brochure says.

Pure GARBAGE!!!!

What type do you use - and how do you like it?

A compass is far better.
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Re: Is there a decent GPS?

Strange I love my etrex legend. I read the directions and been off and running. Maps do suck, but to get one with nice compleet maps your looking at spending a bunch. I think you are the first person i have heard complain about it.

As for batteries NMH rechargables last all day for me.

Give you 10 bucks for it!!
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Re: Is there a decent GPS?

My old gps was good for nothing, but I had a lot of fun with it after downloading some free software and hooking the gps unit to a computer.
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Re: Is there a decent GPS?

GPS and a laptop is a great combination. Delorme Topo map set for the entire U.S. is around $90, and shows LOTS of obscure trails.

Yesterday I bought a used IBM Thinkpad for $350 because my old one finally died after many excursions and hard use in the Jeep and van.
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Re: Is there a decent GPS?

I won one at a DU dinner about 10-12 years ago ... very basic model, needed a USGS map to navigate with. Very simple and easy to use and I liked it. No "bells & whistles" model but it died during the first rain storm it was in. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cussing.gif[/img]
Bought a Magellan Sport Track Pro GPS, was just too hard to use: small buttons, hard to see, maps close to useless (to small), eats batteries .... gave it to my nephew. I went back to just a compass & USGS maps, works much better for me except at night! I need something that helps me in the woods, not when I get back home to the computer or the truck to use the lap top.
Two companies making two way radios with GPS. You can see the location of the person transmitting (if you both have these radios). Local search & rescue personal are using them and like them But they eat batteries and are expensive!
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<font face="Comic Sans MS">I use a Magellan Meridian Platinum. I'm not sure how I'd rate difficulty of use. I guess if you can figure out a computer, you can probably figure out this GPS. Most functions are fairly straight forward at any rate. Downsides are it's somewhat big, probably won't fit comfortably in a pocket. Screen is decently readable and is backlit for night use. Another downside is the maps are a little expensive and may or may not show actual trails so you may still need USGS maps for the trails. For most uses though it's pretty helpful.</font>
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Re: Is there a decent GPS?

I use the Garmin Rino 120, I've actually got a pair, one in the vehicle and one I use on my bicycle. It's simple enough to use.
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I have had a lot of fun with the GPSMAP 76. It has been pretty easy to use. You can make your own maps. It has gotten me out of some difficult situations a few times. The batteries last about 24 hours(18 with the back light on).
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Re: Is there a decent GPS?

i have been looking at the lowrance 480C myself...
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