I've had the GPSMAP 62s for about 2 months and approx. 10 rides - recently i mapped out a route and rode it and had to abandon the ride because it was getting too muddy - the tires were caked with mud and had the bike had to started to slide. So i checkd the GPS for the best alternative route to return to the car and found a trail ahead that will take me back to the car. It worked perfectly - thank god for the accurate OSM maps in Melbourne.
I've lusted for the Garmin 60 when someone first showed me his colored 60 and said the batteries in it lasted for many many hours. I was using a Magellan Meridian Gold - a solid gps performer but in b/w and pretty much no maps - so it just laid breadcrumbs for me.
I always wanted a proper mapping GPS for my mtbing - now i have the 62s i'm loving it- espcially since how it was able to help me cut short the ride and showed me how to get back.
The screen is sun-readable and u can switch the back light off - i never worry about the batteries as it will run for plenty of hours and i always carry a spare AAs. The 2.6 inch size is great for mtbing - i can't imagine navigating on anything else smaller. The etrex looked like toys.
The Garmin GPSes are very versatile and can take many alternative maps. I could have bought a Magellan but would have been stuck with their 'expensive' maps. OSM maps have been a god-send. Thank-you OSM. The OSM trails in melbourne have been spot-on. I've got Garmin Topo but it's no where as accurate as the OSM maps.
Garmin Basecamp is also a very powerful software to use with the 62s.
Track management on the 62s is pretty good - u can load different routes with different colors at the same time - i did that on the last ride - and had 2 routes for the same area- one easy and the other the longer route - when i found it too muddy to continue and noticed i had passed the easy route i then looked for the next trail that hooks me back to the easy route. It was fun to be able to do that. The 62s allows u to use many colors but only a few are pratical - red, purple, green are useful. The rest is crap ie. not easy to see.
Waypoint management is nearly non-existent on the 62. Every waypoint u have on the GPS is on the map. I wish u can choose which sets of waypoints to use and which ones u can hide. The old Meridian can save sets of waypoints to the file and u only load the file with the required waypoints to show on the map. That can't be done on the 62 so i try to minimise having too many waypoints......otherwise they'll clutter the screen and could potentially slow the unit down.
I love the 62s for it's versatility (to take OSM maps), good screen- easily readable in outdoors (with back-light off) and great battery time.
I'm also glad with the 62s for it's reliability- the use of buttons seem more reliable than the touch screen GPSes. I read Oregon/Montana users frequently and eventually have serious touch screen problems with the units.
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