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  1. #1
    wyrd bi ful rd
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    Mapping scale 1:50,000 or 1:25,000 for off-road???

    Thinking of getting a GPS. Have been using printed out maps but on trails which are not on maps, it would be good to store the track that I have just come across and come back to it later ... I guess I could go back again and again until it becomes like my own backyard, but would be good to look through some statistics etc.

    My question is whether the scale of the mapping device should be a consideration. Garmin 800 uses a scale of 1:50,000 whereas the Satmap system uses 1:25,000, which gives better details. But do I need this additional detail?

    Other consideration is the cost of getting new maps. Garmin has a basemap, but I will have to purchase regional maps for the Satmap from the outset.

    Any thoughts much appreciated. Cheers.

  2. #2
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    Free topo maps

    Free topo maps at 24k here:
    I have a Garmin 800 and I don't know where you got your information. You can also load custom maps on to it.

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    since 4/10/2009
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    I agree with Wherewolf. I don't know where your information comes from. Garmin's map scale does vary from location to location or between products (there is a 1:100k USA product and a 1:24k product) - but those are the maps, not the GPS. gpsfiledepot has a LOT of maps at 1:24k scale (which are free).

    I get the impression you may live in some country other than the US, but when talking about GPS stuff, location matters. Fess up. It'll help people provide recommendations that some of us US-based folks may not be aware of.

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    wyrd bi ful rd
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    Just saw some maps for the Garmin 800 at 1:24,000. Cheers.

    Am based across the pond in the UK ...

    Now that I have to pay for the maps for both the units ... will have to decide which to get ...

  5. #5
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    for single track 1:24k is usable anything with less detail is not

  6. #6
    trail rat
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    Quote Originally Posted by chinaman View Post
    Now that I have to pay for the maps for both the units ... will have to decide which to get ...
    More free world wide maps.

    Unless you really want to pay for maps.
    Often the free ones are better and more detailed than the ones from Garmin.
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