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  1. #1
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    Mar 2013

    Need suggestions for GPS

    Hi all,

    My next big electronic purchase will be a GPS. As a newcommer to GPS specific stuff, was wondering if I could get some suggestions.

    I'll want to use it for both biking, hiking, and camping.

    Needs vs wants

    - Topographical and image maps
    - "Rugged"
    - Ability to track routes
    - Altimeter
    - Battery life

    - Ability to be mounted on the bike handlebars (close to a need actually)
    - Anything else I would want?

    So far, I've looked at the Garmen Edge 810 and the Garmin GPSMap 62stc GPS.

  2. #2
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    Oct 2011
    I would add the Oregon 450 and the Etrex 30 to that list.

  3. #3
    since 4/10/2009
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    Dec 2003

    Need suggestions for GPS

    Frankly, not many "need" image maps. In real use scenarios, they are not very useful for general hiking and biking. Trailbuilding and advanced off-trail hiking, okay.

    The major players have been covered. The 62 series will not have the best fit on the bars. It will be the clunkiest. Several folks use the Oregon 450 and its variants. I do. It works for me. I mount mine on the stem but if your stem is shorter than about 90mm or very steep, you will have to put it on the bars. It is not as good there imo.

    The etrex 30 is probably a little better on the bike by virtue of its size but I hate the joystick interface.

  4. #4
    wish I was out riding
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    as this thread seems covering some of my questions, I'd throw one more.
    which one of the aforementioned gps is best for a use that spans from hiking, mtbiking and road cycling?
    I am sort of familiar with a garmin edge 705, which I understand being "bike specific".. and as I would like to use it for hiking as well, I was wondering what model might be best for me.
    I plan to use it together with old fashioned maps.. so perhaps tophography is not a must?

    edit: this might be an interesting/relevant read
    Garmin Oregon 450 vs. Edge 800

  5. #5
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    Join Date
    Mar 2005

    Etrex 20

    Garmin Etrex 20 mounted to your stem or top tube with the Garmin mount!
    Garmin eTrex 20 Review - OutdoorGearLab
    Last edited by Elzippo; 04-08-2013 at 12:13 PM. Reason: update

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    I was looking for a GPS for hiking, biking (road and mtb), and mapping. I went with the Oregon 450 (spent ~$200), and I've been really happy with it. Primarily, I like the large screen. On the road bike I mount it on the bars and it is very easy to see the map while riding. I did not care about training functions, the trip computer gives all the info I want, and is very customizable. I was a little concerned about the touch screen, but it works fine with even (thin) winter gloves. I looked at the bike-specific models and I did not like them as much.

    I use a GPSMap 62 at work (I forget the exact model). It is a really nice, quality unit, utterly bombproof, and I think a little more accurate. However, it is pretty bulky/heavy, and entering text without a touch screen kinda sucks. I would not like it as much for hiking and biking largely because the screen is smaller. However, for a unit that sees rough conditions (more so than hiking and biking) and needs to record points with high accuracy, I'd take it over the Oregon. But for what I actually use mine for, the oregon works better and is a LOT cheaper.
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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