HELP! I'm in the market for a hand held GPS unit

70 marlin

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what to buy? I've been looking mostly at garmin units, like the GPS 12 , GPS-12XL, E-trex legend © any of you trail riders or racer's us them© I mostly want the plotting , speed & distance parts, also the maping features of some of the other hand held units look kinda cool, any help please!
 

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Marlin,

I hope you feeling better from your swimming accident.
I would suggest that you check with the local MI DNR office. I have heard that they are upgrading their GPS units and selling the used ones. Just an idea.
 
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Garmin units work pretty well and are very well made. I use a Garmin 12 and a PALM III with several custom software programs to do some very detailed trail maps. I use TOPO USA to import the GPS data after I have done some converting and such to it. The maps are VERY nice. Pretty much any GPS will do the job, some are better suited to dirtbikes than others.
 

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I use the Garmin II+. This is a small unit and has the ability to flip the screen sideways so that the unit can be mounted crossways on the bike. Kind of like a enduro computer.

Hope this helps.:)
 

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I really really like the eTrex product. The Handlebar mount is pretty sturdy. Lord knows I've crashed enough times with it still on. I had the bare bones eTrex, gave that to my dad and upgraded to the Summit. It works really really well.

Pick the one that fits your budget.
 

70 marlin

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bought garmin GPS 12

took a little trip to cabela's © I like the gps 12xl map but the mapping part was to muddy, the e-trex legend the buttons were in the wrong place "sides" for what I going to use it for the cheaper one will work fine© also I ordered the baja gps unit holder looks to be a nice sturdy bracket©
 

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Originally posted by 88RM250
I really really like the eTrex product. The Handlebar mount is pretty sturdy
Where did you get an eTrex bar mount?
 
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E-trex Vista --> Compare these features
Accepts Mapsource topos and metro street guides with street address lookup
24MB memory storage of maps
WAAS Wide area augmentation system, accurate to 1 meter if available
Compass
Altimeter

Mine works good without a handlebar mount. Just put it in my pocket or headlight bag.
 
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I've been using the Magellan 315 with excellent results. Most reviews I've seen have the 315 outclassing pretty much every unit in equal price range. I don't mount mine on my bike, I carry mine in a waist pack. (I was gonna say fanny pack, but it sounds so DUMB!):cool:

I wasn't too impressed with the eTrex products (except the Vista... $$$) as I don't like the side buttons. Since selective availability (SA) has been turned off by the US DOD last May, pretty much ANY 12 channel receiver will be accurate to a few meters.

Magellan 315 all the way!

Dave
 

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I like it on the bars, Normally I have the trip screen on which has all the normal goodies: MPH, odometer, etc, etc.

Yes the buttons aren't the greatest, but it's water proof, and with the summit the only button you need is the little joystick thingy which is a lot easier to use than I thought it would be. On the bars it's quick and easy to flip to map to make sure you're heading back to the car when you want to. It's been absolutely necessarry the last couple of times we've gone out as we've gone to places we've never been. That is no one in the group had a clue where we were going or where we'd been. Whoot

As for the handlebar mount, just plop in etrex handlebar mount in a google.com search. You'll find lots of places that have them now. 6 mos ago you couldn't find them anywhere. I just looked and you can get them from $14 to $20. Shop around.

-MD
 
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Gee -and I was just thinking about the best way to carry my compass! Boy, am I out of it or what?
 
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88RM250, that's odd what you say about the Summit, because before I got the Vista, the Summit is what I used. It did not have the "click stick."
 

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For good deals on handheld GPS check out marine supply stores like West Marine. Also for some cool navigational software check out www.maptech.com