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Which Garmin to buy?

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Unread 04-11-2011, 04:30 PM
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Re: Which Garmin to buy?

I don't know exactly what you are wanting but I have a new Garmin Rino 530 HCx that I would lay on you cheap. They are $499 at Bass Pro and various other price options down to around $379 that I have found. I would let you have mine for $275 or would entertain offers.
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Unread 04-18-2011, 05:33 PM
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Re: Which Garmin to buy?

Thanks for the offer, but I finally ended up just very recently buying a Garmin 60CSx. Decided that for my needs, it just wasn't worth the extra money to get the 62s when the 60CSx can be had for about $200, and both new buyers and others still give great reviews about it. Plus, I just really liked the solid feel of the 60CSx as compared to the 62s. Now I just need to play with it and learn how to use it. Thanks everyone for the input.
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Unread 04-22-2011, 11:35 AM
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Re: Which Garmin to buy?

There are a number of us here in Kodiak Alaska that went from the Oregon to the Colorado 400T. The Oregon had a low light problem of not being unable to see in bright sun.

I really like the fact that I can change the SD card so I have nautical charts on the water for boating all summer and topo map card for interior moose hunt after fishing season.

Though I have not used my ELT products- Those emergency locator transmitter features are invaluable when lost or injured. I highly recommend them in any configuration.

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Unread 05-06-2011, 11:18 AM
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Re: Which Garmin to buy?

Can you load the public land maps on the 62 & 78 series GPS or just the Oregon series?
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Unread 05-07-2011, 11:11 AM
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Re: Which Garmin to buy?

You can load the PLAT4GPS or BLM4GPS maps on ANY GARMIN GPS. If you want to purchase the pre-loaded SD card then just make sure you get the 62s or 78s. Or just make sure they accept a microSD card.
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Unread 05-25-2011, 06:00 AM
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Re: Which Garmin to buy?

I just bought the Garmen Oregon 450 with backroads B.C. Canada SD card. I could not be happier. The unit is awesome. It even aquires a strong signal in the house, I wonder how they managed that? As for accuracy, it is beyond anything you could want. Was out in the backyard standing on the lake shore at the water line and the GPS put my right there. It is also super easy to read on the ATV in all kinds of light, is fast on the uptake and it is very good on batteries. I guarantee you will not be dissappointed with this unit. IT IS AWESOME
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Unread 06-01-2011, 12:29 PM
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Re: Which Garmin to buy?

It is a little bit of a PITA, but you can load free topo maps on almost any of the new Garmins. You have to use the Garmin software and then load an image file and sync. BTW, the box for the Garmin 60 CSX still says it only has a 64 MB card on the box, it actually has a 1 GB card if you open it up and look at it. I just loaded map data for an Alaska fishing trip on my GPS for free and it has 7.5 minute topo maps.

PM me if you want to know the gory details of how to get the free maps on there.
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