GPS

loneranger916

Active Member
Joined
Jul 24, 2019
Messages
26
Location
Sacramento
ISO of a an affordable/get-the-job done GPS that i can depend on in the back country.. Usually affordability and dependability cant be used in the same sentence, but im seeing whats out there..
 

old_heli_logger

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 18, 2006
Messages
373
Location
Oregon
I've been having good luck with onXhunt map installed on my phone. Just save a map of the areas that you'll be hunting while you have service and you're good to go. The only downside is that it costs $29 a year for one state or $99 a year for all states.
Good luck!
 

Beardeddeer91

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 14, 2018
Messages
233
Location
Alabama
I have a Garmin Oregon that I have used for a few years. It’s been great, but seems unnecessary when you have have OnX on your phone. I always carry my phone and a battery pack anyway if I’m going in the backcountry so it seem redundant to carry a handheld GPS on top of that when my phone works just as well. As already mentioned just download the area(s) beforehand and then put your phone on airplane mode to save battery.
 

Dosh

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 6, 2013
Messages
3,315
Location
Arizona
916, I have a Garmin with the OnX micro card for my state. Very pleased with the performance of both. The Garmin is easy on battery life as well.
 

loneranger916

Active Member
Joined
Jul 24, 2019
Messages
26
Location
Sacramento
Thanks all for the responses. I currently have onX on my phone, but was looking to get a hand held as well. But after reading a few comments, it seems that I’d be able to get away with just having it on my phone and saved for offline. So now I’m thinking hand held may be unnecessary after all if I’m bringing my phone anyway.
 

aushunter1

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 16, 2012
Messages
746
Location
Australia
Get a Garmin InReach with your country maps.
Gives you the best of both worlds, a Topo GPS with printable map capability via Garmin basecamp & also a PLB service that you can enable for any period you want.
 

Country Bumpkin

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 22, 2015
Messages
511
Location
Boise, ID
My 2 thoughts.

1. If you do NOT feel as though you will be getting into potentially dangerous situations, or if you do NOT need to “check in” with the family, then stick with OnX. You are always going to have your phone with you (for camera purposes). The only thing I would ADD is an external charging unit so that you don’t need to worry about battery life (or you could go solar but I don’t trust those things).

2. If you feel the need, as I do, to check in with the family and to potentially send for help/SOS, the InReach is a great unit. Earthmate is a very user friendly website for downloading maps to your phone. Your phone syncs with the GPS as long as you do it while still in service. The InReach has come pretty impressive battery life (so if your phone dies, you always have the gps functions available to get out of dodge). Pairing the InReach up with your phone is MUCH easier to use than just the buttons on a standard gps. Also much better map viewing when looking for that timbered bench that might be an elk bedding area.
 

Nimrod

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 20, 2006
Messages
448
Location
Missouri Ozarks
I have OnX on my phone also but I have had problems using it without a signal so I take my GPS along too. For what it's worth I also carry paper maps and a compass and know how to use them.
 
D

Deleted member 110997

Guest
ISO of a an affordable/get-the-job done GPS that i can depend on in the back country.. Usually affordability and dependability cant be used in the same sentence, but im seeing whats out there..
What are you looking to spend? A used garmin foretrex won’t be hard to find used on eBay.
.2c tip. Keep it close to your body and inside your warming layers so the batteries don’t get so cold they’re worthless.
 

sbfireman

Member
Joined
Apr 26, 2015
Messages
12
Location
Santa Barbara, CA
Questions if I may...

What do you want to use the GPS for? Are you wanting to create track logs of where you've been (load to a computer mapping program then review); waypoints to mark certain locations you've found; create a route that you can upload then follow? Looking to track out and then use the trackback? Want an electronic compass and altimeter? Color screen? Determine hunting zones / land ownership? Add an aftermarket chip for specific maps / data?
Basic functionality / basic use can be had for about $100 or so - easy to start / go from there. Like many here, I'm a Garmin fan but wary of touch screens due to scratch issues.
There's some sage advice in the above posts (please strongly consider taking a map and mechanical compass and letting family know where you're hunting - as you know, you never know what you'll encounter in the field).

Good luck with your search.
Respectfully --
 

26Reload

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 25, 2016
Messages
2,277
Location
SE Idaho
Been thinking anew GPS also.....buddy of mine and buddies of his have all gone Garmin Montana........shows all property lines....
Packing the phone in back country and turn on you have to have a power source to charge...if it keeps looking for signals it is as good as dead.....
GPS and a phone with or with out maps on it.....
 
Top