GeoBiker / Mapper
Join Date: Nov 2005
Bikes: 2007 Gary Fisher Piranha & ~ 1984 Ross Mt Whitney
There are trade-offs in almost everything
Of the units currently available, I like the Garmin GPSmap 76C/CS.
Soon out will be the Magellan Explorist XL and Lowrance iFinder Hunt + color
- large screen vs cost
- Is topo contour interval important?
- Trail coverage important?
- Number of tracklogs
- What other uses do you have for it?
Magellan & Lowrance have the most detailed elevation contour intervals (50') in their topo products
Magellan Topo has squat for trails, Garmin some & Lowrance the best trail coverage.
Garmin auto-routes on base map so you don't have to include everything between start & dest.
Garmin auto recalculates if you miss a turn.
Magellan limits loaded maps to 64MB, you can't autoroute across these.
Magellan and Lowrance units use more battery power.
Garmin units support at least 10 tracklogs/breadcrumb trails stored on unit. (magellan 0-5, Lowrance 100)
There are new units under development that of course will make current units "lacking".
My Garmin 76 has taken a few spills with my Mtn Bike & stayed in place & Operating.
Not as impressed as I thought I would be with the Ram-mount for my Lowrance/Brunton, It seems to vibrate too much.