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I'm off across north africa, the middle east, pakistan, india and nepal in a 4wd in september and have a four day window in which to buy a garmin gps at trade price (it's a work thing). I've been trying to work out which one would be best suited for the trip as in an ideal world I'd like to have turn-by-turn as much as possible but also have the option to save waypoints for when the mapping runs out. I've read through most of the other posts on this forum but can't seem to find a definitive answer as to which unit would be best suited. Now I don't have an unlimited budget but the trade price should knock about 40% off so I'm fairly flexible. If anyone has any suggestions they would be greatly appreciated.
I used a Quest 1 for my trips. Its a great little unit. I found Garmins Worldmap fine for pretty much all of my trip but remember if you buy a European unit, it will only be routable in Europe but didn't bother me as I never needed the routing.
I've always find you invariably bump into other travellers with laptops and gps. I've been able to swap waypoints/maps with others this way quite easily. waypoints can also be downloaded before you go (Peter 'Beddhist' has loads on his website, I'm sure there are plenty others out there if you really need them).
Even if you don't have a laptop, I've exchanged waypoints with others by inputting the waypoint manually. Worldmap is free and used in conjunction with paper maps, found it more than adequate to get pretty much anywhere. I did try the Wonderlust map and found I prefered Worldmap though everyone has different preferences.
Originally Posted by Vaufi
IMHO the problem to think about is to download the tracks & waypoints while on the trip, since all systems only offer limited memory capacity. Meaning you will need some kind of external storage.
I'd suggest Garmin 60 csX
Make sure it is the 'X' version ( I use one as well as the 278C)
Why the 60CSX?
Because that unit can take Micro SD cards (2 GB for personal upload but can READ the pre-formatted ones up to 4GB proivided you do the latest firmware update.
( I upload my maps to the microSD's beforehand- they weigh next to nothing and are cheap)
Waterproof to IPX7
Runs on 2 AA batteries but can also be wired in to car/bike 12volt supply ( you can also use rechargeable batteries and configure gps as it has option to use those Nimh ones)
slightly small screen as hand held unit
It will give you turn by turn (but no voice) and screens are user customisable as is the sequence of display
Importantly, it has the fast Sirf star III chip - very sensitive
You can store waypoints on the move - up to 1000
It also has the benefit of (an option) to save tracks directly to the MicroSD card hence you have huge storage facility.
POI's are not a problem
The unit can store up to 1000 in its memory but, using POI Loader software (free from Garmin website) I have uploaded over 300 thousand of them in various classifications (a project I am still working on)
These get stored in the unit's CUSTOM POI memory which is not the same as the ordinary POI memory thereby leaving the 1000 unit memory available for points taken on the move.
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Garmin Worldmap is pretty basic but comes free with unit
Wanderlust V2r03 (latest versions) worldmaps now broken into different downloads - I am a bit confused at MikeS's comment - there is way more data on Wanderlust - he may have an older version- don't know-
There also some maps available for free for South America etc
No - you may want to do some research on Garmin's own pages- but then as you stated " I'm off across north africa, the middle east, pakistan, india and nepal in a 4wd in september" postcodes are not really a 'must have' !
Thanks for the feedback so far, and I apologise if I'm coming across a bit dim but I really don't have any experience with GPS's beyond the Sat-Nav systems in cars.
I have also previously been looking on Garmin's website and it certainly isn't clear (to me at any rate) how destinations would be inputted in order to get 'turn by turn' directions. For example, if I were to want to find a particular street or land mark in a built up area, how would I go about using the GPS to aid me? Do I have to put in GPS co-ordinates? Would I get these/convert these from a map? The post code question was also to find out whether it would be of use to me back home in the car, hopefully to go some way to justifying the high price tag.
Again, I am sorry to be asking what to you must seem very basic questions but everyone has to start somewhere and I'm somewhat time-pressured to take up the chance of 'trade prices' by tomorrow evening!
Hi Dave, I'm in the Sheffield area but actually have to order by this evening so it's been a bit tight for time! I have found a few helpful videos on YouTube (just search for garmin 60csx) which demonstrate the features very nicely and would prove useful to anyone else. If I have time this aft I'll also try and nip into town and track one down but that's unlikely. The 60csx does appear to be the best option, though I'm still justifying its high price!
My advice would be to just get yourself a 2nd hand Quest unit off ebay, it's more than up to the job and if it breaks/gets stolen, it's not the end of the world. Where you're going, people will play with your stuff till it breaks and then walk away. My antennae was broken this way but duct tape kept it going.
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