Two way text messaging from anywhere is possible with 100 percent global Iridium satellite coverage. The monitoring center can be triggered with an interactive alert. Share your location with family and friends. The water rating is IPX7. The battery is used. The internal battery is charged by the internal battery. You can use the earthmate app to get access to maps, charts, and aerial imagery. The reach explorer+ device has built in digital compass, barometric altimeter and a accelerometer.
👤It's the worst experience. GARMIN's products do not stand up to scrutiny. Two years ago, I bought the device, signed up for a plan, and used it in the woods. It was better to have intermittent text access. A few weeks ago, I signed up for a new premium "freedom" plan, which is very expensive, with an annual fee of $25 and a monthly fee of $65. I get the "activation confirmation" screen on the device after I follow the instructions. I received confirmation of the process being activated twice. Good to go, right? Nothing works on the trail for me. Nothing. Zero email, zero text messaging. It was almost a disaster because we had a medical emergency and needed to get a helicopter to take us to the hospital. The device was useless. You can call customer support. They sent me to tech support to figure out why it wasn't working. It takes them an hour to figure out the problem, which was apparently a firmware update that needed to be installed. He told me that he wanted to show me how to use the device, but that he had no idea why it wasn't working. The Tech suggests I get a new device. He tells me to go back to customer support to get a refund of the $25 annual fee and $65 monthly fee because I won't have another trip for another year. It's like $92.50 including taxes. I can send in the device to see if they can figure it out. I agree with the plan, it's annoying and a waste of time. After that, I return to customer service to get my refund. I told him that it was the least they could do since I didn't have text communication in the woods. We had a phone. The fun part is that the customer support says they won't have an issue. A return! The device did not work for the entire trip. Why? They said I should have visited the website to see if a firmware update was needed before using it again. Isn't that the kind of update that you would think they would push to a device, instead of relying on users to constantly check a website? We would have a chance to get the critical update if we sent an email to them. What would it have cost to apologize to me and give me a refund? I have a lot of Garmin gear and they have been alienating this customer for a long time. It's a shame. The device was within functioning parameters and needed to be updated. At the time of activation, service is non-refundable. I'm sure there are smart and capable people at Garmin who can understand how absurd this situation is, but that intelligence has not made it to their customer support team. This kind of thing is not good for consumers. Sell them something that doesn't work, and then blame the customer for the failure because they didn't do something they were told to do. Well done, Garmin. I hope you have a lot of customers who don't care about customer service. I will never buy another product from you. Ted is a man.
The display is built rugged and passed the military standard for drop test. You can get spoken turn-by-turn directions through your connected helmet or headset. Direct-to-device downloads and no annual subscription are available for BirdsEye Satellite Imagery. There are options for riding on curvy or hilly roads. You can easily manage and review routes, tracks, and waypoints with the help of a navigator. You can record your route with the track recorder and save it for future adventures. You can access live traffic and weather, share routes with other riders, and get phone notifications with the Garmin Drive app.
👤I don't know how many gpss I have used on a motorcycle. I think it's around 10. The motorcycle specific Gps are the first I have tried and they are too small for my liking. I have had it for about a year. My actual use has been limited because of the lack of appeal to ride in our Florida heat and humidity. There are a few observations about the screen. Even in direct sunlight, it is bright and readable. It's better than any of the previous ones I've used. Big plus! The data fields are easy to read, and the speed indicator glows red when you are speeding. The screen on the gps is glove friendly. Maybe this year I will be able to escape from Florida. The screen is a perfect size. The last 3 gpss I used were massive trucks. Big, easy to read, and extremely competent, but bulky. The larger, dimmer screen on the others is not as bright as the brighter screen on this, and the smaller overall size fits into the dash area better. Another plus. The Zumo is impervious to rain. The automotive/truckGPSs I have been using were not up to date. It's nice to no longer worry about the gps getting wet. The standard 1” ball mount was used for the gps. There is no need for special cradles or adapters. I decided to use the previously installed Ram ball and a 6” arm I already had in a big box of extra Ram stuff instead of using the bar mount and arm. The included dock/mount seems to hold the gps in place. You can remove the gps in a split second if you push a button on the back. The cable stays with the mount. The rubber cover for the contacts is included when the gps is not installed. Installation is very fast. Simply clip it back on. It's great if you have a place to securely store the gps. Some people may think that a thief can push the same button and walk away with your gps. The wiring was easy to follow. You need a negative and positive wire. I don't have to worry about messing with the gps because my car is wired to a hot-all-the-time circuit. The map retains detail when you zoom in, which is something I believe will make this gps more useful than any of the newer gpss I have used. I don't follow a pre-determined route on the bike. On the bike, I usually wing it, with only a general idea of where I'm headed, using the gps more as an electronic road atlas than just blindly following a route. You can still see the secondary roads with the map detail turned all the way up. Secondary roads are usually disabled above.3 or.500 miles. If you want to know where that little road you are thinking of exploring goes to, you might be able to see by zooming out, instead of having to scroll around and lose perspective. I prefer to adjust the zoom level myself when underway. The auto zoom seems to work at a useful level so far. I will try it. Time will tell... I just set it manually because I got tired of it zooming in and out on it's own. For the first year that I had this gps, I had a problem with how it handled points of interest. For the uninitiated and non-geeks, custom points of interest are lists of locations that may be of interest to you that would not normally be included with a gps's factory installed POIs. They can be a collection of stores or a collection of stores. The lists can be downloaded from a website, or you can make your own if you want to. The custom POIs were only accessible by digging into the menu system on the Zumo XT. A top level search didn't include custom POIs. I could live with that, but the worst thing for me was that there was no way to make the custom POI icons on the map. It's always nice to look at the map and see if one is close to something. The unit started showing custom POIs after the system update. "Up ahead" in the map settings menu must be checked to show your POIs. This will show the system icons for fuel, restaurants, and motorcycle related POIs, and it can make the screen a little busy, but hey, I'll take it. Speaking of POIs. I have found the pre-loaded POIs to be very inaccurate and frustrating to use. They have sent me on wild goose chases to businesses that were either notexistent or somewhere else. A big deal in a large RV is a frustrating annoyance on a motorcycle. Because of this, I stopped using Garmin's POIs a couple of years ago and now use other alternatives when searching for food, fuel, or anything else. Really? They could be better now. I don't know. I have been burned so many times that it will be a while before I try to use them again. I let the gps show me the nearest gas station for the first time since I owned it, against my better judgement. We went after it was shown to be close to us. I passed a gas station on the way that the gps didn't know about, and it took me about 5 blocks further up the street to a run down old building that was probably a gas station in a previous life. We were checking out an RV park for a future trip later that day, and I let the gps search for nearby RV parks on my phone. It didn't know that the RV park was established. The bottom line. If you need to find a place, don't use the POIs. You can enter the address into the gps by searching for it on your cell phone. The weather radar is connected to your phone through a wireless connection. I haven't had any showers that chase me around yet, but it all seems to work if you have a good wireless data signal. This feature is really cool. I have only used it for short trips, but if it's like any of my other current ones, they will find the address and you can be pretty confident they will get you there eventually, but will also sometimes choose strange routes. Always take a quick look at the proposed route, and always choose common sense over what a gps tells you. This thing is expensive. It's very expensive. It is the most expensive non-marine gps I have ever purchased. I would buy it again in a second. I still think it's great and would not want to be without it. As time goes on, I will probably update this review.
There are options for portrait and landscape mode on the large RV navigator. The size and weight of your RV are taken into account to find the best route. Road warnings to keep you aware of steep grades, sharp curves, weight limits and more. There is a directory of RV parks and services on the website. Control with your voice, and enjoy hands-free calling, and built-in wi-fi for easy map and software updates without a computer. Pre-made street maps for North America have coverage of the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. You need to download the Garmin Drive app for GPX file sharing and access to live traffic, weather and smartphone notifications. The magnetic mount with video-in port accessory is required for the third-party wired camera to see behind your vehicle.
👤I have been using the RV 760 for the last five years and bought this to replace it. The RV 890 is a big step forward. It's not just a bigger screen. The software has been greatly improved, the user interface is more intuitive, the touch screen is more responsive, and the voice recognition is better. The RV 760 had a smaller mount that would lose its grip in warm weather, but the windshield mount on this thing is a beast. The RV 890 has a bunch of new features, including the ability to use Foursquare, which is a big deal, not because I use it that much, but because their database contains many POIs that aren't in the Garmin database. The ability to plan, save and retrieve multiple routes in advance and the ability to modify the unit's suggested route are two of the best new features. It will take a while to try all the goodies. This upgrade was worthwhile.
👤I have a number of portable and built in gps units, as well as a phone, Ipad and laptop. The unit is easy to read and operate after a reasonable learning curve. I would knock it down form perfect for two reasons. The voice recognition doesn't always recognize my voice. The permanent base was used because the suction mount didn't work in my application. You can plan a trip with multiple stops and pick it up at any intermediate stop. The suggested rest stops are based on time and distance. It has lifetime maps, traffic, and the ability to program from your phone.
👤I have been trying to get maps for this device from Good Sam and RV trip apps. Do not spend money on this device because it does not work.
👤I replaced the rand McNally unit because it was old and not up to date. What a difference there is. It's much easier to use the device. I was a bit uneasy when I approached it. It leads me to what I want to do. Buy this one. I don't have any complaints. None at all. George W. Ensley is a FCC licensed tech.
👤I'm hoping I have a bad unit. I'm a fan of the company. After using it for about an hour, my unit failed. It will not turn on anymore. It's going back. The magnetic interface works fine with the 20mm ball packed in the suction cup mount. The magnetic mount requires a 20mm ball and the dash mount requires a 25mm ball. A really bad shipment. It looked new, but it was a bad shipment. I'll try again.
👤I sent it back after I used it for the first time. RV Life is on a designated tablet. I thought the RV 890 would be more user friendly. The RV 890 is a mid-grade device. I spent hours on the device trying to download something. Routes with no luck. As I searched online, I found that other people are having the same problem. Purchase a nice tablet, download the RV Life app, and save money. You will get a better user interface, online and offline mapping and run your favorite music apps. This is not worth more than $500. Sorry!
5 wgmrs two-way radio has an extended range of up to 20 miles. The reception tracks in more challenging environments are better withGPS and GLONASS. The position reporting feature shows the locations of other users. 3” Sunlight-readable screen with dual orientation. The dual battery system provides up to 14 hours between charges on the Li-ion Pack or optional AA batteries.
👤I bought the 755t because I thought it would be an improvement over my previous radios. It didn't deliver what was advertised. While I like the combined radio/gps unit at the core of the Rino series, I wonder why it hasn't included an emergency SAT message system. The core gps/radio appears to be the same as before. The touch screen could be an inch longer and a quarter wider. The screen resolution of a smart phone is very poor. The interface is cumbersome and slow. On a 7 day hunt, the real test came. The topo contours are not the standard 40 foot standard but a watered down 150 interval and not very useful. The camera function would be great, but it locked up the screen on my unit. The battery had to be installed to restart it. I turned off the unit to conserve battery power but when I turned it back on, the screen was only illuminated by the "GARMIN" boot screen. I ended up using my Silva magnetic compass to get me back to camp after it left me in the dark with no guidance. Rino is a great idea, but I would like to know the bugs before I place it on the market.
👤Does it do anything to find your location and navigate you through the wilderness? I thought it would have more bells and whistles. It reminds me of the old Garmins. I was interested in the radio and have never picked up anyone else broadcasting other than the weather station. It would be a great unit at 300$ but I feel it's way over priced now.
👤Does it make sense to tell people their shoes are worn out? It's a better idea to have it capable of wi-fi. No cords needed to upgrade or down load apps. There are a lot of useless things on it. You have to download what you want.
👤I've had a lot of Garmin products. I've grown used to their software for managing devices, since I love their watch series. The 755t fits in with that system as well. There are daily updates for maps. Some may find it annoying. As a software developer, I am very pleased to see that they are constantly improving the tool. The birdseye map service is cheap per year. So why not? This adds higher maps for areas that you plan to travel to. You have to download it on your computer and push it across to your gps. I walked outside and saw my house and land in great condition. The device is very accurate. I can get weather information directly on it. It is a backup radio for other users in my group with this phone. It's perfect for "every thing carried must provide more than one purpose". And then some. When you are on a long adventure, the ability to plan routes and get voice instructions is great. I suggest that you have a backup battery and a solar array for your back pack.
Motorcycle navigation for the road to adventure. Rugged, glove friendly 4.3 inch display is resistant to fuel Vapors, UV rays and harsh weather. Pair with a compatible phone for hands free calling, smart notifications, and easy sharing of GPX files for group rides. You can access Live services for traffic and weather with the link app. The Adventurous route finds curvy or hilly roads.
👤The screen size is nice. It was rugged, dropped on hard asphalt and didn't scratch it. The navigationUI is pretty decent. It won't shut down like a phone. It is weatherproof. The software is terrible. It's very confusing, non-intuitive and overly complicated. If you export a route to the gps, it will still redo the path based on device settings, ignoring any custom route you may have done in the desktop app. You need to keep an eye on it and make sure it doesn't lead you down the garden path. The new "Incident detection" system is supposed to pair with a phone to send an text if the device thinks you've been in an accident. A fruitfly is about to set off the "detection" on your motorcycle. I rode 9000 miles last month and the on-device popup was on for most of the time. If you don't have a phone or a notification number configured, you can't turn this feature off. Maybe wait for a future update that will fix this. Advrider forums have advice on how to use a rugged phone.
👤I prefer my phone on my body, so I use a gps on my motorcycle. I might need my phone in the event. I have drowned two phones in the rain, and I am separated. I bought this model because it offered new features at a price point I could not refuse, and because my two previous Zumos stopped working. It is a learning curve to use it. My initial preferences made it offer some weird decisions. I will learn. I haven't figured out how to use all of the benefits that are supposed to be offered, but the bluetooth pairing to my phone seems okay. My headset's pairing seems unreliable. I don't understand why it feels like I'm struggling with technology that's 20 years old. Surely a company that creates glass cockpits for airliners has the know-how to make a user-friendly gps that would function more like, oh, I dunno, Google Maps?
👤Great unit. It is easy to install with the equipment. I have run it for close to 5,000 miles and it has performed very well. Over the course of 3,600 miles, it was run side by side with Waze. It did well. It saved me 1.5 hours when I route through central OR. I guess it's finally been figured out by Garmin. That is amazing in and of itself.
👤So far, it's been typical of the Garmin headaches. It feels like a program from the 90s. I have spent 6 hours trying to load a OSM map on here because it's not available in Korea or Japan. The world's biggest gps maker doesn't offer maps for the 3rd largest economy. OSM maps are the only choices. They won't load the Zumo. Changes to 4 stars. An OSM map was finally working on this thing. For the fact that basecamp is a horrible program it's mind incomprehensible, but still minus one star. It's difficult to make a custom route and get it to your gps. I took a trip with my gps. I have two older zumos. This one is nice. I will give it to you. Touch works well for a water proof model. The screen is bright in the sun. That is something off a brand gps can't do, but it is visible in the sun. The zumo is small. Lighter. It feels sturdy. I had a model that was water proof that had contact problems. A friend uses another one that is fat and bulky. They seem to have improved the cradle and power connections. I haven't tested it in the rain. Time will tell. The only complaint I have right now is price. There are no cones on the market. It's demand. I tried a few different Japanese models and they were garbage. Also basecamp. Absolutely garbage. They still haven't fixed Basecamp into a usable product.
7” color touchscreen has turn-by-turn directions for on-road navigation and topography maps for off-road guidance covering North and south America. You can use the explore app to download additional maps and usg Quad sheets on 64 gigabytes of storage, and sync all of your data between your devices. You don't need a cell signal to get to the best-established, wild and dispersed campsites, because you're loaded with ioverlander points of interest. Features public land boundaries and 4x4 roads. For large overlanding vehicles, the weight and length are used. Can be mounted anywhere with a powered magnetic mount. Pairs with in reach satellite communicators for two-way text messaging and interactive weather forecasts.
👤I could type a novel about how bad a fail this thing is but I don't have time. If you want to be helpful, you should not buy this, for $600 you can buy a better system like a tablet or a pro version of multiple apps. This is a terrible, expensive, and redundant device to try and do what other systems do. I was hoping for a "one stop" top grade "overlander" device, as an avid camper, hiker, and owner of a decked out 4Runner hitting the back roads frequently. 1 hour. I spent that time looking for known campgrounds, places, and backroads that I would expect a device marketed as an overlanding device to have. It was not only bad at that essential, but it was also bad at everything else that can be done better with a phone or a tablets. dyrt, gaia gps, freeroam, iOverlander, and even USA topo maps are all available on the internet. Even the "cool" almost gimmicky feature that shows the angles of your vehicle on the road was useless. There is more redundancy. garmin devices have done a lot to the gps map and athletics community. Spend your money elsewhere. This is a hard to use device that is being made a cash grab for to take advantage of the popularity of the overland scene. I can't imagine how this will last without massive software improvements and features. This is my contribution to those who are out on the trails.
👤I bought this unit because it had a larger screen with higher resolution and a number of cool apps. I bought this unit because I was going to use my high resolution maps from the Garmin. I was not happy. The unit has a micro card reader, but it won't show the 24K maps. My worst fear was confirmed by a long call to the support team at Garmin. There is no backtrack trail feature in the outdoor hand held units. You think that since this unit was designed for the off- trail user, there would be a back track feature, without having to store the bread crumbs trail before turning back like in this unit. There are sections of rocky trails in the forest where a back-track feature is nice to have. Although the price was steep for this unit, I will keep it for its other features, but now have to use a hand held gps to see Hunt View information. The new update includes Hunt View and other custom maps. Hunt View Maps are included in the Drive program. I am loving my device now. If you can afford one, I would recommend the Overlander.
👤I was going on a vacation with my wife and kids and I was thinking about buying a gps device instead of using my phone. I read many reviews before buying this item. We are mostly good. I decided to buy it. After using the gps for a while, it got hot but it seemed okay. On the third day of using it, it went black and wouldn't turn on, I was close to my destination. It was hot. After pulling it off my car, it turned back on. I was not happy at that point but I think we will be a success. The thing stopped working when I was driving home from dropping my grandkids off at their mothers near Baltimore, it was a bit confusing. The last straw was that. I returned it when I got home. I am really disappointed with this model. When I bought it, I was really excited. We will use my phone again. I wouldn't recommend this to a friend.
It's easy to use a gps navigator. The maps are easy to see. alternate routes are suggested by the traffic company. Yes, the backup camera is compatible with BC 30 or BC 40. Voice activated and ability to pair with a compatible phone. Notable historic sites and the U.S national parks directory are part of the HISTORY network. Without a computer, built in wi-fi for map and software updates.
👤I used a cellphone as my primary navigation tool and purchased the DriveSmart 65. The cellphone navigation systems are great, but I didn't like the convenience of the stand-alone units. I didn't like the fact that the navigation apps weren't easy to see when I manually used the phone for a phone call. There are two more Unless you use a different app or download offline maps from the internet, there's no navigation when you don't have cellular coverage. There are 3 more I never found the offline maps to work for me, there was always a problem with resolution that I could not resolve. Offline mode was not always used to work in general. I tried some of the other free offline navigation apps, but they seemed to be behind in updates, and did not seem refined, leaving me with a slight but ever present apprehension in my mind. I didn't like the small screen size when in portrait mode, even though I had an iPhone Plus. There are five The navigation app on my cellphone ran in the background and was not visible to view. I didn't see all of the trip info functions that the vehicle navigators offered. The app navigators had the same trip info, but it was hard to see. The DriveSmart 65 was more expensive than the 55, but the extras screen real estate was worth a few extra dollars for me. It is hardware. The screen is beautiful! Great resolution and bright colors. The brightness is turned up all the way. The 6.9 inch is the perfect size for me since I like to have all of the trip data functions showing on the screen at all times while allowing for ample space for the map/ navigation which is the most important part. The screen seems to be made of glass, but I am not sure if it is scratch resistant. The frame has a minimal amount of bezel which adds to visual appeal but makes accidental touches easy when trying to adjust the postition/angle of the unit on the mount. The screen is responsive to touch and there is little lag navigating through the menus, as it should be for a device at this price point. The speaker is loud and clear. I don't know what processor is in the unit, but I hope it is an upgrade from last year's model. It is smart to get the best hardware within your means, especially if you plan on keeping the device for several years, to ensure it will be able to effectively run the software updates. I don't like the way the power cord plugs into the back of the device. It would be great if it was plugged into the side or bottom, because it would be easier to mount the device on a desk if the power cord was not sticking out. The mount is standard and works well for mounting on a window, but I have seen it fall off of a vehicle. I bought a friction dash mount from Garmin because it seems to work well for now. I can't state my findings because I haven't had the battery disconnected from a power source for that long. It is very easy to use the software. It seems that the years of production have allowed time for most bugs to be worked out. The high detail map option provides a lot of detail and is helpful in keeping the user oriented from a geographical perspective. When you zoom out with the intent to use it indefinitely, the unit will automatically zoom you back in to the default setting, even though it does not really want you to have full reign on the map. You can have phone notifications for email/text/etc to show on the unit if you sync your phone to it. The option to make and receive phone calls when you sync the device to your phone is available for those that may need it. The unit has the ability to update maps without a computer. After attempting to update the maps 4 times, I got error code each time and the device aborted the process. Maybe it is because my internet connection is not high-speed. It will be great to see if there is a similar issue among other people. The maps will have to be updated with a PC. Conclusions: The device performs well as expected. Excellent native route planning and accurate navigation. The screen is bright and high resolution. It's right in the sweet spot. I am not convinced that the features this unit offers are practical enough to justify the higher price. If the processor is better than last year's model, this is a good value. It was a factual decision. I don't have to use my phone as my main navigation when I have a stand-alone navigator. Happy with the purchase, even though I mentioned some things. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a navigator.
The dog tracker and navigator have improved internet connections. Pairs with a gps dog system to navigate and track your dogs. 6.0 W x 3.5 H inch (15.2 x 8.9 cm); 62.95 inch diag (17.7 cm) are the display sizes. You can get a 1-year Birdseye satellite imagery subscription with the purchase of a hunt view map. There are detailed road maps of North America. Updating maps and software can be done with wi-fi. Two devices must be in 250 feet of each other to use the wireless technology.
👤The alpha 100 and tracking collar work for me. You can use the trackers while charging if they run out of power. They go into a power saver mode if the power is low. I can see exactly where my dogs are with this display and the tracker plugged in after a restart. The screen is important for that purpose. The resolution is fantastic and it is big and bright. The screen of the gps is the best. I can't say it is all that good, but I would like to use it to an auto gps. There is no other option. punching in an address. Store addresses in advance or use the voice commands which work well. It can take a long time to find an address. Final thoughts. I use an external ham 146 mhz antenna which is slightly below the working frequencies of the dog trackers, and I use an SMA to BNC adapter. This screen and an external antenna are being used by the alpha tracker. I have a system to chase after the two dogs I have. At some point I will no longer need to use the trainer to train them.
👤Western state big game and bird hunting can be used. You can only view 2d topo when you have an onyx maps chip in the unit. They sell another subscription. I currently use onyx and Garmin in reach. Maybe it is a user error. I can't get a good track line on the device. The only fix is to run your dog collar in the sxs and have your handheld go the whole time. If it would track my route the whole ride it would work well. It would be an amazing unit if I could back track easier. The track line is a thin red dash that gets lost easily on the screen. If I figure it out, I will change to 5 stars. I was hoping that this would be a lot of fun. You have to treat it like a map. Most of the marked trails and property lines can be found with the onyx chip.
👤If you sit in your truck all day, this is a good dog tracker. There are a lot of features that are useless to me. It's difficult to set up and you can't put "way-points" on your map. It's not a good idea to use a gps device for traveling. If you put in a destination, it shows a line in the direction of your destination, but it doesn't give you a road map or verbal directions.
👤Connection is loosened randomly and often. garmin's product was expected to be better. I kept the gps. Wouldn't buy again.
👤I use it to keep an eye on the dogs. It works well.
👤The husband loved it. The garmin Astro 100 and tt15 collars are a perfect companion.
👤200 miles from no where, screen turned so dim you couldn't see anything, unplugged it, screen turned bright for 2 seconds, then back to dim. There was no difference between left and right charging. My last navigation device! I'm going to use an iPad instead of a tablet.
Rugged construction is rated for thermal, shock, water and vibration. The 5” glove-friendly display is 50% larger than the previous model and is available with a variety of mounting options. There are multi-GNSS (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo) support. ANT+ technology, BLUETOOTH wireless networking, and a direct to device access to BirdsEye Satellite Imagery are all included in the price. You can use tracks and review trip data from the field if you are compatible with the Explore website and app.
👤The headline is a grabber line, only because you have to be the one to decide if it's worth it or not. I wouldn't dare not do my homework on an expensive item, I would read as many reviews and articles as possible. I do that on a hundred dollar item. It shouldn't take you as long as I did to make a decision on what you need or want, if you really know what you're doing. I'd read some articles comparing all the different features on a number of different gps units, especially when it comes to price. I'd ask the questions, "What do I really need and what am I willing to pay for?", if you're going to get more features with more money paid. Ok... I'm not going to go on a hike without taking a map and a compas. I know from experience that things can go wrong, and that you can get in a deep vally with a bunch of over growth and your signal runs out. I think this is the cat's meow. I'm not sure if I would use this more than my map and compass, partly because of all the things it does and partly because it's just that much fun. I'm not going to go over all of the features, but I would like to talk about some of the highlights for me. I don't think that's a deal breaker because I love the touch screen and I know it's more bulkey than the other units. It looks very bright. I downloaded the 7.5 minute maps of the west coast and they are clear enough for me. The 40 foot countour lines are the same as the topo maps I download on the website, I believe. If you get off course, the compass feature will show you by a break in the arrow line, which way you're off. Move over and get back on the line. You can also set a projected waypoint, which you can use to set a course back to it. I'm talking about having to cross a river and having to go out of your way to a bridge and then find your way back to the waypoint you set across the river before you detoured to the bridge. Base camp is a free software. You can set your map type preference, even the 7.5 minute. Then you set up your route. It's time to send it to your Montana 700i. Whatever unit you have. You can review the route you set up on Montana at the base camp. You can search for things on the unit. If you need to use a custom waypoint, you can just type your latitude and longitude over the waypoint one, and save it to your name. If you had that info, this would be great. I almost forgot about one of the most important features, which carried a lot of weight for me, deciding which unit to buy. There is an alert. It's true. They will come and rescue you if you lock into these special satalites. You need to subscribe to the serivce in order to use this feature, but I got the safety one at the cheapest price. It's somewhere around 15. A few weeks or a few months. You can get the more robust subscription, but it will cost more. You can send messages to anyone's email with this service. It could also help you without using the full blown SOS feature. They can reply back to you. It's nice that it's all on a satalite, so you don't need a modem to use it. It will work wherever your gps will work. I think that some of the user guide got a little hard to read, now and then, but for the most part it was very concise and readable. I know I probably didn't need the compass and altimiter features, but in order to get the SOS feature, you need to cough up the cash. Only a few of the higher end units have it. I'm very happy with the gps. I hope I mentioned that it is the Montana 700i. I didn't want to give away the extra "beans" for the 750 model, which has the camera as well. I hope this helps you make a decision. The man is called "MARC Trainor." ''
The handheld gps is reliable. The display has a sunlight-readable color and display size of 220 x 220. There are roads and trails for hiking and cycling in the Topo Active maps. Tracking in more challenging environments is possible with the support of gps and GLONASS satellite systems. There is 8 gigabytes of internal memory for map downloads. Up to 25 hours in the gps mode with 2 AA batteries.
👤A lot of the negative reviewers didn't understand what they were buying when they ordered this. This isn't a replacement for your maps and it isn't intended to be. Some of the negatives are positive features. It was large. It's large, but it will take a lot more beating than a small smart phone. The shape makes it easier to hold in the hand. 2. There is no touchscreen. Have you ever tried to use your phone in the rain? Touchscreens are great in warm climates. It is designed for use in dirty environments. 3. The user interface is outdated. This sort of phone is similar to a 2008 cell phone. The layout is easy to set up and contributes to the battery life. 4. AA batteries. The eTrex doesn't have a rechargeable battery like every other electronic device. It's difficult to understand why they think this would be a good idea. If you're out on a long hike/camping/hunting trip for several days, it's unlikely that you'll have access to a charging port, which makes it easier to just pop in two new batteries when the old ones run out. 5. There is a memory capacity. The maps take up the entire integrated memory. You can buy a 32gb card for $6 and download as many maps as you want. There are lots of videos on how to do this. 6. There is no map detail. I haven't encountered any flaws with the maps, so unless you're trekking through Gates of the Arctic, you'll probably be covered on any state or local trails. 7. Inaccuracy of location. The registered location is close to where I'm actually standing. My cell phone is usually off by 50 to 100 feet. It's not the point of exactitude, it's to help you find your way back to your camp, etc. Being off by a few yards isn't a big deal if you're within sightline. There are 8. There are noroutable maps. It operates differently than your phone's map app. You type in the address and it takes you there. It's not clear why people think it won't. There are 9. The features and interface are confusing. I can't believe this one. There are lots of videos and articles on how to use features. I download AllTrails Pro trails into Basecamp and then export them onto the eTrex when I'm ready to go. I follow the trail on the device. There are two more When I go on a non-prepared trip, I use the eTrex to record my track and save it on the device, then I plug it into my computer and send it to Basecamp. Done. If you're outdoors a lot, you're willing to dedicate minimal time to understanding how to use it, and you understand that this sub-$200 gps that will last you for a decade is not intended to replace your $800+ cellphone.
👤The company is abysmal. The product they have created is straight out of the era of the Blackberry. They offer nothing in the handheld market that is close to a modern device. This piece of hardware and software is not good. I will return it. I didn't return the inferior Garmin that I have in my car, and it burns me up. Never again! The screen is tiny, and I have encountered other issues in my brief period of ownership. I need to hike in the desert. The screen is useless. My phone works in the same way with no glasses. - The best tech minds don't work for Garmin. - The screen gets bumped in your pocket and you lose battery life. You can't search for a location by state, it returns zero results. The method to change the order of items in the Main menu is different from the Route Planning menu. - The deleted tracks menu contains all the settings. What? There are no maps. The data is solid, so I give this 2 stars instead of 1 Since my return of this device, I have been using a solution. I wanted a dedicated device just for mapping, I hike extensively off trail. I bought a burner phone at a box store and it works without being activated. I disabled all the apps that I could. I bought and downloaded Gaia for mapping and route finding. You can download maps before you leave. You can get phone service if you don't have to download maps, but it will cost more. I made the device bulletproof by adding a protective case with a backpack clip and an external battery pack. The setup has been great. Gaia is awesome. There are maps on the screen. The hardware and software are easy to use. The accuracy is very good. I have access to a lot of maps. Finally, it's a cheaper option. It's shocking that the company that does this can't do it.
The IPX7 powersport navigator is waterproof, glove-friendly, and has an ultra bright screen for off-road adventures. The Group Ride Radio features a push-to-talk fist mic and group tracking for up to 20 riders. Maps of public land boundaries, U.S. Forest Service roads and trails, and Birdseye satellite imagery are available. Attach the navigator to your powersport vehicle with a powered mount and wiring harness. You can use the Tread app on your phone to sync your waypoints, tracks and routes, and get access to live weather with an active connection. It's your responsibility to know and follow the laws of your country, and it's possible that you're not allowed to use a satellite communications device. Pair your dog systems with a gps device to navigate and track your dogs from your vehicle.
👤It took 7 hours to update and install all the maps. It doesn't have any off-road trails in any of the maps. I went to load the file for the peace trail, but I found out it couldn't be used as a route because it had to many waypoints. I called customer service and they told me that I needed to use a program called garmin basecamp on my computer to seperate the waypoints into different groups. When using basecamp, they can only suggest buying the 24k topo map for 99$, which has bad reviews, because the topo maps don't show any of the trails between the waypoints. It would bring me back to trying to get the basecamp program figured out on how to split the trail into 2 seperate trails and then transfer that to garmin explore, yet another app, and finally back onto the tread.
👤In the northern upper peninsula of Michigan, I go off road a lot. The roads are not marked the best. I would have gone back to camp without the gps. I would have put on more miles. My gut was telling me to go in one direction, but the navigator said to go in another direction. I went the other way. I was very happy I had it. It made sense that the "all seeing eye" of the Garmin Tread said to go the way it did once my gut and the Garmin came into alignment. The price tag is high. I also had trouble with it. If you can get past the price, you can bring the gps with you, but only if it's a large screen and how it connects to other cameras. I don't need a navigation device anymore. I used to use a Topo map and compass to get around. The system is still relevant, but using the Garmin is better. My handheld gps is not as good for night time driving in the wilds. Do I still have a compass in my pocket? You bet!
👤The screws and hole nuts are the same as those of ACE. You can see the panel behind the Polaris screws. Solid. The Beofeng handheld radios have a loud and clean sound but the radio is much more clear and clean. The Tread has a better mic. Don't connect phone while cranking the tunes, you can run mp3's via bluetooth to external speakers. When the unit is sharing the phone with external speakers, it fails in about three seconds. The phone is great.
👤The screen is perfect. It is completely readable in the sun. This garmin is easy to use and operate. The HD screen is great. The tube mount is strong and stable. One push of a button and you're on your way. Way to go!
👤There was no case or sleeve. It would have been nice to have a case or sleeve to protect the screen when not connected to the mount. It is expensive to leave on the mount.
👤I ordered this item because I believe the wireless cameras are working, in particular the BC40, but I was told by support that the TREAD BASE is only compatible with the BC cameras.
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