1. ODSC rides are planned with specific Covid-19 restrictions
  1. taylorericjohn

    taylorericjohn ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Hey has anybody used the backroads map books and gps maps. i am thinking about buying the SD card for my gps. Any opinions would be great.
    Thanks
    John
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    DualSport Ride Organizer

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    I haven't used them but I've looked at the books and checked out details of the GPS maps. I can offer a few general comments:

    1) I normally advise against getting maps on a memory card, the DVD version offers more flexibility. The card is usually used for adding supplementary maps, tracklog archiving, custom POIs, etc and most "map cards" don't allow anything to be written to them. That's a lot of usability to give up.

    2) Unless you use BaseCamp on your PC, you won't be able to use the maps for planning routes. Most people still use MapSource (assuming you have a Garmin GPS) and that needs a DVD to install maps on the computer. BaseCamp can read maps on the GPS and display them on your PC.

    3) Backroad maps are very expensive, considering their limited coverage, and they are "locked" to a single GPS.

    4) There are many free maps (topo and street) at GPS File Depot that have almost as good a coverage.

    5) Garmin City Navigator has almost the same roads/trails as Backroads Maps and cover all N America at a fraction of the cost of Backroads.

    It looks like a good product if the above points don't apply to your case.

    Bob
  3. taylorericjohn

    taylorericjohn ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Thanks for your thoughts, all very good points
    JT
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    I use these in my GPS. They aren't the greatest detail, but they are free and worth downloading. They work on Mapsource, but I haven't tried it on basecamp yet:

    http://www.ibycus.com/ibycustopo/
  5. Neil Edmunds

    Neil Edmunds ODSC Executive

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    Josh from Backroad Mapbooks has asked to reply with up to date information. I have set him up as A Limited User.
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    Hi Bob, I acknowledge that I may be a little biased on this :D but wanted to respond to some of your points. I appreciate you trying to be helpful and speaking from experience with other GPS maps but the Backroad GPS Maps are a little different...

    1) The most popular version of the Backroad GPS Maps by far is the micro-SD/SD Card version. It is "plug & play" It comes standard on a 2GB chip with 1GB free for you to add supplementary maps, tracklog archiving, custom POIs, etc... The card is not write-protected

    2)The Backroad GPS Maps offer a free Mapsource/Basecamp version for all micro-SD/SD Card customers. This can be downloaded for free from the Backroad website once you register your chip. Pre-planning on a nice big computer screen is key!

    3)Backroad GPS Maps are certainly not the cheapest and could be considered expensive. The micro-SD/SD Card is not locked to a single GPS. It can be used in any number of devices. Use it in your car, boat or handheld. Just requires you putting the chip in whatever GPS you want to see the maps on...

    4 & 5) The old adage "you get what you pay for is true in this case". I've seen all of the topo maps from Topo Canada to Ibycus to Toponav to homemade user maps. None of them come close to touching the detail on the Backroad GPS Maps. City Navigator isn't even in the running once you leave the pavement. From all of the trails in Ganaraska Forest to showing crown land vs. private land to dirt & gravel roads other maps don't show the Backroad GPS Maps are a step ahead. If you're looking for more detail, you've found the right map in the Backroad GPS Maps. Do your homework, check out the screenshots on the Backroad GPS website but most importantly get out there riding!

    Many Thanks,
    Josh
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    What's the odsc price for the backroads Ontario?
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    Neil Edmunds ODSC Executive

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    Joe,
    I suggest you contact them via their website. I explained to Josh that promoting their products here would require an ODSC corporate membership. Perhaps if they received inquiries from club members, they might consider adding a corporate membership to their budget.
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    Brian Helliwell ODSC Executive

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    I've got a bunch of the map books and refer to them constantly. I'd be interested in the GPS map as well. Preferable with an ODSC discount.

    Would there be any advantage to purchasing the preloaded SD card over the DVD?

    Brian
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    Neil Edmunds ODSC Executive

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    Joe Limited User

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    I have sent an email off last Monday with no response as of yet
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    Joe, I would be interested as well. Keep me updated.
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    I've also sent Josh an e-mail this morning. I have the Garmin Montana and put a 16 gig card in it. I'm guessing it makes more sense for me to get the CD and load what I need onto the card. I've asked Josh this and what the cost would be. I'll update when I get something back.
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    Heard back from josh and basically no deal for odsc all he would do is let me know where I could pick it up locally.
    For the 150 gpscentral wants for the software I think it will be staying on there shelf.
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    Laird Ride Organizer

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    Also heard back from Josh and got the same response. No discounts.
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    Hi

    Did anyone buy these maps afterward, any comments?

    Ken Hynes
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    dubbs Limited User

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    Anyone know if it would be better to get the DVD or SD?
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    I just got the sd card version this week. It also allows you to download a computer version. You are welcome to stop by and look at mine Jim.

    Randy
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    I wish I could Randy but your about 7-8hrs away now. Haha. Maybe you can send me a screen shot of Elliot Lake so I can see what it looks like. I think I'll pull the pin soon on one of these.