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  1. Grey Jay

    Grey Jay Limited User

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    Just got a Magellan Explorist 610 for Christmas! What do people have to say about them? I have always been a Garmin fan and have not even entertained the thought of a Magellan but my wife said the sale was great at CT and just had to get it with the option of me returning it for a Garmin if I didn't like it. The Garmin I was planning to get is a 62 series, the one that MEC sells for $345, the specs on this seems like it will blow that Garmin away.

    Merry Christmas from Sudbury!
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    I have a 62 series and do not like the interface, purchased a Montana 600 for 399 from gpscentral when they were on sale. It is awesome! Never lost a signal, viewing in all conditions is good and the std Garmin mount is excellent, used it all last season without it coming out, but I do tether it just in case. Also considering how bad my eyes are getting the big high res screen is very appreciated. Touch screen works well in all conditions just that if you are in map mode and you touch the screen it will jump into zoom mode and you have to hit the back button to get back to live map... Just something to get use to. It would be really cool if someone would design a set of remote buttons for these Montana units, that would be an awesome combo.
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    You will find almost everybody uses a Garmin, so getting support for your Magellan will be more difficult than if you had a Garmin.

    Check availability of maps... there are a lot more maps available for Garmin than any other GPS format.

    Canadian Tire's sales on GPSes are usually pretty poor. The discounts are high because they're older models that were never price adjusted as they aged.

    Don't buy a GPS at MEC. They sell for MSRP. gpscentral.ca or gpscity.ca are much better sources. Typically, you will not find cheaper than these two. Even West Marine has some good sales on Garmin handhelds.

    In my opinion, return the Magellan and get a Garmin...
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    Thanks, all I need this for is around Ontario behind Sudbury and for the Dacre Challenge which I am planning to do in 2014. Does anyone actually have one of these? My last GPS was a Garmin ETREX so anything is a step up for me.
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    If you are convinced that you will keep it, I don't think for what you are doing that it will matter all that much. Rally connex will load a Magellan with the route you will need for their events. I think more of an issue will be if you are sharing or getting routes and tracks from people who don't have the Magellan or the capability.
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    Are the tracklogs saved on a GPS not is some format (GPX or something) that can me viewed on Google earth and then loaded back onto another GPS regardless of make?
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    Today is the last day of the sale at GPS central. Montana 600 for $399.00 . I'm thinking about spending my Christmas money on one now. :?

    Randy
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    You won't regret it! Pickup the mount up too for ~$40. it comes with a screen protector and power connection, I find the mount a very good buy for the quality and usefulness. You will also need a Ram ball with the 4 bolt pattern if you want to use the mount with the Ram system ~$10.

    Just one thing about the Montana: you will need to increase the foam at the end of the battery, the stock one after a little while allows the battery to disconnect momentarily under "slight" vibration or shock to give you "incompatible battery type" errors... that is even if you are powered off the bike. I replaced the sock foam with a piece of closed seal silicone foam.
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    I plan to mount the Montana above the speedo in the Lynx fairing. It should protect it a bit and make it easy to read in the sun.

    Randy

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    Yes, that is true but it's only one small part of the big picture. The software for managing maps, loading tracks, and routes is something to consider as is detail and coverage of the maps themselves. I wouldn't buy anything but Garmin myself...
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    Make sure you get the AMPS Rugged mount and not the RAM cradle. The AMPS has wiring to connect to the bike's 12V but the RAM cradle needs a powered USB cable and the USB socket isn't really durable for continuous use on a bike.

    And remember - RTFM - this is NOT a friendly GPS. It's got so many settings and it often switches between them without you realizing it. If you want to get really discouraged, read the ADV Rider thread on the problems - it was started in mid-2011 and it's up to several hundred pages a year and a half later. That must tell you something. AND ... there are still bugs in the firmware.

    I'm not parting with my 60CSx and I've got my DR650 wired up with 2 GPS powered mounts.

    Good Luck.

    Bob
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    I just priced out the GPS , mount and back road maps and came out with almost $800.00. I think i will keep my 60 and follow a friend who know where he is going when possible. Perhaps next year.

    Randy
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    Excellent decision!

    Bob
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    I just ordered this one, will give it a try in 2013:

    http://www.gpscity.ca/garmin-montana-65 ... undle.html

    Looked like the best price around. just the unit was $449, $50 cheaper than everywhere else I looked. this bundle included the topo maps, the AMPS rugged mount, the RAM plate and short mount kit, looked like really good savings. Price was $684.00 including shipping and taxes.

    Dave
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    except for the battery bouncing this has been an exceptional GPS especially for us with failing eyes. Everything does what it suppose to with no bugs that I have seen.... people typically only post the bad stuff, rarely do you hear good stuff on forums.

    As for switching between modes... really- never happened. Yes the product is full of great features that make it versatile, a little reading and playing results in great satisfaction. The fact that I do not have to filter tracks to 500 points anymore and it pretty much holds every track I would ever need makes much better than my 60Cx... I still have the 60 and will keep as a spare but given the features of the 600 it rarely gets used.

    I have used the 600 for auto, street touring on the road bike, the P2D, working the MSD trail ride and several exploration rides... it does all very well.

    The AMPS mount is the Garmin mount that they sell for ~$40.
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    Yikes. That is stupid expensive. Dedicated GPS devices are pretty much obsolete. You can get a rugged 7" Android tablet with a built in GPS for less than that. I have pretty much decided that I am never buying another GPS, a tablet is much more capable.
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    It's also totally unsuitable for the handlebars of a dual-sport bike... proper tool for the job and all that.
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    Tried to return my Magellan 610 so I could order an Oregon 450T, it was on sale for what the Magellan was on sale for. However CT told me to shove it because the box was open. I didn't bother arguing because the best that was going to come out of it was me getting a store credit and them getting a big FU. Looks like the Magellan is mine for good. I'm sure it can't be that bad.
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    wow, that is not like CT.... I will not be buying anything there from here on out if that's there policy!
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    I keep hearing this from the smart phone guys, Im not really up on this, but can a phone or tablet really replace my 60csx for durability??, do these phones have a actual gps reciever??

    My 60 goes on long back country canoe trips, way out of any cell range, often is submergend in bilge water, mud, beat around on portages, etc.
    It also lives on the bars of my bike through dust, mud, vibration,rain, falls, etc.
    In winter it lives on the bars of my 800cc sled, so lots of vibration there, freezing temps, snow, also way out of cell range, etc and never misses a beat.

    Im not convinced, if Im wrong here help me out, I have a smart phone but still a newb with them.