Posted August 05, 2003 - 02:53 PM
I was wondering if any of you have any experiance with th Magellan Meridian or the Sportrak Map? Pros & Cons?
thanks in advance
Posted August 05, 2003 - 03:18 PM
Posted August 05, 2003 - 05:14 PM
I had a etrek Venture before and it was good and I am sure the unit that is equivalent to my platinum is good to but I like the larger display for viewing.
Hope this helps....Good luck!
Posted August 05, 2003 - 06:03 PM
Posted August 05, 2003 - 06:14 PM
I like using ExpertGPS. It downloads (internet) either aerial photos (mostly Terraserver) or topos (mostly USGS or National Geographic). Then you can find trails (the aerials are particulary good), plot waypoints and/or routes. Load these into your GPS and follow the yellow brick road! When you get back from your ride you can download the tracks that you rode & plot them on the same/or a different map. It is pretty easy from there to see where you were & where you could have been - or where that side trail went. ExpertGPS works with most GPS units. They have a free version to try out and I think it is about $65 to buy - that includes maps & aerials for the entire US. www.expertgps.com
One reason I chose the Meridian is the large buttons & screen. Easy to use with gloves on, easy to see while you are riding (I have mine mounted on my bars in a small camera case with a cut-out for the screen). Is has also proved to be pretty shock proof. I have been using it for 2 years with no failures.
In short, If you are looking for unknown trails I think the answer is more in the software than in the GPS unit.
Hope this helps
Posted August 05, 2003 - 06:54 PM
Posted August 06, 2003 - 03:33 AM
Posted August 06, 2003 - 04:03 AM
Posted August 06, 2003 - 04:29 AM
Posted August 06, 2003 - 06:06 AM
Here is the link if anyone is intrested.
4th Annual Baja GPS Event
Thanks for the help.
Posted August 06, 2003 - 03:57 PM
...the only thing i wish it had was longer battery life.. other than that great package
Hey, chances are you can swithc is to "battery saver" mode, my Garmin was tough on the battery also, its looking all the time for the sattelites, in battery saver mode, it will take a quick peek about once every 5 seconds or something like that. The batterys seem to last forever now. It doesnt refresh quite as quick, but 5 seconds isnt too bad.
Posted August 06, 2003 - 05:05 PM
Posted August 06, 2003 - 05:51 PM
Also, check to see if you can track your direction of travel by satellites instead of the electronic compass... if you have this feature. This will save your battery too.
Not sure about the others, but the electronic compass on the Vista is defaulted in the off mode. If fact, the only time you'd really need to turn it on is if you NEED to know which way is north and the GPS won't lock onto the satellites do to tree cover, high canyon walls, etc.
I would assume that the few other models that have the electronic compass(luxury feature) would be similar to the Vista in it's operation.
Keep in mind that a gps antenna is an active antenna. It uses an electronically rotating antenna system to calculate the distance from the different birds and along with the receiver, they use power...
MOST gps offer the option to turn the receiver off so you can use other features which offers longer battery life but they will not track in that mode. If you are tracking, you're sucking the batteries down...
Posted August 07, 2003 - 02:38 AM
Posted August 07, 2003 - 05:00 AM