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GPS with Tracks for offroad

Edit- DeLorme PN40 is winning the GPS functional battle for me after looking at the posts here. I still have some more research to do but I really want to thank everyone for their thoughtful posts. It is nice to see what others are using and why they like what they have in a GPS. Looks like any of the suggestions will work for me now I just have to pick from lots of great choices. This is like picking a wheel for the Jeep.

Wanting a recommendation for GPS with tracks feature for offroad.
-Not built into audio system
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-Readable - 48 yrs. old
-Still useable on the street

I have a Garmin GPS 200w that works well on the street. I have used it offroad but it can't save tracks. I have saved points but it is just not the same. I have downloaded a TOPO map but the memory is too small. I could get a card for it but it still can't save my tracks.

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I went with the Magellan Crossover off a recomendation from a friend. Very happy with it.

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De Lorme Topo 8 and PN 40. Had most of the trails we ran in Moab. Did not have Poison Spider. Plan your routes on the computer, transfer the data or not. Base data is great and you can download USGS 7.5 minute maps onto removable memory. You can use the PN40 as an antenna and hook to computer with USB. Now you have a 15 inch screen to look at. Letters 2 inches tall. Works great for 56 year old eyes. Picks up all satellites while inside the motorhome. Best unit I have had on land. I won't buy another Garmin or Magellan.

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I had a Crossover and wasn't happy. I would stick with Garmin for software reasons.

The 60csx is a great unit, but if you are new to GPS and want a much more user friendly unit go with an Oregon.

I have a 400t which comes preloaded with topo maps. I have since purchased Garmins City Navigator software which has all the roads and pretty much every two track even. I have then loaded some 24k topo from a free internet site and I can do everything. And it's easier to use than the 60csx.

You could go with any of the Oregons if you load the maps like I did. They are all the same except the 200 has less memory and no wireless transfer and the 500 has the camera. If I had it to do again, i would go with a 300 and load my maps.

You will likely end up buying new map software for the 60csx once you start playing more with it too, so it comes down to which gps you like better as they have the same capabilities.
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The Delorme PN30/40 are very nice GPS's and do tracking very well, They are going to have a new update out in spring that will allow you to not only save tracks to the SD card but also load them back into the unit to view them. Garmin will save full resolution tracks to the SD card but you can not bring them back into the unit. The PN40 will also save 10 tracks internally at 10,000 points each, The Garmin 60/76 series still limits saved tracks to only 500 points each.
Were the Delorme shines is its Maps, so much better IMO than any of the Garmin maps. also you can create 'draw layers' and display them over your map, so you can have one draw layer with all the trails in Moab for example, very cool.
You can also display Sat , Aerial, and USGS images on the unit.

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Another one is the Lowrance XOG (discontinued but still can be found) I use this in my JK and works great, Does tracks ( can load track files from the SD card with each file of up to 100 tracks @ 9,999 points in each track)and Topo.

Below Map screen showing tracks recorded on my Garmin 60c displaying on the XOG with Topo

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I have been using Delorme software for ages. I previously used an iPaq 2215 in my TJ and haven't setup anything in my JK yet.

I'm planning on getting a Samsung N130-13B Netbook and using Delorme Street Atlas (with TOPO maps) on it. I'm thinking of making a mount for the netbook right in front of the radio.

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I use the DeLorme PN-40 with the extra onboard memory. You start looking at the costs of the TOPO maps and it is a no brainer

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you can recieve tracks from a nuvi 200. You would need to download MapSource from the garmin website.it just wont let you view them on the unit. If your looking for a Garmin that is easy to use for both on road and off that will provide track log data and the use of cordinates for locations etc. you should look at the nuvi 500. It has all the mapping built so there is no need to purchase the topo usa maps. i belive its the 1:100,000 scale though. they now offer a 24k for most of the US. You can download mapsource for free. It will also still use a sd card for pics, and mp3's if you want them.

I am kind of partial to Garmin but their product and mapping really isthe way to go..
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Since my PN40 has been the best GPS I have owned and proven to be very durable and has the best Maps, This new one WILL BE on my handle bars , this is great, Finding my buddies and able to send text long distances will make the adventure even better not having to worry about my buds


Delorme has really stepped up to provide a great tool for riding off-road
'gpx' tracks on the SD card YEAH, able to load them at any time without a PC Double YEAH!,
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I use a Crossover to get me there and a PN-20 when running around the woods. I tried using just the crossover for everything but mine had a nasty habit of locking up and loosing the last few miles of tracks when it came back up.

Delorme support is top notch (IME) and the PN-20 does plenty for me. The only big difference I noticed between the PN-20 and the PN-40 and 60 where the processor speed and SD card capacity. Oh and $$$. The TOPO USA software is tha bomb! With the bundle deal ( IIRC it was around $200 for the PN-20 w/ Topo USA 8.0 & a $40 gift card for quad downloads) you get major bang for the buck.

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I use a Crossover to get me there and a PN-20 when running around the woods. I tried using just the crossover for everything but mine had a nasty habit of locking up and loosing the last few miles of tracks when it came back up.

Delorme support is top notch (IME) and the PN-20 does plenty for me. The only big difference I noticed between the PN-20 and the PN-40 and 60 where the processor speed and SD card capacity. Oh and $$$. The TOPO USA software is tha bomb! With the bundle deal ( IIRC it was around $200 for the PN-20 w/ Topo USA 8.0 & a $40 gift card for quad downloads) you get major bang for the buck.
There are some great deals on the PN30 and PN40 , a friend just got a new PN40 for $199 at Amazon a few weeks ago, That was the first clue on a newer unit coming out.( The PN30 has the same processor and speed as the 40, just does not have the altimeter and electronic compass )
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There are some great deals on the PN30 and PN40 , a friend just got a new PN40 for $199 at Amazon a few weeks ago, That was the first clue on a newer unit coming out.( The PN30 has the same processor and speed as the 40, just does not have the altimeter and electronic compass )
True, true. My PN-20 purchase was around June of last year. Any way you go, IMO it's hard to beat Delorme GPS's.

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