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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-18-2009, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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I'm in the market to purchase a portible gps and want to make sure I get something that works well.

my needs would be one with a high sensitivity receiver so it works under tree cover. Which makes me ask the more channels the reciever has means its better ??

Then adding topo maps into it would be a must...

Price range 200-350 I would rather spend a couple extra dollars and get something that works well.

I have searched and read and now my head hurts..
this was ok but 2008
https://www.clubtread.com/sforum/topi...TOPIC_ID=27064

thanks for your help
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My hubby recently picked up the Garmin GPSmap 76CSx on the advice of a friend. Seems to have everything you're looking for. It's waterproof and it floats (important if you paddle) unlike the 60CSx. Best deal was at GPS Central were it is on sale: http://www.gpscentral.ca/products/garmin/76csx.htm

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60CSX is still the standard to which every other unit is compared to. In my opinion still the best unit as far as accuracy a durability goes. $389 so a little higher then what you were looking for but you won't be disappointed.
I have friends with the Oregon's and Colorado's and they are not as accurate as my 60CSX.

If you don't need colour screen or ability to load micro SD cards you can get a basic 60 for $289.95
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I've been fortunate to be able to take a bunch of units out for demo on trips lately, and I think that while the touch screen of the Oregon is pretty cool (and works with mitts and gloves, btw) I wouldn't shell out the money for it. If you're looking for a navigational tool with the best reception, I agree about the 60-series Garmin units. The combination of the helical antenna and latest chip-set is great.

The one I like the least is the Colorado.

Yes, more channels generally means better reception. The newest EPIRP/PLB units are now using 42 and 50 channel GPS receivers and they can get a fix shockingly fast.

As for topo maps displayed on the screen, that's a nice feature, but I always carry a paper map and compass too. The paper map allows you to see a much great area at once for route finding, and the map/compass set-up works when the batteries are dead or something else fails.
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Thanks for the great info guys!!!

I was just doing some quick browsing of the Garmin units being everyone says good things.
And the 60cx series of units came up... and the 76 series being water proof.

Again thanks for the info

MEC had 60 something that was 360.00..

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My hubby recently picked up the Garmin GPSmap 76CSx on the advice of a friend. Seems to have everything you're looking for. It's waterproof and it floats (important if you paddle) unlike the 60CSx. Best deal was at GPS Central were it is on sale: http://www.gpscentral.ca/products/garmin/76csx.htm

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thanks for the url not a bad price at all and CND price
Garmin GPSMAP 76CSx In stock 010-00469-00 $309.95

compaired to 226.00 USD not sure what shipping and other costs involved.


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My hubby recently picked up the Garmin GPSmap 76CSx on the advice of a friend. Seems to have everything you're looking for. It's waterproof and it floats (important if you paddle) unlike the 60CSx. Best deal was at GPS Central were it is on sale: http://www.gpscentral.ca/products/garmin/76csx.htm

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They are all waterproof IPX7 submersible.

The 76 series floats and has a different button configuration as well as a better anti-reflective coating for direct sunlight definetly the wat to go for a paddler.

MEC carries the 60Cx which is the 60CSX without the magnetic compass or barometric altimetre.

Here's a comparison.

https://buy.garmin.com/shop/compare....areProduct=351
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did a quick google search
Our Price: $289.95 CAD
http://www.gpscity.ca/garmin-gpsmap-76csx.html

Is it worth the extra money for the ELECTRONIC COMPASS BAROMETRIC ALTIMETER GLIDE RATIO
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From what you guys where saying the 76 series seems like it would be more expensive as its water proof and floats ?.
But from http://www.gpscentral.ca the 60 series is more money ? possibly they sell more 76series ?

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Garmin GPSMAP 76Cx 010-00468-00 $229.95

Garmin GPSMAP 76CSx 010-00469-00 $309.95

Garmin GPSMAP 60Cx 010-00421-00 $332.95
Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx 010-00422-00 $389.95
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The button set-up and the size of the 60 is alot nicer then the 76.

I have a feeling the 76 is going to be replaced it seems to be on sale everywhere. I will find out for sure next Monday at the trade show. Those are some good prices though !

The electronic compass and barometric altimetre are nice but not necessary. You will or should have a compass with you as back-up any way.
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I agree with you on the buttons...
You would think its annoying to have the buttons on the top and the screen on the bottom. Unless it has a flip screen option or something.. but then your buttons are upside down.

Does anyone know of a local store that would have on in stock ? to see it in person ?

But at 290.00 compaired to 390 I think you could live with the annoying buttons.


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The button set-up and the size of the 60 is alot nicer then the 76.

I have a feeling the 76 is going to be replaced it seems to be on sale everywhere. I will find out for sure next Monday at the trade show. Those are some good prices though !

The electronic compass and barometric altimetre are nice but not necessary. You will or should have a compass with you as back-up any way.
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Not annoying at all where the buttons on the 76CSx are. Perhaps it would be if you were used to the other way but B and I are first time GPS owners so we had no previous preference.

Here's the difference on the 76CSx to the 60CSx:
Garmin GPSMAP 76CSx FAQ:
Q: "What are the main differences between the GPSMAP 76CSx and the GPSMAP 60CSx?"
A: "Included data card (the 76CSx includes a 128MB microSD data card, the 60CSx includes a 64MB card); physical size, weight and shape; floatability (the 76CSx will float; the 60CSx will not)."


Oh, and the size of the 76CSx to the 60CSx is almost the same.

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The 70CSx is designed for marine use, while the 60CSx is designed for hiking. The base maps are different as well.

Plus, with the 70 your hand will hide part of the map when you use the buttons due their placement (ie/ while panning the map). That was a major deal breaker for me.

The 60 also is a bit more ruggedized - it will probably sustain less damage if dropped on land. That said, drop it in the water and you're going SCUBA to get it... The "larger" 128MB MicroSD card is worth less than $2, so don't use that as the deciding factor.
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FWIW I have a Garmin Vista HCx and find it suits my needs for hiking. It's lighter and cheaper than the 60csx and still has a barometer/altimeter and a micro SD card. I also have a GPSMAP 76S and still use it for canoeing. I really prefer the button placement and the menus of the 76S over that of the Vista HCx.

For free topo maps, go to the bay of pirates and search for "Ibycus".

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Garmin HCx offers good sensitivity in a very compact package:

https://www.clubtread.com/Gear/produc...tversionid=806
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Garmin is the way to go, save yourself time and don't bother with other brands. There are excellent topo maps of all of Canada and they have really good sets of U.S. topo maps too, one for the whole country and one with more detail for national parks. These maps are also easy to find and download online -- but I would never pirating software!

In Calgary we have GPS Central and GPS City which generally have the best prices.

I own the Garmin 60CS and have thought about upgrading to the Colorado, but after comparing them, the 60 has way better battery life. If I were buying a unit right now, I'd probably look at getting a second hand 60Cx, the digital compass & barometric altimeter is redundant.

Unless you're planning to use it kayaking or some other sport where it's likely that it'll get submerged, don't bother with the 76, the 60 is pretty water resistant, I've had it buried in snow many times.
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