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Not strictly a handheld, but small enough to carry in your pocket. I just bought the Garmin Nuvi 500. It's waterproof/dust proof and has Topo built in. You can also download maps from google earth and National Geo. It only works about 3 hours not plugged in, but I bought the Ram mount for my ATV and plan on keeping it on my bars and running it off my 12v plug.

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1. stick with Garmin, most universally used amongst offroaders. TONS of files to exchange on GPSexchange.com. Most all the dual sport promoters use this format.
2. The etrex is nice but not color and does not have all that many features and small memory, won't hold a lot of tracks or waypoints. I have one and used it for a couple of years until I upgraded.
3. 76CSX is a real good unit with color and memory cards. Extremely fast uploads using USB. Its not the "state of the art" but sure gets the job done. Also takes 12v direct, unlike etrex that must be stepped down.
4. There are a TON of accessories available for the Garmin units. Check out RAM mounts, inexpensive and effective.
5. 60csx has an external antenna sticking out the top, may get better reception but seen this get broken on crashes or taken out by the brake hose.


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I have a magellan Triton 2000,which I have had since they first came out, about 3years ago.It is capable of a ton of functions of which I use about 4.The one thing is it downloads USGS Topos to 1/24000.It is capable of uploading new softwear and has changed quite a bit since first purchased.It runs on your laptop on a program called Vantsge Point and is easy to download and to upload trails waypoints etc.Just recently they added a new benefit where you can follow a trail on Topo and it will show the same location on Google Earth in split screen.Thats the good stuff. Bad stuff is ,you need to be verry Tech savey to enjoy all the bells and whistles and the screen is to small..However if your wife bought YOU a new IPad for Fathers day,(I get to use it only when riding),it is a great GPS,big screen,able to zoom in or out and have a ton of apps to use,but it is not small.I usually carry both in the Ranger or Grizzly and depending on how much info I want or need ,choose.The many uses of the Ipad make it really cool to take along ,but if you have no 12v supply,like hiking out,the Triton has been the better choice.


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I saw this one. Is this Garmina good GPS device?

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grizzly660fan wrote:

Our group uses Garmin Rino units. We like the additional feature of the GMRS two way radio built in. I am using a ram mount to mount it to different things so I can use in on multiple toys.


I use the Rino 120 also. Great unit and on the cheaper side. Like the handheld as mnentione above, nice that it lets you know where your friends are also.

Additionally, I use a 12volt power supply too, the AA batteries tend to shake and shut the unit off while riding.


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SBrooks72 wrote:

I saw this one. Is this Garmina good GPS device?


GOOD unit, a little "spendy" but used by alot of OHV people.


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I know the Garmin model we have ...Has a channel for weather radio also..... I think its a Rino model also...

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Thanks you guys. I went with the Garmin etrex I posted earlier in thread. It's cool, no to learn how to use it!!
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SBrooks72 wrote:

I saw this one. Is this Garmina good GPS device?


GOOD unit, a little "spendy" but used by alot of OHV people.


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the etrex is a good starter unit for sure. You'll have fun with it. I sold it to a club member a while back and he's still figuring out how to use it!

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