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Garmin 60CSx Final Questions

Postby frannyzoo » Thu Oct 04, 2007 7:26 pm

It's been a journey almost as long as the Colorado Trail, but after a few detours toward a Forerunner 205, I'm just about to go whole hog and bite on a Garmin 60CSx. I think. I still have a few last minute questions.

1. Amazon has it for $334 with free ship and a $50 Garmin rebate (i.e. $284). Anyone know of a reputable dealer than can beat that current price?
2. My biggest concern has been add-on stuff. I don't want to eventually spend $800 to find out where I already am. What extra stuff is a must (e.g. AC adapter, additional info data chips, etc.) for someone who wants to use the unit for cycling, some 14ers and possibly doing the Great Divide MTB Ride next summer?
3. Is there a better model out there for these purposes that I don't know about?
4. When does gear shopping become an obsession and require counseling and/or mental hospitalization?

Any info muchly appreciated. Go Rockies!

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Postby CO Native » Thu Oct 04, 2007 7:45 pm

2:
Software is sold seperately. If you want to be able to load topos onto the unit you'll need the MapSource software for $100. I also highly recommend a case to protect it and that can mount on the should straps of your pack. Your body blocks satellite signals, so a way of keeping it high and clear of you will help keep reception.


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I don't need counseling I can stop any time I want, I just don't want to.
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Postby frannyzoo » Thu Oct 04, 2007 8:01 pm

Thanks for the quick response...which Mapsource software to get? "Topo 2008"? This is where this stuff gets very, very confusing to me.

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Postby Infidel » Thu Oct 04, 2007 8:44 pm

frannyzoo wrote:...which Mapsource software to get? "Topo 2008"? This is where this stuff gets very, very confusing to me.

Probably. Topo 2008 has topographic maps, which are 1:100,000 so they don't have a lot of detail, but they are very useful. They do not autoroute on roads (or trails). Amazon has the product for about $60. It's the map product for hiking (or riding on trails).

To get detailed street/road maps, you need City Navigator (I think that the 60csx can use the "NT" version, which is compressed more than the plain version). That product also supports autorouting on roads. It's the map product for driving (or riding on roads). The base map that comes in the GPS receiver has the major roads, but it lacks detail.

Edited: removed the reference to the Garmin rebate on Topo 2008; it's only for people who already have the older US Topo product.

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Postby frannyzoo » Thu Oct 04, 2007 10:22 pm

Another helpful answer...and then I see this thread about aftermarket maps for CO

http://www.14ers.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t ... sc&start=0

and then I see Garmin is now selling their own preloaded microSD files for CO and surrounding states $86.

http://www8.garmin.com/cartography/topo ... onPK=19289

I'm guessing the Garmin files are 1:100,000...decisions, decisions...

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Postby CO Native » Fri Oct 05, 2007 7:56 am

Bill also posted a note about a different product with very detailed maps of Colorado here:

http://www.14ers.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=7220
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