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Old 07-18-2011, 11:47 PM   #1
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GPS - first one - good, better or best?

I've never used GPS before even though I like gadgets. Looking at getting my first unit and trying to decide which is the most advisable way to go.

I can get a Garmin GPSmap 60Csx for $220 and have a good unit that I can learn to use. In the alternative, I can get their latest line, the Montana 600 for ~$475+.

The Montana has a much larger screen and is their latest technology. Would it be worth the extra $255+ to you?
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Old 07-19-2011, 06:16 AM   #2
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If the 60csx is the newest model Garmin put out I'd go with it. It's an awesome machine and gets great reception even inside a pack.
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Old 07-19-2011, 07:08 AM   #3
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I have a GPSmap 60Csx and a buudy has a newer Garmin (not sure if it's a Colorado or Montana) with the larger, touch screen.
His touch screen is easier to see...a little, but it is sensitive to ALL touches--in his pocket or in his pack. Battery life seems to be less for his than mine, that larger screen doesn't come for free. Other than that, I see no difference in performance.
For me, same performance and lower cost for the 60Csx = better value.
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Old 07-19-2011, 07:49 AM   #4
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depends what you want to do with it. just my 2 cents, but i still prefer "terrain association" using a paper map and a compass. i carry an older GPS (garmin etrek) just for backup, in case i get completely turned around and don't know where i am. it will then give me the grid coordinate i need. love having that sort of safety net.

some old sage said 'be neither first nor last to try a new idea', so while i sorta laugh at those who are always on the cutting edge of new tech, and i tend to be one of the last (cheaper!), maybe you'd be happy with 'better' instead of best...
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Old 07-19-2011, 09:07 AM   #5
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Get the 60CsX. It's a killer machine!

Then procure the 1:24K mapping for the Adirondacks and you'll be in business.
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Old 07-19-2011, 09:43 AM   #6
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I have a Dakota..the touchscreen drives me nuts as its hypersensitive..and after a while with muddy hands its all smeary and hard to read

Get the one with the buttons.
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Old 07-19-2011, 10:22 AM   #7
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Go for the 60 CsX.
last year when I was thinking of getting another unit i read some reviews on the Colorado (Don't think the Montana was out yet) and I wasn't impressed by what some owners had to say.

I ended up purchasing a USED CsX and I am pleased with it's performance.

Old Sioux Proverb: "Sometime the latest and greatest ain't the best."

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Old 07-19-2011, 10:36 AM   #8
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Thanks everyone. That's the way I'll go. I can use the difference for another outdoor gear item.

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Go for the 60 CsX.
Old Sioux Proverb: "Sometime the latest and greatest ain't the best."

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