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Anyone use the Garmin Oregon,Montana or Dakota GPS?

Discussion in 'Turf and Surf Hunting and Fishing' started by Quigley_Sharps, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Anyone using any of these? If so can you give me your opinion pro's and con's ?
  2. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama Monkey++

  3. Redneck Rebel

    Redneck Rebel Monkey++

    The types he's asking about are for off the roadways. Handheld hiking types.
  4. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama Monkey++

    my bad
  5. strunk

    strunk Monkey+

    Be careful about the bi-directional ones, that add traffic data or download new maps automatically; some of these have been discovered to send your personal data back to the mothership.
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  6. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Any clues? I am new to this GPS wizzbangery

    I picked up an old "working" Garmin etrex GPS from a thrift shop for A$6. Instead of starting a new thread...thought I'd tack my post onto your thread Qig.

    It came "as is" with no manual (which i have been able to find in .pdf format online) and unfortunately no power or data transfer cables. The date has been set on display for 22 Jan '06. It seems to have trouble locating satellites...battery power is ok...so it is getting all the juice it needs.

    Do i have to download data off internet to update this leather bound steam powered thing???

    I suspect that cables are going to cost many more times more than just the paltry A$6 I paid for what is presently just a yellow battery box....some interesting lcd graphics but can't change date/time and other basic start up coordinates
  7. ColtCarbine

    ColtCarbine Monkey+++ Founding Member

  8. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    Hey - which one did we get the directionally-challenged kid? We should ask him if he likes it.
  9. Baele

    Baele Monkey

    Heyas, saw your question and thought Id chime in a bit.

    I have been running a Garmin Dakota 20 (my first woods type GPS) and I am very pleased. Its extremely accurate. Holds a ton of way points, has free maps (if you look around) and is easy to use.

    Con is its hard to see in the sun. You have to cup your hands to see it but its not any worse than my smartphone.

    The 20 fits well in a surplus MOLLE grenade pouch. It fits like it was made for it.

    I guess another con might be it wasn't as intuitive of an interface as I would have imagined.

    All in all its a powerful little GPS and a handy tool.
  10. bpaintx

    bpaintx Monkey+

    Most of the newer GPS's take a mini USB as a connector to the computer, I just picked up a Garmin 450 and uploaded a free topo map to it for our spelunking area. It worked just great.
  11. Akheloce

    Akheloce Monkey++

    I bought a Dakota 20, and at first loved all the features. Eventually, it was a good thing it was orange and waterproof, because I chucked it across the tundra.

    (I regained my composure, found it, and sold it)

    I HATE touch screen in device like that. Between gloves on and off, wiping water droplets off, screen fogging up, gloves back on and off... etc. I finally got exasperated with it. Sure, all the features are nice, but not when you cant use the damn thing.

    If something like that is going to have a touchscreen, it needs to have big buttons as backup.
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  12. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Thanks Akheloce

    Thats the type of review I was looking for ![beer]
  13. goinpostal

    goinpostal Monkey+

    Sounds to me,like you got a broken one.
    Mines the same model,same mnf yr,has never been updated,and works great.
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