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    Default Garmin GPS Map 60 or newer Oregon?

    I need to throw a good handheld gps into the kit.

    Got to looking around Bass pro shops last night. I really like the GPS Map 60 series, but the features and form factor of the Oregon series caught my eye.

    Most of the Carda team I'm around seems to like the GPS Map.

    What do you guys use?

    I figure it just needs to be dead reliable, and some topo doesn't hurt which each of them support.

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    I did this comparison myself when looking for a new SAR GPS. Everything I read indicated that the 60 series is more accurate and faster than the Oregon. If you are off trail I would go with the 60 if you are running forest roads and ocasional hikes on marked trails I would go with a Oregon.

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    I've been using the Garmin Map 76 CSx for the last few years and really like it. Same features as the Map 60 CSx just a different form factor and it floats. Handle both of them and see which you prefer.

    Go for the CSx models because they have the more sensitive receiver chipset in them.

    These are a little small for in truck use but I put up with that because I wanted to also take it with me on hikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Travelmore View Post
    I did this comparison myself when looking for a new SAR GPS. Everything I read indicated that the 60 series is more accurate and faster than the Oregon. If you are off trail I would go with the 60 if you are running forest roads and ocasional hikes on marked trails I would go with a Oregon.
    Yeah, this is what I'm starting to find.

    Seems the Oregon is more suited to the Geocaching people. I mostly need something that 'just works'

    Got a Nuvi 750 in the Jeep for 'on the trail' and road stuff. Works pretty well for that so I'm mostly just looking for a handheld.
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    Once thing to keep in mind, is the Oregon can support raster maps/imagery...google it for more details.

    Basically if you need a little bit of sat. imagery, the oregon might be the way. Not sure how the touch screen works when wet/cold.

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    After all the issues in the State of Oregon this past couple of weeks, I hear Garmin is going to rename that unit ...



    To NOTOREGON

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    Hopefully this will be of use. Costco dot com has the Garmin 60Cs, not the Csx. It seems to be a pretty good price at $219.99. I got one for Christmas, haven't used it that much but really like it so far.

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    I work for a Garmin dealer and we sell a variety of handhelds from Oregons to eTrex units and the Map60 continues to be the number one seller by far. We notice that many GPS sales are based on recommendations from friends who use a particular unit and with so many fans of the Map60 lots of people come in asking for it in particular.

    The Map 60 Cx and Map 60 CSx are the same unit but the latter has an electric compass and alti/barometer. Features many people THINK they want, but seldom use.

    The Oregon has been a good seller for us as well, but it does get some not so positive feedback sometimes because the touch screen can be challenging to read sometimes and forget using it with gloves. It's also not very sensitive to the touch for some fingers.

    The Map 60 has a slightly larger screen than most units and more dedicated buttons makes interfacing easier for some. The Oregon series does have some nicer options for maps, with more on the way.

    Bothe have excellent reception and accuracy, so that's a non-issue. Hard to beat the value of a Map60.
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    I have an Oregon 400t and love it! I've never had issues with the sensitivity of the screen not working. I find it's way easier to go through screens than a 60 too, but that's just me. It also seemed easier to learn to use, but I suppose that will differ depending on what you've used before.

    If I had it to do all over again, I would buy a 300, which can be picked up for relatively cheap and has the same hardware as the 400. I'd buy Garmins City Navigator DVD and load maps that way for streets, which also has just about any two track you can find as well on it. Then I would download the free 24k topo that can be found at a bunch of different places online and have a great unit. I've done those two things with mine and don't use the maps that came preloaded on it so I wasted money by purchased the 400t.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oz97tj View Post
    Then I would download the free 24k topo that can be found at a bunch of different places online and have a great unit. I've done those two things with mine and don't use the maps that came preloaded on it so I wasted money by purchased the 400t.
    The 400t preloaded with topos is great. What 24k free maps are you talking about???
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