Garmin Overlander

pluton

Adventurer
My biggest gripe with Garmin devices is traveling back in time (technology-wise) when I open the box.
Their OS's and GUI design seem like they are from 1983---pre-Mac and Windows.
From all I can find out, the Overlander cannot use maps that aren't provided by Garmin....which makes it crippled in my estimation. I still want a Garmin Montana with a 7" screen.
 

DaveInDenver

Expedition Leader
Their OS's and GUI design seem like they are from 1983---pre-Mac and Windows.
I've only used Garmin's typical handheld receivers but I think the interface is fine. Yup, it's not Android or iOS but what I need is there and easy to use. But my comparison is using a phone-sized device with small virtual buttons working a cascade of menus. The screen on my GPSMaps 78 is smaller but dedicated function, physical, tactile buttons work well, especially with gloves on.
From all I can find out, the Overlander cannot use maps that aren't provided by Garmin....which makes it crippled in my estimation. I still want a Garmin Montana with a 7" screen.
So they broke the ability to display maps that do exist coming from the reverse engineered IMG compilers?
 

bomar

Adventurer
I got mine a week or so ago....

It is just a pain going to every area you might goto to download all those maps.

Also it seems the compass calibration will not stay on mine. I have done it about 15 times so far.

It will work for my needs.
 

pluton

Adventurer
I've only used Garmin's typical handheld receivers but I think the interface is fine. Yup, it's not Android or iOS but what I need is there and easy to use. But my comparison is using a phone-sized device with small virtual buttons working a cascade of menus. The screen on my GPSMaps 78 is smaller but dedicated function, physical, tactile buttons work well, especially with gloves on.
Yep, actual buttons and controls are nice..touch screens are overrated. My Montana is OK, interface-wise....I use it, and get what I need from it.


So they broke the ability to display maps that do exist coming from the reverse engineered IMG compilers?
Garmin ONLY mentions "maps you can download from us, including USGS Quads".
I'm not familiar with the term "reverse engineered IMG compilers", but I'm thinking of the '.gmap' maps you get from GPS File Depot.com
I suspect that if their market research tells them they are losing a significant number of potential customers because of the attempt to have everyone be a subscriber, they would be able to change the restriction with a simple firmware update.
 

DaveInDenver

Expedition Leader
I'm not familiar with the term "reverse engineered IMG compilers", but I'm thinking of the '.gmap' maps you get from GPS File Depot.com
Yes, that's what I mean. Garmin doesn't make their format for their maps public but there are hackers who figured the basics out, that's the old cGPSmapper ad MapTk tools, and now mkgmap for OSM.
 

brushogger

Explorer
Mine finally arrived. I know it's pricey, but it's exactly what I've been looking for. The ability to integrate wireless cameras, and my inreach pretty much sold it. Plus, I love the magnetic connector. When I get it permanently mounted, it will be very easy to remove the thief attractor, and take it with me. Texting with this thru the inreach is so much easier than doing it directly on the inreach. I also ordered the mount for the inreach. I'll post pics when the install is complete
 

brentbba

Explorer
Mine showed up too. Only have had time to do an initial charge and update of software and maps. Bought it because this 'appears' to be the first real crossover by Garmin to satisfy both on road and off road use. I've had the Garmin Drivetracker 71 for a year or so and had only purchased that one because it at least had 100k topo maps for offroad. Yes, it's designed for dog trackers, but I only mildly off road. I liked the 7" screen with my aging eyes but no use off road in the last year - not getting out much any longer. We'll see about the Overlander. Like @brushogger, the mag mount makes for quick and easy removal!
 

Speedkills

New member
I returned mine, didn't like it much at all.

Pros - Great magnetic charging mount. Integrates with Garmin InReach. Supports cameras. Integrated tilt-sensor (only accurate below about 10mph though).

Cons - Interface is terrible. Voice recognition is worse than your phone 5 years ago. Has an integrated browser, tried downloading tracks from 4 different sites, crashed on ever one, so that was useles. Search for anything by voice, you won't get what you want, but you will get a bunch of sponsored content from foursquare, WTF? They force you through their horrible web replacement for Garmin BaseCamp. It's just like it but much worse. I tried to upload a few sets of my tracks by national forest, it refused to import them because they had more than 250 tracks. Yes Garmin, large national forests due contain more than 250 tracks.

It runs on Android, I'm frankly shocked they could screw it up that much, I mean it's not like they have to code up their own browser. Just use chrome like every Android phone does and let me visit trailsoffroad.com and download some content. Or let me use Garmin Explore on my phone and send tracks over. Nearly all I want to do is load tracks on this and then go drive them, why make that core functionality so poor in something meant for overlanding?
 

35Intl

New member
Has anyone hardwired their Overlander? Looking into getting one to use in several vehicles. On this rig i am wanting to mount it in place of the useless rearview mirror and would rather not have the cord hanging. Unfortunately Garmin does not list a compatible hardwire kit.

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Has anyone hardwired their Overlander? Looking into getting one to use in several vehicles. On this rig i am wanting to mount it in place of the useless rearview mirror and would rather not have the cord hanging. Unfortunately Garmin does not list a compatible hardwire kit.
You could just get one of these hardwire kits from amazon, but you'd still need to remove the magnetic base+whatever ram mount you use (suction, most likely). The wire will stay there, and plug/unplug from the magnetic mount+ram mount+suction cup to move vehicle to vehicle.
 
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