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Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Possible purchase - Garmin Oregon on 06/06/2013 17:29:54 MDT Print View

I have a Garmin Colorado 300 GPS and it works fine. But I would like to get the greatly increased internal memory and 32 GB card capacity for Garmin's topo maps of the Oregon 650 and download my maps into it.

First the greater internal memory permits me to dowload more new trail maps.

Second the larger memory card capacity (32 GB, up from 4 GB of my Colorado) lets me download maps outside the US, like Canada or parts of Europe.

Anyone here have an Oregon GPS? Any likes? Dislikes? Problems?

FINALLY: What websites have good trail maps that are compatable with a Garmin Oregon GPS?

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Possible purchase - Garmin Oregon on 06/06/2013 18:29:47 MDT Print View

http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/

http://switchbacks.com/

Jim Larkey
(jimlarkey) - MLife

Locale: NoCO
Re: Possible purchase - Garmin Oregon on 06/06/2013 20:19:25 MDT Print View

http://garminoregon6xx.wikispaces.com/page/messages/home
http://forums.groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showtopic=306048

Jani Kikuts
(Enginerd) - M

Locale: Southern California
Happy with older Oregon 450t on 06/06/2013 21:26:39 MDT Print View

I just saw that Garmin came out with the Oregon 600 series the other day, now I want one too but cant justify it just yet since my Oregon 450t is still in great shape. I have had the 450t since 2008 and it has been great. I have hiked, backpacked, had it strapped to the side of a kayak many many times. I love it...for the most part anyways. Nit-picky cons? It's a bit bulky, a tad slow compared to modern smartphones, and I wish the screen was larger (spoiled by 4.65 inch Galaxy Nexus phone), but the relatively new Montana is just way too big for backpacking. If I was to get the new 600 series I would skip the camera version, in reality I think the camera on the unit is not that great and I would bring my digital point n shoot anyways, so why bother with he extra cost. As far as the Garmin software, BaseCamp has come a long way for planning trips, really like the new version especially if you spring for the 1:24K scale maps.

Edited by Enginerd on 06/06/2013 21:27:09 MDT.

Mike W
(skopeo) - F

Locale: British Columbia
Possible purchase - Garmin Oregon on 06/06/2013 23:56:53 MDT Print View

Don't overlook the Garmin BirdsEye Satellite Imagery. It's an "all you can eat" one year subscription that allows you to download as much data as you like and you can keep it after the subscription expires.

For $30 it's a great deal. I've found the imagery to be very useful (and decent quality in the areas I've used it in). You will need the 32Gb card though, if you want to carry large areas of imagery. They also have a subscription for topo imagery as well which I assume works the same way, however, I haven't tried that product.

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/maps/on-the-trail-maps/birdseye/c452-c456-c457-p1.html

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Thanks on 06/09/2013 14:33:43 MDT Print View

Jerry and Mike, thanks for the links!