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GPSr Units / What to buy? Hiking GPS
« on: May 16, 2012, 09:30:47 PM »
Hi everyone,
         I'm currently in the market for a new gps hiking unit as I've lost my 60csx. I was hoping some knowledgable users could steer me in the right direction with my next purchase.  Primarily, I hike alone on dayhikes in NM mountains and need reliable high sensitivity tracking/navigation. Here's what I'm looking for in order of personal priority...

- I like the shaded relief maps when zoomed out past 800ft or more, but prefer the more detailed contour lines in the gpsfiledepot maps when zoomed in close.  I guess this means I'll need a unit that either has removal media (microsd) or multiple map capable

- I prefer the convenience of replacable batteries over rechargable built in lithiums.

- I already have the delorme earthmate GPS messenger for Android devices.  However, I'm torn between returning it as I don't want to use my phone for gps (battery life/durability) along with both a gps unit and the earthmate.

- I prefer to keep the cost of the unit <$500.  This only cuts out the higher end garmin montana models, I think?

- The screen size of the 60csx is the bare minimum I would accept. I prefer something larger but it's not a deal breaker.

- I hike alone (hence the earthmate) and mostly stick to dayhikes. 

Sidenote:  It seems the 60csx was much more popular than the newer updates to the 60 line.  I didn't like how I couldn't load more than one map to the unit though.  Why is the newer models less popular?

 I just downloaded the NM Topo map installer and after running it I open up mapsource and there is no drop down menu to select the map.  I've alredy made sure to select show all products and there is a no map message under the view menu for show products. 
   If I try to use basecamp to view the map it says nmtopo was not installed correctly.  I've uninstalled/reinstalled the map with the installed several times, as well as reinstalled mapsource with no luck.  I've also tried with arizono topo installer, no luck. 

   I'm doing this on a brand new laptop....not sure what else to try.  Any ideas would be MUCH appreciated.

- Tim

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