2017 Gps choices

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Shawn Camp, Nov 30, 2016.

  1. Shawn Camp

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    Dear Chasers and spotters


    I have a question for the 2017 season and hopefully beyond ??????? well Delorme was taken over by Garmin and the last delorme system update was 2015 it looks like and the 2017 season will be approaching soon enough for me and for all of us. I am curious about the top 3 gps systems to get for Storm season 2017 and beyond ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????. Which ones would you guys and ladies recommend for 2017 and beyond ???????????????????????????????????????????????? and do you trust Garmin ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
     
  2. Todd Lemery

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    Seems like you are worried about Garmin, I wouldn't. If the last update was 2015, it's no big deal. You only really need it for the secondary roads and they don't change very frequently. Also, with the last update in 2015, I'd have to think the newest version is right around the corner anyway...
     
  3. Gordon Spencer

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    Love my Garmin and they all pretty well include lifetime updates. I have the app on my computer and it tells me when my model has an update available.Free Traffic has actually come in handy missing some traffic!
     
  4. Drew T

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    I'm an OTR truck driver and use a Garmin myself. Lifetime maps, traffic (found out today in Denver that it's pretty accurate on the traffic), and in my case, takes into account where large commercial vehicles are prohibited. Average chaser won't need that of course, but it does allow me to switch to car mode as well. I had to pay extra for the trucker version; usually the car based ones are a couple hundred bucks less. I've seen the car ones at the truck stops for just over a Benjamin, and they are always overpriced at truck stops.

    Sent from my SM-N910V using Stormtrack mobile app
     
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  5. John Olexa

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    I still use the first one I ever bought, a TomTom. Seeing as I'm a spotter more than a chaser & stay fairly local it's still suits me fine.
     
  6. Jason Foster

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    I also see that Delorme is a Garmin subsidiary now and hence the Street Atlas software no longer is offered. This is really sucky, unless there is some similar product offered. The one thing that was especially nice about the older Delorme software on the laptop was (with some finger/mouse/touchpad training) one could easily scroll and pan to view roads ahead in multiple directions in the middle of the chase. This allowed the chaser to choose multiple options and at the last second. If feel the current GPS systems do not allow for this, especially on the small stand alone units. It is probably OK this year (immediately gonna go find a 2015 edition software and purchase it) but I'm worried about down the road. I'm just not happy with the iPad or other tablet map options either.
     
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  7. Charles Ryan Mauk

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    For navigation aside from road place files and my gps puck with GR3, honestly, I use Google Maps on my iPad and it works well. No issues


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  8. Darren Lo

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    On Windows 10, the built-in Maps app seems to be OK although I haven't taken it out into the field yet. You can download offline maps and then block the program in your firewall so that it won't try to use data during the chase.
     
  9. JohnHuntington

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    For many years I used Delorme maps and then Streets n' Trips for offline mapping and also gps tracking. But this year I kind of went backwards and bought a $200 Garmin:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01A1HL79E/

    I was out chasing last week and this thing worked out great for three purposes. 1) Non data dependent mapping. 2) Dash Cam 3) GPS tracking for lightroom map placement.

    I still run my tablet and/or phone with Google maps and/or Waze, depending on whether I'm in a metropolitan area or not. Because the setup was so terrible last week I didn't get to see how the garmin worked out when I was under pressure and looking for an escape route (for which I used to use street and trips) but otherwise it worked out great. It also shows (mostly accurately) the current speed limit which is useful.

    All this left the laptop just for GRLevel. I run radarscope on the tablet, but GRLevel still is my fave.

    John
     
  10. Matt Salo

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    I use a Garmin nuvi 2789 LMT on a RAM X-Grip mount. Love it!
     
  11. John Moore

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    I have found no substitute for Delorme Street Maps, but I'd sure like one going forward. My Garmin GPS sucks in comparison. Google Maps is quite good, but it needs internet, or you have to download big, big files for the area you are going.

    I'd be curious what others are doing.
     
  12. John Wetter

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    Like @John Moore I'm looking for what's next for mapping. I've scoured the internet and can't find Street Atlas 2015 in stock somewhere to buy... I really want an offline mapping engine. Anyone else have any ideas?
     

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