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Garmin Quest GPS

Discussion in 'Riding Gear and Bike Accessories/Parts' at netrider.net.au started by V2, Mar 26, 2008.

  1. I often go riding with a bunch of guys and go on great rides, but in the following weeks when I try to retrace my steps, I cant find where I have been.

    I'm thinking of getting a Garmin Quest GPS. I like the compact size and that its waterproof. Can anyone tell me if it will "record" the route you travel so you can later cpy to a computer and work out where you have actually been?

    Any other suggestions on a GPS that does this?
  2. Keeping a "track log" is a functionality that Garmins have had since the beginning, even before they could display maps or do auto-routing. :)

    Magellan units will also do this no doubt (Is Magellan still around?)

    Not sure of Navman/TomTom et al, as they tend to focus more on being basic car-navigation devices. I can't find any information about TomTom keeping track logs.

    Johnny Appleseed ( http://www.ja-gps.com.au/index.htm ) is a pretty good shop for GPS. Their website is a little cluttered, but they have descriptions of each GPS up, for a few different brands. When I've mail-ordered stuff from them at 3pm it's arrived the next day. (!)
  3. I too like the Quest. Nice and small but would be a biatch to read on the bike unless you were stopped.

    I'm aiming for a zumo550
  4. I'm thinkin' of upgrading to one of them myself.

    I've been using an "old" Garmin eTrex Legend C for the last few years on foot, in the car (connected to laptop) and on bikes. It's a little handheld bushwalking/mountainbiking/anything-you-like one. Its small (very small) size made it good for handlebar use on the nekkid VTR250, but the five-way joystick "nub" is a little awkward to use with bare hands and a c*** to use with motorbike gloves on. :cry:

    I never found screen size to be an issue when riding - but I would only glance at the "distance to next maneuver" counter so I knew how long until I had to pay attention to it. Garmins prompt the user twice as you approach a maneuver - both times, the entire screen is devoted to a zoomed-in closeup of the maneuver you're about to make with a distance and time countdown.

    Just have to make sure you don't clutter the screen with information, on the small devices. :)
  5. Picked up a garmin Quest off Ebay and its the ducks guts. Very easy to use and although the screen is small, its good enough to see. There is also a screen on the right when your in navigation mode that clearly says how far to the next turn.

    If anyone is interested, I also noticed there is someone selling refurbished units on eBay at the moment, but note that these are the earlier (115mb memory - the newer version has 243mb). http://cgi.ebay.com.au/NEW-Garmin-Q...ryZ34288QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
  6. Actually - I would not recommend the above eBay units - they must be imports, they don't come with the Australian maps (and they are expensive).