I prefer Garmin, though both Garmin and Magellan are good units. Check out the new Garmin 60Cx and 76CSx models... both are color, support mapping, and have card slots to add more memory for more map storage.
www.gpscity.com is one of several places with good prices on Garmin units too.
garmin 60cs here,,, my second garman and I love it,,, if I can use it, it must not be too hard,,, however it does not have a card slot,, the cx must be an updated one,,,,,, but i will load a lot of maps,,,,, ,,,, ,,,,, cg
I've got a Magellan Sporttrac and it works i guess. Don't have a clue how to use it to full potential, but it draws me a line to show me where I left my truck. (**** truck is always hiding on me). It got tore off it's mount in a multi roll accident and still works. Waterproof and it floats. I'd still be in the bush today, out of gas and looking for the truck of mine without it. My mother bought it for me and i'm told she knows best!
I also use the Magellan SportTrak Map, I bought it off a guy on another forum and I haven't quite got the hang of it yet? I played a little bit with it but the video tape that came with it is different than the unit I bought? I think I can figure it out? I just have to take some time to get it all figured out. Any tips would be greatly appreciated........Irv
If I remember right(and as old as I am sometimes I dont) I think I went to garmins website and was able to read the manual before I got mine,,, I had a garmin emap before the 60cs but reading the manual kinda speeded things up when it got here,,,,,,my emap came with a video and it wasnt really helpful but the emap didnt do near as much as the new one either,,,,,, they are really not hard to use,,, bascily just hit the menu and choose what you want to do,, if you mess up, start over,,,,, just be sure and stock up on batteries,, they last a long time when you use it in the field but go pretty fast when your punching buttons for several hours at a time,,,,,,again, good luck,,,,, ,,,,, ,,,,,, cg
I use a Lowrance H20-Color along with lake maps available on MMC chips loaded so that I can view water depths/contour lines for icefishing spots. I need to get a mount for the new ride yet, but the GPS is a great unit. Comes with a 12V cord and runs on 2-AA batteries. It's waterproof too.
Cowchip,I like the idea of using the gps on the water with the chartsbut do you know if they have lake maps for Ontario,Canada.Can you getmaps off the internet.At a store in Toronto (Radioworld.com)some of the Canadian maps cost as much as the gps unit itself.OUCH!!!
Not sure about maps north of the border. Lakemaster and Navionics are the two manufactures that are making lake chips for the Lowrance. You might want to check them out for more information. They run about $100 per chip.
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