Is anyone still here?
Can anyone suggest a hand
held GPS (Garmin or other) that is waterproof and has the ability to be able to
upload tracks into it?
Ideally it would be a fairly rugged unit. I'd be looking to use it bushwalking,
sailing, boating and mountain biking.
I'm currently using my phone and a couple of different apps (ridewithgps,
geotracker and endomondo) but I'm thinking that if I busted my phone on a trip
or the battery went flat I could very well be cactus.
Any recommendations would be much appreciated. Happy to spend up to $500.
Thanks in advance
I prefer Gamin, although I store all my activities on Strava. From what I've seen, most of the units are quite sport specific unless you go handheld, in which case they seem too generic.
I run an old Garmin 705 and love it. It is great to upload tracks into via Garmin Connect and easy to follow. It is MTB specific, but I have used it for other sports as either a hand held unit or shoving in the pocket. Getting the data off it is the only downside. I would love auto upload, not sure if the new units off this, but the 705 requires to be plugged in.
I have my Garnin Connect set so that it automatically sends any activities to Strava (easy to do).
So I guess, whilst lacking in a specific recommendation (except maybe a second hand 705 or better for your $500) I would go with the Cycling unit and adapt it to your other sports.
Good luck, and yes, still here.
I too prefer Garmin, all the current units can upload data via bluetooth straight to your phone and auto upload to strava from conbect, and offer live tracking. Garmin has also joined the glonass sat network meaning the unit lock onto location nearly ummediately upon start-up. Both the 500 & 800 series can be had for your budget if you're a 99B member. You're probably after the 800 series if tracking along a map is your thing. The 500 series will give directions but no maps.
Hope that helps a bit.
Thanks lads. The Garmins look good but geez for the price the screen specs (resolution and actual size) are low compared to a phone at the same price.
I like the PLB function on them though. Could come in handy if I capsize the boat.
Personal Locating Beacon. Like an EPIRB. It's a subscription thing though so it's not free.
I've been reading the Amazon reviews for a lot of these Garmins and they cop a bit of a hiding. From battery life to unintuitive menus. A lot of blokes are saying just use your phone and buy a tough case.
Looking at the screen sizes and the ordinary cameras the GPS's come with + the fact you have to buy maps and I'm leaning towards getting an upgraded phone.
Refurb iPhone 6 = $449
Although in looking sh1T up for Muz, I think I have just talk myself into a Garmin 1000 - hmmmmm. Overseas travel soon - TRS = save 10% woohooo. Who's got the best price?
99B $699 bundle or $609 unit only for Garmin 1000.
Bought mine from local store, and was still cheaper than online retailers which cannot ship abroad anyway, think Garmin restrict that in some way
I'm not saying not to buy this but it'd be worth reading the 1 and 2 star reviews before you do.
I've got the 800.. yes it's not phone size or zoomable.. hard to read with our old eye muz.. but I have bifocal safety glasses that make it easy to read.
I would go Garmin. My current unit came from uk to replace the 2nd hand one I ran over here so I had the maps etc.
the 1000 looks great but I still can't figure out more than the basics on my 800. Just use it for heart rates..
just read those reviews, . Also read on the Garmin forum all the issues people are having with the latest firmware upgrade 12. Disappointing.
I did have a patch of trouble with my 705, whereby it went all crazy for a while and I had to do a full delete and restore. So maybe it is just the numpties that are having issues??
64% gave it a 4 star rating or better.(Muz's Amazon link), although I might just be trying to convince myself.
Also, the Garmin 1010 is severely overdue, with the 1000 having been released in 2014. Some are predicting this will be released in the coming months.