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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 11:40 am Reply with quote Back to top

I know this is most likely covered in depth in several threads but I could not find a search function and I am not familiar with the WGA site since the redesign....I know its been ages since I have been active Sad

My Oregon 450 is dying slowly... Its 2 years old and has been beaten, dropped, thrown, ran over, dunked, and left on the hood of the car. So it has had a great run. It turns off randomly even with fresh new batteries, takes a long time to sync with the satellite and has now even been having a hard time loading caches on ( it gets stuck in loading screen exactly half way ) Yes I have reset it many times, but still has been a pain.

I am not nearly as active of a geocacher since my child was born, so I cant justify even the 300 I have seen them going for. My question is what is everyone opinion on the Magellan GC? The reviews I have read seem to be okay, but how much will I be disappointed going from a good GPS down to that? Also does anyone know it it will take way marks from

Figure I would kill 2 questions with one post..... Waymarking? Does anyone do it? if so what is the workflow to get them on to the GPS? I keep a large GSAK database and send them over as Geocaches, but that is a pain keeping the database somewhat up to date, marking them as found in GSAK and watching the 5k limit between waymarks and geocaches.

Thanks Guys and Gals!

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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 2:50 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Hi! I have had 2 vista's and 2 60C's refurbished by Garmin over the years and all are still working to date. I still have the one 60CSX. I think they still do this. Those units had some the same problems you have mentioned in your post. I have used those units mounted on our ATV's and daul sport motor cycle, which I'm sure shorten thier working life spans. I remember the last Vista cost $60.00 to refurbish, and the 60CSX was $100.00 when I had that one refurbished. Look on the Garmin web site or give them a call. I am now using a 600 montana and it started turning off and on by its self and the screen flipping back and forth while on the motor cycle, they replaced it with a different unit, when I sent it back to them. This was or is still under warranty, but I noticed with all the units I've sent back over the years, they always had a different serial number when the new one came. You know they say get Garmin or get lost. I have used Delorme's, Magellans, Bushnells, and Loran brands and I have tried them all in between owning the different Garmins, and I had my best results and enjoyment from Garmin product and, because of my use of thier GPS's, thier tech support and repair service. Hope this helps! srvive
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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 9:26 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Also, don't forget that even the new Etrexes have paperless geocaching built in, at just over $100. They have added so much to these low end units that I would have a hard time justifying a more expensive unit.

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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 11:18 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Though I don't own one, a Magellan eXplorist GC is too specific to just geocaching to get much enjoyment out of in my opinion. I have an eXplorist 310 which will allow the download of all sorts of different waypoint, geocaches, POIs, etc. A little more expensive but haven't had many problems. Also they have a model 110 that is the same at the 310 with less memory. I like the refurb idea though!

I don't waymark myself, though I have looked at the sight and can pick out quite a few locally at least.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 5:38 am Reply with quote Back to top

Make sure you have the most up to date firmware in your GPS

ours locked up quite a bit on one of the updates, maybe yours came with that loaded.

The post above is purely the opinion of the poster and is no way connected to the opinions of the WGA Board.

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