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    Stand alone GPS

    I need recommendations on hand held stand alone GPS units suitable for backcountry hiking. Must be capable of 10 day charge. I am not too concerned about communication ability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krazykarl View Post
    I need recommendations on hand held stand alone GPS units suitable for backcountry hiking. Must be capable of 10 day charge. I am not too concerned about communication ability.
    Garmin 67i. If you have the right settings


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    Do all modern GPS units require additional $ to operate? Buy a subscription? Buy maps? Just curious...

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    What do you need the unit to do? What kind of backcountry hiking are we talking about here, are you following known/pre-planned trails, or going bushwacking and just trying to get from point to point in whatever manner the terrain allows?

    Quote Originally Posted by Krazykarl View Post
    Do all modern GPS units require additional $ to operate? Buy a subscription? Buy maps? Just curious...
    What do you mean by operate? Some will need a subscription for access to maps (or access to more basic maps is free, but highly detailed ones cost a sub), but that doesn't mean that the unit is inoperable if all you're trying to do is to fix your position or follow an uploaded track.
    Last edited by Defaultmp3; 03-17-24 at 12:15.
    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krazykarl View Post
    I need recommendations on hand held stand alone GPS units suitable for backcountry hiking. Must be capable of 10 day charge. I am not too concerned about communication ability.
    Lots to this answer. Screen size, device interfacing, touch screens, basemaps, daily use, definition of "backcountry", etc.
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    Sorry gentlemen. Got busy last night celebrating my 50th b day.

    My family does a lot of backcountry in the wilderness and less populated NP settings in the upper great lakes area. I need a GPS unit that can hold a charge for atleast 10 days (our longest trip thus far). Most of the hiking is on established trails. This year we are going the canoe route and doing voyagers in MN for 7 days. I want a big enough screen for my eyesight. My wife has her Fenix but the screen is small and battery life is a concern.


    Edited to add my fall time use:
    Hunting season when there are no trails and I need to mark my vehicle and my dead critter...
    Last edited by Krazykarl; 03-18-24 at 06:27.

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    As ubet posts, 67 or 67i is likely your unit. Manage your settings, 10 days is a lot without careful power management depending on your use. Take a powerbank.

    The Montana is a good unit, with a good size touchscreen. Bigger and heavier, and you give up battery life.
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    As ubet posts, 67 or 67i is likely your unit. Manage your settings, 10 days is a lot without careful power management depending on your use. Take a powerbank.

    The Montana is a good unit, with a good size touchscreen. Bigger and heavier, and you give up battery life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ST911 View Post
    As ubet posts, 67 or 67i is likely your unit. Manage your settings, 10 days is a lot without careful power management depending on your use. Take a powerbank.

    The Montana is a good unit, with a good size touchscreen. Bigger and heavier, and you give up battery life.
    Of the two, I would definitely go with the 67i. That gives you the satellite connectivity, and the ability to send an SOS in the backcountry is a must in my opinion. It requires a subscription. The cheapest is $15 a month and you can pause it when not needed.

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    Will the 66i work ok? I see one on ebay for $350...

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