1. DualSport

    DualSport Ride Organizer

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    Over the years so many people have said they wished Garmin never discontinued the 276. Well, Garmin must have listened as it's back!

    https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/into-sports/handheld/gpsmap-276cx/prod539722.html

    Unfortunately it's over $1000 Canadian, but I think it may have been that price 10 years ago so perhaps it's a good deal, especially as it now uses mSD cards :)

    Bob
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    DualSport Ride Organizer

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    There's a comprehensive review of the new 276Cx on Dan Townley's GPS page at GlobeRiders website. Seems to be the ideal GPS for off-road riding, except for the price.

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    With its 5" screen it's like a Montana with buttons (and a non-touch screen). Perfect!

    Bob
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    alon ODSC/OFTR Member

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    Hey Bob, I keep eyeing this new 276CX and wondering how to justify buying it...compared to my current Montana, the two obvious differences to me are screen size and buttons instead of touch screen. Am I losing anything that my Montana has if I go to this and apart from those two differences, what else could I expect to get from this (in lay terms to a Luddite)?

    Thank you
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    When the 276Cx came out, I was very interested and was thinking about buying it. I'm glad I held off as it seems there are several unresolved issues.

    The main source of GPS discussions I've been following for a few years now, are the ADV Rider threads where Dan Townley of Globe Riders reviews new Garmin GPS. He's very knowledgeable and is a Garmin Beta Tester - but he seems frustrated that Garmin do not give enough attention to fixing critical issues and he has recently withdrawn his recommendation for the 276Cx. I'm definitely not thinking about getting one now.

    If your Montana is still working OK, stay with it. I can't see the 276Cx providing enough additional features (mainly the buttons) to justify the huge outlay - assuming it was working correctly and on Townley's Recommended List.

    Here's the updated review: http://globeriders.com/article_pages/article10_gps/article10_gpsmap276cx.shtml

    Bob
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    alon ODSC/OFTR Member

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    Thanks Bob - I read Townley's review and emailed him as he warns against buying the unit at this time. He replied saying that Garmin still hasn't resolved the two primary issues which are
    1- very slow rendering of maps when there is a lot of detail
    2- Bluetooth connectivity unreliability

    I'm holding off - thank you, saved me spending $1000 :)
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    I have one, would have never brought myself to spend that much, but shortly before my 50th Bday I dropped my 60csx in the Ausable river from my canoe..never to be seen again. So My wife got quizzing my riding buddies about buying me a new gps for my Bday(she did not know Id already bought a used 60csx off ADV:)) the one guy is a big fan of the original 276c and she bit on the 276cx and here it is.

    Anyway, Im obviously not as high end a user nor demanding near as much as some of the guys on the big ADV thread are as Ive had very little issues. Yes I would say the rendering was slowish at first but now a few updates in its a non issue for me, again likely not as high res maps as them, right now Im running a older Topo Canada map(v4 I think) and a custom snowmobile map overlay, works great, love the huge clear screen....did I mention Im over 50 :)

    My longest use of it so far was 600+mile sled ride a couple weeks ago and it performed great, recorded tracks perfectly etc. in freezing rain one day to -25 a couple days later. I have however done little to no routing to date other than messing around in the truck and it seemed to have about the same offset as the Nuvi 3450 I have in there.

    On the bluetooth side, again Im a neophyte , but my phone is hooked up which shows messages and notices on the gps screen and I also have a Garmin Tempe temp. probe hooked up with Bluetooth and its fine as well. It seems most issues were with communicators, Sena and the like.

    So I like it and will hang onto it, honestly if I wasnt following the ADV thread I wouldnt know there was an issue and there are several others on there like me that are doing just fine with it (BigDog Adventures is one who seems to know GPS units) but more talk from the ones that see the flaws I dont, be it mapping or whatever.

    Given all that love fest, if I had read the ADV thread and didnt have one I would be less inclined to buy such a spendy unit for sure, price was right on mine:cool:

    Cheers, Todd
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    alon ODSC/OFTR Member

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    Thank you Todd. I may not be as demanding of my GPS as others but I do think I'm the sort of person who would go insane with the slow map rendering. I'm going to hold off until I can try one in the flesh. I've got a friend who got one this winter and since it uses the same rugged powered cradle as my montana, I'll pop his on sometime when the season starts and give it a test ride. It's the display size and buttons that are seducing me...
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    alon ODSC/OFTR Member

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    Although I wish the buttons were on the left side instead... :)