- Who's got a Garmin 800?
Are they ok as navigation aids? I want to plop new routes on there to follow. Do you generally end up buying the 1:25000 maps or is the ‘Discoverer’ bundle adequate?
I bought the discoverer bundle, and separatley bought the city navigator map as I use my 800 both on & off road. If you load a route on it & follow it i reckon the discover maps are fine. I really cant imagine using it to navigate without a route though, the screen is too small, & it would also mean making multiple stops(like you’d do with a paper map)which to me defeats the object of a sat nav.
Its great to just load up a route & turn when it tells you to, leaving you to concentrate on riding & enjoying yourself.
Of course, there is always the risk of it not working for whatever reason, so its probably best to have a back up plan if you’re planning to ride in the middle of nowhere – maybe carry a map on some rides ?
I honestly dont think youll regret buying one, they’re great !!Posted 7 years agoDT78Member
yep – fanastic gadget. I use mine mostly for training and reviewing rides. Have used it to ‘navigate’ without a route once and it wasn’t great – as above had to keep stopping.
I have yet to go out into the ‘wilds’ and follow a gpx route in a rear I don’t know well yet though. I have noticed oocassionally it tells me I’m off route when I know I am not (as I ride the same loop for training) it sorts itself out quite quickly though.
Oh I use opensource mapping of talkytoaster. Buying the OS maps is a bit steep.Posted 7 years ago
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