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Do You Use GPS For ATV Trails?

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I don't use one personally, but a lot of my friends absolutely love the Polaris ride commander app.

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Recorded ride at AOAA in PA. Recorded on an older Garmin 400c that I bought at the time for the jetski. Just downloaded topo map as the unit came with a marine map preinstalled.

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22 hours ago, CJ River Rider said:

Recorded ride at AOAA in PA. Recorded on an older Garmin 400c that I bought at the time for the jetski. Just downloaded topo map as the unit came with a marine map preinstalled.

 

 

AOAA only provides their maps for using a gps is via the maprika app on phones, which I always do not like to use on the trails. (the phone that is) They do have paper maps at the trailhead, but I was able to get them to send me a PDF of the trail maps and now calibrated them so they can be uploaded into a GPS unit.  Here they are attached.

The western map is off on the left side, based on actual tracking data I have from riding the trails. I did my best to compensate, but changing to aerial view, shows the problem is their map, the tracks are right on the money with aerial view.

 

For other PA riders, I have calibrated maps for some of the state trails like Whiskey Springs, Bloody Skillet, Denton Hill (Potter County), and Dixon Miller. If anyone is interested, this website allows me to upload KMZ file.

 

 

AOAA - East.kmz

AOAA - West.kmz

AOAA - East with overlay.jpg

AOAA - West Aerial with overlay.jpg

AOAA - West with overlay.jpg

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I usually use an IOS program called "Go Map!!" for marking new trails. Accuracy is better than other programs I have tested, but still nowhere near as accurate as even a cheap dedicated GPS for some reason. The convenient part is the app will make a GPX file that is directly uploadable to OpenStreetMap, which I find really handy for backwoods navigation. That site is free to use and you can access the data from many types of devices including iOS and android, including car GPSes based on the android OS. 

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I want to and plan to use GPS when I ride.  So far most places I have been to are marked courses and is very hard to get lost.  There is one that I plan to go to soon that is open trails in the woods type place with cabins so I plan to get one so we won't be getting lost.  don't want to end up on the news.  LOL.  I downloaded apps on my phone that you can download places off network in case you lose signal but I want to really use GPS and my phone as a back-up.  

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I use an Etrex Vista HCX, loaded with ONX hunt map chip.  Also have the ONX app loaded on cell phone, get the best of both worlds for hunting and just general riding.

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I use a RAM mount and my iPhone with GAIA GPS app.  Works great!

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On 10/23/2016 at 5:51 PM, Ajmboy said:

Scubasonic, that Garmin Montana 650T that looks like no joke based on the features. I see some refurbished ones for under $400 but new the lowest I found was $499 on Amazon. Is the GPS accuracy of these handhelds vs a phone app that makes them better? I don't have one and am just curious.

Found on Garmin:

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/into-sports/handheld/previous_models_handhelds/montana-650t/prod75228.html#gallery-dialog

 

cf-lg.jpgOk, I just purchASED on ebay a garmin gpsmap 62s for around 125 bucks. I'll post what I record trackwise and see if we can do anything with the file

 

 

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I have owned the Garmin Oregon 450t for several years now, it is an older version of the 650 you posted above. I originally purchased it for other activities but it has come in very useful for riding. The GPS sensors in it are better then any phone or tablet. I can typically get 12 to 16 hours of use from a set of batteries (mine takes 2-AA batteries) so carrying a spare set is easy. It has had water and mud splashed on it many times with no issues. I have owned this unit now for 8 years or more.

It allows recording tracks and marking waypoints which can be downloaded to a computer to save for future use. You can also upload tracks and points to it. The best feature is that you can upload custom maps to it. I have taken several maps of ATV trails and use them in the unit.

There is free software for it that can utilize the data it collects, I use a paid version which does allow more features but I also use this for other activities. You can also insert a micro-SD card to store maps and data. I use a 4 gig card which is more then enough storage space.

Note, the "T" part of the model number indicates it includes a 100K topo map of the entire USA.

Mike

 

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In Ontario, Canada, the Back Roads Mapbook is indispensable for ATVing... pretty well every trail is on there so it is easy to find places to ride.

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I forget how I did it, but Google Maps has a feature where you can draw on a map and save that map off... it's basically an overlay. Useful for printing, too. Easy to get lost in the desert.

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