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    What's a good, small, garmin, etrex etc. ?

    Gents,
    We're camping near Montrose CO and, in that town, they have a store called "Murdocks". It's one of those kinds of stores that's a
    1. Feed store
    2. Hardware store
    3. Pet store
    4. Farm store
    5. Automotive component store
    6. Clothing store
    7. GUN STORE

    And a whole lot more. But, while in the GUN DEPARTMENT looking at and drooling all over what I wanted, I saw a very small etrex unit that was about the size of a larger wrist watch. But, it wasn't a watch style. This thing was small. Maybe too small for these old eyes to try and concentrate on or even glance at while on a ride. So, with all that being said, what's a small, semi-compact type unit that will say, bolt/clip/ram mount onto the bars, cross-bar for the handle bars etc. ? I'm not very schooled in all this stuff so, answers need to be simple.
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    A common solution these days is to run a GPS mapping, routing & tracking app on a cell phone. Larger screen sizes can depict more of the big picture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FIRE UP View Post
    Gents,
    ....what's a small, semi-compact type unit that will say, bolt/clip/ram mount onto the bars, cross-bar for the handle bars etc. ? .....
    Etrex 22x.

    Bear in mind that with that small of a screen you have to stop to read it. Something like the Oregon or Montana will allow reading while moving, at 4 times the cost. In the Rocky Mountain West I can't depend on a cell phone so the Montana has been my navigation device for nearly 10 years now.
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    I have Garmin GPSMAP 64S augmented with an OnX chip. The chip enables me to see all property boundaries and whether the land is public or private. I purchased it for hunting originally but I take it everywhere and use it for everything.
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    I have both the older eTrex Vista and a Garmin 64s. The 64s is currently mounted on the bike. I have the topo maps downloaded and the little screen makes it hard to read while moving. I would suggest looking at the Montana or Oregon as was previously mentioned.

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    Well Boys,
    I most certainly appreciate all your help and advice. While I've been messing with computers for quite a while now, when it comes to things like those small Garmins and adding "chips" etc, it's WAAAAAAAY over my head. I can learn but, it takes someone willing to sit down and explain how that kind of system works. Then I can move forward. But, I will definitely look into the ones suggested. I can always learn how to use them after procuring one. Thanks again.
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    There is a Montana thread on ADVRider: advrider.com/index.php?threads/garmin-montana.688775/page-798

    It shouldn't take you over a year to read it all! I can't imagine not having the Montana and BaseCamp for all my rides, but I have spent hundreds of hours learning both over 10 years.
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    I had a couple of etrex's that worked well for a while and then died. I think the vibration killed them.

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    How about all digital instruments for the TW and built in GPS for $299.
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    x2 for onx. Have it on my phone and can track even if don't have reception. And" in reach" in case need emergency help

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