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post #1 of 22 Old 07-15-2017, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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My old Garmin Foretrex 301 has officially quit working. It keeps turning off and doesn't record my whole ride.

So I am in the market for a new system and open for ideas. I do not have a lot of data on my phone plan, and where I usually ride there is no service, so would prefer a hand held or another watch type.

Any advice??
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Some of the dogs on our K9 Unit use the Garmin Alpha. Of course, that unit is fairly dog-specific although we've also used it during training sessions and have had the subject carry the collar and tracked them using the handheld. I've also thought about using it during trail riding in the future and just attaching the collar to my saddle (or myself) so I can track myself and where I'm going/where I've been. That's just a theory though so don't quote me on if that actually will work. So I guess it could still be an option? They are expensive, though. About $700-$800 for a handheld/collar unit.

I really like the Garmin brand, though. Other members of our SAR team have used other brands and we have not found them to be as reliable or long lasting as the Garmins. I don't particularly like the watch types, though. I do find that those don't last as long. So if I were in the market for one I would look for a Garmin handheld, and any model really. They have pretty decent customer service and if you call them with specifics of what you are looking for and what you are planning on doing with it they can guide you to the right type of model.

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Thank you for the reply...I do like my Garmin but I don't think I used it to its potential either. Mainly just used it to see how far and how fast I was riding. Really want to learn how to track my trail so won't get lost or at least can find my way back. I have a hard time following markers and often go off course!

$700-800 would be a bit more than I'd like to spend...

Any particular features that you love about it though?
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Well I've only used it for the dogs so I can only go off of those but you may be able to use the functions in some way for riding.

You can track I think up to 20 dogs (20 collars) with one handheld, and the handheld/collars can also be connected to a Garmin Drivetrack and a Garmin watch. You can track your dog's pace and it will also alert you when the dog has stopped ("treed") and mark the point on the map. Depending on the SD card you have you can save a lot of routes and maps, too, and you can also upload the Birds Eye View which gives you a satellite view of the area you are in based on whatever state you purchase which comes in handy if you are trying to avoid hazards such as cliffs, roadways, private property, etc. It has a very good range and battery life and you can buy additional batteries and I think somewhere I found a solar powered battery charger for it so you don't need to plug it in if you are in the backcountry for several days at a time. It is also fairly indestructible if you get a good case for it as my friend has dropped his dozens of times (out of the truck, into the river, off a cliff...). He's had his for about two years now and it is still going strong. I think he had one issue with a battery and he called Garmin and they sent him a replacement for free. They also sent him the wrong size collar when he first bought it and they immediately sent him a free larger size collar. So good customer service.

It also doubles has a training collar so it has tone, vibrate, and shock functions although you probably do not have a use for those haha! We have taught the dogs to come back to us when they hear the tone.

You can find more information and a whole bunch of accessories on Outdoor Dog Supply which I think is the best supplier outside of buying from Garmin directly (and maybe even better than Garmin). They also have refurbished models every now and then so you may be able to buy one cheaper.

There is also an older model that is the Garmin Astro. It has similar functions but is not as high tech, so you may look at that one if you don't need all the fancy doo dads.
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For a few years now, I've used a refurbished Garmin Dakota 20. It's worked pretty well. Right now, I don't remember what I paid for it, but I don't think it was more than $180 or so (I could be wrong). Don't know how that model compares with Foretrex 301.
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@k9kenai very interesting! Maybe I could drop collars along the route and find my way back by pings

Totally agree, don't believe the shock function would be an asset with a horse!! Well maybe if they start bucking?? lol

Bird's eye view would also be handy to locate a road for quick return.

Thanks for all the tips!!

@charrorider I haven't seen the Dakota 20 on any of the sites I've recently seen. Is it an older model?

The Foretrex 301 is worn on the arm like a watch. I don't know if maps can be downloaded to it or not. That is a function I would like. Mainly I just use it for distance and speed, but finding my way back to the trailhead is something I have been trying to figure out. Occasionally my horse deposits me on the trail and I have to walk back
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Good to see you back in the trail riding area Anita.

I got the Garmin etrek20 for Christmas this year. I don't think it has a good signal strength as my old Magellian 4100 (I think is the model number.) The problem I had with the Magellian is that when the battery goes dead, you have to re-install the software on the unit which is something you don't think to check before you leave the house normally. So I would get where I was going and try turning on my unit and it would give me a startup error (because I had replaced the batteries).
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You didn't say how much you want to spend, but the etex 20 is a good place to start...

That said, have a look at the Garmin GPSMAP64s.....
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Hi @Oreos Girl Thank you for the welcome back! I am hoping to be riding some more trails soon. Finally found a trail riding buddy but the first time we went out her horse came up lame. Pasture wars the day before...

I think she will be open to a little trailblazing, which is something I've been wanting to do for a while.

The xtrec20 was the one I was originally looking at. It will be a while before I can buy one though.

Hi @gunslinger that GPSMAP64s is very interesting. I do get a bit confused trying to compare the features on all these.

So I'll ask you both; what is it you like or dislike about these units?
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post #10 of 22 Old 07-16-2017, 06:41 PM
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I have a Magellan eXplorist 610, its WAY more gps then I need...my mom bought it for me for Christmas a few years ago.

Pros: Its been VERY easy to use
The large screen makes it easy to see
Waterproof and "shock proof"
Can put in an SD card for saving routes/making trails/downloading trails to it to follow

Cons: Has a camera I never use...so a lower version without the camera I would of preferred
Battery life isn't the greatest but its not the worst either. I make sure its on standby mode while riding then I can usually get at least 8-9 hours out of it. I've heard that because I'm using rechargeable batteries thats why they don't last as long?
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