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    Mini Goon
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    May 2011
    United Kingdom

    After a good while pondering over getting a GPS, I'm finally seriously considering taking the plunge. The problem is, I know so little about them.

    What I want from a system is 3 things:
    1. To be able to route plan using either Ordnance Survey (or similar) mapping at home on my computer, or by uploading routes from guide books or websites.
    2. To be able to walk with the device whilst viewing Ordnance Survey (or similar) style mapping, and obviously be directed as to where I'm going!
    3. To be able to review routes at home afterwards.

    Looking online, I'm drawn to the Garmin Oregon 450, which I've seen online for 350, including full UK OS mapping (1:50000 scale). Would this do what I want? Is there something else that would do what I want better, or for less?

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    Goon Dorian's Avatar
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    Nov 2004
    United Kingdom

    Sat Map Active 10+ comes with full GB 1:50k. The active 10+ comes with aone year subscription to theironline mapping/route software where you can create and share routes. Current prices on Amazon is sub 300.

    Personally I use it with Memory Map software to create routes and download to the unit, however I have created a route on the unit itself and it was a breeze.

    Definitely worth considering - I was looking at various units for over a year before buying the Sat Map and I am very pleased with the unit.

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    Mini Goon happyhiker's Avatar
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    Mar 2011
    United Kingdom
    I also use Memory Map and find it is very easy to use both to plot routes in the first place then afterwards to download the track and compare where you have actually been. They are not always the same - depends on how much deviation you do!

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