The top of the range 650T unit comes with a built in camera a 100K European Topo mapping, but franky unless you really want the camera here at adventure-spec we reckon the 600 GB bundle with the OS mapping is a better bet (or just the regular 600 if you're not bothered about the UK)
At Adventure-Spec we feel that a well setup and cable GPS device really can be the keys to true adventure and exploration
We have found ourselves on numerous occasions plotting random routes while on rides and frequently have discovered gems we would never have if slavishly trying to navigate a fixed route.
Modern mapping GPS units truely give you the Freedom To Explore and the Garmin Montana is the new kid on the block. It is also the first device that we have been interested in supporting as it really does tick all the boxes.
Key Adventure-Spec points
1. Designed with off-road bike travel in mind. the hardware is upto the job and we get a 'rugged' cradle to mount it to the bike in the WIDE HORIZONTAL orientation that suits bikes best (you can also mount vertical if thats your thing)
2. Stores enough mapping data and waypoints to get you just about anywhere, you can even share tracks and waypoints with your mates wirelessly on the trail. We're working on getting Open Street Maps installed in the unit, which are the best to use in remote areas of the world and are 100% FREE!
3. Full OS Mapping for the UK is absolutely fantastic for trailriding and exploring back routes. This is available as a bundle with the 600 GB Bundle at only £50 for the full UK instead of the £200 normally charged. These OS maps have all the information in them for turn-by-turn routing so with this installed you're good to go for all uses in the UK
4. Adventure-Spec will be using this unit extensively (having just lost the last GPS60CSX we owned) and bit by bit will become experts in this unit. We know GPS stuff can be a pain so we'll be able to answer your questions as you get up and running.
Heres the full Garmin lowdown...
"You wanted tough and versatile, we give you Montana™ handheld GPS device – the most advanced Garmin handheld featuring a ruggedized design with multiple mounting and battery options, dual-orientation and screen layout options and support for a wide range of Garmin cartography. The included 3-axis compass gives it a heading while standing still or not held level. Montana’s responsive touchscreen is a sprawling 4-inches and is sunlight-readable with brilliant color. It's versatile. It's tough. It earned the name Montana.
“Montana was designed with the ‘get dirty, go hard then go home crowd’ in mind, who are always after adventure,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “We now have one device to fulfill all of your rugged GPS needs. From navigating waterways in your boat and traversing the back country in your ATV, to hiking the Austrian Alps and even receiving spoken turn-by-turn directions on the way to the grocery store, Montana has the versatility and mapping compatibility to do what you need it to.”
Anywhere and everywhere: With Montana’s new ruggedized design there is no longer a need to hold back, regardless of your adventure. Montana is fully waterproof and capable of withstanding all the mud and grit you can throw at it, even when connected to its optional powered mount. Use the power mount capability and City Navigator® for spoken, turn-by-turn driving directions, or the rugged mount for your motorcycle or ATV. If you are on foot, simply plug headphones into Montana’s 3.5mm audio jack to hear the spoken prompts.
When it comes to mapping, Montana has you covered with support for Garmin’s wide array of detailed topographic, marine, and road maps. Montana also supports BirdsEye™ Satellite Imagery (subscription required), that lets you download satellite images to your device and integrate them with your maps. In addition, Montana is compatible with Custom Maps, free software that transforms paper and electronic maps into downloadable maps for your device.
Stay powered: Montana offers two battery options to keep your device powered during remote hunting trips or other outdoor adventures. When you have a chance to rest and recharge each night, a thin, light weight lithiu m ion battery pack, lasting up to 16 hours, comes in the box. For those trips where you’re off the g rid, Montana also works on three AA batteries, giving users an additional 22 hours of use w itho ut being weighted down. "