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[*] posted on 11-28-2018 at 09:12 AM
Garmins Mexico topo map chip


How do you like it? Or does someone have an alternative chipset they use?

Sure seems like a digital map would be real handy for Baja.
Although I still use good ol paper map and compass as well.
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[*] posted on 11-28-2018 at 10:23 AM


looks like it is just a re-branding of the BiciMapas chip



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[*] posted on 11-28-2018 at 10:40 AM


Quote: Originally posted by 4x4abc  
looks like it is just a re-branding of the BiciMapas chip


It says that is where it comes from if you read the fine print.
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[*] posted on 11-28-2018 at 11:40 AM


Use Back Country Navigator or Gaia on your phone. Much better than Garmin.

Standalone GPS are going the way of the dinosaur.







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[*] posted on 11-28-2018 at 12:07 PM


Hmm. I do have Gaia on my tablet. Was not aware that it’s coverage extended into Mexico. I should be able to port it over since it is subscription based.

I will look for that bicimapas chip, as I do like the Garmin Montana for motorbikes.
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[*] posted on 11-28-2018 at 12:09 PM


A lot of phone apps need a connection to work though!

I know that you can take clips on Gaia for the area you are interested in.

Thanks for the tips
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[*] posted on 11-28-2018 at 12:13 PM


Quote: Originally posted by ReTire  
A lot of phone apps need a connection to work though!

I know that you can take clips on Gaia for the area you are interested in.

Thanks for the tips


Exactly. Preload all the maps you want while you have connectivity -- all work great once you're offline, in remote Baja.




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[*] posted on 11-28-2018 at 12:22 PM


Quote: Originally posted by ReTire  
A lot of phone apps need a connection to work though!

I know that you can take clips on Gaia for the area you are interested in.

Thanks for the tips


You can download all the maps to work off line. I have all of Baja on my phone.

One device, great maps (satellite and topo), huge screen with a bright display, really easy to use/understand UI, use the same keyboard you use everyday, share back and forth with Google Earth on a desktop.

I've had 5-10 Garmins over the years. Complete trash compared to today's phone apps. Back Country is my favorite, but Android only. They have an iPhone version in beta, but I don't think it supports track importing yet.

Other's love Gaia, which looks very good. MotionX is terrible.



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[*] posted on 11-28-2018 at 12:31 PM


just as I thought - no real topos
http://www.bicimapas.com.mx/Topo_Mexico_MGA.htm




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[*] posted on 11-28-2018 at 02:04 PM


As JZ said, a phone app is the way to go. The only good Baja maps for Garmin are the E-32 but they run about a $100. I use the E-32 on my Garmin and run my phone as my main source. Phone app's are so easy to use compared to Garmin anything! I use Osmand app on my phone, I have the high dollar($3) paid one, lol..
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[*] posted on 11-28-2018 at 02:52 PM


E-32 now available as an APP for you phone or iPad ... works excellent.


Quote: Originally posted by advrider  
As JZ said, a phone app is the way to go. The only good Baja maps for Garmin are the E-32 but they run about a $100. I use the E-32 on my Garmin and run my phone as my main source. Phone app's are so easy to use compared to Garmin anything! I use Osmand app on my phone, I have the high dollar($3) paid one, lol..




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[*] posted on 11-28-2018 at 02:58 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Desertbull  
E-32 now available as an APP for you phone or iPad ... works excellent.


Quote: Originally posted by advrider  
As JZ said, a phone app is the way to go. The only good Baja maps for Garmin are the E-32 but they run about a $100. I use the E-32 on my Garmin and run my phone as my main source. Phone app's are so easy to use compared to Garmin anything! I use Osmand app on my phone, I have the high dollar($3) paid one, lol..


It took them 5-10 years too long to do it. And is Apple only. I emailed the guy way back in the day about app support.




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[*] posted on 11-28-2018 at 04:18 PM


So using your phone with no connection will give you your current position? or do you still have to have a GPS connection.


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[*] posted on 11-28-2018 at 04:30 PM


Quote: Originally posted by norte  
So using your phone with no connection will give you your current position? or do you still have to have a GPS connection.


[Edited on 11-28-2018 by norte]


Yes, no cellular or wi-fi connection required for location services. Phones have built in GPS. Doesn't require cell connection.

But not all iPads have GPS, you have to get one that isn't Wi-Fi only or use an external GPS. Not sure about Samsung tablets.


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[*] posted on 11-28-2018 at 05:54 PM


I'll have a complete topo map set for Baja to offer soon.
The good old pdf version.
Printable!
Searchable!
Perfect if you are truck based and have a pad or a laptop.
On a stick or as a download.




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[*] posted on 11-28-2018 at 06:38 PM


I can attest to the “not all iPads have a gps”!

I got the WiFi only version....no gps...grr!

The workaround is to buy a 3rd party gps and plug it in. It works, but you have to have it plugged into the tablet. Using the Bad Elf unit...so far so good.
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[*] posted on 11-28-2018 at 07:29 PM


Quote: Originally posted by 4x4abc  
I'll have a complete topo map set for Baja to offer soon.
The good old pdf version.
Printable!
Searchable!
Perfect if you are truck based and have a pad or a laptop.
On a stick or as a download.


Would love to see it Harald.




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[*] posted on 11-28-2018 at 07:50 PM


Quote: Originally posted by JZ  
Quote: Originally posted by 4x4abc  
I'll have a complete topo map set for Baja to offer soon.
The good old pdf version.
Printable!
Searchable!
Perfect if you are truck based and have a pad or a laptop.
On a stick or as a download.


Would love to see it Harald.


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[*] posted on 11-28-2018 at 10:20 PM


will set it up



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