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Novicemapreader

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Satmap Active 20 - Mistake?
« on: 13:36:44, 19/11/17 »
I treated myself to a Satmap Active 20 GB Edition in September but I'm beginning to think it was a bit of a mistake, I've always used Garmin Satnavs and Bike GPS.


I'm not that keen on the Satmap interface and controls, I don't know if it's just that I find it different or that it is worse?


Anyone had both or experience of a comparable Garmin, what are your thoughts and preferences please?

Owen

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Re: Satmap Active 20 - Mistake?
« Reply #1 on: 15:27:45, 19/11/17 »
I have a Satmap active 10, I've had all sorts of problems with it, software problems, battery caddy breaking, water getting in as it's not even slightly waterproof. It took ages to get Satmap to repair it. I haven't used it since, it sits in a draw gathering dust now. After that I got a Garmin Montana 600, I find it more straightforward to use and it works even in very heavy rain and snow, it is quite heavy but much more rugged than the Satmap. If your planning any trips abroad Garmin maps are eyewateringly expensive, better to use viewranger on your smartphone and just buy the map tiles for where you actually want. 

sussamb

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Re: Satmap Active 20 - Mistake?
« Reply #2 on: 15:57:28, 19/11/17 »
Garmin maps are expensive but then again there are many good, free, OSM maps available for Garmin devices.  In many cases better than paid for maps  ;)
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Re: Satmap Active 20 - Mistake?
« Reply #3 on: 15:58:25, 19/11/17 »
If your planning any trips abroad Garmin maps are eyewateringly expensive, better to use viewranger on your smartphone and just buy the map tiles for where you actually want.
I cannot speak for other countries but when walking in Austria I have downloaded map tiles for my Garmin in the same way I download Birdseye mapping for the UK by buying a square kilometre allowance from Kompass using Garmin BaseCamp software.
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Re: Satmap Active 20 - Mistake?
« Reply #4 on: 18:14:03, 19/11/17 »
I cannot speak for other countries but when walking in Austria I have downloaded map tiles for my Garmin in the same way I download Birdseye mapping for the UK by buying a square kilometre allowance from Kompass using Garmin BaseCamp software.


I've looked at this but can't see anything for Sweden, maybe just me being thick. I'll try again tomorrow.

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Re: Satmap Active 20 - Mistake?
« Reply #5 on: 22:00:12, 19/11/17 »

I've looked at this but can't see anything for Sweden, maybe just me being thick. I'll try again tomorrow.


Why not download the free one from here:


http://freizeitkarte-osm.de/garmin/en/sweden.html


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Re: Satmap Active 20 - Mistake?
« Reply #6 on: 15:45:09, 23/11/17 »
Ive got a Satmap Active 10 upgraded during its last service to the orange buttons.
I love it, nice big screen, Sd route cards and the ability to use either re-chargeable batteries or AA's.
It is fairly waterproof and has never let me down in wet conditions.
Water can seep in behind the screen protector and fog around the edges, however it doesn't get inside the unit and the protector is easy to remove and clean.