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M8TJT
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And requoted in post 4 and 6 Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Thanks Sussamb", he say's in whispered tones!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

M8TJT wrote:
And requoted in post 4 and 6 Twisted Evil



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheMidnightRambler wrote:

And thats one of the key reasons why Iím considering a Satmap; its so we can spend more time enjoying the walk and less time consulting the map.


That's exactly why I use the Satmap, so this is a realistic expectation. My map is usually a backup.

As people have said you can use other people's GPX files, and follow them. For me the great thing about the Satmap is the detailed mapping (I usually use 1:50,000) and the abiity to plan routes on the unit itself. I have used the old routeplanner (internet based) and plan on using the new one, but generally find it easier to plan a route on paper (for the bigger view) then punch it into the Satmap (takes a couple of minutes) and follow that during the walk.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure what you have finally decided to do MidnightRambler but I thought I would add a postscript based on a walk I went on today. The lady who led it encountered a locked gate and a stalwart landowner who declined to open it. This meant she had to re-plan the walk on the fly. It then turned out that some nearby footpaths were not in good order. She was quite lost (literally) but with the A10 hanging on my shoulder I could advise her exactly where she was and where the nearest legal path was. After a few false starts we got back on track and all was well. However without the A10 to show her where she really was on a map that showed the legal footpaths (I think this only applies to OS maps) we would have had a far more difficult time.

I thought that this was a pretty good example of why I think the A10 is so good. I acknowledge that ViewRanger on a smartphone or similar has similar attributes but I don't find this as rugged or quite as well designed for use in the field.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Lost Mike.
A good example of how Satmap works in the field so-to-speak.
As a self-confessed gadgeaholic I am very tempted, but the price tag remains s hurdle; or perhaps more accurately, how do I justify it to the wife?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheMidnightRambler wrote:
..................... I am very tempted, but the price tag remains s hurdle; or perhaps more accurately, how do I justify it to the wife?
They're reasonably affordable on eBay and quite often bundled with maps, just got to make sure you buy a good one.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

£400 for a top quality GPS with full GB 1:50k mapping is pretty good value in my book.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Others might disagree Wink Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rothers wrote:
£400 for a top quality GPS with full GB 1:50k mapping is pretty good value in my book.
Hi,

£295 from Amazon looks even better value. Smile

But I do agree with sussamb, you should consider if you really need full OS mapping on a GPS (which does have some disadvantages in addition to the high cost). A "basic" GPS (e.g. the Garmin Venture also from Amazon) is more portable, much less than half the price, will allow you to follow pre-planned routes, record your track, have longer battery life and (IMHO) clearer screen in sunlight, etc..

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And the base 'bundle', Active 10, is currently being discounted by Satmap themselves to £250 - even better Razz ! Good as Amazon is IMO, I always try and check the currency of any products I am considering buying, as well as carefully checking the specs - you don't always get the exact bundle you are assuming you will get. Two other bundles are also reduced by £50. Satmap's website gives a comparison between the different 'bundles' (there is only one actual GPS unit) @ www.satmap.co.uk/about.php , so you can see what you get compared with what you want.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

IMHO an extra £50 for a full GB 50k map card and LiPol battery pack, etc. is far better value. Smile

LostMike wrote:
Yes the OS maps are quite expensive but then so are the paper ones and these are waterproof!

I don't agree, the OS 25k maps in "electronic" form are very expensive (not just from Satmap). Generally they are more expensive than the paper Explorers and in laminated form are probably more waterproof than a Satmap. Wink

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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IMHO an extra £50 for a full GB 50k map card and LiPol battery pack, etc. is far better value.
But at the moment the price without the map is discounted to £320, a difference of £80. Could be worth TheMidnightRambler giving Satmap a ring just to see if they might discount the £400 bundle (a big plus with Satmap is their very helpful user support) if he is looking to that sort of money for his needs - from his comments though, not sure his Love it is, Joker .
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BigPerk wrote:
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IMHO an extra £50 for a full GB 50k map card and LiPol battery pack, etc. is far better value.
But at the moment the price without the map is discounted to £320, a difference of £80. Could be worth TheMidnightRambler giving Satmap a ring just to see if they might discount the £400 bundle (a big plus with Satmap is their very helpful user support) if he is looking to that sort of money for his needs - from his comments though, not sure his Love it is, Joker .



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No shortage of advice on Satmap price here, but if you're still waivering take a look in the latest (April) issue of TGO this month. Chris Townsend has an in depth test of GPS devices (guess which comes out top) with plenty of practical observations like price, battery life etc. I think I saw something on navigation too. It may not have hit the shelves quite yet.
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