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    Hi guys. My wife is heading down to Charlotte NC at he end of the month and was planning to rent a car to get to Wilkesboro. I was saying we should get a GPS but have no idea what to buy. Is there a GPS that is good for me for hunting in the woods as well as navigating on the roads. I would rather get a good stand alone GPS than just a phone app.
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    I like my Garmin 64st for the National Forest, but for navigation in a car, nothing is better than a modern smart phone equipped with waze or google maps. Trust me on this one.
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    Ditto on what Travis said!

    My last two locations I had to go to, GPS Garmin and just updated, couldn't find them! Smart-phone and Goggle maps, brought me straight there!


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    Garmin eTrex 30x, Handheld GPS Navigator with 3-axis Compass, Enhanced Memory and Resolution, 2.2-inch Color Display, Water Resistant https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XQE6Z92..._aHItDbQK47500
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    You also have to ask yourself. Is your wife going to be the type of person to stay on top of the updates for a GPS? It's not going to be like a smart phone where it will do it automatically. I know, location trackers blah blah blah, but you have to remember.... you are one in a billion and aren't likely on their radar. You can toss that phone in a ditch in a pinch and keep on truckin with a topo map.

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    Garmin is the only way to imho. Updates not a big deal... just plug it in go to garmins website an updates will load automatically. Many places in the mtns here nc you will NOT have any cell service. Garmin uses satellites.
    I been using that garmin nuvi series in both personal truck an work truck ever since they came out. Also have the garmin montana for the woods. An used a garmin plotter on the water.

    Have never been disappointed in any garmin product.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis 186 View Post
    I like my Garmin 64st for the National Forest, but for navigation in a car, nothing is better than a modern smart phone equipped with waze or google maps. Trust me on this one.
    Agree you can't beat the "cost" of Waze, Google maps, etc., but have noticed that when traveling more than 25-30 MPH there is enough delay in the tower signal that you are likely to miss turns, etc., or be right on top of them when "told." I've also noticed this in cities where large buildings might interfere with/weaken the signal. Anything I have that depends on a satellite signal does not have the delay.
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    I used to have a Tom-Tom which I liked a lot better than the google maps app. Bigger screen, better volume and tone for the verbal directions, just better altogether. With that said, between not doing the updates, and having to carry something else on planes etc. I've only been using my phone for the last few years. Not quite as good as I remember my Tom-Tom, but good enough. No idea how well or not the app will do in the boondocks. Some rental cars you can get with built-in navigation systems already. Usually with a big screen. Whether those are satellite or apps I don't know.

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    I second the Garmin Auto GPS. I also use Waze and find the Garmin much easier to read and use. I LSO have built in GPS in my GMC Yukon, it is crap!

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    I have a Tom-Tom for the car which I like. I've used it out of State and it works very good. the GPS for your vehicle will provide a bigger screen for driving (vs. the small screen on a handheld GPS). it's easier to see at a glance while driving & hear directions compared to a handheld GPS.

    Depending on where I hunt, my friends and I have lost signal on our cellphones while deep in the woods/valley.
    I intend to get a Garmin handheld GPS for hiking & hunting. Although I have managed to hike & hunt for many years without a handheld GPS. but just like my first aid kit, better to have and not need it, than to need it and not have it (imo). (I hike & hunt on various public land.)
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