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Rand McNally 2016 Large Scale Road Atlas (Rand Mcnally Large Scale Road Atlas USA) Spiral-bound – April 17, 2015
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A quick sanity check of some areas I know have undergone recent growth shows the information has been updated. Municipalities that were a tiny dot in 2003 are now a medium sized dot, and the highway re-designations (going from a sate highway to a federal interstate) I checked are now accurately shown.
It's a tiny bit smaller than the old "traditional" copy, except it's about twice as thick - maybe three times if you include the spiral binder. The scale of maps I checked is definitely larger.
Some real-world comparisons ... measuring the on-page differences between the city centers of Jacksonville, FL and Orlando, FL ; in the 2003 version it's about 5.5", in the 2016 Large Scale it's about 7.5" - I think that mainly gives more room for larger text. Measuring the height of the "J" in Jacksonville ... 2003 = 0.145", 2016 = 0.165" ... I won't attempt to accurately measure the smallest text but on the Large Scale version is more easily read without concentration or optical assistance. So, a solid win for the Large Scale - and I believe their claim of "35% larger maps" is supported.
Even with pretty careful and infrequent use, plus the official protective cover, I've found the yardstick covers of my past atlases inevitably come loose from their stapled binding. The Large Scale is spiral bound, so again ... win for the Large Scale, at least for longevity.Read more ›
Perhaps users expect no better now, but I went back to an old (1996) Gousha road atlas and confirmed my recollection that, by human intervention, every page break was carefully arranged so that words were not split.
That's not all. Many states require two or more double-page spreads. Fine - that's the point of a large format. But there's no overlap. So for example Northeastern Pennsylvania takes a double-page spread on pages 178-179, and Southeastern Pennsylvania is on pages 180-181. Anyone who's actually used a map for driving knows that when there's a town at the bottom of one page, you should be able to find it at the top of the next page. That's how you orient yourself. Not with this road atlas. It's on one or the other, bot both.
It's as if someone laid out a huge map of the US on the floor, cut it into pieces for each state, and slapped the pieces into a book. If you think about it, the art of map publishing involves a lot more than that.
Incidentally, Pennsylvania takes three double-page spreads. Other reviewer have commented on how difficult the size makes the maps to use, but that perhaps depends on the type of use and personal preference.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got this one to replace my 2009 version. Very nice, but my previous atlas had plastic pages as opposed to these being paper. Still, it's good to have an up to date version. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Beach Beauchamp
Love the larger print! Great atlas which is infinitely more user friendly with a bigger font!Published 2 days ago by cold in texas
Since we are senior citizens, we love the larger print and the spiral binding. However, we have found some errors but are otherwise very satisfied with our purchase. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very good product. The cover is great for spill prevention. The split cities are not so to my liking.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
I was pretty sure I knew what I was getting when I bought the Road Atlas and was not disappointed at all. I had a similar atlas years ago and loved it. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer