Im looking for a hiking GPS with excellent topo maps. I like the Garmin 60csx, looks great for my needs, except for the fact that garmins topo maps are expensive and poor quality in my experience and according to the reviews. If you think that garmins maps are excellent, please let me know that too.
I will be in very rural areas, very deep into mountains, canyons and forests. Most of the time, this will just be used for very remote hikes. However, I plan to also use it on a 8-month wilderness living excursion, where I will be hiking and camping by myself in very remote regions so it needs to be detailed and durable enough for that. I need a gps that has:
- a very long battery life,
-can handle being dropped and banged around,
-has very clear easy to read topo maps with superior zooming abilities,
- maps that show forest roads, blm roads, and even unmarked roads made by people just driving around the desert, like the ones you can see but arent named in google earth, (so maybe a gps that can display google earth info without a internet connection?)
- maps show even little-known campgrounds and trails
-and excellent reception even in deep canyons and forests
-easy to use would be nice
-the less expensive the better, money is a real issue.
Please help me out!! Ive done alotof research and it seems despite all the technological advances, all the GPSes still SUCK!
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