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Garmin Zumo 395LM
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- GARMIN ADVENTUROUS ROUTING - Avoid major highways and find routes with twisty, hilly roads
- MUSIC AND MEDIA - Control music/media from a compatible MP3 player or smartphone
- RIDER ALERTS - Warnings for sharp curves, state helmet laws, speed cameras and more
- HANDS-FREE CALLING - Bluetooth hands-free calling, plus directions heard in-helmet. Power supplied to device power cable should be capable of up 12 V (typical) and up to 1 A. zūmo device power consumption is 5 V; 2 A.
- RUGGED DESIGN - Bright, sunlight-readable display; glove-friendly design withstands fuel vapors, UV rays and harsh weather
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From the manufacturer
Built for Adventure, Born to Ride
Featuring Garmin Adventurous Routing options for those twisty, hilly, terrain-hugging rides you love — plus a bright, glove-friendly 4.3-inch touchscreen that is easy to read and intuitive to use — zūmo 395LM is the navigator 'built to thrill' in sunlight.
Garmin zūmo 395LM
Motorcycle Navigation Adds Adventurous Twist.
- Glove-friendly, sunlight-readable 4.3-inch touchscreen display; resistant to fuel vapors, UV rays, harsh weather (IPX7)
- Garmin Adventurous Routing finds curvy or hilly roads; limits major highways
- Rider alerts for sharp curves, state helmet laws, speed cameras and more
- Bluetooth for hands-free calling
- Control music from MP3 player or smartphone right on zūmo display
Lifetime Map Updates
zūmo 395LM includes free map updates for the useful life of your device, so routes reflect the most up-to-date points of interest and maps available.
Free Map Updates
|Garmin zūmo 395LM||Garmin zūmo 595LM|
|Easy Route Shaping||✓||✓|
|Free Lifetime Map Updates||✓||✓|
|Includes Automotive Mount||✓||✓|
|Compatible with Tire Pressure Monitor System and VIRB action cameras||✓||✓|
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|Sold By||The GPS Store, Inc.||Blue Sky Co.||Frustration Free Packaging||Amazon.com|
|Battery Average Life||—||7 hours||2.5 hours||—|
|Color||—||Service history log - record the date - mileage and type of maintenance performed on your motorcycle||Black||Black|
|Screen Size||4.3 in||4.3 in||5 in||5 in|
|Display Type||480 x 272 pixels||LCD||WQVGA||capacitative|
|Item Dimensions||1.17 x 5.13 x 3.68 in||3.7 x 1.18 x 5.12 in||3.3 x 0.76 x 5.4 in||5.4 x 1.2 x 3.5 in|
|Item Weight||0.6 lb||0.59 lb||6.6 ounces||0.62 lb|
|Map Types||street, City Tour, north-america||North America, North America, North America||street, City Tour, north-america||street/topographical/tourist, City Tour|
|Native Resolution||—||—||480 x 272 pixels||—|
|Additional Features||—||—||Touch Sensitive Screen||—|
Garmin Zumo 395LM and 595LM motorcycle GPS navigators offer exciting, adventurous routings for those twisty, hilly, terrain-hugging roads -plus glove-friendly, sunlight-readable displays, lifetime maps, onscreen music control for compatible MP3 players or smartphones (add streaming from Pandora and Spotify with the 595LM) and rider alerts when approaching sharp curves, animal crossings or nearby red light and speed cameras. Bluetooth lets you make and receive calls while your hands stay on the handlebars. Plus, the 595LM model adds an impressive 5-inch display and LiveTrack feature, which allows friends to track your current location. It also displays smart notifications such as text messages to help keep you in touch on the road. With its rugged design, Zumo withstands fuel vapors, UV rays, rain and other harsh weather elements.
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There's much to like about the 395LM. The unit is thinner than my clunky old 550 and I love the new mount. It's lightweight, easy to disengage, and welll-protected from the elements. Also, Garmin has gone back to a single cable for power, which is a big improvement over the nest of cables that shipped with some previous models. Unfortunately, Garmin no longer offers a cable that goes from their proprietary power connector to PowerLet. I don't want to leave the mount on the bike all the time, so I like the option of plugging it into the PowerLet adapter on the dash of my bike. Since no option is available from Garmin, I cut up the supplied cable and added a PowerLet cable to the end. This works fine – just be sure you leave the big transformer box from the original cable in your new Frankenstein cable.
The screen is incredibly bright and very easy to see, even in direct sunlight. I didn't think I'd care about the extra screen width, but it's nice because it allows for status panels to pop up without completely obscuring the map. This makes the interface far less modal than what I have on my 550. That said, we now come to my first deal-breaker with the 395LM – Garmin has made many critical interface elements so small that I can't see them while riding. Speed and distance to the next turn are significantly smaller than they were on the 550. What's more, indications of the next turn – say the number of an exit – are now displayed as cute little road sign icons. And I mean LITTLE. They're completely unreadable at highway speed. Before you write me off as some blind old fart I should say that, at 49, I'm only partly old. The unreadability isn't so much a case of bad eyes as it is vibration. Even the smoothest bike is still gonna have some shake in the bars at 80 mph and that vibration is just enough to rattle the small text on the 395LM into unreadability (I tested the unit on a 2015 Ducati Multistrada).
Garmin has also made some strange choices with their map display. The 550 displayed many more street names than the 395LM does. In fact, the 395LM often only shows me the name of the road I'm currently on. Changing zoom levels does nothing to increase the number of names and this is all very curious given that the 395LM has a BIGGER screen than the 550. (See the attached photo for a comparison of map display, and note the difference in size of key interface elements.)
It feels like the 395LM was designed by someone sitting in a cubicle, or design studio, who's main concern was to make a very pretty layout for the screen. They definitely achieved that – the layout and type choices are great and when you first take the thing out of the box and turn it on you'll be struck by how attractive the display is. Unfortunately, the design choices that make it pretty – empty space around key bits of data – also make it unusable at highway speed. If Garmin would offer options for text size this could be easily fixed.
However, if that problem were fixed the 395LM would still be unusable for serious touring due to astonishingly bad support for GPX files. I do my route planning using the excellent site rever.com. Designed specifically for motorcycle travel, Rever lets you plan routes (using the excellent Butler Maps data) and then download a GPX of your final plan. I can simply plug the Zumo 550 into my computer, drag the downloaded GPX file into the Zumo's GPX folder, then restart and let the unit import the data. When I try the same thing on the 395LM I get a straight line from start to finish. In addition to not being the route that I wanted, since I live in San Francisco this often takes me through the Bay, which is deeper than the 395LM's stated water resistance rating.
To keep things simple, I plotted a path around the block, and the 395LM still couldn't interpret it properly. Where it gets weird, though, is that I then went into Garmin's BaseCamp software and built a route. I had BaseCamp send the file directly to the 395LM. After unplugging the unit, it set about importing the file, and then said it was calculating the route. It shouldn't have to do any calculation for a route that's already spec'd out so I can only assume it was again ignoring my route and only paying attention to the start and end points. I can't say for sure because after 2 minutes of calculation the machine shut down. In other words, the 395LM's GPX support is currently so messed up that it can't even work with GPX files from Garmin's own software!
As far as I'm concerned, this, alone, is reason enough to skip this model. If you can only do route planning within the unit, you're gonna have a miserable time defining your own path to where you want to go.
Finally, as I mentioned earlier, I love the MP3 player in my 550. The interface is a little weak but having access to an MP3 player that can work with motorcycle gloves is great for those boring stretches of road. Unfortunately, the 395LM's MP3 player has some big problems. First, volume occasional suddenly cuts from time to time – not mutes, but just gets quieter. Then, just as suddenly it will come back. I keep all the voice prompt volume turned down so I wonder if what's going on is that it's muting the music when it wants to speak, even though I've told it not to talk.
Though annoying, I could deal with that problem except that the Zumo 395LM's audio quality is TERRIBLE! I moved the same MP3 files that I listen to on the 550 into the 395LM and they sound tinny and hollow. I don't expect great fidelity while riding a motorcycle, that's not the problem. This is a fidelity loss that makes things hard to hear. Podcasts suffer especially. I use Bose noise cancelling ear buds in my helmet and with the Zumo 550 I can listen to NPR podcasts at highway speed with the volume at about 50% and can understand every word. With the 395LM cranked up to near 100% the tinny sound was so weak that I struggled to hear the content while traveling at highway speeds.
At this point I find myself confused. In its current state, the unit is not usable for serious touring – the lack of reliable GPX support is a deal-breaker. Also, I want a good MP3 player. But these plainly seem to be software issues so if there's a chance that Garmin will fix them then I'd be inclined to hang on to the unit. But, my window for returning is closing so I'm not sure it's worth the risk. While I try to decide, though, the 395LM will be staying at home and the Zumo 550 will go back on my bike.
UPDATE 4-24-2016: I've managed to get GPX files working. It turns out the unit sees them as Tracks, not Trips ("Trips" appears to be the current Garmin vocabulary for "route".) After copying the GPX file to the 395LM, go to Apps > Tracks and you should see it listed there. Select it, then hit the Wrench icon and you'll get a menu that includes "Convert To Trip." This will turn it into a route and throw it into the trip planner. Unfortunately, the limited number of street names on the map, tiny details and HORRIBLE MP3 player still make this a 1-star product for me. (I just took a ride with my Zumo 550 and navigation was much easier, thanks to the greater detail and bigger widgets and the MP3 player actually has bass! I was listening through the same headphones as on the 395LM – so it's definitely the 395 that is the problem.)
UPDATE 4-29-2016: I returned the 395LM and bought the 595LM. For the most part, it's the same software as the 395LM, which means the same trouble with small typefaces. Uploading custom GPX's is working fine as long as I save them from rever.com as tracks and then convert them to trips inside the unit. The iPhone MP3 control via Bluetooth is great, and the ability to get notifications from the phone on the Zumo screen is really cool. As with the 395LM there are things in the 595 that I strongly prefer over my 550. It boots up very quickly, finds satellites very quickly, imports faster, connects to the computer faster – I love lane assist. The deal breaker with the 395LM was the terrible MP3 quality, so I'm happy to report that audio on the 595LM sounds GREAT! Whether playing from the internal media card or streaming from the phone via Bluetooth, the sound quality is incredibly rich and bassy.
The audio quality is so good that it makes it a real tragedy that the screen is so bad.
Do engineering teams at Garmin not talk to each other? How can the 395LM have a very nice screen and lousy audio and the 595 have the exact opposite problem? And how is it that this $900 GPS has a screen that is dramatically harder to read than my old 550? With the brightness on the 595LM set to 100% contrast is still low. Setting the unit next to the 550 it's also obvious that the older unit has MUCH better color saturation. (Also, the 550 displays street names in all upper case, which makes them easier to read.)
On a bike you only have moments to glance at the GPS. You need strong black lines against bright colored backgrounds and everything on the 595LM looks washed out and weak. Between that and the small text the screen requires just enough extra time to decipher that it feels unsafe. So, once again I'm returning a Zumo. How can a company so consistently have a near-miss?
I recently purchased this Zumo 595LM and used it for the trip pictured below. The GPS simply did not work. I called Garmin several times on this trip and tried to correct the problems but nothing worked. I also purchased a new SD Card at the suggestion of the Garmin Customer Service Tech and again, had many terrible problems as described below. This Garmin GPS is simply not ready for use. I returned the GPS to the seller and was actually going to buy it again just in case I had a bad unit. Low and behold, the price to re-purchase has gone up $100 so I chose not to purchase another and will use my functional 550 or 660.
Problems encountered with the Garmin Zumo 595LM
1.) Dreaded "Cannot Calculate The Route" Error. By far the biggest problem with the GPS is that it constantly throws a "Cannot Calculate The Route" error and freezing up. This error would appear randomly and most often at the worst possible time; when you needed the route.
Obviously, calculating a route is really the only thing any GPS absolutely has to do correctly and this one does not do that. At least three times per day, I would look at the GPS and see a large screen error saying "Cannot Calculate The Route". When I attempted to clear the error and look at the map, the screen would be frozen and no inputs could be made. This required that the power button be held down (keep in mind this is a motorcycle GPS so it occurs while riding a motorcycle at speed) for 12 seconds and reboot the GPS. Once the GPS reboots the first time following this error, it does not locate the satellites. The second try causes it to revert back to standard operation and NOT to the route you were following. To get back to the route you were following, you have to press the power button a single time off, then again back on and then it would locate satellites and give the option to re-start the route. AGAIN, being on a motorcycle at speed and doing all of this at a time when you most need to know directions or for an impending direction change, you miss many turns. I missed turns at least 10 times over a 10 day period on the pictured trip below. This is a horribly unacceptable problem.
After having this occur at least 10 times, I pulled over to the side of the road and called Garmin customer service. The suggested solution by the first Garmin customer service tech was to turn off my trip tracking or breadcrumb function because apparently the GPS uses the same memory for route/trip tracking and calculating that it does for keeping trip tracks. I like to keep my tracks and download them each day so this was a huge problem for me but I did reluctantly turn it off and within two hours, the same error occurred again. That solution did not work and I lost my tracks to boot.
The next day, I called Garmin customer service again. On the second call I was told that some SD cards do not work well with the Garmin 595. I was using a PNY 64gb class 10 card. I was told to remove the SD card and reformat it and then reload all of my data and try it again. I backed-up my data and then reformatted and then reloaded all of my data and tried it again. Within an hour, while trying to navigate San Francisco traffic to the Golden Gate, the GPS showed a "Cannot Calculate Route" error and froze up again.
Later that day, I purchased a new SD card, a smaller 32 GB Class 10 Sandisk, formatted the disk and then reloaded all of my data again. Two hours later, the same "Cannot Calculate Route" error came up when I was not even on a Trip/Route and froze.
2.) This is a motorcycle GPS and needs to be bright and clear. This screen is not bright and the fonts used are very small. In short, it is very difficult to see and read in sunlight. Likewise if you are wearing brightly colored clothing such as a motorcycle safety vest, the reflection virtually wipes out the display. Sunlight and bright clothing tend to be prevalent in motorcycling so this display problem is an issue.
3.) With a PNY Class 10 64GB SD Card the GPS could not find MP3s on the card. In order to make it work marginally, I had to reboot by holding the power button down for 12 seconds. When the GPS restarted, I had to enter the media player, switch sources to something other than MP3 and then save and then switch back to MP3, save again, and then the GPS would see and show the MP3's BUT would not play them. It would show them on the screen but the play button would not work. The next step was to change source again, save, change back to MP3 and then save again. Then, and only then, would the MP3's play. When I stopped for gas and the GPS lost power and shut down, I had to go through all of the steps above again.
4.) Bluetooth audio connection was problematic on three different audio devices. When paired and the audio begins, the audio quality is mono and not stereo and is very fuzzy and scratchy. I discovered that going back into the Bluetooth settings, unchecking (disconnecting) the headphones being used and then checking (reconnecting) the box, the audio quality would switch to stereo and become clear. Again, this procedure would have to be followed each time the GPS powered down such as at fuel stops.
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