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Contributors to this thread:
'Ike' (Phone) 23-Jan-18
IdyllwildArcher 23-Jan-18
Nick Muche 23-Jan-18
jims 23-Jan-18
jstephens61 23-Jan-18
Scar Finga 23-Jan-18
ahawkeye 23-Jan-18
cnelk 23-Jan-18
Bou'bound 23-Jan-18
bowpackerRob 23-Jan-18
Mule Power 23-Jan-18
Teeton 23-Jan-18
elkmtngear 23-Jan-18
Bullhound 23-Jan-18
wkochevar 23-Jan-18
Kurt 23-Jan-18
yooper89 23-Jan-18
texbow2 23-Jan-18
Chuckster 23-Jan-18
deserthunter 23-Jan-18
Cheesehead Mike 23-Jan-18
ColoBull 23-Jan-18
BOWNUT 23-Jan-18
Buyse 23-Jan-18
elk yinzer 23-Jan-18
Michael 23-Jan-18
backcountrymuzzy 23-Jan-18
Teeton 23-Jan-18
Helgermite 23-Jan-18
Irishman 23-Jan-18
7mm08 23-Jan-18
nmwapiti 23-Jan-18
TD 24-Jan-18
carcus 24-Jan-18
EF Hutton 24-Jan-18
Backpack Hunter 24-Jan-18
WapitiBob 24-Jan-18
spikebow 24-Jan-18
Beendare 24-Jan-18
Frenchman 24-Jan-18
'Ike' (Phone) 24-Jan-18
Zim 25-Jan-18
Lee 25-Jan-18
23-Jan-18
Looking to upgrade...Wondering what people are carrying?

23-Jan-18
Iphone 7 with GAIA and a 4 oz battery charger. My etrex stays in camp as a backup.

If I were to carry one, it'd be a Montana with a large touch screen, but my Iphone does that and I already own it.

From: Nick Muche
23-Jan-18
I guess the Delorme is now a Garmin product, so that's it. Just the basic one. I don't carry a GPS.

From: jims
23-Jan-18
I have an old reliable 62s that works well. It has gotten me out of some nasty situations! It's nice with Onxmaps but would be a lot better with a larger screen. I've never had my batteries go dead and it's a plus being able to use rechargeable batteries.

I also use an InReach when hunting Alaska and nasty places alone. One consideration if you are ever considering an InReach is to have a gps/InReach combo so you don't have to carry both! An InReach is nice because you can text from anywhere...including super remote areas in Alaska! We text our pilot in an isolated spot in Alaska to let him know our dall sheep was down and we were ready to be picked up! An all in one InReach/gps that is capable of using OnXMaps would be a giant ungrade! I haven't really checked to see if that is available?

You may want to look at reviews. If my memory is correct most of the touch screens don't work with gloves on?

From: jstephens61
23-Jan-18
X2 on the 62s.

From: Scar Finga
23-Jan-18
If I was going to go buy one again. I would buy the Inreach! a few of my buddies have them and love them.

From: ahawkeye
23-Jan-18
64s here as well. Never been in a "nasty situation" but it's reliable and always gets me where I want to be.

From: cnelk
23-Jan-18
62st along with my Inreach [Delorme]

I dont mind carrying both, as I only use one at time

From: Bou'bound
23-Jan-18
Oregon 650T

From: bowpackerRob
23-Jan-18
Montana along with Delorme Inreach. I like having a backup

From: Mule Power
23-Jan-18
Montana 650T and I love everything about it.

From: Teeton
23-Jan-18
I have a Colorado 400t and I think a Oregon 450t.. I like the Colorado 400t better because of the buttons, but is slower then my Oregon.. I hate taking off my gloves to use a touch screen. Even with touch screen friendly gloves, it's just not as easy to use as a button gps. I can get about 4 days on/off use out of a set (2) of lithium ion batteries.. I have a AA battery holder that holds 4 batteries, it weighs in a 5 oz's with the 4 spare batteries in it. In the back county I have no way to charge my phone. I do use my phone with 3 extra batteries I got off ebay for only $20 with the Hunt Stand app.. Worked real well in U-76 2 years ago hunting elk. But my go to navigation tool is a gps. Ed

From: elkmtngear
23-Jan-18
GAIA on my phone. Used Garmin GPS for years, starting with the RINOs way back when. I don't feel the need to carry a separate GPS, with the phone solution. I

always wanted my GPS, Communication Device, and Camera to be one unit. GAIA accomplishes it.

I do carry a first generation Delorme Inreach to communicate with the Family (no GPS).

Best of Luck, Jeff

From: Bullhound
23-Jan-18
655T and love it. Really like the ability to pinpoint someone else from your group. That comes in handy when you are letting the younger ones out alone in the mountains for a bit. Good piece of mind knowing where they are.

From: wkochevar
23-Jan-18
InReach...

From: Kurt
23-Jan-18
GAIA on the phone. Also carry an InReach when hunting remote stuff out of cell coverage.

From: yooper89
23-Jan-18
eTrex 20. It does the job. Got it for Christmas 4 or so years ago.

From: texbow2
23-Jan-18
64st, small screen, but I am better with buttons than touch screen

From: Chuckster
23-Jan-18
I feel dated saying this but I use a Garmin 12. Its never let me down. My buddy had an etrex, didn't like the buttons on the side.

From: deserthunter
23-Jan-18
64 st for me. Been a constant for years. I do have a Montana that I received for a Christmas present I would make someone a good deal on. Brand new never used.

23-Jan-18
64ST

From: ColoBull
23-Jan-18
The ETrex 100 still works but doesn't have the map feature. ~15 years old & still functioning - it's in the "back up" gear tub. The ETrex 200 ( ~5 years old) will be upgraded if it ever let's me down. Or they come up with a good "elk finder" feature ( haha). Cheap, reliable, functional, practical.

From: BOWNUT
23-Jan-18
62st

From: Buyse
23-Jan-18
Montana 650T

From: elk yinzer
23-Jan-18
64st and eTrex 20. Both good units. Most days I like the compact size of the eTrex. Some days I like the faster satellite acquisition of the 64. The 64 also has an electronic compass which I find useful in the dark. Given that I would upgrade my eTrex to the 30 which has one. I prefer the joystick of the eTrex over the 64 keypad. Both badly need a "lock" feature.

Have played around with my Dad's Oregon some...don't care for the touch screen.

From: Michael
23-Jan-18
I use Gaia on my IPhone as well. My Garmin Oregon 400T has sat in the glovebox for the past few years.

23-Jan-18
64st and onx on the iPhone as a backup. Lithium batteries last for days and I've never had an issue with it losing signal. Pretty durable too

From: Teeton
23-Jan-18
For you I-phone users. Last I heard was that the batteries are not changeable.. Are they changeable now and what models?? Ed

From: Helgermite
23-Jan-18
For I phones you can get a re-chargeable battery pack unit to plug your phone into when the batteries are dead or dying and get a full charge or two. These are small portable units that just plug into a wall to load a charge. After charging the unit, carry it into the field with you and when your phone is going dead, just plug into the unit and it will charge your phone.

From: Irishman
23-Jan-18
GPS Map60. Seems like I've had it forever. Very reliable. Only negative is that as I got older and my up close vision got worse, I needed to bring along reading glasses to read the GPS. Guess that would be an issue with any GPS though.

From: 7mm08
23-Jan-18
I habe an Oregon, then bought a Montana 650. I use my Samsung Galaxy 8+ most due to screen size, but when no signal and I haven't saved a map, I use the Garmins.

From: nmwapiti
23-Jan-18
Used to carry a Montana. The touchscreen wore out after a few years. Sent it in for a refurb one which I lost in Alaska a couple years later. Mostly use my phone for GPS now, but I got the Garmin Inreach Explorer mostly for the messaging ability, but also as a backup GPS. I do a lot of solo hunting so it keeps the family happy.

From: TD
24-Jan-18
Rino.... forget which model. Have a GPS on the droid phone too, I like some features, big hi-def screen, etc. others not so much. Rino is great if hunting with others with Rinos.

I'm figuring I likely wasn't good enough last year for Santa to pony up an Inreach Exploiter for Christmas...... have to work on that.....

From: carcus
24-Jan-18
Montana 650T here, use it all ice fishing season as well, love it!

From: EF Hutton
24-Jan-18
None. I use Lowrance ifinder hunt c

24-Jan-18
64ST has worked well for me.

From: WapitiBob
24-Jan-18
Garmin Montana but I'm buying a $99 7" Samsung tablet this year. Rooting the OS and adding a 128gb sd card then installing OnX and GAIA.

From: spikebow
24-Jan-18
Another vote for the 64st

From: Beendare
24-Jan-18
7 plus with GAIA here

Is Garmin still in business? oh yeah, the sight business- Grin

From: Frenchman
24-Jan-18
62 CSX

24-Jan-18
Dang, I’m behind...Really need to look at Gaia!

From: Zim
25-Jan-18
Delorme InReach + Cached onxmaps on the iPhone. Compass (with declination adjustment) and topos on waterproof paper as backups.

From: Lee
25-Jan-18
Garmin Oregon 650 T touch screen. Great GPS.

Lee

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