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Montana 680T

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:27 pm
by dunarin
Evening all

Just ordered a Montana 680T for use in Europe. This is for a mix of on road / off road navigation. Can anyone advise on the maps required to cover both?

Cheers....

Re: Montana 680T

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:33 pm
by WIBO
Free Open Street Maps....you can go into your settings and remove and add as much detail as you want.


Why not try OSM and see if it works for you?


http://alternativaslibres.org/en/downloads.php


I'm on my second Montana and find it a great bit of kit. Once I purchased it I used it as much a s I could to get used to it...all sorts of settings are in there.

The old one zapped after 90,000kms.....my ON/OFF button ended up perishing and falling into the unit so I use the RAM charger when I can to turn it off and on as you don't need to go anywhere near the ON/OFF button. Just a tip to think about.

I honed it down to having just nine icons on my home screen which allows it to do all I need at one touch or so.

I only use basecamp to store my routes as I can route plan on the GPS itself.

viewtopic.php?f=20&t=41500&start=40


All the best

:D

Re: Montana 680T

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:22 pm
by Mike54
The problem with non-garmin maps is that they invalide your warranty. You need europe navigator and then look at countries specificallly for what you need for offroad - to cover all of europe is a mammoth task and not the right approach

Re: Montana 680T

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:10 am
by dunarin
Thanks for the input guys, I'll have a play around with it when it arrives.

Cheers.....

Re: Montana 680T

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:56 am
by Oop North John
dunarin wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:27 pm
Just ordered a Montana 680T for use in Europe. This is for a mix of on road / off road navigation. Can anyone advise on the maps required to cover both?
Looking purely at Garmin products, which should integrate easily with Basecamp:

City Navigator for on-road: https://buy.garmin.com/en-GB/GB/c454-p1 ... ducts-desc you'll need to check if it's the NT or NTU for your Montana. Some tracks might be displayed on this mapping.

Then for the off road, see which of these works for you: https://www.garmin.com/en-GB/maps/outdoor

I tried the free maps for Morocco, and while it looks like the Garmin ones, there were glitches in it that made me buy the Garmin version. One of the glitches was a T junction where the roads going in / out of the T were't joined together, so when used for routing it saw it as a no through road.

YMMV

Re: Montana 680T

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:11 pm
by bikenav
Another vote for the Montana series here discoverer/OS maps for UK and as mentioned OSM open source maps for elswhere I found it quite hard work myself gaining a practical ability with montana/different maps(mapsets)/basecamp but if you like/need a bit of structure to a trail trip I have'nt seen a better combo. Practice lots and learn to use Tracks as opposed to relying on routes in Garmin description. Expect to swear a bit, happy trails.
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Re: Montana 680T

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:55 pm
by Tramp
Look on ioffer web site...lots if very cheap unlocked garmin maps available....similar site to ebay but flouts custom rules :lol: ....ive ysed it lots

Re: Montana 680T

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:12 pm
by WillS
Tramp wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:55 pm
Look on ioffer web site...lots if very cheap unlocked garmin maps available....similar site to ebay but flouts custom rules :lol: ....ive ysed it lots
Had a look at that website, ioffer, very interesting.
Garmin Topo France and Garmin Topo Spain, latest release only 30€ on Micro SD Card!! a real bargain.
Thanks for the info, Tramp....

Will

Re: Montana 680T

Posted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:07 am
by dunarin
Great thanks all.

Just to clarify, say I was touring Portugal using the City Navigator NT Europe for road work and the TOPO Portugal v6 Light for off road sections. Would I need to switch SD cards all the time or can you have one downloaded + one on SD to save changing all the time?

Cheers.......

Re: Montana 680T

Posted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:44 am
by ~ACP~
I copied CN Europe onto my Montana drive. It just about fits but I had to delete all the voice files (except English) and imagery to make room.
Mine is an ancient 600 though, so you might not have to do this.

No card swapping malarkey then :idea: