We live in an amazing age where we’re able to use our technology to help us circumnavigate the world. Using advanced satellite imagery, triangulation, and plenty of mathematics, it’s now possible to pinpoint our exact locations to within an accuracy of a few metres. While this is quite useful to have when we’re trying to find a new restaurant, it’s even more of a boon for those that like to disappear into the wilderness with their favourite off-road vehicles.
GPS devices come in all shapes and sizes, and depending on the traveller’s budget, they can get something basic to help them find their way on well-known roads, or more expensive GPS gadgets that can help them find their way even through the very toughest terrain. Here we will look at the best GPS solutions for the frequent off-roader.
It would be a disservice to the excellent app that’s known as Google Maps not to include it in this list. Google Maps, while far from being perfect, provides a great way of getting around while not having to invest in a GPS device at all, as it can easily be downloaded on any smartphone that runs Android as its operating system. Google Maps shines best within cities and towns, however, and while it can make for an adequate navigation system out in the wild, it’s not the best solution around.
The HDS-7 is aimed at those that are not looking to buy a GPS with any kind of budget in mind and want the very best that can be found on the market. It shops with a 7-inch touchscreen that’s easy to use, as well as a powerful processor that’s light years ahead of much of its competition. This is the device that’s more likely to be found in professional off-road racing, and thanks to its bright screen and ability to sync with a smartphone, it’s just about the top choice for any situation, although this amount of functionality does come with a serious price tag.
Garmin has earned a reputation for itself due to the high quality products that it sells, and the Overlander is one of the best yet. The overland can be mounted to a windscreen thanks to its suction cup and comes with 64GB of internal memory that’s loaded with maps that cover both South and North America.
Another great feature of the Overland is that it allows the user to enter certain details about their vehicle, including its length, weight, and height; information that the Overland can use to accurately calculate the best route that for that specific vehicle, meaning that there’s more time for the driver to play pokies for real money rather than spending hours plotting a course.
Similar in many ways to the Overlander, the TRX7 CR Pro comes in a water and shock-resistant case that’s also resistant to dust. It boasts a 7-inch screen and has more than a 100,000 trails across the United States, along with high definition topographical maps for the US, Canada, and other countries. Thanks to it being in a much friendlier price-range and with lots of features, the TRX7 might be the best value for money right now.