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DELORME Earthmate PN-60 W

 

DELORME Earthmate PN-60W GPS with spotDELORME Earthmate PN-60W GPS
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DeLorme and SPOT have put their heads together and came up with the Earthmate PN-60 GPS. It comes with all the amazing DeLorme topo and street maps. Plus the ability to send text messages via the SPOT satellite system. This is from anywhere on earth that you may be roaming! So lets say you are chasing elephants across the african desert. Do you think there will be cell service out there? No way. Now you can send a message to anyone about what you are doing.

Here are the list of features you will find in the PN-60W

Features/Benefits:

* Spot satellite system sends messages via satellite to update friends or alert authorities in case of emergency
* Messages require no cell phone signal and include your current location
* Icon-based user interface makes the PN-60W the easiest DeLorme GPS to use
* Dual-core processor for instantaneous map and satellite imagery redraws
* Load optional navigation images from topographic map satellite images onto included SD card
* Built-in accelerometer allows accurate three-axis compass readings
* Map screen uses 360° raster rotation for easy wayfinding
* Sensitive barometric altimeter for reliably accurate altitude readings
* Comes with three discs containing detailed hybrid 1:100k topographic and street maps of the entire U.S.; you don’t need anything else to hike, geocache, or navigate the backcountry-it’s all in the box
* The PN-60 is waterproof to the IEC 529 IPX7 standard; designed to function in high-humidity environments, including consistent humidity levels over 90%, and in the rain
* On-device data layering lets you select which map or imagery type to see of your GPS location-switch among data types to gain a comprehensive view of where you are
* 3.5 GB internal flash memory available in addition to the preloaded world base map
* Supports SDHC high-capacity SD cards (up to 32 GB) for fast and direct map transfer from the included map discs
* Holds up to 10 tracks (10,000 points per track), 1000 user-defined waypoints, and 50 routes; SD slot also available
* NOAA Nautical Charts; includes numerous aids to navigation, water depths, water body names, hazards, and more
* 10 m colorized satellite imagery for viewing large geographic areas ;

DELORME Earthmate PN-60W GPS with spot

delorme earthmate pn60 w Benefits of the DeLorme PN-60 w

They haven’t change the design much. But they have expanded the internal memory 3.5 GB and battery life. It uses SD cards.

It Come with a set of disks that have TOPO USA 9.0. These are maps of north America.  If you live in other regions there is no problem you can download them for Raster Imagery and put in on a SD card and just insert it.

Profiles now for more activities: Hiking Cycling and Geocaching.

Paperless geocaching with the PN-60w

To load caches, you can transfer a single geocache directly from geocaching.com, use DeLorme’s Cache Register widget, or transfer a pocket query via Topo USA.

DeLorme PN-60w pros

  • Uses SPOT Communicator
  • Extended battery life
  • Can load aerial imagery, USGS topos and NOAA charts
  • Topo USA vector maps
  • 3.5 GB internal memory(huge)
  • Uses a full size SD card, rather than a micro
  • Built-in highway navigation capabilities

DeLorme PN-60w cons

  • Small screen(compared to other products)
  • Limited track navigation functionality
  • Proprietary cable(micro usb would be better)
  • File management system limits you to one file (per type) open at a time
  • Weak highway navigation capabilities

Recommendation:

If you are a back country NUT then this is a great product for you. It is a very powerful device with lots of features. It integrates nicely with Google maps so you can later upload all your travels to the web for everyone to see. If your are a geek at all you will be able to figure out this product no problem. Happy Hiking!

 

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1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Ravnic - March 31, 2011 at 6:49 pm

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