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    Default Garmin GPSMAP 62s VS 78s

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    In the market for a new unit. Previous owned units are the Rino530 and 76CSx.

    Down to the 62s as 78s. Both units are pretty much identical. I don't need the preloaded topo, coastal or a camera. I can save some $ by only going with the 100k Alaska.

    78 floats, but there seems be a $100 gap in the two yet I've not found what the difference is. I've read possibly an antenna difference.

    Comments and feedback from current users?
    We do not go to the green woods and crystal waters to rough it, we go to smooth it. We get it rough enough at home; in towns and cities; in shops, offices, stores, banks anywhere that we may be placed

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    I went with the 62S when I made that same choice last year, and I think it was the right choice. I was upgrading from the 76CS, an old model that has the same profile as the 78S. I prefer the shape and style of the 62S now... it's more compact, but the screen is still as big (or bigger). The controls are more convenient to operate on the bottom than the top of the unit. It's still very weatherproof and comes with a strong carabiner to keep you from dropping it. I can't imagine needing to pay an extra $100 for something that floats unless you plan to drop it in whitewater over and over.
    Jason
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    http://www.daltoncorridormap.com -- Exact 5-mile Haul Road corridor boundary for GPS & Google Earth

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    Ordered a 62s. Going to checkout some different map files before picking up the 100k set.
    We do not go to the green woods and crystal waters to rough it, we go to smooth it. We get it rough enough at home; in towns and cities; in shops, offices, stores, banks anywhere that we may be placed

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    There's a pretty good free topo map I have. It shows up in MapSource as mit_ak. I think it might have been the one from this website but I'm not sure: http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/view/302/
    Jason
    http://www.troutnut.com -- Fly fishing photos & insect hatch encyclopedia.
    http://www.daltoncorridormap.com -- Exact 5-mile Haul Road corridor boundary for GPS & Google Earth

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    i got the 62st when it came out and i love it. the maps it comes with (for the extra 100) are great for up here. pretty easy unit to use, works well in the extreme cold also. couldn't be happier with it.

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