Garmin Colorado - Now Available
The new Garmin Colorado 300, 400i, 400c, 400t are now available at various outlets, marking the step change in Garmin's line-up for handheld GPS models. The new Colorado series offers a big screen and the ability to see high resolution maps (including some beautiful shaded relief maps), share routes and waypoints wirelessly, and optionally add on cadence and heart rate monitors if you choose to use the unit as an uber-fitness model. I have used my Garmin eTrex Vista C as my bike computer for a long time; works great and get me a lot more usable information about my rides than regular bike computers. Avid hikers might like to add the heart rate monitor to collect more data as they hike through hills and mountains allowing them to chart elevation versus their heart rate.
The Colorado line is showing up in stores, and until Feb 11, REI has an exclusive on the Colorado 400t, while the rest of the line is starting to show up in other outlets. What are the differences?
- 400T - ("Topo") Geared towards the Hiker with 3D mapping perspective. - $599
- 400i - (Inland Water) Shows lake and river contour lines. - $599
- 400C - (Coastal) Coverage of the coastal waters for US and Bahamas. - $599
- 300 - Shows a world map with shaded relief maps. - $499
GPSNow has the Colorado 300 in stock, and is always an early shipper of Garmin devices.
Amazon still has their Garmin Colorado listed as "Available Soon"
Below is a video from the Garmin blog folks that walks through a few capabilities of the new Garmin Colorado Series.
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Posted by Scott Martin at January 26, 2008 7:50 AM
I own many Garmin GPS and I like them until I Bought this Colorado 300.
I own an III Plus, a 60 CSx, a 498 and a Colorado 300.
I think that Colorado 300 is a Map GPS, that you can do almost nothing using the maps.
1) I can enter a Waypoint using the map, but I cannot move the waypoint using the map.
2) I cannot enter or edit a Route using the Map. I've to program all the waypoint before I Plan a route. (It’s the worst way I can enter a route, ever).
3) When I chose "view map" in the Route Planner, Colorado shows me the entire route in a 3" display and I cannot zoom or scroll the map to see the route!
These are only 3 examples, but if you try to use Colorado to Plan Routes and manage waypoint, you will see that are so many difficulties and the map is not used at all.
You put a revolutionary interface and made a very pretty GPS, but I think that the software needs to change allot. The only way to insert routes and waypoint in Colorado is using Mapsource, but I cannot carry my notebook on the trail or to the sea.