June 16, 2009

Garmin Foretrex 301 and 401

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Garmin is announcing the Foretrex 301 and 401 today - two new wrist mounted GPS units that have beefed up capabilities including, for the Foretrex 401 wireless communication with other Garmin units for sharing of waypoints, tracks and routes. The waterproof navigation devices are small enough to wear pretty easily, but contain the ability to navigate to waypoints, and track back to your position when you need to get back from your adventure. The Foretrex 401 has an altimeter and an electronic compass built in, along with the wireless capability that also allows you to add a heart rate monitor, or cadence sensor. The downside here is that the units don't track over a map, but more than the basics are covered in a wrist mountable format.

Weighing about 3 ounces and powered by 2 AAA batteries, Foretrex won't weigh you down while enduring a day's adventures with up to 18 hours of battery life in the 301 and up to 17 hours in the 401.

Full Press Release Below.....

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June 10, 2009

Bid on a VIP Trip to Tour de France with Garmin

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Garmin is in on auctioning off what could be a big bicycle racing fan's dream; the chance to hang out in VIP seats for the race's final stage of the race, and get access to restricted areas and a bunch of cool Garmin schwag if you are the winning bidder.

WHAT'S INCLUDED:
• Experience Paris and the race's final stage for four people. (July 25-26, 2009)
• VIP spectator access to team staging areas and events, refreshments included.
• Seats in exclusive sponsor viewing area near finish line on Champs-Elysees in Paris.
• Shuttle service to/from airport and to official events.
• Two hotel rooms each for 3 nights at sponsor's designated hotel. (July 24-26, 2009)
• VIP access to restricted Team Garmin areas.
• Attend the post race Team Garmin party on July 26th.
• Garmin Edge 705 cycle computer and Team Garmin gear.

The bids are being placed at eBay and are for a good cause. The package is in support of a local school in the Kansas City area.

Check out the bidding at eBay

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June 6, 2009

Update your Garmin Maps - Lifetime Subscription

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Garmin has a pretty sweet deal on maps - here it is: Pay one price and get four map updates a year for the life of the device. - What's even better is that it's about $97, at this writing, when you order it off of Amazon (when you include shipping) - this same update is $119 on Garmin's website - a $23 savings.

Buying this is easy.


  1. Go to the Garmin Website to make sure your unit is compatible - Click on View compatible Products.

  2. Order the "Gift Card" item off Amazon - and get it in a few days; it has codes on it to validate a download.

  3. Go to MyGarmin to log in or create an account.

  4. Connect your GPS via USB cord, then go to the website on the back of the card and start the validation process; it takes a little time, but it's easy.

  5. Download the file - it can be BIG so this will take a while the first time you update.

  6. Open the downloaded file and it will install and validate on your GPS.

More information on the Download Instructions (PDF Link) from Garmin detail the process a bit more.

Please note that this is a Lifetime subscription that is linked to one and only one GPS through the serial number. Sorry, it's not a household license that gives you the ability to load the maps on your Nuvi 250, then the Nuvi 265W, your Colorado 400t, and your friend's Nuvi too!! (Too bad, I know).

You can update your maps on your GPS up to four times per year for the lifetime of the unit - pretty good deal.

At Amazon - Garmin nüMaps Lifetime North America Map Updates for detailed maps of the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico

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May 21, 2009

Garmin Joins Up with VW - Click and Ride

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Garmin is working with VW to add a new Garmin to your car along with a custom mount that will keep the unit well positioned to the outboard side of the driver (left side in the US), and is based on the Nuvi 7X5 series.

"The supplied Garmin nüvi® navigation unit is simply plugged into the pull-off plug-in kit cover and so is ready for immediate use. Optionally also available with a Bluetooth hands-free kit. In conjunction with the supplied Garmin nüvi®, the navigation instructions are automatically output via the vehicle loudspeaker with automatic radio muting. With its 4.3" widescreen colour display, the pre-loaded map of Europe as well as practical and safety-relevant auxiliary functions such as Lane Assist, the Garmin nüvi® guides the driver safely and accurately to his destination. Further highlights: 3D map view, 3D building view for selected large towns, announcement of road names (text to speech), TMC, SD card slot."

Full Press Release below......

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May 20, 2009

My Garmin Gets an Upgrade

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Garmin is upgrading their website to offer a better experience for users of their GPS units. At My Garmin you can download free software updates, and map upgrades that can either come in the form of subscriptions, or in one-time upgrades. The NuMap program allows you to buy a lifetime map service for your GPS, and you then get quarterly upgrades to keep your GPS up to date.

I check for updates on a regular basis for several GPS units, and I can say that with the big GPS makers, the updates keep coming, adding features and fixing issues. Well worth keeping your GPS updated.

More at MyGarmin

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May 11, 2009

Garmin Maps Available for Download

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Garmin has long had maps available, but now has just about any map available for purchase at their site in SD card formats (std, micro, etc) as well as a downloadable version. I was cruising around and had forgotten about the CityXplorer maps that offer the ability to navigate on public transit around cities should you want to "navigate" on foot. This feature is available on the 1200, 1300, 1400 & newer models.

Check out their map store for some maps if you need to update or want to download and go on a trip to a new destination.

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May 7, 2009

Garmin Oregon 550 & 550T - Handheld GPS with 3.2 MP Camera

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After a few leaks, Garmin is announcing the new Garmin Oregon 550 and 550t touchscreen handheld GPS units that have a built in 3.2MP camera that can be used to take photos and geotag them along the way. Primarily born out of a need for geocaching, the capability seems well suited to a lot of pursuits. The other big innovation here over the Oregon 400/400t series is the fact that the new unit has a 3-axis digital compass. That means that you don't have to hold it perfectly level to get a good reading; it can be mounted on something like your handlebars or dash and still get a good reading.

The Oregon 550t, with preloaded topo maps for the entire U.S., is $599.99. The Oregon 550, with worldwide basemap in shaded relief, is $499.99.

Full press release after the jump.......


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April 17, 2009

Garmin Nuvi 1490T Big Screen GPS

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Garmin is bringing back the big screen to their Nuvi line with the Nuvi 1490T, a 5-inch screen unit that is packed with features in their new ultra thin platform design that is 25% thinner than recent Nuvi units.

The Nuvi 1490T comes with Bluetooth, free lifetime traffic alerts, speed limit notifications on the screen, ecoRoute gas saving capabilities, the new pedestrian mode allowing for routing based on pedestrian only areas, and the ability to automatically switch time zones when traveling across the country; a big hit with road trippers.

At Amazon - Garmin Nuvi 1490/1490T

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April 10, 2009

Garmin Icon: Marley & Me

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Like the movie Marley & Me? Here's your chance to download a "Marley" icon for your Garmin GPS. Downloading and installing these are easy, and Garmin has some good directions to walk you through it.

Get your Marley icon at the Garmin Garage where you'll also find all kinds of other icons for your compatible navigator.

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April 9, 2009

Early Reader Feedback on the Forerunner 405CX - "Loving my new toy"

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Thanks to reader Brie for leaving this comment about her new Forerunner 405CX. Looks like it's time to hit the road, get out and run. Thanks Brie for dropping by GPSLodge.


"Just got the 405cx yesterday and just to let everyone know...it's awesome! I'm a small woman and the included small size velcro wrist strap is perfect and makes this bulky watch incredibly comfy! My husband immediately put his Polar 625x back in the box and ordered a 405cx to match! How cool is it to have a GPS on your wrist? One down side I found out was that the new 405cx won't be able to upload to Garmin Connect till about late May but that's what you get for buying right out of the shoot - the desktop software works great so I don't know if I'll even use the Garmin Connect web software but FYI.

I don't think there is really that much difference between the 405 and the 405cx but I'd have paid the extra $20 for the new wrist straps anyway and I like blue. I do kind of miss how my Nike+ used to over-estimate my calories burned...oh well, one less yogurt per day won't kill me I guess :) I am having too much fun creating all kinds of interval/time/HR runs and now I can't wait to just go run them!

I bought this after my half marathon last weekend because my husband is a huge believer in knowing your heart rate at all times and he is convinced I'm going to drop dead if I don't know mine. I never cared before but now I'm a total data hound. It only took two days and now I'm trying to figure out exactly how many ounces of sweat I lose per mile. Progress?? Perhaps. Anyway, loving my new toy - we're getting along just fine now that I have watched every video on youtube about how to program and run it - critical since it doesn't come with an instruction book that tells anything but how to charge it."

At Amazon - Garmin Forerunner 405CX

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