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Recent reviews for this item:
Gordon, December 25, 2007 I've used my quest 2 for about a year now on the motorcycle, in the car and carried while hiking. Pros - Battery lasts a good long time. I can get a full day out of it before a re-charge is necessary. Screen is bright and easy to read. Size is perfect for the multi-use I give it. Waterproof - I've ridden in some serious rain storms yet it shows no signs of damage due to water. Lots-O-trackback points - you can drop days worth of breadcrumbs and then trackback if necessary. This has come in handy when on unmarked dirt roads and trails. Cons - It is slow to re-calculate and to locate points of interest. Many times, especially in dense areas (many roads) by the time it re-calculates you have already past the turn and it then has to re-calculate again, and again, and again... It looses satellites in densely wooded areas where the trees overhang the road or trail. The flip up antennae no longer stays up when on the bike - it has progressively loosened over time so wind blast when on the bike will now fold it down. Those of you behind a fairing or windscreen would not experience this. Buttons are very small - can be tricky to operate with summer gloves on, impossible to operate with a heavy set of winter gloves. Summary - Not a bad unit. I still use it often. As with any device, you MUST LEARN HOW TO USE IT. Spend some time using the MapSource software and learn how to build a route and transfer it to the unit. Learn how the unit refers to locations (Wal-Mart opposed to WalMart) or you WILL be frustrated. If money is no object and you want a device for the car/bike and hiking - but two separate units, one specifically for hiking, the second for the car/bike. Get a larger, touch-screen unit for the bike/car.
Glenn Wakefield, September 18, 2007 After trying two I give up. Both were junk. When I got off course, it took way too long to recalibrate. While driving in the mountains, it lost track of where I was. This wasn't a one time event. It happened constantly over a couple years. This piece convinced me any other brand is better.
Robert Campbell, December 31, 1969 After a year of use, including many cross country trips with the Garmin Quest 2, I firmly believe it is one of the best and most versatile units for those planning to use it in a car, on a motorcycle, and yes, even on a bicycle or walking in an unknown city. It's small enough to carry easily yet just large enough to read easily. It mounts easily with a powered RAM mount to the handlebars of my touring cruiser and is easy to see and read in any lighting situation.
Although there is a bit of a learning curve to all GPS units, once learned, it is very easy to plan trips, add addtional via points, and generally keep track of most anything you would wish to know regarding your trips. Instructions that come with it are clear and concise.I found it particularily useful in guiding me through the maze of interstate twists and turns surrounding many large cities, where I normally get seriously lost. I do a lot of touring within North America, and being the "directionally challenged" individual that I am, it has been of vital assistance in keeping me on track. I wouldn't think of travelling now without it.
The Garmin Quest 2 is sturdily built and never needs to have maps loaded at any time. Map updates are free; however, current maps appear to be end of 2004 vintage and need some updating for new roads added since that date. But with rare exception, it never misses getting me door to door where ever I plan to go.
One last comment, learn to use it, set it carefully, and then do not question it when it gives you instructions (don't ask me how I know).
Overall, a superb unit! No serious concerns with it, and I would buy it again in a heartbeat !