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Comments about Garmin Garmin Topo US 24K Northwest Micro SD Card:
Basically a waste of money since it is NOT readable on your computer screen. It does not say it on the box, however Garmin should understand that their users need to link their GPS from their field unit to their PC for proper route planning, record history of trails, roads etc and be able to back-up that information over the years.I purchased this Micro-1/24K card for use in a Garmin 60 CSx that I use for hiking, fishing, ATV routing, snowmobiling, 4X4'ing. I create maps using MapSource CD Software to record waypoints and routes, special interests, bridges, hunting & fishing areas, etc. Over the winter I open up my maps and transfer them to USGS 24K paper maps for quick reference. I bought this 24k map software so it would be compatible to USGS 1/24k maps even by map Name.I will still be able to transfer the data, but now only directly from the GPS screen using the 'pointer' to get the UTM grid coordinates out. [...] The only option is to save waypoints from previously existing Mapsource maps to the 60 CSx by removing the card from the unit, save it to the internal memory of the unit, then replace the card. [...] Since I cannot dowload the information from the GPS, there is no known program to copy the information to another Micro SD, if my unit was to crash I would lose years of waypoints, points of interest, routes, etc. Garmin seems to be going back in time and Technology with their recent Oregon & Colorado GPS software & durability disasters, and now this. My 2001 Black & White Garmin E-Trex VISTA with Metric MapSource CD's is more diverse than 8 years of R&D in a new unit and new Software. Really, what good is a highly detailed map if you cannot take advantage of the detail by viewing it on the big screen of your PC to plan a route if you cannot transfer it to your Field Unit GPS?Garmin...Why not make this 1/24k scale map on CD?GARMIN.....are you listening?