In the past when a Garmin Zumo series GPS unit would be released I would spend some time to familiarize myself with it. Generally after a few weeks, or a big trip, I would return to my trusty old Garmin Montana. On the earlier Zumo’s the slightly larger screen and Bluetooth music wasn’t enough to pull me away from an interface that I have logged over 50k miles using. This time the Garmin Zumo XT has worked it’s way into being my day to day use GPS. The large modern screen, realtime traffic information, and map layers were all features I found too useful to give up. The Garmin Montana will still be my goto unit for dirtbike use and times that I plan to heavily use waypoints. When it comes to the navigation functions that adventure riders are looking for the Garmin Zumo XT hits it out of the park, both on the road and navigating with tracks. Not to mention it is less expensive than the Garmin Zumo 595LM that it replaces!
Eric Archambault is one of Touratech-USA’s Adventure Experts and an original member of the Touratech-USA race team. Eric finished 2nd in the Adventure Bike class at the 2014 Desert 100 aboard a KTM 950 Adventure. His love for two-wheeled racing spans many disciplines, from west coast desert racing to east coast hare scrambles, navigation rallies to mini-moto racing. He is currently focused on all things GPS, running laps on the woods course in his backyard, and racing vintage Vespas and obscure European mini-bikes at local kart tracks.
Check out his mechanical adventures and other GPS musings at www.Six-Zero-Three.com
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