Forum: Magellan GPS
Topic: SporTrak (New)
started by: Quinn
Posted by Quinn on May 18 2002,5:43 pmMagellan has come out with another great GPSR to add to it's list of very receptive sat monsters. It's called the "SporTrak" and is well worth considering along with the other big boys in the GPSR world.
The unit is very receptive as it also offers a Quadrifilar antenna system that the others do. The price is fair for the things you get such as WAAS and 32 megs of mapping memory not to mention one of the clearest view screens I have seen in some time.
Out of the box the unit comes with the Data cable and lanyard plus a well detailed instruction booklet.
I spent some time playing with this GPSR to see just what it could do when placed up against the other giants such as the Meridian line and the IIPlus / V by Garmin.
The SporTrak was the first to grab and lock sats when turned on at the same time as the others, and as a matter of fact it also locked and held high bar one extra sat that the Meridians just couldn't find.
It's light weight and easy to use even with the fact that Magellan has changed the Icons on each of it's buttons.
Magellan was close to hitting a grand slam if they would have only offered the Compass and add-on memory to this unit. But with all said it's a great GPSR and should be considered when making your buy. If you are new to the GPSR world make sure you don't make that big mistake by going to the Etrex family over this new power house reciever. Garmin has made only a few GPSr's in my opinion that are even worth considering, this would be the Map76, IIIplus / V, anything else is just a paper weight due to poor reception under tree cover.
By the way...I did run the SporTrak through some pretty thick stuff that would make any other unit conk out...it stayed locked and true the whole time.
I updated our "News" page to show this little tid-bit along with some pix to view...go here if you wish to see... < SporTrak News! >
Posted by Quinn on June 02 2002,10:28 pmIf any of you would like to see the details of some extensive testing on reception, you may wish to check out the review by < Joe and Jack on the SportraK Pro >
They say it is the most receptive gpsr they have ever tested.
Now I must say that I have not pushed mine through all the hoops that these guys have, but I did go after a cache today that required me to climb a steep bank in heavy tree cover.
I had the Garmin V and the SporTrak pro with me using them both at the same time.
This is the first time I have seen the "V" lose sat reception and have another unit keep it going strong. The SporTrak held three sats at mid bars when the "V" lost it completely.
maybe there is something here that we over looked.
Posted by beatnik on July 06 2002,3:51 pm
I did the research and decided on the SporTrak Pro yesterday. It was between it and the Garmin Vista. I have heard rumors about very poor reception with the Vista under trees and cliffs. I was used to my old trusty Garmin GPS12 which always locked and held very well for me.
Well I went out to a geocache today that is notorious for cliffs and lack of GPS coverage today. Here is my response to the SporTrak Pro so far. Not great but I still had reception under this very large ledge (most is obstructed by trees in the view). I didn't walk in and take the photo either. I stood under the ledge for several minutes just to make sure I wasn't dreaming.