Montana 600

Montana 600

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England, Mike

Ask my friends: I’m a Luddite through and through. But the Garmin Montana 600 GPS might just be the gadget that yanks me into the 21st century. Though sporting a fancy touchscreen and tons of high-tech features—elevation plots, wireless sharing, proximity alarms, et al.—at its core, this thing’s like a Mafia hit-man: burly, no-nonsense, and tough as nails. (Another similarity to Sicilian wiseguys who get results: it don’t come cheap.) With a stout plastic frame, rubberized exterior, and lack of exposed buttons, the Montana can be ridden hard and put away wet—which is great, because I gave it a good beating for an entire hunting season, and it’s no worse for the wear. My review model arrived without a manual, yet I figured everything out on my own, from navigating the menu to marking waypoints and planning routes. Within a few weeks I was hooked on the damn thing, and my old-school map and compass went where they probably should have gone a long time ago: the bottom of my pack. $500; garmin.com/montana.

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