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What's New in GPS this Winter
The upcoming CES show in January is the venue where most of the major manufacturers will introduce their newest product, but in the meantime we are heading into the winter snow sports season with several new device series and trends already in place.

Garmin have been heavily investing in their hit nüvi series of "personal navigation devices" (PNDs) and have not brought out anything revolutionary on the traditional "outdoors" handheld front. Most of their eTrex units like the Legend, Summit, Venture, and Vista have been updated to "H" models with more sensitive GPS reception, as have their Rino FRS/GMRS "walkie-talkie" GPS combos.

They also have added map-capable models in the cycling-oriented Edge series, the 605 and 705, both of which have a slim design that can be easily pocketed and taken skiing and snowboarding with our maps on them.

SnowRanger maps also work great on all of the nüvi units, and look fantastic on those bigger screens. The entry level 200 series nüvis are dropping in price very quickly, and even though these don't play MP3s and have some other limitations they do have integrated (not flip-up) antennae that make them very pocketable. SnowRanger also works with their new Mobile XT software for SmartPhones.

Over at Magellan the big news is the Triton series which are just about to hit stores. These are an all-new series that run from a notably inexpensive color model to a top of line unit with a digital camera. Many of the models can have actual National Geographic Topo! Maps downloaded to them for tremendous "off road" capability, and most of them can of course run SnowRanger for Magellan trail maps.

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