Waypoints - Backcountry edition With the SHOT Show underway, and Outdoor Retailer right behind it, we're seeing a lot more handheld GPS news and related product announcements. So here's a few odds and ends for you outdoor types: Garmin will be releasing their nationwide 24K topo maps series on regional DVDs, with the first disc slated to hit the market in the first quarter of 2009. Each DVD will cover the area offered on two micro-SD cards (for example, CA, NV, OR and WA will be available on one DVD). The retail cost will be $129.99. Thanks for the details Jake! Magellan has released a major firmware update for the Triton series. SledMaps snowmobile trail maps are now available for Garmin units. Previously, they were only available for Magellan units, sold by the producer, TrailMaps. One other note -- in researching this, I came across some free snowmobile maps too. Speaking of free maps, there are now free topo maps for Garmin receivers for Nevada, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, in addition to those I've covered before. Via Free Geography Tools. Finally, we've got a buy one get one free deal posted on National Geographic TOPO! maps over at GPS Deals.
Lowrance Endura Sierra, Safari and Outback Lowrance has posted details on their new Endura handheld series. Each model has a 2.7" touch-screen and a micro-SD slot for maps. All three are scheduled to be available in May, not April as we reported this morning. Endura Sierra - This top of the line model (pictured at right) comes with a barometric altimeter, tri-axial compass, 4 GB of internal memory and preloaded "AccuterraTM high-resolution topographic maps, extensive outdoor trail networks and Points of Interest, as well as the NAVTEQ® road network for the contiguous 48 states with an upgrade option for full-featured turn-by-turn navigation." (MSRP $549) Endura Safari - This unit drops the internal memory, tri-axial compass (in favor of a two-axis electronic compass) and the Accuterra maps; instead of the latter it has a basemap with "detailed hill shading, topographic contours, primary and secondary roads and key Points of Interest (POI)." (MSRP $384.99) Endura Outback - This entry level unit drops the barometric altimeter and electronic compass. (MSRP $229) Here's the full news release on the Sierra: Lowrance, a world-leading brand in marine electronics and GPS navigational systems since 1957, announced today the introduction of Sierra, its next-generation handheld GPS. Featuring touch-screen operation, a high-accuracy 3D digital...