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July 10, 2008

Garmin Oregon GPS Navigation Device for Outdoor Life

Garmin_oregonThe new rugged Garmin Oregon series GPS navigation devices with touchscreen interface are a perfect match for outdoor, marine and fitness enthusiasts. The waterproof Oregon GPS devices include the 200, 300, 400t, 400c, and 400i models, with prices ranging from $ 479.99 to $639.99. Each Oregon GPS weighs in at just 6.8 ounces, and offers about 16 hours of usage from two AA batteries. A microSD card slot is also included for loading additional MapSource detail.

Garmin has launched an Oregon mini-site which will show you why this device comes in handy for adventurous outdoor lifestyles.

Details from Press release:

Easy to learn and simple to use, the waterproof Oregon features a high-sensitivity GPS receiver, preloaded mapping and a high-resolution, color 3-inch screen that reacts as users tap or drag through menus and options. On a mountain or an ocean, satellite reception is even faster than before thanks to Garmin's new HotFix(TM) feature, which automatically calculates and stores critical satellite information and can use that information to quickly calculate a position without waiting for data collection from the satellites.    

The Oregon 400t gives hikers preloaded U.S. topographic maps in state-of-the-art 3D elevation perspective. The Oregon 400i offers anglers shoreline details, depth contours and boat ramps for U.S. inland lakes and navigable rivers. The Oregon 400c is a saltwater specialist, providing chart coverage for the coastal U.S. and Bahamas. The Oregon 300 features a worldwide basemap with shaded relief. The Oregon 200 provides a basemap that can be easily supplemented with additional mapping or charts for your adventures on land or at sea.    

Garmin knows its users have many interests, so the Oregon lets you customize five profiles -- automotive, marine, recreation, fitness or geocaching -- making the most beneficial features for each activity the easiest to access through quick shortcuts.    

The Oregon series plays well with others, as the 400t, 400c, 400i and 300 allow for wireless exchange of tracks, waypoints and geocaches between other Oregon units and Colorado models. Each of these models is equipped with a barometric altimeter and electronic compass and is compatible with Garmin's heart-rate monitors and speed/cadence sensors.    

Geocaching is even easier with the Oregon, which quickly downloads online information for every cache, such as location, terrain, difficulty, hints and description, so that you don't have to tote printouts with you. Cachers and collectors will be hunting for a limited-edition geocoin minted to commemorate the launch of the Oregon series. Oregon users can experience Wherigo(TM), the newest GPS-based activity from Groundspeak, the people who made geocaching a worldwide phenomenon. Wherigo (pronounced "where I go") is a toolset for creating and completing adventure games, historical tours or other innovative activities in the real world.    

via | Garmin Blog

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