Garmin Edge 810: Are the free maps as good as paid for ones?

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Garmin Edge 810: Are the free maps as good as paid for ones?

Postby Dubcat » Tue Aug 27, 2013 11:22 am

Hi, I want to buy a Garmin edge 810 for the mapping features as much as for heart rate, cadence, etc. For road riding is there any point in buying the paid for maps? Are the free ones (open street map for example) just as good? If I should buy a map which one do you recommend?
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Dub

p.s. I will ask this same thing in the mtb forum as i figure the answer may be different for trail maps vs road maps - but do feel free to comment on both in here
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Re: Garmin Edge 810: Are the free maps as good as paid for o

Postby Slowbike » Tue Aug 27, 2013 14:12 pm

For on the road the OSM maps are fine. They also do a contours version so you can preview the road ahead and see when your climb ends ... ;)

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Re: Garmin Edge 810: Are the free maps as good as paid for o

Postby freezing77 » Tue Aug 27, 2013 15:37 pm

Paid for maps and free map comparison, same area, same zoom level. You decide

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Re: Garmin Edge 810: Are the free maps as good as paid for o

Postby freezing77 » Tue Aug 27, 2013 15:56 pm

This is what you get when you zoom in on the garmin ordnance survey maps.

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Massive pixellation rendering them less than useful.

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Re: Garmin Edge 810: Are the free maps as good as paid for o

Postby freezing77 » Tue Aug 27, 2013 15:58 pm

This site has some very good side by side comparisons.

http://www.scarletfire.co.uk/2012/02/osm-maps/

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Re: Garmin Edge 810: Are the free maps as good as paid for o

Postby wongataa » Tue Aug 27, 2013 16:11 pm

OSM based maps are great because they are free and if you spot errors you can correct the error yourself and when you next update the map the error will be gone.

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Re: Garmin Edge 810: Are the free maps as good as paid for o

Postby fsman » Tue Aug 27, 2013 17:45 pm

and with talktoaster the OSM maps are easy to install with regular updates too.

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Postby marcusjb » Tue Aug 27, 2013 17:48 pm

A very happy OSM user here.


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