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I will be follow f this thread. I am also looking g into the tread. Two of my riding buddies have them. I think the best feature is the buddy tracking. They both have the 5.5” display which seems small. I’d like to get tbe 8” display but then you are at the same cost as a lorance unit. Problem is lorance doesn’t have the buddy tracking feature. I’ve heard bad things about the proprietary maps of the garmin but my buddies have not complained about that. I also like that the garmin can have a back up camera mounted to it, again, not an option with a similarly priced lorance unit. Looking for more real world feedback.
 

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A couple buddies and I are running the SxS Edition and just spent a week in Moab. The device was a godsend TBH. I've never had that solid of access to trail and road maps while driving in Moab and surrounding areas. I will say though that the download of the satellite data and the updates was painfully slow at 8-10 hours to get it updated and the satellite imagery downloaded.
 

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the sxs version is what I was looking at a lot of the riding in my area is private land like famous reading outdoors just curious if there trails are on the tread
What area are you in? I'd be happy to take a look on mine and see what's on there/send you some screenshots. They definitely have Private Land data and much more.
 

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north east some of the places are AOAA , famous reading outdoors area also Hatfield McCoy trails thanks for looking
Looks like FRO doesn’t even have GPX files of their own (disappointing) Wish I had known about this area when my son was out there playing for Kutztown. AOAA also isn’t on there natively but I did find them both on AllTrails and you could easily export the GPX files and import them into Tread.

Looks like the Hatfield McCoy stuff is there, image attached
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the sxs version is what I was looking at a lot of the riding in my area is private land like famous reading outdoors just curious if there trails are on the tread
I don’t think so but I may have some from my Garmin days. I’m using Lifetime now and all the AOAA and RAC trails are there and ready to go. You can even use the sat images if you connect it to your cell phone for data. I have not needed that yet as the topo is pretty good for me.
I have some tracks that go from Locust Gap to Delano and back, a 70 mile loop. Through Centralia and the turbine road.


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so you can transfer gpx files to the tread ? I did look at the lifetime trails tablet how well does the tablet work with the gps is it worth it or just stick with a dedicated gps like the tread
 

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so you can transfer gpx files to the tread ? I did look at the lifetime trails tablet how well does the tablet work with the gps is it worth it or just stick with a dedicated gps like the tread
I won't speak for lifetime because they are overpriced Samsung tablets but I will speak for tablets in general. Any android tablet has GPS. I use a galaxy tablet myself but loaded with Gaia. I download the maps for my area and use them when I'm out of cell service. The only reason I want a tread is for the buddy markers and the car to car radio option. Aside from that, I have Spotify and Gaia split screened and it works very well
 

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so with a tablet that has the gps chips when there is no cell service you have to have the maps loaded from wifi or cell then you have the maps to see where you are what happens lets say if the tablet looses power you get it powered back up will you be able to see the maps again the only reason for all this I want to get some sort of gps with maps but I want to keep it simple
 

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so with a tablet that has the gps chips when there is no cell service you have to have the maps loaded from wifi or cell then you have the maps to see where you are what happens lets say if the tablet looses power you get it powered back up will you be able to see the maps again the only reason for all this I want to get some sort of gps with maps but I want to keep it simple
I have my tablet plugged in to the charge port to keep it powered up, but aside from that, with maps downloaded you don't lose the map if your tablet dies and you recharge it and turn it back on. I said Gaiagps or onX GPS. Both are very good map programs, have the ability to download maps to your device for offline use, and don't break the bank if you already have an android tablet kicking around
 

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so you can transfer gpx files to the tread ? I did look at the lifetime trails tablet how well does the tablet work with the gps is it worth it or just stick with a dedicated gps like the tread
I come from Garmin stuff and loved my Montana 680t. The data it collects was amazing but soooooo small. Then I bought another Garmin unit and sent it back as well, $800. Have not tried the tread but my 10” Samsung tab is great and very accurate. I have several maps programs on it and it works very well. Sometimes I run dual window map apps. (Pictured) has not failed me in 18 mo. I’ve tried them all and if Garmin comes up with a 10” system, I’ll buy it and try it out but until then, Samsung Tab5e with Lifetime is great and trouble free.
I’m certain you can transfer GPX files into Garmin. 10 years of tracks from my Garmin’s were exported and I still use them to this day on lifetime. And export my lifetime tracks all the time to friends.
The Garmin has one thing no one else has, turn by turn capability for trail riding. Yes, you read that right. I used it in NH a couple of years back and it was fantastic.


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I’ve tried them all and if Garmin comes up with a 10” system, I’ll buy it and try it out but until then, Samsung Tab5e with Lifetime is great and trouble free.
I’m certain you can transfer GPX files into Garmin. 10 years of tracks from my Garmin’s were exported and I still use them to this day on lifetime. And export my lifetime tracks all the time to friends.
The Tread SxS is a true 8" screen and the Overland XL is a true 10" screen. Both the same price at $1499. These things are rugged and built very well. I was really impressed after using it in Moab for 4 days.

The Garmin has one thing no one else has, turn by turn capability for trail riding. Yes, you read that right. I used it in NH a couple of years back and it was fantastic.
Other features you won't get on a regular tablet that I think are worth it: InReach capabilities, an SOS button to dispatch emergency services, and the ability to get rid of your SwitchPro or whatever device you use for accessories (though that requires another module).

And yes, you can import all of your GPX files:
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I did try the overlander, not what I needed or what I was used to. Ordered it back in June 2020. Still seemed to me not to meet my needs here in the east coast.
Glad someone can make some use of it.



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I did try the overlander, not what I needed or what I was used to. Ordered it back in June 2020. Still seemed to me not to meet my needs here in the east coast.
That's not the same as the Tread Overlander or Tread Overlander XL

There are lots of great solutions out there, I guess it just depends on what features are most important to you. I have a Lowrance as well as the Tread SxS now. The Tread actually meets all of my needs with exception to the requirement of having a Lowrance for our Baja trips.

From what I have seen, you won't find "native" maps for a lot of the trails out east because they are all private property. That leaves you to A) using an app on a tablet where others have uploaded the trails or B) downloading the GPX files from an app and importing them to a device like the Tread or a Lowrance. True satellite GPS with an external antenna helps when you're in the middle of nowhere. You can buy external antennas for tablets so that is always an option as well.

The Tread has some really great features/functions but not everyone is going to need or want those. Mostly, I would say that you can't look at it as just a GPS device. When I play music via BT through my intercom for in-helmet audio the interface also comes up on my Tread so I can change songs and such from there instead of on my phone. There's a lot of integration possible with it so if you're only looking for GPS and absolutely nothing else then maybe it isn't the best choice.
 

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That's not the same as the Tread Overlander or Tread Overlander XL

There are lots of great solutions out there, I guess it just depends on what features are most important to you. I have a Lowrance as well as the Tread SxS now. The Tread actually meets all of my needs with exception to the requirement of having a Lowrance for our Baja trips.

From what I have seen, you won't find "native" maps for a lot of the trails out east because they are all private property. That leaves you to A) using an app on a tablet where others have uploaded the trails or B) downloading the GPX files from an app and importing them to a device like the Tread or a Lowrance. True satellite GPS with an external antenna helps when you're in the middle of nowhere. You can buy external antennas for tablets so that is always an option as well.

The Tread has some really great features/functions but not everyone is going to need or want those. Mostly, I would say that you can't look at it as just a GPS device. When I play music via BT through my intercom for in-helmet audio the interface also comes up on my Tread so I can change songs and such from there instead of on my phone. There's a lot of integration possible with it so if you're only looking for GPS and absolutely nothing else then maybe it isn't the best choice.
Thanks for the info. Can the tread radio be programmed? Custom channels like with RR with the software package.


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Thanks for the info. Can the tread radio be programmed? Custom channels like with RR with the software package.


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Hey brother, we are a Garmin dealer and end users as well. Garmin uses the civillian commercial MURS freqs and they will only work radios on those bands. The units are great standalone but really shine when you and your buddies ahve them and can use all the linked data. For example I am more of a slow crawler and Alex is get from point A to B as fast as possible. With the Treads we can always locate the exact point where each of us are to meet up or for winching yada yada. Having coms, nav, music, and BT in a single unit is super clean for install and limits the birds nest of wiring behind the dash. And it's Garmin, the leader in GPS game for eva eva. If you are interested let me know as we sell tons of them and have damn good pricing on them. Also love the watches with ballistic ocmputers in them....
 
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