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The 296 is great, but the buttons on the right are a pain as operating them with the goofy hand blocks view of the screen. I hear the 396 is really cat's *** :up:


Personally, I went with the Lowrance AirMap 2000c.


I really like the big bright colour display, and the buttons are on the bottom. Much less costly than the Garmin, although somewhat heftier...

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I bought the Garmin 196 last fall and am very impressed with it.The only difference between it and the 276 is that the 276 is color and costs 1000.00 more.Would be lost without it....No pun intended.


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The biggest issue in which GPS unit to buy is what do you want to do with it?


If it is terrain mapping there are quite a few units that are awsome for map reading..in fact I still use an older Airmap 300 that uses a mapping chips that is as good or better than an aviation map. I have chips or cartriges for most of Canada and eastern Europe plus part of Africa...and they are excellent for map reading.


My favourite GPS is the Anywheremap system running on an Ipac...I have two of them. You not only have GPS but a computer that fits in your shirt pocket.


So the most important thing is to detremine what you want to see on your GPS.


They are all accurate as **** for speed and distance information.



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