I found that Lowrance Off Road GPS systems are popular and widely used for ATV and snowmobiles.
Often off-roader guys and gulls are addicted angler and hunters and already have Lowrance GPS Chartplotter. If someone is lack of one the good idea is to get such a GPS to fit on both, the boat and off-road vehicle.
Here it comes Lowrance HDS-7 Gen3.
Mainly it is produced as GPS for boats but perfectly fit for off-road trails and even can be uploaded with ready to go tracks like street turn by turn navigator. Let’s skip boat option as You can find even in some of my previous posts about Lowrance brand HDS GPS devices.
This post I would like to add my two cents for Lowrance GPS for off-road use.
As always I started my research with Amazon Customers Reviews threads.
„…. The list could go on & on. Combine all these great new features with the list of available options like radar, music, weather, VHF, autopilot ….. and again, the list goes on! NMEA 2000 & Ethernet connectivity. MicroSD card & reads a host of card brands/options.“
I hardly found any drawback or claims except someone who put one star dissatisfied with the fact that he can not use outside of the USA. Actually, I do not believe such allegations as Navionics maps are almost global coverage but ATV and off-road trails you can create and store by yourself.
What can this have to do with national borders?
Despite the fact that it is mainly for use on boats many off-roaders have found how to install it on ATV, OHV (off-highway vehicle) and even on snowmobiles as operational ambient temperature for Lowrance HDS 7 3 gen is -15C to +55C/5F to 131F.
In this regard, another reminder for the smartphone fans (including me).
No iPhone or some other cool featured smartphone will ever work at low temperatures. All claims against are nonsense. Regarding this, I have many proves during my ice fishing adventures. I know that to find a good fishing spot using iPhone GPS and right track back to the camp place the phone must be kept in the inner pocket close to the heart. It is enough a couple of minutes -10C and battery show zero. Sometimes an external battery charger can help, but it even needs to be held in a warm place. Most of the smartphones are so many great features and tons of useful apps, just $1K worth iPhone X is not for extreme use. Even the most durable Caterpillar gadget hardly withstand extreme conditions.
Well, back to Lowrance HDS 7 for off-road trails and tracks.
I have posts written about Trail Tech Voyager for ATV trails and Garmin Montana 6xx series handheld GPS devices. All of them are great tools widely demanded and known for extreme vehicle owners. I can say it with great confidence as more than hundred these devices have been purchased on Amazon using my links with a tiny percentage of returned items. I count it as the best index of the product quality.
I was a little surprised when found how useful HDS 7 can be for OHV. This Lowrance GPS device is very simple to use, and MANUALS are easy to read. There are ready to use off-road tracks from Rugged Routes
You can easily create your own trails even using Google Maps and store it on an SD card or internal memory. It is simple, so no any particular bits of knowledge needed.
The only problem could be the installation of this 7-inch screen device on your vehicle.
When thinking a little or looking for ideas on Youtube you can always find a solution.
And finally, of course, the price. Definitely, it is higher than even most expensive Garmin 680t and reaches almost$700.
But! But do not forget that you can use it on your boat not only as GPS tracking device but Lowrance HDS 7 GEN3 is the top range fishfinder/chartplotter unit and fully can be used as a serious fishing tool or as a full range navigation device.
My warmest recommendations, take a look when you are about to choose next GPS device purchase.