By exploring the offers, I am forced admit that Trail Tech Voyager Pro doesn’t have real competitors in the off-road GPS market today.
Maybe it’s too convincing, but it’s my personal opinion that someone might disagree with. In this Trail Tech Voyager Pro review, I will try to justify my assumption.
What does this device offer other than similar devices?
In fact, here’s almost everything needed for comfortable and safe driving outside the highlighted roads on conventional GPS road maps.
For the most part, this device is used to drive on previously marked trails or to create such off-road routes and trails.
So, what is needed for comfortable and safe driving with any kind of off-highway vehicle in terms of navigation and how much does the Trail Tech Voyager Pro match?
How do we get from point A to point B?
So, we want to go around the terrain where the normal turn by turn navigation does not work, simply there are no roads or streets. How do we get from point A to point B? If the area is more or less known, we can make our way and drive in memory by looking at trees, rocks or other known orientations. In most cases, we will reach the destination sooner or later.
Since almost everyone has a smartphone with GPS and Google maps, in theory, we will know the location even if we have to get lost.
Here I would like to repeat and warn that blindly trusting only to the phone navigation is a completely unacceptable act. It is very likely that in extreme circumstances use GPS applications will be uncomfortable and even impossible, especially if your ATV or snowmobile is not specifically equipped to operate the $1K worth iPhone safely.
I’m sure most off-road drivers have found out about it in practice. The phone can always be a backup tool, though, because the App Store and Google Play stores are full of many good apps and not so good ones.
Remember that you are not driving a comfortable car where you are warm and always have 12V to charge your GPS device and phone.
If we want to enjoy and move safely off-road, we clearly need a trail or a path to follow.
The Trail Tech Voyager Pro is meant for it.
Here you can load already ready ATV trails, or you can create them for yourself and share with friends.
It is the main function that this apparatus is different from the conventional GPS device and is also performed by the old Trail Tech Voyager device.
Is twice the price worth buying a Pro version? In two words I would say yes.
Trail Tech Voyager Pro GPS has many additions and improvements that directly affect more comfortable and enjoyable off-road driving.
Since it has been about half a year since the device has appeared on the market, there is also relatively many real users’ feedback available.
So, we can assess both the pros and cons.
Before we dive in pros & cons the short product description taken from Amazon.
“Trail Tech Voyager Pro, the Connected Rider’s GPS.
The map screen is enabled with base maps, topography lines, hill shading, and trails. Record or load GPX trails and riding areas, and transfer to a PC using the MicroSD card. Voyager Pro comes loaded with North American maps, but other map regions can be downloaded for free.
Amongst the major features is Buddy Tracking. Buddy Tracking uses localized radio signals and can support up to 20 riders in a single group. View members of your ride group on the map screen in real time, increase your following distances, and use the emergency beacon to summon your buddies. Cell reception is not required.
Voyager Pro is Bluetooth enabled for intercom, phone and media controls. Play songs from your phone or MicroSD card using a Bluetooth headset, speaker, or intercom. Two phones and two headsets can be connected at the same time.
Voyager Pro integrates with your vehicle using standard Trail Tech vehicle sensors, providing vital ride data such as engine temperature, RPM, battery voltage, speed/distance and more.
12V DC power required, make sure your vehicle has a battery.”
Sounds great, right? Are these functions all so needed? I think there may be situations where any of the features listed can be used.
I won’t go into every one of the listed benefits of Trail tech Voyager Pro GPS but stop at what real users say.
I’m going to start with the most important thing in my opinion, about GPS trails. How to get ready trails and how to create them by yourself?
I don’t have much to add about already-ready GPS trails, they are available in many places. Trail Tech homepage offers a relatively wide range with ready-to-wear GPS trails for about $20 per micro SD card.
You can also get them from other drivers or the local off-roader Society for free.
If you want to create trails yourself, one way is to record their device memory while driving, or even when you’re sitting at your computer at home.
One of the shortcomings users are concerned about is that the format of trails is possible only as GPX file.
The easiest way to create the GPX trails is visiting Rideleader’s home page. It is straightforward to create and very convenient to download a trail on the SD card on the Mac and Windows PC and then to your Trail Tech Voyager or any other GPS navigator that supports GPX files.
For those who worry that you can’t use Google Map or Google Earth to create trails for Trail Tech Voyager use, it can be done relativity simply by converting Google Map link to GPX file.
In my opinion, this is simply done without any specific knowledge. So how and where to get GPS trails is clear.
Regarding cartography, it should be added that many of the old Trail Tech Voyager GPS users were not quite satisfied with the fact that there was no base map. The new Pro version has a great base map not only with U.S. coverage but it is possible to load many other countries for free, including some parts of Europe.
Base maps are excellent, and it has a Perspective GPS view feature which is missing for many other GPS units.
I forgot about the lack of the possibility of renaming the names of the trails and changing the colors. I think this might sometimes cause some confusion, but the manufacturer seems to be working on it.
It would be a bit of trails and maps, but what else would be new and noteworthy for the Pro version?
Buddy Tracking, what it is?
As mentioned in the description, it is an opportunity to communicate with one another between drivers who are also equipped with Trail Tech Voyager Pro GPS devices.
At first sight, it might seem to be nothing worthy of attention, but I don’t think so.
It is an FM radio communication, like a VHF walkie-talkie. You can contact up to twenty members of the group and even see them on the screen of your device. The range is about a 5-mile radius, which though depends on the environment and can fluctuate, hills, valleys, forests, etc.
Maybe you’ll say you’d better use cellphone?
This is even practically possible because the device is equipped with Bluetooth and can be simply connected with one of the appropriate intercom devices in your helmet. On the screen, though, you won’t be able to see your companion, and you won’t be able to communicate with the other twenty company members at the same time. And how about areas where there is no GSM coverage?
Definitely, a good feature if others have Voyager Pro units as well.
As I have said, this device is equipped with Bluetooth so that you can listen to your favorite music and communicate through the intercom with the passenger, as Trail Tech Voyager Pro GPS Bluetooth has a feature to connect with two users at the same time.
Although I’m not going to listen to music when riding on the bumpy mountain tracks but, especially for the younger generation, it could be the relatively enticing advantage.
Finally, the ability to connect Pro to the engine measuring devices by using standard Voyager sensors.
Which makes it possible to see on-screen both the speed, ambient and engine temperature of the engine and the surrounding environment, as well as RPM, battery voltage and distance traveled.
If you have any of the Trail Tech devices, then sensors fit for the new Pro version device either. I guess that for some riders it is an important indicator to consider when you are about to buy a Pro version.
The display is glove friendly and the visibility is great in any condition. Some talk about missing button control, but most real users say that operating with new color touchscreen TFT display is just perfect.
The docking solution of the device is very important.
There are different thoughts on this issue. Some users say that, e.g., Garmin Montana 650 has a better holder, but the Trail Tech Voyager Pro device may fall out while driving in extreme conditions while others say that a holder is excellent and the unit fits in it good.
Durability withstands the harshest elements and device is rated for IP67 for anti-dust/water intrusion.
Battery capacity is also frustrating for some, about 40 minutes, depending on what is used so do not go for the ride on the vehicle without battery. Apart from cycling though, I don’t even know who doesn’t have a battery.
Trail Tech Voyager Pro GPS withstands low ambient temperatures, but how low, that’s what I can’t say.
For snowmobile users, however, I would suggest thinking about some kind of heating option. You can read a little about it here. I have experience in the use of different electronic devices in the cold and do not know any which correctly operates at low temperatures without additional warming.
That is briefly what I wanted to say about this device. In my opinion, the best on the market for off-road GPS for today.
Although the price of Trail Tech Voyager Pro GPS is relatively high, using it will offer additional opportunities and satisfaction.
I warmly recommend!