With the introduction of many of the new Garmin units such as the Montana, eTrex 20 and 30, Alpha, and Astro dog series, Garmin has changed the way the units respond to Garmin maps. Until 2013, all Garmin GPS units looked for a single map file. In the case of TRAX maps, we provide a single map file on the unit but it is comprised of many map layers. All pre-2013 GPS units would allow you to turn these layers off and on. The 2013 Garmin GPS units (mainly handhelds) will still read the single file but only one map layer will be shown versus the standard 8-10 map layers. Due to this Kirsch’s Outdoor Products, has two map sets available called Legacy and New.
If you have a 2013 Garmin Handheld GPS, you can update to this New style map by using the update tool found here or sending it to Kirsch’s Outdoor Products, 7915 Aquarius Drive, Fargo, ND, 58104 and we will update you to this New style. If you are sending it in, you need to write a note saying you wish to switch from the Legacy version to the new version. The ability to control layers is a very important feature in a TRAX map, so you may wish to do this. However, there are 2 potential drawbacks to doing this.
- The New style Garmin map will not work in older Garmin GPS units, so if you have multiple GPS units, you will want to continue to use the Legacy GPS format which will work in virtually all Garmin units which take memory cards.
- The New style maps can only be viewed by the Garmin BaseCamp software one layer at a time, but the Legacy version shows all layers together.
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