Sunday, March 18, 2012

Lowrance Endura Sierra, Safari and Outback

Lowrance Endura Sierra

UPDATE: Read my Lowrance Endura Out&Back and Lowrance Endura Sierra review

Lowrance has posted details on their new Endura handheld series. Each model has a 2.7″ touch-screen and a micro-SD slot for maps. All three are scheduled to be available in May, not April as we reported this morning.

  • Endura Sierra – This top of the line model (pictured at right) comes with a barometric altimeter, tri-axial compass, 4 GB of internal memory and preloaded “AccuterraTM high-resolution topographic maps, extensive outdoor trail networks and Points of Interest, as well as the NAVTEQ® road network for the contiguous 48 states with an upgrade option for full-featured turn-by-turn navigation.” (MSRP $549)
  • Endura Safari – This unit drops the internal memory, tri-axial compass (in favor of a two-axis electronic compass) and the Accuterra maps; instead of the latter it has a basemap with “detailed hill shading, topographic contours, primary and secondary roads and key Points of Interest (POI).” (MSRP $384.99)
  • Endura Outback – This entry level unit drops the barometric altimeter and electronic compass. (MSRP $229)

Here’s the full news release for the Sierra.

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  1. I’ve been exclusively Garmin for years. I have a Nuvi in the car and a first generation eTrex Vista on my mountain bike. The Vista has done me proud, but the screen is packing up and fixes seem to take longer and longer. It needs replacement. I first considered a 60CSx – very good, but too big, too old, Then the Colorado – expensive, clumsy and a rubbish screen in sunlight. Finally, the pretty and user-friendly Oregon – but again, the screen is useless in bright light (rather defeating its object as a trail GPS)!
    I have been so disappointed by Garmin’s apparent disdain for the trail market that I am thinking of having an affair with a rival. Trouble is there’ve been no candidates out there – now with this Lowrance, I might just be unfaithful ….
    Wake up Garmin and uprate the Oregon fast – especially the screen!

  2. Any word on what chipset these new units use? Is it Sirf III or something else?

  3. No, but I expect it’s going to be a high-sensitivity, non-SiRF chip, given their recent legal issues regarding Broadcom patents.

  4. andré morel says:

    I’am looking for the Lowrance Endura Safari manual, were can I get it?

  5. Rich Owings says:

    I don’t think it’s out yet, but there is a Quick Start Guide posted here…

  6. I’m really interested in the LowRance Safari as a geocaching handheld. I’ve read all the reviews and, as Steve E says – there doesn’t seem to be anything better on the market. But I’ve read so much about the Sirf III chips reliability -that I’m tempted to purchase something based on chipset alone. Does anyone now what chipset this is using and are there any independent ratings/analysis out there?

  7. Rich Owings says:

    I don’t think so, but one source has speculated that it is the STM Cartesio. Here are some reviews…

    I should have one in hand later today for testing, but it will take a month to test and post a review.

  8. I am looking to up date from my Ihunt to the sierra. Can any one tell me if all the way points on my Ihunt can be transferred to the new unit?

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