New trucks have an overabundance of electro-gizmos like DVD, CD, MP3, iPod, and GPS that remind us of Star Wars droids and would have confused the new-truck buyer 10 years ago. While most of these devices are solely designed for driver entertainment (and often distraction), we have found when hunting for exciting road-trip adventures, a global positioning system (GPS) can be valuable for finding out-of-the-way destinations and getting home from there.
The cockpit of our life was getting pretty complicated with two cell phones, a satellite r
Now don't get us wrong, we feel some of the best road trips don't require maps, just some free time, a full tank of fuel, and the bravery to explore back roads and trails.
However, in those situations we've often encountered things that we needed to come back to on our next trip, and that is where the new Lowrance i-Way 500C comes into play. Not only can you type in an address to get directions, but you can also mark your current location in case you need to get back there. Whether it be for that perfect project truck rusting in the field, the best apple pie at a hole-in-the-wall diner, or a giant muddy bog near your favorite trail that you want to come back to and attempt in the future, GPS can truly be useful. Lowrance has taken it to the next level by offering a GPS that can also store MP3s (that's computer talk for music files), so you can put all your music on the GPS unit (up to 5,000 songs) and leave your CDs at home.
Another benefit of the i-Way is that it can show you a ton of local POIs (that's GPS talk for points of interest) such as gas stations, ATMs, and restaurants. There are turn by turn directions available to almost any address you enter into the unit, and if you go to your favorite trail you can set it as a Way Point that you can then return to. Though we're not fond of overgizmoing your life while driving, the iWay can definitely make a great little navigator.
The Lowrance unit is available with different mounting platforms, such as this windshield
If you know the address of your destination you can easily type it in using the touch scre
Of course the global positioning system of the Lowrance iWay is the true crown of this div