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Lowrance HOOK-2 4X vs Garmin Striker 4 which is better

Post By: k2skinner      Posted: 9/16/2019 5:57:22 PM     Points: 0    
Hi i am looking to get a fish finder for my kayak. If price is the same at $100 each, which is better Lowrance hook2 vs Garmin Striker 4?
Thank you
 Reply by: oldblue156      Posted: Sep. 16, 8:20:45 PM     Points: 1344    
cannot speak to the lowrance but I have a striker + 4" model and I really like it. I use it on my belly boat.
 Reply by: idlerick      Posted: Sep. 16, 10:27:49 PM     Points: 4    
Don't have first-hand knowledge of either model, but Garmin makes a great GPS, and Lowrance was the first sonar on the market back in the 60's. Lowrance has refined their sonars for 50+ years, and Garmin should have stuck with what they did best. Just my opinion after a couple of each.
 Reply by: RogBow      Posted: Sep. 17, 7:41:42 AM     Points: 1663    
Garmin makes great sonar units and are already among the best. I have 2 Garmin sonars on my boat and wouldn't be without them.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: Sep. 17, 9:43:34 AM     Points: 48401    
Lowrance has social mapping on the GPS models. Nice thing to have.
 Reply by: Dan Swanson      Posted: Sep. 17, 10:31:39 AM     Points: 1359    
Goose is right, Lowrance has great maps for free for a lot of Colorado Lakes. But the Lowrance X models canít use them. You need to buy the models without the X in the model number if you want a map.

 Reply by: k2skinner      Posted: Sep. 18, 12:17:04 AM     Points: 0    
Thanks all for the good info.
 Reply by: catchem      Posted: Sep. 18, 10:01:34 PM     Points: 124    
I have tried out both of those units. The Striker is very good, the Hook so shockingly bad that I cannot believe that Lowrance puts its name on it. I had a 20 year old portable Lowrance\Eagle that worked better. But buy both from Cabelas or Bass Pro, try them, and return the loser. Depending on your needs, Garmin is now including QuickDraw Contours on the 4 Plus, allowing you to create your own maps. Since none of the map providers have decent maps for Colorado, it is a great feature. Garmin does have a map sharing community, but almost no one is using in in Colorado. If you want to use community maps rather than making your own, then Lowrance might be a better choice, but go with a better unit than the Hook.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Sep. 19, 8:37:03 AM     Points: 5992    
Being able to make maps and or update the maps you've already made is priceless.You should see the details I have for Aurora.Heres the kicker . . . .I add or update my own map everytime I go.The GPS available today is spot on.