Summary: I purchased the Dakota 10 bike/hike bundle for my bicycle. After looking at FAR more expensive bike-specific units I decided this would probably have the features I wanted at a more reasonable price. One of the main features I liked was the fact that the Dakota takes AA batteries.Battery life with alkalines is pretty good, better with NIMH rechargables and when the power saving features are used, if you leave the back light on it WILL chew through batteries!
Summary: So far the Dakota 10 is everything I hoped for. I am a big fan of geocaching and being a paperless unit, Great. I think the thing that sets off the Garmin from others is Battery life. I actually bought a different brand and it works great for caching and it is paperless, but it doesn't have the battery life and some of the features that the Dakota has. I bought the Dakota 10 refurbished for half the cost and works great.
Summary: I was torn between the Magellan Explorist GC & the Garmin Dakota 10, and upon reading reviews I sprang for the Garmin, boy did I make the right choice! This unit locks on satellites IN THE HOUSE usually in less than 10 seconds! WOW! Paperless geocaching is very easy to do on this unit, and saves a lot of time planning a trip.
Summary: the main reason i bought this model garmin dakota10 gps was the price,i was comparing prices online and walmart.com price for this unit was 145. 00,cabelas,bestbuy,basspro,and several others were 245.00 and higher for the same thing,the price since then has gone back up.only tried the garmin out one time but seems to work fine, i didnt want to spend a lot for a gps nor do i need a lot of features,this is the second hand held gps i have owned,the first was a magellan,it...
Summary: I purchased this little GPS after becoming sick and tired of getting turned around scouting and hunting public property. This GPS has the ability to be everything you could ever need and more. You can download Topographic Maps, Public Land Maps, and Bird's Eye View Maps onto it. You can also choose to stack all of your map layers on top of each other which is very interesting and useful. This GPS eats batteries though.
Summary: For the average outdoorsman who doesn't want to take a class to learn how to use their unit, this is the "real deal" !! Inexpensive, small, bright color screen and self explanatory with the "touch screen" !! I absolutely love it....FANTASTIC !!
Summary: After mud-wrestling with my multi-buttoned e-trex for several years, I wanted a simpler, faster, easier GPS for hiking and hunting off-trail. I selected the Dakota 10 because it was an inexpensive touchscreen with reasonable reviews. Once I Loaded the 1:24,000 topo map and read the manual, using the D-10 was great - all I expected and needed. However, loading the map required a call (after a couple of frustrating hours)to a very helpful tech.
Summary: My Garmin GPS IIIs (I have two) were growing a little long in the tooth. I knew the new Garmin devices had much better lock-on times and the four AA batteries in the "III" don't last long. I also wanted something smaller and lighter. So, I bought a Garmin Dakota 20. Then I bought the Garmin North America City Nav microSD/SD card. Installing the card is a no-brainer (the directions come with the card). Then I downloaded Garmin BaseCamp software. Why? Because it is free.