Summary: This was a recommendation. My husband does a lot of off-roading and hiking and he needed a small unit. It works for all his vehicles, cars to bikes and motorcycles. The screen and maps are small and hard to see. Voice-directions help. Its fine but we probably wouldn't buy it again. I'm sure it would be fine for someone else.
Summary: I bought this for a trip to Quetico- the Canadian boundary waters, so I haven't really used it yet. I do like the touch screen and the fast pick up of the signal and the fact that it gets that signal when I'm in cover. But I'm having trouble figuring out how to load stuff on it and how to enter long/lat coordinates.
Summary: I bought a Dakota 10 for my wife's bicycle. I have been using a 76csx since it was introduced and love it. The76csx has a few more features and is significantly larger and more expensive (if you can still find one as they have been discontinued) than the Dakota for approximately the same screen size. The big disadvantage of the Dakota in comparison to the 76csx is that the display is grainy and dim. In most lighting conditions it is very difficult to view.
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: I ordered this for my husband who hunts. It came topo maps, but we could only download for one state. Wish it had more internal memory, or maybe I should have upgraded to the unit with the card memory.
Summary: First Impressions: This unit has some nice features but the one thing it does NOT have is a "sunlight readable" screen, all Garmin "touch screen" models are much harder to read in the sun compared to the eTrex or 60Csx type models (regretfully these models are also very complex to use). The main advantage of this Dakota unit is that it is better for paperless geocaching because it does display tips.
Summary: After reading many positive reviews about the features and ease of the touchscreen but also about the visibility problems with the screen, I decided to take a chance and upgrade my aging monochrome eTrex Legend. After years of fumbling around with the tiny joystick and sidebuttons on the Legend, the touchscreen is a welcome change. If you're familiar with the iPod touch, iPhone, or Garmin's Nuvi automotive GPS units, then you'll like the Dakota's touch screen.