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: The device is good, the base map sucks! I think the Dakota GPS device is great, but the base map (for trekking purposes) is essentially worthless. Apparently Garmin makes all their profits on selling us overly expensive maps. Unless you are willing to double your price by buying very expensive maps from Garmin, or are capable and willing to build your own maps, this is not a hiking tool for you.