Great for hiking When Additional Maps Have Been Downloaded
CJs Pirate, Amazon
10 July 2013
Summary: Like so many others I was shocked at the bare bones map included. Having eyeballed it a bit I opted to pay for hiking trails upgraded maps. For that reason I'm dropping one star; mediocre installed maps. Many reviewers have noted this unit is not the best for driving. Quite honestly, I wouldn't have thought to use it for that anyway. I bought this for hiking and backpacking. For driving I have a road specific GPS. Second star loss goes to the way it's programmed.
Summary: A heads up for Mac users: Using a Mac to download maps for use on the eTrex Legend from the Garmin website required over a week of back-and-forth with Garmin technical support to make it work. Aside from installing numerous plug-in updates for the Firefox browser (and being told repeatedly by the Garmin website that these plug-ins were not installed), the coup de grace came when Garmin tech support informed me the microSD card I was trying to download maps could not be...
Summary: Unit works great, however there is something rattling around in it. Do I send it back or see what happens? This unit has had very light use inside my car. Edit: I turned unit on and gently shook it. The screen flickered and it lost reception.
Summary: I have used Garmin GPS units for a number of years. I started out with an eTrex Legend Cx and later upgraded to an eTrex Legend HCx. I have used these devices for hiking, biking, geocaching, driving, and plain old wandering about. In terms of operation, the eTrex Legend series is straightforward and user friendly. The eTrex Legend HCx gets excellent reception where the Cx bounced around a bit, and I would trust it in most circumstances.
Summary: This is my first hand held GPS. It is not an intuitive piece of hardware and be very very careful of what you are looking for. There are so many models to choose from and unfortunately I bought the wrong one for me. I kayak and back country camp so it sounded like a good choice with its water resistant housing and bright color screen. Did not realize that it is almost useless unless you purchase the needed maps - topo and lakes at around $130.00 each!
Summary: I've owned this and the previous CX. The HCX locks on to satellites very quickly and hold the signal indoors or in built up areas. Very good for hiking and the like. Trouble is that I mainly use the trip computer functions and the display is too volatile jumping around between speeds. Not good as a triip computer, buy the less sensitive CX for canoeing, biking etc.
Summary: It is a great GPS, but the software maps are HORRIBLE and extremedly EXPENSIVE. I got this GPS to be able to go hiking. I have a wife and a 14 months child. We go to the ocassional weekend hike and I don't want to get lost. I also have a Garmin Quest, and I thought I could take advantage of the same manufacturer. what a waste. It is an expensive piece of technology and still you are going to need to buy paper maps and carry them with you.
Summary: This is my second Garmin and I like the unit in general. The built-in maps though are beyond useless. I was on the Colorado River with this unit, and it showed me as being 400 feet off of the river. That is a pretty major error. My friend's GPS showed the exact same coords but his map actually showed us as being on the River. Yes, I know I am free to spend a ton of money on add-in map data, but really the base maps should be able to recognize the CO River.
Summary: This is my 5th GPS unit, and my 4th Garmin, including etrex Legend, eMap, Legend C, and now the Legend HCx. The Legend HCx is an ok GPS, but not currently good for hiking/backpacking. It has a bug in it that makes it inaccurate at sensing your speed when you walk less than about 2mph. While usually easy to walk faster than 2mph, when you're backpacking in the woods, it's often tough to average faster than that.