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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summary: I only wanted a basic GPS system but was given the money to buy this instead. My fundamental requirement was for a system which would allow me to (a) monitor my position as I walked and (b) manually enter waypoints as I worked out a route on a (paper) map on those occasions when I would be...
Summary: This is the first handheld GPS I've owned and my first thought was of disappointment, not with the device itself but with the detail of the map provided. The map is very basic and does not really give enough detail if you are out hiking.
Summary: Product is basically good BUT Garmin do not advise that only Garmin maps will work. Plus I already had the full UK map bought for an earlier Garmin - again this also will not work as Garmin will not let you carry the 'licence' forward to a newer updated product.