Summary: I have been using my etrex summit HC for two years now, mainly for bike riding and exploring obscure forest service roads in the Stanislaus National Forest, CA. I have been very pleased with the unit itself, easy to use, bright screen, sensitive, AA batteries, perfect fit on bike handlebars.
Summary: I have always liked garmins but i wanted a new gps that I could put topo maps on so I could truly see where i was and wanted to go without having to carry around a map book. My use of the unit has been for natural resources college classes, work, big game hunting, and for search and rescue.
Summary: I'll preface this by saying that I'm a novice GPS user, and some of my problems could be user error. I recently hiked England's Coast to Coast path using this product. It does the job it is supposed to do, but not as easily as it perhaps could. I downloaded a set of 190 waypoints for the hike.
Summary: i bought this model because i needed a compass that worked when stationary and I needed an accurate altimeter. i was pleasantly surprised both with the accuracy of the compass and the altimeter.
Summary: The HC is good for making your way through unfamiliar terrain. It's handy for marking hunting, fishing, and navigation points. Like other less expensive GPS units, the base map is very much lacking in detail. I feel that Garmin and other GPS manufacturers could provide a better base map.
Summary: I am a mountain biker and suffered with having to make frequent stops to get a map out of my back pack and then spend a few minutes working out where i was........painful! The etrex became choice number one because of price mainly, i was not too sure how it would work on the trail but other reviews...
The Garmin eTrex series stands as a massive force…
3 September 2009
Excerpt: The Garmin eTrex series stands as a massive force in the current civilian GPSr market. With many models to choose from, consumers can pick a receiver that best fits their perceived needs and price-range. And, Garmin has done well with keeping this line current.
Summary: I purchased this so that I could use it on my bike to take bike trips. This with the topo maps works really nicely. It is best to purchase the bike connections from garmin because there are different diameter handle bars and usually only the smaller handle bar holder is offered.