Summary: Purchased this GPS to track waypoints of trees. Unit was fairly easy to use, but could use some upgrades on menu navigation and the ability to customize. Overall, unit was worked very well for the price. Battery life seems good as well.
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. The unit its really easy to setup and use. The map packs are pretty expensive but I got the detailed maps for CO where I live and they are great.
Gotta luv' the color screen, compass, and altimeter!
7 February 2011
Summary: I am a map and compass guy, but since I've started hunting solo I thought I better break into the GPS world. This unit is a good balance between features and ease of use, as best I can tell. I was hesitant to go Garmin at first, until I found third party maps at a gps website (hint: what does a train stop at?) that had topos for my area.
Summary: Very good toy! Works great, but the maps included are to much simplefied. there's about to nothing on it si we can mach the way to a lake, around it or where's the lake? Then, the map programs, the cd's we can buy costs a lot of money!! It's important to be aware of that and look at the prices of the necessairy maps regions, to conciderate the prices with the gps price.
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. The directions for doing this weren't clear to me, so I had to contact customer service. They promptly told me how to do it, and it was very easy once I knew how.
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. I am disappointed with the Mapsource and Base Camp software though. Both programs are crude and run like a preliminary version of software in development.
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. I am based in Jamaica and was concerned when buying it about the level of detail in the base map and whether the satellite reception would give me high enough resolution. It works great.
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. The owner's manual is sufficient and the unit's controls are well placed.
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. The Garmin web site explains that better than amazon. but this GPS is priced right and does everything needed to be a great bike computer.
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 seemed favourable.