Excerpt: Designed for the most adventurous outdoor enthusiasts, the eTrex Summit® adds an altimeter and electronic compass to its highly accurate GPS navigation functions (within three meters.) The WAAS-enabled Summit® features a 12-paralell channel receiver and waterproof case (IPX7) that can withstand immersion in a meter of water for 30 minutes and keep on going.
Excerpt: This GPS unit from Garmin is very simple to understand, with a logical sequence of pages, each doing a very specific and obvious job. Itâ€™s also extremely easy to link to the PC, although itâ€™s not quite as effortless as the USB connection of the Vista CX in the higher price band. Note that the data cable isnâ€™t supplied, so ...
Excerpt: While many weekend warriors head for the backcountry to escape the wonders (and headaches) of modern technology, for all but the most techno-averse backcountry traveler technological gadgetry enhances the outdoor experience without ruining the natural aspect of the trip.
Conclusion: As one of the eTrex models, its small size can be a plus. However, the small screen size is the price you pay for that. Keep in mind the eTrex Summit does not support maps so if that’s what you’re looking for, you’ll need to consider a different model. The electronic compass uses extra battery power, so you may want to turn it on only when necessary.
Pros: Does not support maps, Does not support WAAS, Difficult to find “hold level” position (necessary for compass accuracy)
Cons: Barometric Altimeter, Electronic compass, Small size, Ease of use