Summary: I bought this refurbished and it was extremely inexpensive (compared to other units as well as new units). I was going on a 3-day backpacking trip in Yosemite, and the trails are well-marked. I really only needed it to see how far away I was from different points on the trail.
Summary: This is a great GPS for the person just getting their hands on one. It has few "bells and whistles" , just the basics, but gets good support from Garmin. The reception will be lost in deep forest cover (that's why you carry that compass too)but knowing this up front you can adjust line of travel.
Summary: The eTrex Venture was purchased to replace a much older Garmin unit that was lost at the airport. The Venture is a disappointment in every respect. The tiny pushbuttons have a mushy feel, are difficult to work, and do not function in a reliable, consistent manner, making it IMPOSSIBLE to select...
Used only a few of its features, but it performed great
J. Starbird, Amazon
6 December 2005
Summary: I bought the Venture back in the summer of 2003 and I was never let down by it. At that time the speedometer on my car went out and as a cheaper alternative to buying the new, expensive gauge cluster for my car, I bought this GPS with a dashboard mount.
Great GPS receiver for basic hiking and backpacking.
28 December 2004
Summary: I returned a Cobra GPS 100 and upgraded to the eTrex Venture for the extra money. What a difference only a few dollars more can make! this is my first GPS unit ever, and I had no problems picking everything up within a day.