Summary: The product is really all what I expected. I am very pleased with the purchase and simple to operate it. Usually use it for mountain biking and I believe that the device is ideal for mixed use on road and off road.
Summary: Although the discription was of the newer model of vista (cx, or one with a color screen)was not correct, from the picture I could see it was not the right description so I was not supprised by the Item I recieved. The price was right and I am happy with the vista gps I recieved. The etrex line of gps recievers have been a solid line and will continue to be until they all turn to dust.
Summary: This GPS worked great for me most of the time. In the car or on the bike, it did everything I wanted with ease. But it doesn't hold a signal well under heavy tree cover. This was a big problem for me, since I'm a trail runner & backpacker, so I upgraded to the GPSMAP 60CSX. This problem isn't unique to the eTrex Vista, however; all the units with an internal antenna, even the new touch-screen Dakotas, have less than stellar reception.
Summary: Like: Nice 256-color TFT technology produces a bright, sunlight-readable display. Longer battery life for more hours of outdoor enjoyment. Waterproof to IPX7 standards. Dislike: The WAAS-enabled eTrex Vista CX uses up to 12 satellites. It took about 10 minutes to locate satellites at first, but after that it is pretty quick. In city between high building GPS receiver lost signal. The Vista Cx is non expandable with a new microSD HC memory card.
Summary: I bought the Garmin eTrex Vista Cx Of Lobstering in Fl Keys. My father inlaw Has waypoints on mini sd card. The vista cx accepts that card, as you may or may not know the keys can get very very shallow very fast. I broke off my skegg finding that out.The Gps show me what track to take 20 miles out no problem.
Summary: The feature that drove me to buy this model was the removable memory. It adds versitility, I use the GPS in many parts of the country and thought I needed the ability for multiple chips. It turns out the 128 mb chip that came with the GPS has so much room I was able to load all the areas that I need from the Map Disc, I dont need another chip! Its great! The color screen is a very nice feature, not absolutley necessary but nice.
Summary: Since this is my first GPS I don't have anything to compare it to, but I do know this. I'm finding out that what I've read about Garmin products both before and after I purchased this unit are true; It's not very user friendly for a beginner and the only mapping software that is compatible is Garmin's, which is fairly expensive.
Summary: I received the GPS sooner than estimated and it has performed up to my expectations. It powers up quickly and after using it for over a month it has been accurate over the trails in both distance and elevations. I definitely recommend it.
The only reason I did not rate it a 4 is the Garmin MapSource Topo U.S. 2008 did not come with it, but I knew that when I purchased it. After installing the Topo U.S. it will be a solid 5.