Summary: I bought this gps to find my way through the woods between known waypoints. While studying up on these devices I decided that I also wanted the barometric altimeter and the electronic compass. This was the best value gps that I found with these features. I am very happy with the unit's performance and features. I use this strictly for off road and do not plan on using it for road navigation so I cannot comment on that capability.
Summary: I bought this GPS because it has many high quality features but was much cheaper than the newer models. I'm a novice to GPS and figured this GPS would do everything I needed and it does and then some! It can be used to outdoor adventuring,geocaching, or road and highway navigation and with the Micro SD card slot its simple as pie to switch between maps. The screen is very bright and has a good detail level. Battery life is phenomenal!
Summary: I use this for hiking, hunting, and driving and it works great. The reason I went with this model is the ability to upload different maps like topos, and highway. I have yet to find somewhere that my eTrex loses its location. The ease of use with the eTrex is great and the battery life has never been an issue. It is also nice that it uses just regular AA batteries.
Summary: This little hand held GPS receiver is great. You can definitely get more expensive models with more bells and whistles, but this model has about everything a amateur needs. This is the second one I've bought and I love it. I do a lot of geocaching and it works very well for that.
Summary: Man! I love this unit! If you are into gadgets and gizmos this little baby is the coolest. Not to mention the original purpose of being a GPS! Garmin has a winner here. There is so much stuff on this thing it will take you a long time to play with everyting! I bought this unit for the barometer/altitude capability over the Legend because you can monitor the changes in barometric pressure to spot incoming storms, nice to know if you are out on a ridge or mountain top and...
Summary: The Vista has all the features needed for active outdoor life. It is small, but yet big enough for easy handling. On the downside is only minor issues. For use at night it would be nice if the background light could be dimmed even more. All in all the Vista is good value for money.
Summary: I love my eTrex. It works for everything. I use it for hiking, mountain biking and road biking. It will run on 2 AA batteries for a long time if you turn off the map and just run the "computer" (speed/distance) screen. I've used it on a week long bike tour and only changed batteries after about 4 days. With the add in microSD card (mine is 1 gig) I'm able to load up almost the entire U.S. for maps.
Summary: I recently purchased this unit and chose it above the legend series as this has not only the color screen, but also compass and altitude tracking. It does far more than I would ever need in a GPS unit, but it is small enough to mount on my handlebars and go out on my road or mountain bike. You can track 7 realtime functions (speed, moving avg, elevation, odometer, etc) on the same screen. I routinely have accuracy within 7 feet, and even keep reception under dense trees.