Summary: I bought this GPS for my fiance as a Christmas present. We love to take our dogs out on hiking adventures & go Geocaching together. Before buying the Garmin, we used an old B&W screen GPS with basic compass; it had none of the bells & whistles the Garmin offers. I decided to buy the Garmin because of the many great features: the electronic compass, altimeter, color screen, expandable memory & the ability to download coordinates quickly right onto the GPS.
Summary: This is a wonderful GPS. I can get connected from inside my house! We are new to geocaching, but a family member showed us the ropes to get started. We just download our geocaches directly from the website and put it on the compass and we are off on our adventures. We really love this GPS. The only disappointment was that it does not come with preloaded maps. The maps are expensive to buy.
Summary: We bought this for geocaching and have done very well with this. It takes us within 5 feet of a cache. It's worked very well under a thick cover of trees. Doesn't work to well inside a cinder block store. ;-) The only thing that can be a little annoying is the toggle button as it can be a little sensitive sometimes. We've downloaded free topo maps from GPSfiledepot that work wonderfully with the HCX.
Summary: This GPS is really worth the money. I purchased it and then went on a camping trip on my own land to learn how to use it. I found it is easy to use, and very accurate in its coordinates. I really like the ease of adding in waypoints. Just click the stick and type it in. Simple and easy. I will admit that I had to read the directions several times to fully understand some of the settings on the unit, but after that it was easy.
Summary: the unit i have now is my second one. the first one,when i was trying to find my waypoint would stop navigating at about 75 yards from the waypoint and would say you have reached your destination. after talking to the support staff at garmin i realized it was a problem they could not fix over the phone, so i returned it for another unit. i told garmin i was navigating from my truck and they said that should'nt matter.