I would recommend this GPS. Buy used for much cheaper than current models
6 April 2013
Summary: Nice GPS. Does everything I need. There is a learning curve for the novice but the manual does a pretty good job of explaining everything except how to use the topo maps. When I figure that part out it will be perfect for all my outdoor activities (hunting,dirt bike and atv riding and geocaching). excellent battery life also.
Summary: This is a nice product and works as advertized. Pros: - Locates satellites quickly; - Digital compass and altimeter are quite useful; - batteries lasts for a long time (~15-20 hrs); - shows your track on the screen. You can walk back by your track if you are really lost :-\ Cons: - no map.
Summary: Got this as my first enrty into the world of GPS. My main reason for choosing it was, it was cheap and I could upload maps to it. I plan to use it on a upcoming dirt bike trip. I purchased some maps from a website that creates maps of the dirt bike trails in Michigan (vvmapping). Was able to upload the maps and routes into the eTrex without issue.
Summary: I purchased this unit to replace a similar GPS from Garmin that the neighborhood tweakers lifted from me last year. I liked the simplicity of use of my old handheld, and found the Garmin had incorporated the same design features of the older model into the Vista Hcx. And the expanded memory is great, I am now able to carry more of the western US and is stil easy to use and set up, Thomas D.
Summary: fast in start up and finding location, works well under tree cover. standard, intuitive, features. good for back country use. the mapping software is not very reliable - trails that don't really exist, major trails that are not on the software. accuracy is moderate, but good enough for my use.
Summary: it is a very sofisticated instrument great device to navigate specially for hickers and hunters off road in the mounts or forestes it will guide you anywhere, hawever as I sayd its very intuit one should learn all its values before seting out to an adventure...
Summary: I do a lot of hunting and backpacking. My life has depended on this unit to find my way home. While it's not perfect it has never failed me. I am in the outdoors in all types of weather. A touch screen is not an option. Other touch screen products have let me down. When my life is on the line this unit is the one for me. I have spent many nights in the woods in all types of weather. I only do it with the Etrex vista hcx. Case closed.
Summary: I looked at many different units before selecting this one. I wanted one that would work well for hiking, back-country skiing, finding hidden rock climbing areas and also for geocaching. This unit does it all and does it quite well; my only complaint is that, having owned GPS units before, I thought I could take this out and "wing it" in terms of figuring out the features.
Probably the best hiking / geocaching GPSR in its price range.
J. Lee, Amazon
23 July 2011
Summary: This GPS unit was designed with the outdoorsman in mind. Pros: 1. It is water resistant, so you're perfectly safe in the rain or even in shallow water. 2. It locks onto a satellite signal quickly and in difficult environments. Treecover is no issue, neither is a deep canyon. I recently took a trip to NYC and while my Garmin Nuvi was practically useless at getting a signal lock when surrounded by tall buildings, my Vista had no trouble at all. 3.
Summary: Had an older Etrex and used it for many years. the rubber guard around the side came unglued and they wanted $100 to replace and glue it back on. They don't sell parts so I ordered another one. It is light, great for hiking and I use it for travel. It makes it nice to know how far you have to go to your destination and what the elevation is and how fast you are really going. It will geocache but I haven't used it much for that.