Summary: PLEASE READ UPDATE AT THE BOTTOM! Interface with the Mac is now good! I only give this 4 stars instead of 5, as the altimeter refuses to stay calibrated, and I can't upload much of my old tracks back to this unit (Mac problem? Unit problem? Memory problem?
Summary: I bought this to use kayaking. My first real test of it though was on a rafting trip. The audible proximity alerts were nice. Knowing that something was coming up without having to look at the gps every 5 minutes was good. Overall very pleased.
Summary: I bought it to replace my old Garmin Etrex Vista and I am very happy with it. When comparing it to my older model these are the main differences: Pros: * Really high sensitivity. Now it always works inside the car, and it always works when hiking in the forest.
Summary: I've had this almost a month now, use it almost every day when I run now to keep track of both my route and statistics. Anyway, just now the battery has gone down a bar. It has amazing sensitivity and battery life. The worst part to me is that what comes out of the box is an almost empty map.
Summary: This was my first stand-alone GPS unit. I purchased about a year ago primarily to log routes for geotagging photos, as well as aspirations to start doing some geocaching (which I have yet to get around to, but I will!
Summary: I like my HCx and other reviewers have detailed the pros and cons. I don't understand why the HCx can't profile altitude as accurately as the Vista C. I give this a four star because Garmin does such a poor job of documentation. First, the bike mount.
Great Hardware, Awful Documentation, Poor Software
Dog's Boy on the Sunny Southern OR Coast, Amazon
23 April 2011
Summary: GARMIN Vista HCX Overall, this is a highly functional & useful GPS that suffers mightily from the near-total failure of the manufacturer to even attempt to adequately document the product's rich feature-set.
One rugged, dependable GPS. Worked very well, though it takes time to become comfortable using this GPS to its full potential.
Praveen Kharb, Amazon
23 April 2011
Summary: I was looking for a GPS for my trek across Ladakh (Himalayas, India). This one fit the bill well and the purpose too. Here in India, forget about downloadable maps, we do not even get printed topographic maps of that area (but for the Olizane editions).
Summary: A few years ago I purchased the black and white eTrex Vista. I just replaced it with a Vista HCx with color. It is vastly superior. The good: Obviously with the color I no longer confuse roads and rivers. When I hit a bump, it no longer shuts off.