will never leave for the trails without my garmin vista hcx
30 October 2013
Summary: Great little device, instructions are easy to understand. I just got back from a backpacking trip in the sierra nevada mountains and this gps took me right to the spot where I wanted to go. Thanks to the after market topo my unit came with. The screen is bright even in daylight. Waypoints are easy to set and the unit is small and compact and very easy to pack. Batteries can last up to 20hrs more or less depending on use.
Summary: I bought this product to go with my Ground Penetrating Radar unit plugging it in via RS232 connection. I am a bit disappointed that it does not come with any maps perhaps the could give maps related to your mailing address such as your State or Country.
Summary: I cannot think of a single realistic improvement that can be made to this GPS. Yes, the screen is small, but who wants more weight? Amazingly intuitive interface. The mapping software (Topozone) is expensive, make sure you are willing to pay for it before buying the GPS. I use it for backpacking, kayaking and off-road motorcycle riding.
Summary: First off, I need to say that I live in an area of the States where the summers are stinkin' hot and the winters are freezin' cold. The cold winters are what made me purchase this device. I owned the predecessor to the Vista HCx - the plain old Vista which Garmin is phasing out. With the old Vista you could hardly get a fix under foliage. With the Vista HCx I can get one indoors.
Overall a very good system with a few design flaws that need changes.
31 October 2011
Summary: Generally, a very good field GPS. The Display is small for middle-aged eyes, but being sunlight-readable is a plus. The menu also takes some time to figure out. Also, the controls and stick are not designed for gloves or cold weather use, but again this is a good system for general use.