Make sure that you know as much as possibl about the product you're buying
6 May 2011
Summary: This is a great unit, but I should have done more research and learned that this was an early version of the eTrex Vista and therefore only came with the ability to do data transfer with a serial cable. I have an iMac and do not have the ability to do ANY data transfers with this unit. No map downloads, no uploading Geocaches, no data connection at all.
Summary: When I got the unit it kept shutting off for no reason. I'm sure it was a fluke but it was frustrating. I was going to exchange it and it realized that for an extra $50 I could get the Vista C, which is color, has a USB cable, and is an all around better unit. The regular Vista comes with a serial port cable and I don't have serial ports so I would have needed a $40 cable. I'm glad I went with the Vista C instead.
Summary: I have used my eTrex Vista for over 200 miles of geocaching now. I really like everything about this product except the compass. In order for the compass and direction finder to be accurate, you must hold the eTrex perfectly level. This can be very annoying, especially when walking or on a slope. And folks, the direction finder is a very important feature of any GPSr--you might say it is the reason you get a GPSr.
Summary: 100% Brilliant. Goes with me everywhere outdoors. When outdoors I always store waypoints for key locations (I.e Car, Camp, Chairlifts, Boat mooring etc). I can then venture of knowing that I can always get back. Its a great luxury which allows you to explore without the worries. If you ever get injured in the wilderness and have a phone, you can always give your exact position hence speeding up any resue. Even great for other uses.
Pros: Design (one handed control). Ease of use. Graphical interface with symbols and text. Accuracy is amazing Clear and Customisable Display. Build Quality PC Interface cable included. Very Reliable. Always get a Satellite lock and has never let me down. Size.. As small as the average small mobile phone. Compass which works when static, not just when moving like most models. Barometer and Barometric Altimeter (if left on it'll map the trends in Altitude of barometric presu...
Cons: I wish the battery lasted for more than 12 hours.. But that is contin
Summary: The eTrex Vista has all the features one would want in a small hand-held GPS. The small size is nice, and the 24 MB was enough storage to put in my US TOPO for MA, ME, and most of NH. Couple problems with the unit - the small display makes for difficult reading when moving - I used it on a boat and basically had to stop to see what was on the display - also it is just too small a display to see in the car (although it does fit nicely in the steering wheel between the...
Summary: The E-Trex Vista is a fully packed product that delivers everything promised EXCEPT viewability. Unless you are blessed with far above average eyesight you will find the product frustrating. I also have a Garmin GPS - 12 and thought the mapping ability of the Vista would be great. With eyes like an eagle you will be very happy - otherwise you will be driving around blind trying to see the tiny letters on the maps.