Summary: This is a great unit overall, but the rubber bumper around the edge of the unit is a real problem for those of us who live in the Southwest. It appears that exposure to the sun and heat causes the adhesive to disintegrate.
Good feature set, but the well known flaw is very annoying, especially given the price
Paul Wake, Amazon
25 August 2006
Summary: If you want a GPS unit for backpacking, this one (or the newer color version) has among the best feature sets. Downloadable maps, an altimeter, an electronic compass, etc. It's a Cadillac, unless you step up from the eTrex line to something beautiful but horrendously expensive like the GPSMAP 76CSx...
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.
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.
Summary: I started with the Etrex summit. Liked it and progressed to Vista. I have beeen using this for over 2 years now. Cons: 1. warm up can be frustratingly long esp. in the city with tall buildings. 2. Reception can be very bad in city areas.
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.
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 pho...
Cons: I wish the battery lasted for more than 12 hours.. But that is contin
Summary: This device has great potential but the technology is still a little immature. Zooming in/out as well as up/down/left/right even at low map resolutions is slow enough to limit on device trip planning.
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.