Summary: This is the easiest to use, lightest GPS for hiking. No maps mean no screen clutter, so it's easy to see the breadcrumb trail for where you've been, and find your way back. The internal compass makes sighting a breeze. The barometric altimeter is unnecessary, as the satellite altimeters already work fine. Not so useful for driving.
Summary: I've had great fun with my Geko 301, but it's also been somewhat frustrating. I see that other reviewers have also experienced problems such as no functionality in forests. If you're spending a day walking in a forest, the device is essentially useless. I wish someone had told me that beforehand. I'm in South Africa, incidentally. Worse, my second Geko 301 in a period of three years has just experienced display panel failure.
Summary: Garmin Geko 301 - GPS receiver - hiking Not a bad piece of equipment for the price...Reasonable battery life, fair amount of options, relatively easy operation in harsh conditions, fluctuating readings of elevations, once calibrated, generally appear to be within ascribed tolerances (have checked this against solid benchmarks).... Though I would NOT want to absolutely stake my personal survival upon it, it is DEFINTELY better than nothing in orienting geo-direction, esp.
Summary: The re-conditioned Geko 301 is indistinguishable from a new one. We use it in our land-surveying business in conjunction with National Geographic TOPO! to find section corners and quarter-corners. I've also used it with great results when sailing in a small vessel that lacked a compass and speedometer.
Summary: The feature I really like about this item is the computer screen where you can customize it with just about any feature you want. I bought it for the variometer, altimeter, bearing and speed since I fly hot air balloons. I compared the altimeter with my other set of instruments and I think it is very accurate. I also like the fact that the battery last for a long time. I find it user friendly and easy to operate.
Summary: This is a great, small GPS unit. It is very light and full of great functions. It won't map, but I use it to just keep from getting lost. Also, the altimeter and the electronic compass are great. The batteries last a while, but I only turn it on occasionally.
Summary: I bought this GPS to use while I ride my bike in the mountains and it works great. It is also great for putting on the dash of your car because it has rubber on the bottom it doesn't move around. Works great as a compass and gives your max speed and average speed. Also has great games to play to help you figure out all the features. Great product with many uses.
Summary: Amazingly compact, no larger than a small cell phone. Easy to operate, even though there are only five buttons. Can be configured to use different units and coordinate systems. The battery life is okay but can be as short as four hours, depending on various factors (which I wish were documented somewhere). The built-in compass and altimeter are neat, but probably not worth the additional cost over the Geko 201, especially if you have a separate compass anyway.