Summary: You'll hear it said GPS is unnecessary for following a trail or even finding a trail, and that's true, but GPS isn't merely a toy for playing games or for people too lazy to learn to use map and compass. In two specific situations, map and compass are useless and GPS comes into its own. One is finding something smaller than a trail, a particular tree or rock or hole. GPS precision can far exceed map and compass. The other situation is limited visibility.
Summary: I work at a state park and we purchased 2 of these units for recording weed points and burn breaks, etc. So far most of the issues I have had with the unit are simply from getting use to a new product. I do like how adjustable everything is, much more than the older units, which once I get use to the format I choose should speed things up. I also like that you can include notes when recording waypoints. Means less need for a clipboard in the field.
A good device, but has flaws that need to be considered before purchasing
9 March 2013
Summary: I have been using a GPSmap 62s for a couple of years now as my companion for off-road adventures (wheeling, hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, backcountry snowboarding, and geocaching, mostly). It's a good device, but I have not been completely pleased with the quality or reliability. It's a good buy, but be prepared to deal with some of it's quirks and some minor annoyances.
Summary: I have previously been a satisfied four+ year Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx user for all my Arizona, NM, and CO on & off-trail day hiking. I was looking forward to owning the newer Garmin technology replacement for the 60CSx, which is the GPSMAP 62s. I purchased my new 62s on 10/3/12 from an Amazon.com new seller whose pricing for a "new" 62s was the very lowest price offered on Amazon.com at that time. This new GPS receiver arrived ahead of schedule on 10/9.
Summary: As a long-time Garmin GPS user for field work, which includes waypoint averaging, lots of manipulation of waypoint data on the unit, and off-road navigation, etc., I think the series peaked with the model 60CSx. Yes, the model 62S has a faster processor and is therefore more responsive. But I have the following negative comments: The display is hard to read. The menu setup has changed so much as to be virtually unrecognizable.
Summary: The 62S is my third GPS, purchased April 2011. With it, I purchased the MapSource City Navigator DVDs for NorthAmerica/Mexico (2011.1 NT) and Europe (2012.NT), a DaneElec 4 GB microSD card, and a Colorado Series Bike Mount (#11023). I purchased the 62S & mount from DigitalOasis & the card plus Software from GPScity. Both companies shipped promptly. The 62S has v2.8 software.
Summary: I have this mount on two of my mountain bikes; a hardtail and a freeride bike. The mount worked good for a few months, but the design allows for a small amount of movement in X and Y directions. This is achieved via a rubber base pushing against the plastic insert and allows for a small amount of give for shock absorption.
GPS works great, but screen scratches way too easy
23 May 2011
Summary: The GPS functionality is great, as expected. My complaint with this unit (and probably all Garmin GPS units) is the screen scratches way too easily. On my first trip with this unit, I placed it in my camelback's nylon pouch. I guess the nylon was too rough, as it made small surface scratches in the screen. I plan on adding a screen protector to prevent this in the future. For a $400 unit though, I would expect a better quality screen that doesn't scratch so easily.