Summary: I will use the unit for desert navigation in my RZR and for backpacking the sierras. It does a lot of things and the learning curve takes a while. I only gave it four stars because the instruction data could be more helpful. I should not have to rely on U tube for more complete instructions on its use.
I highly recommend this product for anyone traveling in remote regions.
5 February 2014
Summary: We spend a lot of time in Central America and there are seldom land and marine charts available that adequately cover the remote areas that we frequent. After extensive research on various hand held navigation units, I decided on the Garmin GPSMAP 62stc because of its rugged design and ability to download satellite images for conversion into GPS maps capable of providing accurate latitude and longitude coordinates.
A little on the pricy side but also has alot of extras.
5 February 2014
Summary: works great have not had any problems with it as of yet used it on a dozen or so hikes and or snowshoeing trips. the rechargable battries that comes with it and the charger are a money saver for long term use. Also own a GPSMAP 62s and have had some problems with it but after talking to Garmin rep about it they helped to reset it and its up and running again without any problems.
Summary: This garmin is a very nice product with a lot of capabilities. It has clear menu screens and easy to follow. I have not used it enough to comment on the battery life yet. Overall I think this is a very good product....
Summary: I bought the Central America map chip to go with this and that seals the deal. I am never lost!! Which says a lot because getting lost is one of my great abilities. The one enormous minus is that the camera is a piece of crap. You get a better camera on a cheap cell phone. Besides the fact that if you erase a route, all the pictures that you took along that route also seem to disappear - big surprise!!
Summary: The Garmin 62stc is a classic amongst hikers and bicyclists. Much has been written in its praise and noting its shortcomings. I have used it all over the USA hiking trails which were entirely new to me. It's a wonderful feeling to know exactly where you are and just how to get back to the trailhead. I use the 100K maps which are built-in. I am considering adding the 24K maps (higher resolution) for hiking and climbing in the mountains.
Summary: I suppose some of the problem could be operator head space, but I'm not illiterate or technically challenged. I wanted the GPS device because I wanted to be able to navigate in the field with a high degree of confidence. When I received the product, the topo maps that come preloaded were more than 1/2 mile off. I tried everything, including the technical support, which informed me that with the 1:100,000 maps I could routinely expect to to be at least 1/4 mile off.