I disagree with previous reviewers, because it is…
8 March 2009
Excerpt: I disagree with previous reviewers, because it is possible to load my own data into the GARMIN GPSmap 76CS. I have used the DNR Garmin extension (V 5.4.1) "Downloaded for free" for this purpose and loaded my own shapefiles into the GPS.
Summary: I originally purchased the GPS to use with my jet ski with the option to use it for navigtion around town as a secondary function. Seadoo designed special glove boxes to flush mount one of these units due to their superior waterproof ability to handle the wet environment experienced in skiing.
Summary: The unit itself is a little bulky but the larger issue is the maps. The unlocking process is just brutal. Its not worth the aggravation. Stay away. And just so you know, I'm an IT professional and this is the most difficult product I think I ever worked with.
Summary: As a game warden in Florida there is a need for a GPS. We locate illegal hunting site quite often. When the time comes to catch the poacher we usually can't approach the site the way the poachers do. We have to come through different and unfamiliar ways.
Summary: This is my second Garmin unit. My first was the eMap. I loved that one so I only researched other garmin units. This one had everything I wanted. I use it on the road, hiking the AT and marine navigation. To get more than simple use you have to purchased additional software.
Summary: The Garmin 76CS is a major improvement over the Garmin 76S, which I also own. (See my review of the 76S on Amazon.com.) Not that the 76S is bad; it's a fine unit. But the 76CS is better in significant ways. Specifically: 1.
Summary: I didn't realize that it is so bulky. it doesn't fit in a pocket. And, as other GPS-only devices, it is limited in functionality. I returned this item and got myself Dell Axim x51v and GlobalSat Bluetooth GPS receiver, which I'm pretty satisfied with.