Summary: I have a Garmin Vista Hcx that I bought this to replace. It was a mistake. The battery life is crap, I mean really crap. Make sure to pack a spare pair or two. The screen is hard to read unless you crank up the brightness which you can't do with a low battery and it always has a low battery.
With 100K topo only this unit will not set a direction to a waypoint.
Peter Najar "PAN", Amazon
7 September 2013
Summary: I've used Garmin for quite a long time. I bought the 450T for a hiking trip to Isle Royale in Michigan. If you haven't been you are missing a great place to hike. In eight days we hiked about 55 miles on this beautiful island National Park.
Summary: I've had roughly a dozen different Garmin GPS's, starting with the 12XL back in 1997 or so. I've been mostly happy with all, but this one is a disappointment (enough so that I returned it). Functionality as described on the box or online is good -- has all the things you'd want (at least on paper).
Summary: I bought this unit from Amazon after having owned a LOT of Garmin products over the years. It was a mistake. 1) The high resolution display is extremely difficult to read in sunlight. Since I didn't buy it to use indoors, that's a real problem.
Summary: 1. No software is provided, so search until you find out that Garmin BaseCamp can be installed for free. - why is the PC software not preinstalled on the unit, so that it is automatically installed when connecting unit to a PC? 2.
Summary: I've had difficulty performing the simplist of tasks with this unit: Examples: 1) using the Trip Computer to record the time and distance of a walk - it adds 4,5,20, whatever it feels like, kilometers to the distance walked. The selected registers change to others not selected (vertical speed??).
Summary: Described as used but arrived scratched and scored to an unacceptable level. In fairness, seller did not quibble and issued full refund.I cannot review the item as it was never used and eventually opted for a Satmap unit instead, which I thoroughly recommend.
Summary: I'm sure the hardware is excellent, but unless you are a GPS geek it's very difficult to use. Supplied documentation is poor and many of the menus are far from intuitive. Likewise the BaseCamp software that you can download from Garmin to set up routes on your computer is badly designed and poorly...
Summary: If you are thinking of buying this product because you are a long time Garmin user (like me) and think that all your saved tracks, routes and waypoints you used on for years on your old eTrex can be copied over onto the Oregon then just be aware that .MPS is no longer a supported format.