Summary: I'll keep it short and sweet. I bought this to go hunting in the New Mexican mountains. I didn't get lost, I found all my way points and I didn't break the bank getting a GPS. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 star is because it kept telling me the battery was low after only a few hours of use and the battery saver was on so I had to keep pushing the side button which is awkward while wearing manly mittens :-) I never did have to change out the batteries so I don't...
Summary: The Garmin 450t is very good, not great. Very quick to find location, nice size and functions. Bright sunlight makes viewing difficult at times but not impossible. The topo quality with the included 100k was poor so purchased the 24K micro card for my area, major improvement. If I had it to do over, I would have bought the base unit without topo and added the 24K card for the area(s) of my interest.
Summary: I bought this Garmin for my geocaching hobby. I'm still learning to use it, but so far I'm very pleased with it, other than it does seem to eat batteries. I am going to get rechargeable batteries for it. The instructions for using it for geocaching are sorely lacking and I've had to depend on other cachers with similar or same units for help.
Summary: Nicely made instrument. Not at all disappointed by the display as I think it is excellent in full sunlight as far as readability is concerned. I use mine mounted on a kayak, so full sunlight is a big factor. Although, night paddling brings on a different problem. If you want to see the screen at night you have to touch it and it will illuminate for a time period that it is set for.
Best GPS I've owned, still not as good as I'd like.
17 May 2013
Summary: I've owned two other hand held GPS units, both Garmin. One was the original eTrex Legend. For what it was, it was great. As long as you didn't need to navigate on cloudy days, or under trees, it worked fine. Any loss of sightline to satellites was the end of the game though. My next unit was an eTrex Legend HCx. It rectified the reception issues, and the display was much better, although it was still small, and could be difficult to use.
Perfect size for hiking (and readable without reading glasses)
Lawyer Lisa, Amazon
22 April 2013
Summary: A short review just for those debating the Montana 600 (larger) or Oregon 450T (smaller). I just use mine for hiking and have now tried both and am returning the Montana. The Oregon is pocket sized (definitely thicker than a thick wallet, but it can fit in a pants pocket and the Montana would not). So, much easier to use. I would have wanted to stow the Montana in my pack, and what is the point of that?
Summary: I bought the Garmin to assist me in my travels in the back country of Wyoming. My wife and I use our Polaris to explore the mountains and foothills I am not to gadget savvy but found that I was able to navigate the features with a little use. In the direct sun it is a bit difficult to see the display but I think that isn't the Garmins fault. Its accuracy is amazing and the features are more than adequate.