Summary: My wife bought for my birthday the Explorist 500 several years ago. After playing with it a while I decided to buy the MapSend Direct Route 3.0 for street mapping and it worked ok, not great. The software wasn't cheap and when I got it the unlock code didn't work. It took me an hour with customer service before they would send me a working unlock code!!
Summary: This is a great GPS for geocaching. It works well with geocaching.com and a Windows PC. Do not attempt to use it with a Mac. I could not find a single third party piece of software that would work with Mac. If you have a PC, like most of the world grab one of these.
Summary: I bought this back in early 2007 and have used it for hiking, driving, flying and just finding my way around when I visit new places. I also use the track log a lot to see where I've been. Pros: - Generally very reliable. Never had it crash on me. - Battery lasts a long time. I've done a whole day's snowboarding and it's still going strong at the end of the day. - User interface is reasonably easy to understand - Easy interface with PC. Looks like a disk drive.
Summary: I purchased the Magellan Explorist 500 used on Amazon and after reading the instructions and a little hands on use was able to upload maps from the Mapsend Topo 3D and DirectRoute softwares to an SD Card and then to the unit with no problems. I used the unit to geocache and also for driving instruction.
Summary: very accurate very easy to use and battery last forever ... i'm very happy with it and would advise anyone to buy it. tons of info about the product online .................................................................
Explorist 500 best of the cheap GPS for Geocaching
26 May 2010
Summary: I had one of these and lost it. I then choose to get a Triton300 an I absolutely hate it. I have been looking for a good Explorist 500. Good points.. Unlimited geocaches routes and saved data(creative filing) No more than 500 geocaches to a file. So for me when I am in Fort Lauderdale. I use the geocaches for Lauderdale. When in Fort Pierce I use the Fort Pierce file.