Summary: It's your basic GPS. It's great if what you need is to find your way to a place or back out of a place. I used it in the Sandbox and the only time I had a problem was when the sandstorms would hit, then nothing worked except my compass. It does drain batteries a little to fast for my taste though.
I wouldn't buy (another) Sportrak Pro if I didn't have to
26 April 2012
Summary: Since 2003 I've owned 4 Sportrak Pro and 1 Sportrak Color GPS. The reason I've owned so many is because they keep failing - and everyone has failed for a different reason! I keep buying them because I have a large number of waypoints and routes that would be difficult to convert to a format that could be used on another GPS. If I wasn't so dependent on this brand and model, there's no way on earth I'd buy one!!!
Super accurate GPS, easy to use and configure for specialized applications.
24 June 2011
Summary: I needed a very accurate handheld GPS to find the location of corners for a 60 acre land parcel and chose the Magellan SporTrak Pro model because it was the most accurate handheld unit tested by an independent group in 2004. Since then, a lot of other GPS's use the same processor (SiRF Star III) as the Pro, but few offer the flexibility in setting up the displays and maps that Magellan does.
Summary: Read some early reviews of the SporTrak that touted its ability to attain and maintain a GPS lock. The review was spot on, after installing batteries and clearing all old user data, the unit achieved a solid multi-sat lock within the house, enough so that it could recognize movement within the house. This is not the norm, even for newer units ((I have a GARMIN Rino 110 that cannot do this).
Summary: Item was as described and works fine. I have loaded the topo mapping on it and the detail is better than what you get from the new handheld GPS. On the Pro with the topo mapping in it you get 20' contour intervals and on the newer models I have not been able to find that kind of detail.
Summary: I've owned a SporTrak Pro since 2003 when we were deployed to Iraq and I was a Platoon Sergeant. I used it on every convoy inputting our waypoints manually and creating routes our convoy was taking. I wanted to know where we were going and how we were going to get there in case the guy in the lead vehicle screwed up. The first critical time I used it as a convoy commander was to navigate from Mosul, Iraq to Kuwait and back without any paper maps on hand.
This unit worked great for the first year or so...though…
1 February 2006
Summary: This unit worked great for the first year or so...though it didn't get much use. Then it started locking up...just after the warranty expired of course. It has happened three times and now I have a very expensive paperweight! The first time it locked up was because of an incomplete download of the MapSend software. I had been through the process before, but for some reason while loading an update the unit locked up.
Conclusion: The SporTrak Pro is a good GPS Receiver. The receiver is small, lightweight and has all the standard features that you'd want in a handheld GPS Receiver, the only thing lacking from this receiver is to be able to expand the store space allowing for larger maps to be downloaded with MapSend. If the amount of space for map data is crucial, then the SporTrak Pro will really be the GPS Receiver for you.