Summary: Ok, So I am a river guide in Oregon and I also hunt a lot. I needed a GPS that would be waterproof and able to be accurate, rugged and functional with accurate mapping. This fits the bill. There are however, problems. I smartly went to an after-market provider to get maps via the SD card. That's one of the best things about this GPS is that you can easily dump your maps and such in. A year into ownership, it had a software brain fart.
Summary: I've owned my 500 now for almost 4 years and am still happy with it. I've read all the horror stories here and am not sure what half of them are talking about. Mine came with a USA topo map that I had to install online. Updates in the firmware really improved the useability, I don't use Vantage Point, though I did install it. I use it mainly for geocaching and it is much more accurate than the Oregon that my buddy uses.
Summary: I purchased this with a gift card and did not have high hopes for the price but was surprised by its features.It makes a great beginner GPS and also has GeoCache capabilities. Its water proof up to 3M and feels solid in your hand. I also use the altimeter feature quite a bit which is nice.
Summary: Awesome little GPS. Well worth the money! Great for hunting, or geocaching. Have had cheaper models, and more expensive models, using them for work, and this little one keeps up with them all.
Summary: The Magellan Triton 500 GPS contained corroded double A batteries. There was minor damage to the GPS at the contact points of the battery that were able to be cleaned. In the future, removal of the batteries should be the practice.
Summary: Bought this unit refurbished after reading about twenty reviews but was a little leery of what to expect. Have been working with the Triton 500 for about a week and after some want to send it back moments I got the feel of it. Very strong reception at all locations I have been. Great on land or water. Has way more operations then I will ever use for every day hunting and scouting.
Summary: bought this unit for use in rough mountain country and has lived up to my expectation in every way - have loaded with national geographic maps which work very well - have not found any places that it will not pick up signal and it is very easy to use - have dropped unit several times and has not hurt the performance any - would highly recommend unit for all types of use