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Garmin eTrex Legend C Waterproof Hiking GPS

by Garmin
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  • Automatic route generation, off-route recalculation, turn-by-turn directions and more help navigate you safely to your destination
  • Waterproof to IEC 60529 IPX7 standards (submersible in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes)
  • Mini-USB port for fast, convenient download of map data
  • 256-color, sunlight-readable display, 36-hour battery life and 24 MB internal memory
  • Measures 1.2 x 1.3 x 4.7 inches (WxHxD)
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Garmin's pocket-sized eTrex Legend C handheld GPS unit enhances Garmin's popular eTrex Legend with a color screen, automatic routing, and longer battery life, making it one of the smallest, least expensive waterproof products to combine a color TFT display with advanced GPS auto-routing abilities. You won't miss a thing when you take this lightweight, easy-to-use handheld out hiking, biking, boating, or geocaching.

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The eTrex Legend C packs advanced GPS navigation into a compact, waterproof device.
The unit offers a bright, transflective color TFT display for easy daylight viewing, automatic route generation, off-route recalculation, turn-by-turn directions with alert tones, and icon-driven menus for finding points of interest (when combined with Garmin's optional MapSource CDs). You'll get up to 36 hours of use on two AA batteries. The unit offers 24 MB of internal memory and its mini-USB port lets you download map data rapidly from Garmin's library of MapSource CDs (not included) with your PC.

You'll enjoy outstanding accuracy of less than three meters (10 feet) when the device is enabled to receive enhanced GPS signals from the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) in the United States. Like on all eTrex units, the primary controls are located on the side of the unit, so you can operate it with one hand. An innovative rocker switch on its face makes inputting data easy, and with it you can scroll through menus or pan the map page.

Other key features of the eTrex Legend C include an auto-route basemap (featuring general map data like highways, major roads, rivers, lakes, and borders); a waterproof design (to IEC 60529 IPX7 standards--submersible in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes); 500 waypoints/routes/tracks (with graphic identification); 50 reversible routes; 20 saved tracks; 10,000 trackpoints; TracBack technology); alarms (proximity waypoint, anchor drag, and off-course, as well as a built-in alarm clock); a GPS patch antenna; selectable audio tones and color schemes; a stopwatch; a hunting/fishing calendar; sun/moon calculations; and a trip computer.

The Legend C includes a built-in, permanent basemap, Americas Recreational, which cannot be altered. The Americas Recreational Routable Basemap v2 includes the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central and South America, and covers an area from longitude 30 to 180 degrees west and latitude from 60 degrees south to 75 degrees north. It includes a high-level, worldwide map featuring borders and major cities.

Standard map coverage includes oceans, rivers, lakes greater than 30 square miles, lakes greater than five square miles in the U.S. and southern Canada, lakes greater than 10 square miles in central and northern Canada, principal cities, some smaller cities and towns, major interstates, principal highways, political boundaries (state and international borders), major airports, and a database of Interstate exits for the Federal Interstate highway system. This last includes many establishments within about 0.25 mile of exits, including restaurants; diesel and gas stations; hotels, motels, and inns; overnight RV parking; dumps; campgrounds; truck stops; medical facilities; shopping and outlet malls; ATMs; and many more such attractions.

What's in the Box
eTrex Legend C GPS receiver, basemap (Americas Recreational), MapSource Trip & Waypoint Manager CD, PC/USB interface cable, wrist strap, quick reference guide, and owner's manual.

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Item Weight5.6 ounces
Product Dimensions1.2 x 1.3 x 4.7 inches
Item model number010-00358-00
National Stock Number5825-01-552-4271
Batteries:2 AA batteries required. (included)
Display Size2.1 inches
Display Resolution176 x 220
Battery Life36 hours
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Shipping Weight2.2 pounds
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Date First AvailableJuly 14, 2004
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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By David Klinger on November 24, 2005
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Two months ago my family and I joined about 2.3 million others in leaving the Texas Gulf Coast as Hurricane Rita came our way. The road system could not handle that much traffic and a 3 hour drive turned into a 16 hour nightmare. Roads were clogged beyond capacity and I used a county map to navigate along back roads (gravel, shell, dirt and cowpath) to get ahead of a few thousand cars stopped on highways. That worked fine until the map ran out. Then we were stuck in traffic and melting heat. As we sat there I saw other people using nearby roads with confidence and I assumed they had better maps than I did. I was right, but their maps were on their GPS devices. The decision to buy a GPS was made then and there.

I did a lot of research trying to decide which device I wanted to buy and soon found myself lost in a sea of varying opinions. Right after reading a review that extolled the virtues of one unit I would read another that completely trashed it. Eventually I decided that the reviews here and at other sites were not going to give me the answer I was looking for and I would have to buy a device and try it for myself. Using reviews and some common sense I decided that the Garmin eTrex Legend C was a good bet for a trial and ordered it from Amazon.

After giving it a real workout this last week I have to report that this device is a dream. When I chose the Legend C it was my intention that be our introduction into GPS navigation on road and off as well as to use for Geocaching.

We began using it the day we got it by entering an address and navigating to a friend's house on the other side of town. What amazed me was that it chose the same route I would have used, (from among several that were not as desireable).
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Richard S. Smith on October 16, 2004
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There really isn't much to say about the Legend C - it's an awesome

little GPS that lives up to it's promise of packing a lot of features

into a small package. The color display is great - you don't really

appreciate how much better your brain processes graphic information in

color until you experience it. The display's update and refresh rate

is also a lot faster - the map display really feels like it's working

in real-time while the earlier Legend and Vista did not. The Legend

lacks the Vista's electronic compass and barometric altimeter, but for

me this is actually a plus becuase the GPS-only elevation is more

usable in certain situations (like in a moving car or on an airplane

with a pressurized cabin). So even though the Legend C is less

expensive than the Vista I think it's the better of the two units.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robert B. Jackson on July 28, 2005
I bought the eTrex to use on my bicycle. I ride a road bike, usually with members of the local clubs, and thought it would be helpful to mark the waypoints that several of the rides have in common as a way of ensuring that I could plot a route back to my car should I have to leave the group early, or become separated. I also wanted to be able to mark waypoints that I could later string together while looking at a map to create new routes. The problem is you can't readily mark a waypoint while you're moving. The button that is used to mark a waypoint is also the toggle that is used to move the cursor around on the screen and to access other functions. Unless you hit it dead on, which is nearly impossible to do while you're riding, it doesn't work. In fact, you may wind up suddenly changing the orientation of the map, or the scale, etc., instead.

Another problem is the software. The software for your home computer allows you to plot a route using preferences designed for a person on a bicycle instead of in a car, which means, for example, that it keeps you on the local roads, instead of putting you on a highway. That preference isn't carried over to the eTrex itself. If you ask it to plot a route from where you are to a known waypoint you've previously put in the device, it picks the shortest route, which may not be the safest on a bike. However, as you move around such obstacles, it will recalculate a new route to that waypoint.

In its favor, the sceen resolution is great, and the brighter the sun, the easier it is to see. The screen on other units often washes out in direct sunlight, making it impossible to see. Not the eTrex. And the battery life is excellent. I'm still on the same set of batteries after 2 rides of 4 hours each, playing with it at home for 3 or 4 hours, and then accidentally leaving it on overnight.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Aharonov on October 29, 2004
I had regular Legend for a year and I was not 100% happy with it because the screen was very small and not really useful. I had a change to sell it so I bought Legend C.

As usually happens you expect to find good things and bed things.

I was amazed to find out that this unit is absolutely phenomenal.

This is not an update to Legend but a totally new unit:

* New features: 24MB memory vs. 8MB in legend

* New 200MHz processor: Operates about 3 times faster then legend

* Excellent color screen that in fact very readable and bigger then legend

* New software (operating system) with much more choices.

* More logical and flexible unit operation.

* External power connection, USB port.

My biggest test was to try to navigate with this unit in the car. I was pleasantly surprised that it's doable. The unit navigates very good and provides visual and audible directions.

I would not recommend using it for everyday car usage but on weekends trips this will do very good job for the money. It finds POI quickly and navigates to them.

I am extremely happy with it. It's king of take it anywhere unit that does it all. And for a reasonable price.


You must use Gamin Mapping S/W which costs about $150. Garmin is not playing a nice game here.

No NEMA interface (Gamin - why?)

No external memory slot.


If you read my Cons and you can live with them - run and get this unit. You will love it.
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