33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
If you want a quality GPS for hiking/camping this is the one; but if you want road maps I would buy the eXplorist 300 or greater,
This review is from: Magellan eXplorist 100 Water Resistant Hiking GPS (Electronics)
Ok, listen up: I reciently owned a Cobra model 100 (which is the cheapest model that cobra makes; basically the same as Magellan's explorist 100 if your talking about the model category) and I found they are approx. the same price. The Cobra 100 had poor, very poor reception but had nice menus - But when you're talking about GPS's you don't care about nice menus, you want good reception!! I use my explorist 100 for hiking mostly which means I'm usually in a forested area. And also with my Magellan I have at least 4 to 7 satellites at all times in the woods with full tree canopy; where the Cobra 100 had on average 2 satellites-not even enough to show where you are on the GPS! I also can tell you the Magellan 100 has every single feature the Cobra 100 had and more: magellan has a sun and moon oreintaion feature and also instead of the one green light on the Cobra 100, the magellan has two differant brightnesses in an amber contrast. I must stress the most important things: this has 40 times better reception than the cobra 100, and is mostly ideal for plotting your own courses, ie: hiking, biking, camping, boating, etc. BUT DO NOT BUY FOR ROAD MAPPING/NAVIGATION/DRIVING!! You cannot link the magellan 100 to a computer to upload road maps! You would want the model 300 or higher I beleive (maybe 200?) Of course you could make your own routes with the 100 by driving on roads and saving the "tracks" and set waypoints etc; but not for city navegation. This magellan 100 is all you will every need for hiking , or whatever you do outdoors and its the best base model GPS on the market. If it helps you at all I used my magellan in northern Pennsylvania where I live - don't ever buy the Cobra 100, I've owned one!