Garmin Geko 201 Waterproof Hiking GPS (Yellow)
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- Compact 12-channel GPS receiver with high-contrast display (100 x 64 pixels)
- WAAS-enabled for 3-meter accuracy
- Stores 500 waypoints and 20 routes with 125 waypoints per route
- Easy operation: five buttons for one-hand use
- 12-hour operation on 2 AAA batteries; includes serial PC interface
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With its distinctive canopy-green case, the powerful Geko 201 allows more waypoint and route storage, as well as available PC and external power connectivity, and built-in WAAS capability. In addition, the Geko 201 boasts a user-configurable trip computer and 10,000 trackpoints, as well as PanTrack™ and TracBack« features. The Geko 201 also includes four fun, interactive games that transform the great outdoors into a virtual board game. Enjoy a good workout while chasing a virtual lizard in Geko Smak, match symbols in a grid version of Memory Race, navigate to reference points without crossing one’s trail in Nibbons, and collect symbols along a path in Virtua Maze.
Amazon.com Product Description The Garmin Geko 201 is one of the smallest and lightest waterproof GPS units on the market. This inexpensive unit has a sleek design and a simple operating system and is WAAS-enabled with an accuracy of 10 feet or less. With its distinctive canopy-green case, the powerful Geko 201 allows for ample waypoint and route storage, making it a perfect entry-level handheld GPS unit for basic navigation.
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The Garmin Geko 201 has five keys located on the front of the unit for easy one-hand use that allows the user to quickly access all of the unit's functions. The Geko 201 has a 64 x 100 pixel, high-contrast display for easy viewing and is powered by only two AA batteries (not included) that can run for up to 12 hours. In addition, the Geko 201 boasts an upcoming-turn feature that alerts the user of the next turn within 15 seconds by bending the compass arrow in the direction of the next waypoint.
Not just a regular navigational aid, the Garmin Geko 201 also includes four fun, interactive games that transform the great outdoors into a virtual board game. Enjoy a good workout while chasing a virtual lizard in Geko Smak, match symbols in a grid version of Memory Race, navigate to reference points without crossing one's trail in Nibbons, and collect symbols along a path in Virtual Maze.
Designed with the user in mind, this Garmin GPS unit weighs a light 3.1 ounces with batteries, and measures a pocket-size 1.9 by 0.96 by 3.9 inches (W by D by H). The Geko 201 is waterproof to IPX7 standards, meaning it can be submerged down to one meter of water for up to 30 minutes, and is rugged enough to endure the most trying use. And the Geko 201 provides that most critical of benefits--peace of mind. With the Geko 201 you will always know where you are, where you have been, and where you are going. And since you will always know the way back home, you can concentrate on what you set out to do--explore the outdoors.
What's in the Box
Geko 201 GPS receiver and manual.
Top customer reviews
Although both had parallel processing, the Geko picks up signals much faster. From a cold, fresh-out-of-the-box start, it took the Geko less than a minute to figure out where it was. The Blazer 12 took about 10 minutes even when given hints.
The screens are simple and extremely useful. Even with my very bad eyesight, the display was very readable. The buttons make sense, no manual necessary.
A few people have mentioned a "flaw" with the power button. I have carried this Geko around for almost two months, keeping it in my pocket almost every day. The unit has NEVER come on by accident. The power button is recessed and takes a good push to get it going.
As a hiker and backpacker, my power usage might be less demanding than others. I find that the battery lasts about 8-9 hours on battery save mode. This mode even works well in forests. The only time the Geko is kept powered on is if I'm mapping a trail. Otherwise, it is used for waypoints and position checks only.
The lack of displayed maps is irrelevent as I have yet to see a GPS with enough detail to be worth it. I have linked the Geko to DeLorme's Topo 5 with excellent results. Routes, tracks, waypoints can all be moved freely back and forth. This is great for mapping new trails or discovering hard-to-find trailheads. The memory is more than enough, I've never gotten past 12% full after a weekend jaunt.
Of course, the size is amazing. The color is also nice as I can actually find it! This is an excellent buy and a great choice for those who want GPS served up straight, stripped of all the annoying "features" of other units. I just purchased a second 201 for my hiking friend, she loves hers as much as I do!
The unit is easy to use with a fairly self explanatory user interface. The short manual explains the features quickly so you can start to use the device right away, no intensive reading required for basic functions.
I currently live in Japan and get great satellite coverage in open conditions (accurate to ~48 feet normally). However when hiking under tree cover I don't get stellar coverage, so I wouldn't recommend this to someone who normally hikes under thick cover and relies heavily on GPS. But for casual users I think the device works well.
The Geko definitely can handle getting wet too. While I haven't directly dropped the unit in the water, it has certainly gotten quite wet. I would recommend once you get home to dry the unit face down (so the water drips out of the button seals) and to open up the rubber flap protecting the computer access port (to prevent corrosion).
Some people complain about the battery life but for me thats not a problem. I just carry an extra set with me if I can going to be using the device for more than 9 hours with out turning the unit off (though I have on occasion used the device for 12 hours on one set of batteries). To save battery life (for things like geotagging photo's) I shut the unit off in between uses. However it can take a few minutes for the Geko to relink with satellites each time you turn it on, so weigh the issues of battery life with how you plan to use the Geko. Again for the casual user, I think it works just fine.
All in all its just a great little handy GPS unit for the casual to perhaps moderate user with a very affordable price tag (I bought mine refurbished for ~$70.00)
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Gave it to my brother for an Elk hunt,
He figered it out quick without instructions.