- Size (LWH): 1.6 inches, 8 inches, 5.5 inches
Garmin eMap Deluxe Hiking GPS
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- Deluxe package includes GPS unit plus PC cable and 8 MB memory card
- Automatic track log lets you retrace your path in both directions
- Includes maps covering major American roadways
- Large, backlit display for nighttime navigation
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The eMap features an internal base map containing information on North and South America including state and country boundaries, lakes, rivers, streams, airports, cities, towns, coastlines, and U.S., state, and interstate highways. In addition, the eMap provides exit information for the federal interstate highway system. With the eMap, you will know when you are near services such as food, lodging, and service stations.
The eMap is compatible with Garmin's line of downloadable MapSource CD-ROMs including U.S. Roads and Recreation, WorldMap, U.S. Topo, and MetroGuide U.S.A. When paired with the MetroGuide U.S.A. CD-ROM, the eMap has the ability to look up address and telephone number information for nearby services and points of interest. The eMAP will store 8 or 16 MB of downloaded CD-ROM information at a time depending on the size of the cartridge you use in the unit.
The deluxe package contains a PC interface cable and an extra blank 8 MB data card. Designed with all types of users in mind, this unit will take you from the car to the hiking trail and beach without missing a beat.
Top Customer Reviews
The eMap in my opinion is better than the GPS III+ in a couple of ways. The eMap is cheaper, has more memory, and is more useful for the average person. Features include: 2AA battery compartment(up to 14 hours operation), high-resolution display, illuminated light background, 500 personal waypoint storage, 12-parallel satellite capability, powerful antenna, splash resistant, highly detailed basemap, and a satellite status page. This GPS comes with other nice features, but ill let you play with those.
If you do end up purchasing this item, I would highly recommend getting the leather carrying case for it. It is not too expensive and will prevent the GPS from getting scratched or damaged.
The eMAP is ideal for driving. Its basemap includes highways, freeways, off/on ramps, buildings, *residential streets, beaches, coast lines, and much more. If you plan to use this gps primarily for driving, I would also recommend getting the "MapSource Roads and Recreation CD" to add even more detailed info on the GPS (however, it is quite expensive at about $100).
Overall Evaluation: A Great well-rounded capability, durable, fun to use!
*= only with the MapSource CD END
Emap supports downloadable maps, but you must get the propriatary Garmin software which is pretty expensive. To get the most out of the Emap, you really need to get either the Roads and Recreation or the MetroGuide software. Both provide street level detail for the entire U.S. including all city streets and local roads.
The Roads and Recreation maps are downloaded on a county by county basis. You can select up to 99 counties to load, although the 8MB cartridge can only hold about 40-45 counties. The MetroGuide software downloads entire 8MB sections, so you can only use one section at a time. If you do much traveling outside your area, you will need extra cartridges for additional MetroGuide areas.
MetroGuide does offer address finding and area points of interest that Roads & Recreation doesn't, but for most people, R&R will be enough.
You owe it to yourself to check out the map viewer to see which software package you need. The map viewer shows exactly the information that will be downloaded to the Emap. Keep in mind that only one section at a time can be downloaded from the MetroGuide unless you have the 16MB cartridge.
Overall, this is an excellent map unit for travel use. It doesn't offer route planning, but you can manually set up waypoints along your route and it will tell you which direction they are and when you are getting close. I just wish that other mapping companies' maps could be downloaded rather than depending on the pricy Garmin software.
Here are some things I've learned that might be helpful:
- The E-Map is smaller than I thought it would be. It's closer to the size of a TV remote control than a palm pilot. More elongated, and not very thick. It's very comfortable in the hand, and easily fits in a normal jacket pocket.
- It's more solid than I was led to believe in reviews that I've read. When you pick it up, it's got a nice "heft" to it. Definitely no loose electronics rattling around inside it or anything like that. Solid, professional feel.
- The built-in road data, while pretty cool in principal, didn't have the resolution that I'd hoped. While the larger streets are shown, most of the neighborhood streets I use were not.
- Garmin's handlebar mount does work, but it's not the most solid thing in the world. For a bicycle, it's fine. For a motorcycle, be sure to mount it out of the wind and put the lanyard around something just in case. (that being said, I haven't had any problems with it yet).
- As another poster mentioned, battery life isn't so great.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We like to hike and wanted to use it for hiking but it was too complicated so we sent it back.Published on February 10, 2014 by Dee
THE BEST GPS HANDHELD DEVICE BAR NONE!
I've used Garmin's eMAP since 1998 for roadtrips and as a supplemental checkpoint aid during VFR cross country flights in my... Read more
I have owned this unit for about 18 months and have absolutely no regrets. Yes, it did take a few weeks to learn how to use the unit, but it was well worth the time. Read morePublished on April 18, 2003
If you want to know exactly where you are, this is a great toy. If you want to figure out where you are going, this is useless. Read morePublished on June 12, 2001
This is a nice unit, and it is interesting to read the glowing reviews of customers who have owned the Garmin eMap for two or three weeks. I have owned the unit for over a year. Read morePublished on February 11, 2001 by Enchanted Tiki Room
Although I've been very happy for my eMap that I got for Christmas, I've been frustrated with the lack of documentation. Read morePublished on January 8, 2001 by Ronald Winsauer Jr.
I wanted a GPS primarily for driving and finding addresses. The Garmin EMAP deluxe does exactly for that purpose, and does it extremely well! Read morePublished on December 20, 2000 by Amazon Customer
The primary use for my GPS is city driving, and in LA it is a huge help. To use this unit for city driving you must also purchase the MetroGuide USA CD's. Read morePublished on November 13, 2000 by Chad A. Lauterbach
had my e-Map for over a month now and really love it. good acuracy, fast positioning, and easy to use software. make sure to download the latest sw from the garmin web site. Read morePublished on October 23, 2000 by AndyC