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Garmin eTrex 30 Worldwide Handheld GPS Navigator
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- Rugged handheld navigator with preloaded worldwide relief basemap and 2.2-inch color display
- WAAS-enabled GPS receiver with HotFix and GLONASS support for fast positioning and a reliable signal
- Built-in 3-axis electronic compass always shows your heading; barometric altimeter pinpoints your precise altitude
- Compatible with topographic, marine, and road maps--TOPO U.S. 24K, BlueChart g2, City Navigator, etc.
- Powered with two AA batteries; waterproof to IPX7 standards for protection against splashes, rain, etc.
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eTrex 30 takes one of the most popular and reliable GPS handhelds and makes it better. Enhanced ergonomics, an improved interface, paperless geocaching and expanded mapping capabilities makes eTrex more versatile and user-friendly, while maintaining its toughness and durability.
Our Most Popular Handheld GPS with 3-axis Compass.
- Worldwide basemap
- 2.2" 65K color, sunlight-readable display
- 3-axis compass and barometric altimeter
- Wireless capability to share waypoints, routes and geocaches with other similar devices
- GPS and GLONASS satellites for faster positioning
eTrex supports geocaching GPX files for downloading geocaches and details straight to your unit. eTrex stores and displays key information, including location, terrain, difficulty, hints and descriptions, which means no more manually entering coordinates and paper printouts.
Keep Your Fix
With its high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver and HotFix satellite prediction, eTrex locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover and deep canyons.
The eTrex series is the first-ever consumer-grade receivers that can track both GPS and GLONASS satellites simultaneously. When using GLONASS satellites, a system developed by the Russian Federation, the time it takes for the receiver to 'lock on' to a position is (on average) approximately 20 percent faster than using GPS.
Plan Your Next Trip
- Take charge of your next adventure with BaseCamp, software that lets you view and organize maps, waypoints, routes, and tracks
- This free trip-planning software even allows you to create Garmin Adventures that you can share with friends, family or fellow explorers.
- BaseCamp displays topographic map data in 2-D or 3-D on your computer screen, including contour lines and elevation profiles. It also can transfer an unlimited amount of satellite images to your device when paired with a BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription.
|eTrex 30x||eTrex 20x||eTrex 10|
|Display size, WxH||1.4" x 1.7" (3.5 x 4.4 cm); 2.2" diag (5.6 cm)||1.4" x 1.7" (3.5 x 4.4 cm); 2.2" diag (5.6 cm)||1.4" x 1.7" (3.6 x 4.3 cm); 2.2" diag (5.6 cm)|
|Display resolution, WxH||240 x 320 pixels||240 x 320 pixels||128 x 160 pixels|
|Display type||2.2" transflective, 65K color TFT||2.2" transflective, 65K color TFT||transflective, monochrome|
|Ability to add maps||✓||✓|
|Track log||10,000 points, 200 saved tracks||10,000 points, 200 saved tracks||10,000 points, 200 saved tracks|
|Automatic routing (turn by turn routing on roads)||Yes (with optional mapping for detailed roads)||Yes (with optional mapping for detailed roads)|
|Custom maps compatible||✓||✓|
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|Battery Average Life||25 hours||25 hours||25 hours||—||25 hours||—|
|Screen Size||2.2 in||2.2 in||2.2 in||2.6||2.2 in||2.2 in|
|Item Dimensions||4 x 1.3 x 2.1 in||4 x 2.1 x 1.3 in||4 x 1.3 x 2.1 in||4.2 x 1.4 x 6.3 in||4 x 2.1 x 1.3 in||2.1 x 4 x 1.3 in|
|Item Weight||5 ounces||4.96 ounces||5 ounces||0.58 lb||4.96 ounces||5 ounces|
Garmin eTrex is a recognizable name when it comes to outdoor explorations and adventures. These handheld GPS line has been selling millions of units over the past 10 years. With new refinements, including better menus and simpler operation, the new, head-of-class Garmin eTrex 30 is a hiker's dreams come true. Offering international shaded-relief (pseudo-topographic) mappings, a 2.2" color screen, built-in altimeter and compass, this handheld GPS device lets you explore the world's roads and forests with more assurance than ever. The eTrex 30 offers 2.2" 65k color sunlight readable display, a shaded relief worldwide basemap, and internal memory plus a microSD card slot. It also exclusively features a 3-axis electronic compass that shows your heading even when the unit is not held flat, as well as a barometric altimeter that provides precise elevation readings. Wireless unit-to-unit connectivity is available for sharing waypoints, tracks, routes and geocaches. Use the internal memory with the microSD card slot on the eTrex 30 to add TOPO, road and marine mapping options from Garmin. Geocaching friendly? The eTrex 30 is compatible with paperless geocaching, meaning that you can download all the hints, descriptions, and other information you need about a cache right to the GPS unit from OpenCaching or Geocaching. It's veritable features and open options demonstrate how eTrex 30 is more than a hikers dream. It is compatible with Garmin's detailed Topo 24K and inland lakes maps, and includes a hunt/fish calendar, an electronic compass, and barometric altimeter-all features that hunters will appreciate. The eTrex 30 GPS is waterproof to IPX-7 standards, meaning it can be submerged for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 3 feet. It's also compatible with Garmin's marine maps on microSD cards. Use the optional eTrex 30 bicycle mount to take your GPS on the road or mountain bike trips to help keep
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I bought the eTrex30 and the carabiner clip accessory, and 24k topo maps for US mid-atlantic states with the intention to use it for off-road (trail) hiking the many excellent trails in WV and VA. Anyone looking for a gps for car/road navigation should probably look at a different product like a Nuvi.
The carabiner attaches solidly with a detent lock on the battery compartment cover. Very well constructed. If you don't want to use Garmin's lanyard, there is a loop-anchor for a cord-type lanyard as well. Garmin's lanyard attachment clip covers the battery door latch (good for security, a tad inconvenient when you have to change the batteries because the clip slides on MAN-tight and is hard to slide off. I expect this will become easier over time). The battery door latch is a quarter-turn key style and the lanyard clip secures it from accidental opening.
The GPS itself is really nice. Solid and riggedly constructed. Operation is intuitive, and should be easy to operate by anyone who is familiar at any level with personal electronics and/or a cell phone.
The user interface consists of a "stick" or "puck" to control the cursor, up/down arrows to control zoom level, backlight/on/off, and the menu and back buttons. Menu and Back take a little time to adjust to, because each function of the unit has a distinct sub-meny (map, compass, settings, etc). and you have to push "back" go return to the main menu from them (duh).
Initial setup is quick and easy: pick your language and your done. Mine got an initial position fix (with very accurate altitude) very quickly - less than 1 minute. The 3-axis compass does not calibrate manually, you have to go to the compass menu and select it (the recommend doing this periodically), and follow the prompts. It essentially asks you to rotate the device on each axis a few times.
Overall, i am very happy with it and recommend for anyone looking for off-road gps navigation
First off, I installed an SD card, and loaded my Garmin Topo 24k Northeast maps to it. I always use Energizer Advanced Lithium batteries in it. They last a long time, and are virtually impervious to colder temperatures (Be sure to select Lithium batteries in the settings of the GPS when using lithium batteries).
After every MTB trip, I upload the GPX file onto Strava, and it works great! Altitude, elevation plots, and of course, distance and time are all mapped out perfectly.
The screen is bright and detailed, the buttons are easy to use with biking gloves on, it's water resistant, and it's perfect for my needs. I don't know what I would do without it!
There's a lot of negative comments and reviews here, though, which I'm glad I ignored.
No, maps don't come with this unit, but they are easily available for free online at gpsfiledepot.com, good-quality maps with installation tutorials. I fit a topo of California plus two separate overlays of hiking trails into the built-in storage, and I've still got over 1 GB of space left. A microSD slot is available for people who need still more space. You can also find GPX tracks for free on the web which can be transferred to the GPS. EveryTrail, for example, has many high-quality hiking tracks which can be saved as GPX files (from the EveryTrail web site) and then transferred to the GPS using Garmin's BaseCamp software. This is actually now my preferred method of getting trails onto the GPS, with the free California topo as a background.
Yes, the instructions are poor to nonexistent, but the menus aren't that hard to figure out if you've used a GPS in some other form. Just walk through the menus and play with it a little. Some default functionality is annoying, but every problem I've had so far was fixable through a setting. (For example, I didn't see place names until I changed the maps settings, and I have no need for constant backlighting, which just drains the battery. The default track color is very hard to read against a topo background, so I changed the color to red.)
I agree that they could have included a lanyard, and there's no clip with this thing. For now I carry it in my shirt pocket, but I'll probably attach a carabiner and a cable tie to the lanyard attachment point to make sure it doesn't get lost.
This is my first standalone GPS, and I'll probably be figuring more stuff out over time, but given the weight and battery life and accuracy and wealth of free maps, I'm quite satisfied. It's much more reliable than using my phone.