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on July 8, 2015
I like this unit. I was using a Garmin GPSMap 60CSX (now my backup) and this unit aquires much faster and is more accurate. With the ability to use larger Micro SDCards, I grabbed many free maps online, made some of my own, and purchased the Topo 24k from Garmin. It's small, light, and last almost 24 hours on battery for me. I bought the backpack attachment, but also printed a couple of clip accessories I found on Thingiverse. I'm happy!! Also, it is rated IPX7 which seems to be defined as:

IPX-7 Waterproof Standard
Puddle, stream, beer cooler and splash rated - Protected against water immersion - Immersion for 30 minutes at a depth of 1 meter.
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on November 8, 2015
Bought this and the topo maps for NA parks. I used this on a 1 week solo hike across Michigan's Upper Peninsula and the trail I was on North Country Trail was on there for my entire 140 miles. It was nice to open it up and see distances to my way points because I could calculate based on my speed and terrain when I would arrive.

I had to change the batteries 2 times which was no big deal as I have a Goal Zero solar kit on the top of my bag that I use for charging batteries and my phone directly. I use this all the time in my training to find longer routes and make waypoints where I train. Worth every penny don't get a Magellan I had one before this and returned it because it was so basic and had I felt half the features of the Garmin. Plus the Garmin had much better support from them and the satellites were always giving me a signal even in dense forest canopy!
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on January 9, 2018
Pretty useful with the topo maps loaded onto it through an SD card, which is a separate expense from Garmin. I wouldn’t recommend this product without the maps. If you don’t want the garmin ones, just get the free ones. As for battery life, the gps device can maximize energy consumption with adjustable settings for brightness of screen, time display is on for, and GLONAS being on or off. Being able to preload my tricks is also a great option if I want to follow a specific route.
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on December 7, 2015
I use several different types of Outdoor GPSs. Mostly Garmin. This unit was purchased as a loaner for hiking-hunting friends. I mainly use the free TOPO Maps for Virginia (, however, I also use a 2008 Garmin TOPO DVD $).
With Garmin Basecamp (the free SW program to manage maps, waypoints, etc., I had little trouble transferring my maps, waypoints (dozens), and routes (11 of them). Everything worked well. (I think Basecamp is OK, but not as good as the older Garmin MapSource v6—discontinued.)
This GPS loads quickly (considering my map sizes) and locks on satellites in a reasonable amount of time. The menus are customizable (click through selected pages) which allows you to set up the GPS to quickly flip through the pages you usually use (this is common to Garmin GPSs, I think). Pages have easy to update settings for selecting fields, changing maps, and contextual options. You can also change the datum sets and the coordinate systems to your liking (to match the map-set features of your mapping software or Google's mapping system for example. You can easily edit/move/change waypoints/routes and names, and change symbols, DIRECTLY on the unit's actual database using Basecamp--a great plus for units without a touch-screen. (note: Basecamp also allows backup of the unit's data to your computer hard disk.)
These newer units using GLONASS satellite association alongside US satellites, seem to place locations more accurately and more quickly than previous systems (you have to manually turn on the GLONASS setting from the menu).
The 4 GB of internal memory was enough to load my Eastern TOPO 2008 (4 States) + my Free Virginia TOPO map set without using a microSD card. The screen is clear and very usable when zooming down to 800-foot scale or higher. Once you allow Basecamp to compile and build Map image files, you can just copy them via USB connection to your hard-drive; and then, copy them to another unit (use extreme care if you do not understand what map image files are, or which directory to place them in on the Garmin unit. My second unit fired up, the first time, correctly loading my 2 map image files—without a hitch—just after I simply copied the 2 Map Image files from my HDD to the unit. (note: the unit apparently uses a slow USB 2.0 connection, so it took about 20 minutes to copy these 2 image files--about 2GBs total. Fortunately, you rarely have to copy maps/map image files)
I was planning on replacing my old Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx with another similar GPS, but after using this unit, I bought a second one a couple of weeks later.) The screen is smaller than many other more expensive units, but very usable. Great handheld Product!
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Note: I would rate GPS unit use, GPS SW, Unit Setup, hiking uses, map-building, waypoint/route building and use, and Datum/Coordinate changes among the most difficult-to-understand software technologies for the typical consumer. I have seen many reviews and negative comments that reflect a misunderstanding about the capabilities of a handheld GPS, or realistic expectations about GPS systems/GPS software / or ridiculous commentary (bought a non-touch screen unit and complaining about lack of a touch screen). All of my Garmin units are accurate within 30 feet or less (according to the satellite fix on the screen) and have always placed me within 30 Yards of a marked waypoint months or years later (<90 feet max--which is close enough to see your stand or car). If you are new to using GPSs, or struggling to get it to work well, there are numerous websites offering information on general GPS setup and technology, and very specific information on building your own map sets, Datum/Coordinate selection, accuracy expectations, over-zooming issues, etc. and explanations about bearing/heading – placement accuracy/waypoint averaging – compass calibration – magnetic N compass alignment – vector turns, etc. I hope this helps some of you planning to tackle hand-held GPSs. . .
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on December 9, 2016
Wiuth my eTrex, i simply cannot get lost. Fantastic.
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on January 13, 2018
Difficult to configure, import maps and even see given the small screen. Shipped it back before the unit ever made it into the trail.
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on June 1, 2017
Good GPS device. It's a little laggy but does what I need it to do. Bought the garmin topo 24 map to go with it and has served me well.
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on March 16, 2017
Working great so far. Did not cover me in Germany for some reason. More than likely was operator head space.
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on July 18, 2017
I've been a garnish fan for years, but have had trouble with some of the touch screen devices. This works great and feels great. Everything you could want and need in a hunting/geocaching device
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on April 4, 2017
Handy tool works well it does more than what I can use now. Need to watch some tutorials on it
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