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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 February 12, 2017
my kids suddenly got into the Geocaching activity and decided to get a GPS.

There are 10, 20, 30 upto 64 spaced by price. My original budget fits the 20 but 30x is about $30 more so I got the 30x.

The wireless transfer function that differs from 20 was not examed, but the basic function works out alright.

After downloading a 2.4GB free detailed street map, this little one can do daily navigation with tones telling you the turns. Good enough.

Unfortunately the Geocaching map was not easy to locate and upload. I wish I've got enough to buy the 64st that preloads all the geocaching.

it is not the fault of the Garmin, as the Geocaching sites only provide gpx file for premium membership.

The work around is to download one by one ... we will see how patient we can hold on to it. Bottomline is that a manually input coordinates work well.
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on May 12, 2017
Battery lasted very long compared to my Magellan unit. no need to use touch screen so don't have to remove my gloves which was perfect otherwise I have to keep removing my gloves. software is easy to use and I still haven't learn all of its function yet. Unit is light and small and yet the screen is clear enough to see the information I need to see.
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on January 28, 2016
Great little gps does everything it says well. Was not slow at all. Rugged I put this thing in mud and it survived.
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on October 27, 2016
Nice GPS unit. I purchase a Foretrex at the same time. The Foretrex is easier to use and had the features I was looking for. Although color screen, it's kind of hard to see when hiking/hunting. I basically stopped while using. Battery power not so good.
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on June 5, 2017
Works like a dream. My husband loves the SD slot and is planning on getting some type of public lands card to use while hunting too. This was his favorite Christmas gift.
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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 (http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/view/432/, 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 March 5, 2017
This portable GPS system, is lightweight, compact and full of features.
It will support (2) AA batteries, great for your emergency plans.
Since it supports AA batteries, you can always power up this unit, no matter
were in the world you are.
The unit accepts Garmin Mapsource maps as well as public domain maps.
With the 3.7 GB of internal memory you will have plenty of storage space for
maps today as well as for the maps of tomorrow.
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on December 9, 2016
Wiuth my eTrex, i simply cannot get lost. Fantastic.
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