Garmin eTrex GPS (Yellow)

Garmin eTrex GPS (Yellow)

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A few years ago, when personal GPSs first became available, every geek from here to Poughkeepsie was enthralled about the possibility of always knowing exactly where on the planet they were. While the Garmin eTrex isn't the most feature-rich GPS out there, it will definitely come in handy if you don't want your next camping trip to end up like a scene from The Blair Witch Project.

The eTrex is sort of a dumbed-down, rugged version of the company's more advanced eMap. Designed specifically for hiking, biking, and camping, the eTrex is one of the easiest-to-use GPS units available. It offers the ability to track up to 12 satellites so you never lose contact with one. The eTrex won't work inside--however, we don't anticipate that you'll get lost inside a building very often.

Among the eTrex's notable features is its ability to calculate your current and average speed. We used the eTrex to determine the distance from work to home, and calculate how fast we were walking. This helped us gauge the average time it should take to get to work. This feature should really come in handy on extended hiking, camping, or cycling trips where planning your average speed and tracking the distance traveled is critical.

        Main menu
          Map page
  Pointer page
  Mark pointer page
Sticking with its theme of simplicity, the eTrex has only five buttons, making it easy to use with just one hand (It's specifically designed for the left hand.) Weighing only 5.3 ounces with the batteries installed, the eTrex is also ultralight, making it an easy addition to a daypack. The eTrex is also waterproof, so a little water shouldn't damage the unit.

The eTrex can hold up to 500 user-created waypoints. And using Garmin's TracBack feature, it's easy to plot a course with up to 10 waypoints and follow it in both directions. --Julian Strate

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Light
  • Waterproof
Cons:
  • Batteries only last about 20 hours
Features: Global positioning system (GPS) receiver continuously tracks and uses up to 12 satellites, Calculates current and average speed, time of sunrise and sunset, trip distance, and more, Automatic track log--10 saved tracks let you retrace your path in both directions, Tough waterproof case; runs for 18 hours on 2 AA batteries, Compatible with optional Garmin MapSource software for downloading trip and waypoint data (not map compatible)

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Customer Rating: 4.26 of 5 (138 total reviews)

  • 5 starsSimple, accurate and cheap ... saved [me] first time out!

    Just like two out of every five "guys" on the planet, owning a GPS (really cool compass) was a must..."I can't live with-out one". I picked up the "e-trex" vanilla flavored, hiking, biking and trail version. My intent was to use it in my truck, a little added nav equipment for map reading (make long trips less boring). The basic e-trex lacks the memory for *real travel* logistics (car excursions). A three-hour trip ate 98% of its memory and 70+% of battery life. I must add however, my expectations were minimal, given its price. It calculates your speed better then your speedometer, frightening!!! Make no mistake, you are being tracked!!! As far as bearing, speed, travel time, the basics, this little toy is a treat. It saved [me] when I became lost in the middle of Farmington, CA. not long ago. The sun was down, the ground flat and I... backwards. I remembered the e-trex after about two hours of endless rights and lefts (almost ended up in Yosemite!!!), fired that bad-boy up and was on Highway 99 in 20 minutes, headed home. Paid for itself that night. I highly recommend the basic e-trex as a very basic navigational aide. It does everything it's designed to and does it well. It's also a great "starter" for learning about GPS systems. *Note: This thing tracked my rate of speed to the .5 of a mile and was right on target, if you register one with a serial number, use your best friends name!!! Happy trekking...
    Dave

  • 5 starsWildland Firefighter likes eTrex

    For the price and its size, it's a 5 star product. Compared to many larger/pricer units it can be only a 3 star. This is a very competetive marketplace and with the removal of the military Selective Availablity coding on May 1st, you've got to take the big leap and buy one. The eTrex shows accuracy of 11-20 feet commonly. In reasonably dense conifer forests around 60 feet. Put yourself in the bottom of a canyon in that forest and you'll have to spend say 5 minutes positioning your GPS to get 100 foot accuracy. That will not work for surveyors, but you'll get back to where you started just fine. Again, the main reason for this success is the military making the accuracy available to all of us. By the way THANKS. This unit is a very reasonable entry GPS Some Problems with the eTrex: 1) Doesn't have a simple map in it and you can't download quality Topo maps onto it. 2) Smaller size means smaller antennae and its reception in timbered canyons is weak. 3) No external antennae hook-up for when in your car. 4) Does not have a built in compass capabilty for when using a bearing, like the very similar Garmin "Summit" model that will be released shortly.(The summit will cost about twice as much). You really need to use a quality compass with it. But, as you should know, GPS will not repace map and compass, just enhance it greatly. However, for your money, this a geat little unit.

  • 2 starsNOT waterprof

    I bought one of these units because of its waterproof rating. That is 30 minutes at 3.3 feet. Forget that one. The battery compartment isn't rated for this.....so it leaks big time. I called Garmin about this and they said that nothing can be done. There is no fix. This was December 2000. Since it eats batteries, I bought a Radio Shack digital camera battery kit. It has 4 ni-mh batteries rated at 1500mah and a chargerfor $22. This unit worked very well. Since the batteries compartment isn't waterproof the batteries got wet. I was in sea water and these batteries got ruined. If you plan on buying this GPS and using it around water, I would be careful in not using expensive batteries in it. Windsurfing, Kayaking, canoeing, white water rafting and the rest, be careful. If you buy their super expensive cable, you can update your unit free from their web site. They do offer great upgrades for their products, free. Wow. I only give the unit 2 stars. I own three of their products and this is the worse one for not living up to what they say it will do. The best one out there for tuff service is the GPS 45 version.