I am looking to get a hand held gps unit. one that is versatile for both road and offroad use. does anyone have any advice on which product would be good to purchase? i have been looking at the garmin etrek legend. any thoughts would be great. thanks
For a basic GPS it is "ok". As far as ease of use, it is less than adequate, I feel. I am by no means an expert on these units, but I have used a few. The Legend still requires you to carry a compass (which is always a good idea anyway). If you intend on going to a certain area you can download a map into it, but it only has a 8mb capacity. So once you are done with that particular map, you must unload it from your unit and re-load your next map.
I got mine as a gift so I can't complain too loud or it's straight to the doghouse, if you know what I mean ;D
If I was to buy my own I would look at spending a couple bucks more and get the Etrex Vista. It has a built in compass and 24MB of storage.
I would consider the Garmin. I have a csx. It has all the options you need is small, but is certainly overpriced. But when you are investing in a GPS I would get a good one (expense) or you will spend the money twice.
As a professional geologist I have found that the technology has really improved in the last decade to the point where I commonly use GPS waypoints to describe locations. However, I still don't use a GPS for navigation. Like my wife says, I have trust issues. I can't seem to get away from maps, air photos and my blessed compass to get me home.
I have used several units over the years and agree with the above comments that Garmin makes a superior unit. In my mind a superior unit must be easy to use, durable, and pick up satellites under the forest canopy. As for which model to use, just choose one with the options you require...and send in your warranty card!
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