Can anyone recommend a sure fire easy to use g.p.s. ?
Can anyone recommend a sure fire easy to use g.p.s. ?
Originally Posted by BIGBOB
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They are about as simple and intuitive as I've seen. The cheapest ones just do the basics, but they are relatively easy to use. I just bought an eTrex HCx mapping GPS which is a little more complex but has lots of additional features like an electronic compass.
The electronin compass is worth the extra expense. If your GPS doesn't have the compass it will lose track of north when you are stopped. I always take a real compass as backup regardless of how great my GPS is. I carry a Garmin 60CSX with topo maps for whole state loaded onto it. The display is color and most features are fairly intuitive. A little time playing with it in the woods (in areas you know) and you will get used to it. The Magellan Triton series was supposed to have the market cornered on "easy" to use and they are supposed to accept the Nat Geo Topo Maps. I was set to get them but numerous delays and software problems sent me to the garmin. Once Magellan get't the triton working properly it will likely be the new standard since it uses a full color touch screen display and a real operating system.
I have had a garmin e-trex for over ten years. They are bullet proof. I put some velcro on the back and it goes on the snow machine. They are easy to use and I dont need anything fancy. They are around $100.
I've got an eTrex Legend CX that I've had almost two years and it is very easy to use. As has been said already, you can get a basic Garmin for about $100 that will get you from Point A to Point B and back again. I know people who have Lowrance and Magellan units that aren't nearly as easy to use as my Garmin.
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My oldest bought one of the garmin g.p.s. and has it all figured out , I guess . Thanks from him to all of you . I can't figure out what you guys do when the batteries run out on those contraptions . Thanks again , advanced , die-hard senior techophobe
I put new batteries in mine and it picks up where I left off. I go trough about 2 batteries every 20 hours of run time or so.
How many hours a day do you think you need to use it on a backpacking trip? I've used them for work navigating a snowmachine round the Coleville Delta in the dark in January, and had a hard time using them two hours a day. I don't see a sheep hunter with plenty of landmarks around having enough time to burn up two sets of batteries on a 10 day hunt in the same drainage or two.
Keeping a boat on a rhumb line is one thing. Practical navigation in the sheep hills is another, I think.
Also, for your rechargables in the field, consider a solar battery charger. There are some very cool ones with flexible solar panels that roll up into a very compact package and will charge a couple NiMH batteries by just sitting in the sunlight at camp.
It is a well known problem with the 60 series. NIMH work I think it even has a special mode for them to keep the charge indicator functioning properly. check this out on another forum http://forums.gpscity.com/showthread.php?t=3243
I like the 60 other than that. I would like the higher res topo maps that the new magellan is supposed to offer (provided it actualy works...) I agree with the sentimeate that you probably wouldn't "need" to keep your GPS on all the time but if you are traveling and lose visability then it may make the diference in getting back to camp or sleeping on the side of the mountain. If you have it on the whole time you can just reverse your route if not it is just a realy fancy compass (if it has an electric compass if not it is a fancy compass that you have to be moving for it to tell which direction is north not the best idea in the mountains!).
The thread you linked to was confusing at best. One post said that Garmin had a software upgrade that added lithium to the battery list, while another said that setting the unit to NiMH would allow using the lithium batteries. Others claimed that didn't work. Too much hearsay info for me. I wasn't looking to get anything from the 60 series, but I have been looking to step up to a 76 series, which runs nearly identical software as the 60. My old man got a 76 a few years ago and I really like the display on that unit. It is huge and it's still an easy backcountry carry.
I read the rest of that post as well as others and agree there is alot of dispute. I have a 60csx and I am gonna do the only logical thing and download the latest firmware then test it with some energizer non-rechargable lithiums. I know that the 76 series has had no problems with the lithium batts.
I purchased the 60 czx for the enhanced antena. You might want to look into this feature. It really made a difference in steep canyons and /or heavy timber.
silly database error killed my first reply... here goes, again:
The external antenna structure on the 60s is the one feature that I really disliked. Add this battery issue and that clenches it for me. The only reliable sub-zero battery is the lithium, so if it won't run on a brand new lithium, I don't want it.
As for reception, I get rock solid reception with my pocket eTrex unit that has one of the smallest antennas in the Garmin lineup. Also, the 76 has external antenna and power jacks and I've already got an external antenna and regulated power supply on my snowmachine. I just need to upgrade the 12-series handlebar mount to a 76 series mount, coupled with a new thumbwarmer pad on the back. The larger screen on the 76 is the selling feature for me. I want to read it with a quick glance while running the trail at 60mph or bounding through the woods breaking new trail. And these new color displays look sweet.
I have my 60csx on a handle bar mount. the mount is pretty cheesy looking but seems to hold the unit pretty good. The mount removes easily and leaves just a collar on the bar which is nice for when it is time to REALLY start riding! I also loop the lanyard around the bar in case the mount fails. I don't mind the antenna on the 60 it gets WAY better reception than the etrex that I have used in the past. I don't think you will go wrong with the 76 though. I really just wish that the Magellan Triton turned out to be wave of the future like it was touted to be...