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    Default GPS Recommendation

    I'm interested in recommendations for purchase of a water proof GPS I will use on a 2 week float hunt. Doesn't need all the bells and whistles, just a good, solid device.

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    My recommendation would be the Garmin 76 CSx. Not sure how waterproof it is if you submerge it for any length of time, but it does float so you don't have to go diving for it! Seems there was a GPS thread this summer with lots of good options discussed.

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    I have a Garmin Etrex Vista and a Garmin 12xl. One with and without the bells. Both do very well. The 12xl is the simplest.

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    I had made a search for 'GPS' and didn't come up with anything, maybe I'll just run through the gear thread. Thanks

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    Lowrance H2OC

    Good solid, tough, waterproof, Tongass carries it, and the cards for it.

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    Thanks Ian.

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    Garmin 76CSX. Waterproof AND floats! Love the fact it has the electro mag compass. Works well in situations where your moving very slow. Bit of a battery hawg, but lasts longer with the NiMh batteries.

    If your in anchorage stop into the joint out on old seward/76th area. Accupoint "the gps store"
    We do not go to the green woods and crystal waters to rough it, we go to smooth it. We get it rough enough at home; in towns and cities; in shops, offices, stores, banks anywhere that we may be placed

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    Good idea, I'll be in Anc next week.

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    Definte vote for the 76 series. No "bells" version is the GPS 76. Top of the line with maps, altimeter, compass and all the bells that you'll find are very nice to have... GPSMAP 76CSx

    Waterproof. Floats. Big screen. Easy operation. Very fast and accurate.

    Not sure how I could live without mine.

    The difference between this unit and the ever popular eTrex line is night and day. Use a 76 (or the similar 60 series) and you'll never want to touch an eTrex again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingfisherktn View Post
    I had made a search for 'GPS' and didn't come up with anything, maybe I'll just run through the gear thread. Thanks
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    Thanks Joat. Owe you rep when I get some available.

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    If you decide to go Garmin, don't waste your money on the pre-loaded mapping chip, buy the software disc. IF for whatever reason the chip takes a ****...your SOL.
    We do not go to the green woods and crystal waters to rough it, we go to smooth it. We get it rough enough at home; in towns and cities; in shops, offices, stores, banks anywhere that we may be placed

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    Default 76Csx

    If you get a 76 - go C and X at least - the receiver is much better than no X, and the color is worth it. the S feature sucks batteries, and is only moderately useful, especially if you already carry a traditional compass. Better for hiking later with the altimeter.

    my vote 76csx. under $300.

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    +1 for the 76CSx! Easy to use, quick to acquire satellites, maintains signal even in heavy trees or in your pocket or backpack.

    I got mine off Ebay about 4-5 years ago ($343 shipped). A quick search found one for $302 shipped.
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    Thanks guys.

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    Check the local stores (Accupoint) 3-4 months ago they had a batch of older stock 76CSX(exact same lacking current software update)

    Got mine for $299 locally.
    We do not go to the green woods and crystal waters to rough it, we go to smooth it. We get it rough enough at home; in towns and cities; in shops, offices, stores, banks anywhere that we may be placed

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