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    01-27-2013, 04:54 PM
  #31
Yearling
WELL worth it in my opinion, and I'm mostly trying to stick to a budget. However, you can do all sorts of things with it and it's useful for a lot more than just endurance. I use it to...

During my rides, I have my "trip computer" page set up so I can track my distance, speed, average speed, max speed, time of day, trip time, and moving time (there can be a BIG difference in how long you're riding vs. actually moving!)

You can also...
Track a map of your ride (useful for cross-checking with your ride map in case you get lost)
Use the same map to see major roads and geography (you can purchase a more deluxe map that can be used like a driving GPS)
Mark waypoints and see your distance and direction to them (coordinates that are useful for things like geocaching and rock hounding when you have to find a certain location in the middle of nowhere)
Makr locations of interest
Upload your maps

Etc.

There are a lot of things I haven't tried, but I LOVE my GPS. And the battery lasts forever Well, at least a month or so, and I don't have to worry about it running out like a phone. I like to keep my phone battery as high as possible in the case of an emergency.
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    01-27-2013, 04:56 PM
  #32
Green Broke
Ok I am going to have to get one of those!!!
     
    01-27-2013, 04:56 PM
  #33
Yearling
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Originally Posted by nvr2many    
Cool thanks. Does it work the way I said? Like can you push start and stop and get a mileage distance? If so I need one, lol.
Easier than that actually - I turn mine on, let it get a signal, and then it starts tracking immediately. I always reset my trip computer so that I can have stats for each individual ride. At the end of each one, I can save my trip so that I have all the stats and map recorded. I believe mine's a Garmin Venture HC, but I'll have to check...
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    01-27-2013, 04:59 PM
  #34
Yearling
This is the one I have, but it looks like it's not made anymore. I don't think you'd have any trouble with a used one. They're pretty durable and waterproof I believe. The screen on mine is beat up, but I've been pretty rough on it and dropped it quite a few times before I secured it to my horse!

Http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000PDR230/ref=pe_58640_22727740_pe_vfe_dt1
     
    01-27-2013, 05:01 PM
  #35
Yearling
It looks like this might be the newer model? Http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-eTrex-Worldwide-Handheld-Navigator/dp/B00542NV32/ref=sr_1_5?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1359320408&sr=1-5&keywords=Garmin+GPS+receiver
     
    01-27-2013, 05:02 PM
  #36
Green Broke
^^ Great thank you!
     
    01-27-2013, 05:02 PM
  #37
Yearling
Oh, I forgot to mention, you can have your trip odometer and total odometer. Both of mine show up on my trip computer screen, and I only ever reset my trip odometer. I let the total odometer keep track of ALL my yearly miles!
     
    01-27-2013, 05:03 PM
  #38
Green Broke
Sweet!
     
    01-27-2013, 07:40 PM
  #39
Green Broke
I use a garmin foretrex 301 wrist gps, runs on AAA batteries, its a bit bigger than a watch, most of the wrist GPS are good for runners and don't have the battery life. The 301 and now the newer 401 has about 24 hour of battery life. Its good for keeping track of speed distance , it can also give you crow fly back to your trailer, Basically you turn it on, hit reset and it is 0 miles, 0 speed, it also gives you current speed like a speedometer as your riding. The newer 401 is altitude compensated so more acccurate when going up and down, you can also add a heart rate monitor for your horse. A very good unit for marked trails. I have found it pretty worthless for navigating though if you don't know where you are. I think I want one of the map units like Jilly posted the etrex line.
Be advised from what I have heard cell phone GPS apps suck battery life and don't receive signal in many places.
     
    01-27-2013, 07:52 PM
  #40
Yearling
I highly suggest runtastic as a phone app. Its free and it will mark miles traveled, altitude, average speed, fastest speed and time. It even maps out where you went on a map, so you can follow it back. You even choose your sport so it can calculate calories burned...and yes horseback riding is an option.

I use it for everything.
     



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