GPS Models you like/don't like
Sorry for bringing up an old topic, but I can't find the thread on GPS units, and the search won't search for just GPS.
I want to buy a GPS for trail riding. In doing a quick review of models on Best Buy, I have found that the price range between $100-$300 offers quite a variety of models, but each model swings with features and functionality.
I know I want a unit that will track my route, distance, speed, time. Since we are talking about trails, I don't expect it to find my destination, but it would be nice to get a view of what is around me, should I need to find a main road or another alternate route off the mountain. I would also like it to provide specific Lat/Lon, so if there is an emergency I can contact 911 and give my exact positioning.
It would be nice if I could "drop a pin" when I come to specific points in the trail, or name the trails after I have completed them. (The trails I ride on are loosely named by the property owner but mean nothing outside of that.)
I would like to download my data to my laptop.
It needs to be satellite, not cellular, since signal where I ride is very limited.
Are there features that I am missing? If you ride with a GPS, what do you use it form mostly and what features are "can't live without" or "I wouldn't spend the extra money for this"?
Thank you everyone.
sounds like you will need a handheld unit with mapping features.
I use a wrist 301 foretrx for riding. It doesnt have mapping features that you can use while on the trail, but you can hit way points and it will navigate back to the way points either back tracking the trail or straight line back to a way point. You can program it ahead of time with way points. It also hooks to a computer and super imposes your route onto google maps.
There are basically only 3 wrist gps's suitable for riding. The Garmin foretrex 301, the newer 401 and the 310Xt. the rest are made for jogging and have very short battery life. The Foretrexes use AAA batteries that last about 20 hours. The 310 is rechargeable with 20 or so hours. I plan on upgrading my 301 soon to one of the others as the newer ones can run a heart rate monitor,
Garmin GPSmap 60CSx...
Perfect for trail riding, rugged, waterproof, reliable in mountain and cloud cover..
I have dropped this off the horse. its been left outside in the rain.. still perfect..
I have 4 Garmins, two of them handheld units. I have the 60 Csx and the etrex legend Hcx.
The 60Csx is no longer in production but a very fine unit. However, I like the size of the legend Hcx better and it's still in production.
Either of these units accept maps.
Also, forget lat long and use UTM which is very similar to the grid the army uses to call in artillery strikes.
I'd say the Legend Hcx will probably be discontinued soon as it's been out for quite awhile now.
The 30 seems to be somewhat similar and would be a good choice in my opinion.
You can download mapsource and topo maps at http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/
No need to buy maps unless you just feel the need.
I have the Garmin eTrex Venture HC. I love it!!! I track my miles, speed, max speed, average speed, time moving. It will show a map of the area, mark way points and I upload it all to EveryTrail so I can see all the data.
It is reasonable in price and big enough to see the information! Garmin is very helpful in learning to use the unit too! We have used them to track to a specific point (we felt like Daniel Boone!) and have just had a blast with them.
I got etex it works very well
I found the eTrex 30 for $249 online through an Amazon retailer There are no stores that carry it in-house in our one Best Buy town.
Now to deal with my 2nd paranoia. Buying online and getting swindled!
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