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    09-11-2012, 12:29 PM
  #11
Yearling
Talking Pulled the Plug -eTrex 30

Okay, well I pulled the plug at 11:26 am this morning and ordered a Garmin eTrex 30 after reading several blog reviews and finding it on Amazon.com for $249.99 (opposed to $299.99 from Garmin!).

I even splurged and ordered 2 day delivery which was less than $11. The standard shipping rate was $5.98 for 3-5 days.

Thank you again everyone for the input.
     
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    09-11-2012, 12:39 PM
  #12
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Originally Posted by AQHSam    
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.
Are you working about a regular GPS? I had never heard of someone using a regular driving GPS for trail riding. Do you happen to have an iPhone? There are some great apps made for the phone that you could use.
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    09-11-2012, 04:22 PM
  #13
Green Broke
Was just going to post I have a cabelas flier int he male today had the etrex 30, on sale but looks like same price. I am thinking the etrex 20 for 170 would have been a good deal as well. Only difference I see in the description is the 30's ability to wireless transmit data to other units or a computer, I figure I could plug in a wire for 70 bucks.
     
    09-11-2012, 04:54 PM
  #14
QOS
Green Broke
Congratulations!!! I am sure you will enjoy it!!
     
    09-11-2012, 05:55 PM
  #15
Yearling
Glad you finally found one you liked! I've used (for years and the battery lasts forever) the Garmin 301 with the heartrate monitor converted to fit my horse - doesn't give me maps, but you can set waypoints, download all of your heartrate, mileage, mph, etc to a data program that gives you rates, charts, everything you need to keep an eye on your progress. You can customize the screen on the wrist unit to show you whatever data you need to see at a glance and I use the virtual training partner as well - gives me something to work against while conditioning.

Mine has distance alarms you can set so it will beep at you when you've hit a certain number of miles, AND it has heartrate alarms that will warn you if your heartrate is too high or too low (depending on what you set it at).

I looked at the ones with the maps, but this one ended up having all of the features I needed and the map was the only thing it didn't have - the pros outweighed the one con for me. It does leave a breadcrumb trail so you can backtrack if you need to.

Let us know how you like it and how it works once you get out and use it some.
     
    09-11-2012, 06:14 PM
  #16
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
was just going to post I have a cabelas flier int he male today had the etrex 30, on sale but looks like same price. I am thinking the etrex 20 for 170 would have been a good deal as well. Only difference I see in the description is the 30's ability to wireless transmit data to other units or a computer, I figure I could plug in a wire for 70 bucks.
The 30 has a compass which for me is a valuable thing!
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    09-11-2012, 08:08 PM
  #17
Green Broke
Even though the technology is refreshed every few years, the basic functionality remains the same.

That said, better, faster processors and more memory are always good.

I have the entire SE united states 1:24,000 topo maps series along with the base map loaded on both hand helds and still have half a gig left.

I don't need another device with a camera etc......
     
    09-11-2012, 10:55 PM
  #18
QOS
Green Broke
I looked at the Garmins and OMG I want the one with a camera in it!!! LOL I love techie stuff!
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    09-12-2012, 06:56 AM
  #19
Green Broke
I guess that's why they put a camera on it?

Different strokes for different folks!

Sam, my advice would be to load the topo maps for your area, then also buy the paper 7.5 topo maps and a good compass.

Grid your maps for UTM and learn how to place yourself on the paper map.

The first question that I usually want the answer to is where am I?

The second is am I where I think I am?

Good choice of equipment IMO.
     
    09-12-2012, 04:43 PM
  #20
Yearling
Talking Omg yessssss

My GPS arrived a DAY EARLY!! It is very coooooool!!!

The instructions it came with are only 10 pages! I can't wait to play with this later today.
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