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Slate
04-17-2006, 10:27 AM
We have some friends who are interested in geocaching and they are looking for some suggestions on a basic GPSr to purchase. I have been very happy with my Garmin GPSMAP 60c, so I have suggested that they look at the basic, non-mapping version of the GPS 60. Does anybody have any other suggestions on units? The eTrex or Geko are very affordable, but I have never used either one. Plusses or minus on those?

dí76
04-17-2006, 11:25 AM
We have some friends who are interested in geocaching and they are looking for some suggestions on a basic GPSr to purchase. I have been very happy with my Garmin GPSMAP 60c, so I have suggested that they look at the basic, non-mapping version of the GPS 60. Does anybody have any other suggestions on units? The eTrex or Geko are very affordable, but I have never used either one. Plusses or minus on those?

I have and I know that BRDad has and found many caches with the etrax. I have upgrade from an etrax the the 60c. So they may like the etrax ok. I would not recommend the geko.

Basic noncolor mapping garmins are very affordable as well. you could look at the etrax. Ask Haffy. THats what he uses.

Trezurs*-R-*Fun
04-17-2006, 11:42 AM
I recently bought an eTrex Vista C. I have alot good to say about it but only have the old eTrex personal navigator to compare it too. The Vista C has autorouting and tons of other options. The color display is a little small but that is of little concern to me personally as I hook it up to the Laptop for larger maps and mapping. Its small size make it convenient to carry and easy to put in a shirt pocket. It is fairly easy on batteries, I can generally get 20 hours of continuous use out of 2 AA batteries. I can say that this little unit is so full of options that it will take a considerable amount of time to fully be comfortable with and knowledgable with it advanced features.

If money is a concern I would recommend the eTrex personal navigator. It was my first GPSr and was super simple to use. It was no frills and all business, you put in the coordinates, either manually or through GSAK or similar programs and off you went. It basically has an arrow telling you which way to go, which coordinates are the closest --nearest function-- to your current position, a routing function that I never used and a tracback feature that saved me from ever having to mark my starting position. Its simplicity was simply its greatest feature. As with the vista c its small and very easy on batteries.

Bear in mind I've never held another GPSr other than the two mentioned above but I do like the Garmin eTrex series.

DiverDave1998
04-17-2006, 11:57 AM
I have an etrex and mine works fine and they r cheap like 99 bucks at walmart. I tried a magellen i wasn't impressed with that at all. and you try to use the support and its what support.

WhereRWe?
04-17-2006, 01:03 PM
We have some friends who are interested in geocaching and they are looking for some suggestions on a basic GPSr to purchase. I have been very happy with my Garmin GPSMAP 60c, so I have suggested that they look at the basic, non-mapping version of the GPS 60. Does anybody have any other suggestions on units? The eTrex or Geko are very affordable, but I have never used either one. Plusses or minus on those?

We liked our eTrex, but wanted more and upgraded to the GPSMap 60c.

I think it would be best if they went for the 60C. Yeah - it's a lot more expensive - but offers so much more than the eTrex.

J_Cyr
04-17-2006, 01:04 PM
Also the SporTraks are affordable by Magellan

Haffy
04-17-2006, 02:50 PM
I would suggest maybe borrowing one for a few days and see what you like. At the time when I bought mine, the Etrex Vista ,it was about the best in the market but now I would probably buy the "X" series of Garmins with the new Sirf chip because it gets much better readings under heavy tree and canopy cover. In the long run if you can afford it, get the best that is out there and you won't regret it. Thats just MHO. :D

Hiram357
04-17-2006, 05:33 PM
Garmin GPS 72 $150 I've had mine for almost 4 years! and it still works great and out of 109finds, I've only had about 2 DNFs due to crummy signals. I wouldn't trade it for anything.... (except maybe a GPS 76)

hollora
04-17-2006, 08:20 PM
With only 10 finds on my belt I hardly feel qualified to comment but must. Hubby bought me a Garmin GPSmap 76 C for Christmas as he knew I wanted to start Caching. NOW that is starting out with, I now know, one of the very best. I had to take a class to learn how to use it and at that still needed help. A friend has an older model Etrex and she and I started out. We did great but she had the knack of knowing what to do and how to search. There is a lot more to this game than just the tool! Took out my son-in-law and family today and forgot mine (he was bummed) and we used his basic old Magellan and got 5 finds in our day. Again - probably basic thoughts- it is not necessarily the machine - buy the best you can but get the training & practice to back it up. Just my thoughts as my hubby paid loads and I would have had as much fun, probably at my novice level with a E-trex, but I will hopefully work up.

firefighterjake
04-17-2006, 08:44 PM
With only 10 finds on my belt I hardly feel qualified to comment but must. Hubby bought me a Garmin GPSmap 76 C for Christmas as he knew I wanted to start Caching. NOW that is starting out with, I now know, one of the very best. I had to take a class to learn how to use it and at that still needed help. A friend has an older model Etrex and she and I started out. We did great but she had the knack of knowing what to do and how to search. There is a lot more to this game than just the tool! Took out my son-in-law and family today and forgot mine (he was bummed) and we used his basic old Magellan and got 5 finds in our day. Again - probably basic thoughts- it is not necessarily the machine - buy the best you can but get the training & practice to back it up. Just my thoughts as my hubby paid loads and I would have had as much fun, probably at my novice level with a E-trex, but I will hopefully work up.

More Magellan bashing? :)

STKJSCachers
04-17-2006, 08:46 PM
When I got into geocaching this year, I researched the hell out of GPSrs. I weighed the pros and cons of each, price was a major factor as well but after what I read about the Garmin 60CSx I decided that was the one I wanted. I read the forums on Geocaching.com and checked every website that would carry GPSrs everyday, I ended up getting a smokin' deal on my 60CSx on EBay, so much so I thought I might be getting ripped off!! I have yet to lose a sattelite lock in my house, in ANY cover, or in the car. It is an awesome unit and I would reccomend it to anyone.

SewN2Cachin'
04-18-2006, 06:05 AM
I would recommend the Etrex Legend, which is what I have, though I'd love to upgrade to have color, tracback, and better reception. I would also echo the comment about great deals on eBay....it's where I got mine, super-cheap and barely used!

Slate
04-18-2006, 04:13 PM
Thanks for all the input, I will pass it along to them. Good to see so much positive feedback on the etrex series, I was reluctant to recommend it because I have never used one. I think they are looking for a basic inexpensive GPS for now, but I am defiantly going to let them know about he benefits of a more expensive mapping unit. I never thought that I needed a GPS with all those fancy features, but once I upgraded from my old Garmin 12 to a 60c I wondered how I ever got along with out it.

Slate
04-18-2006, 04:16 PM
We liked our eTrex, but wanted more and upgraded to the GPSMap 60c.

I think it would be best if they went for the 60C. Yeah - it's a lot more expensive - but offers so much more than the eTrex.

How is reception under tree cover with the etrex vs to 60c?

WhereRWe?
04-18-2006, 05:21 PM
How is reception under tree cover with the etrex vs to 60c?

Well, the GPSMap 60c is better because it has the quad-helix antenna. But if you're thinking of the 60c, I'd go for broke and get either the 60cx/csx. Reception will be a LOT better than either of the others.

The only reason to get the eTrex is lower cost. The "x" series is state-of-the-art. RULOST2? will be surprised when she gets one for her birthday! (LOL! Almost like buying her a new set of socket wrenches!)

tflight
04-20-2006, 10:47 PM
In case anyone wants the trivia, the "x" designation in the Garmin models indicates that model comes with the new MicroSD slot.

WhereRWe?
04-21-2006, 07:46 AM
In case anyone wants the trivia, the "x" designation in the Garmin models indicates that model comes with the new MicroSD slot.

And - even better - an advanced SiRFstar III GPS receiver. Supposed to be a lot more accurate than the prior chips.

tflight
04-21-2006, 08:32 AM
Yes, it does come with the SiRF Star III chipset.... which is absolutely fantastic! However I've been told not to expect all "x" model receivers to come with the SiRF Star III. For example I have been told by Garmin that the new eTrex Venture Cx does not have a SiRF Star III.... even though the Amazon site says it does. They have told me the Amazon site is incorrect and that the "x" designation only means Micro SD.

Haffy
04-21-2006, 10:06 AM
This is true,only the 60 and 76 series of the "X" models have the new sirf chip. This is from the Garmin site:

The eTrex Legend® Cx, eTrex Vista® Cx, GPSMAP® 60Cx, GPSMAP 60CSx, GPSMAP 76Cx, and GPSMAP 76CSx will all feature the new card slot. In addition, the new 60x-series and 76x-series units will feature a new and highly sensitive GPS receiver that obtains faster acquisition times and lets users determine and track their location in challenging conditions such as heavy foliage or deep canyons.

WhereRWe?
04-21-2006, 10:07 AM
Yes, it does come with the SiRF Star III chipset.... which is absolutely fantastic! However I've been told not to expect all "x" model receivers to come with the SiRF Star III. For example I have been told by Garmin that the new eTrex Venture Cx does not have a SiRF Star III.... even though the Amazon site says it does. They have told me the Amazon site is incorrect and that the "x" designation only means Micro SD.

Sheesh! You're right! We had a thread about this some time ago, and the main excitement was the SiRF chip. I don't think anyone realized that the "x" designation only applied to the SD card and not the chip!

Thanks for pointing this out - I think it would be a major factor when someone is considering a new GPSr.

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