View Full Version : GPS that works well under cover that won't break the bank



fins2right
07-01-2010, 02:46 PM
A few guys on my department are wondering if there is a good GPS out there that works under cover for less than $200. All I have is the Oregons, which are a little too pricey for thier taste. Any reccomendations?

JustPJ66
07-01-2010, 04:21 PM
My e trex works "ok" under cover like in heavy trees but isnt as reliable as kevins magellen (i think it was the 400) was.

hollora
07-01-2010, 04:48 PM
What do the "guys" want to do with the GPSr? Geocaching only or some other things - like spot waypoints, hiding caches, averaging, tracks, maps, routing, etc.

I do understand not wanting to spend big bucks, but determining the need and why may help. Sometimes it is better to save and get one which has more capablity than just get the least expensive one to get you by. A GPSr is an investment and a tool. :);):D

Haven't the guys heard the Boys with the toys story!?! :cool: I know it applies to Girls too - so not partiality here! :D

And on the topic - my daughter loves her Etrex - and finds as many as I do (she just doesn't log them anymore). Sometimes it isn't always the GPSr ;) but it helps to get you there!:D:D

JustPJ66
07-01-2010, 05:12 PM
Oh dont get me wrong Hollora...I wouldnt trade my etrex for nuffin hehe

Haffy
07-01-2010, 05:18 PM
I was gifted the Etrex "H" when I left SC by my geocaching friends there and it was bought at REI for $50. It certainly is better than my old Etrex Vista when it comes to working under heavy cover. Might want to try that one out.

hollora
07-01-2010, 06:14 PM
Oh dont get me wrong Hollora...I wouldnt trade my etrex for nuffin hehe

Well, there you go - I still have one too - when it isn't out on loan..........;):)

JustKev
07-01-2010, 08:12 PM
Talk to brdad about his antenna. Pam (JustPJ66) wants me to talk to him about one for her eTrex.

dufzor
07-01-2010, 09:25 PM
Paid under $200 for my Garmin 60csx. Works very well under the trees.

WhereRWe?
07-02-2010, 06:23 AM
Paid under $200 for my Garmin 60csx. Works very well under the trees.

Yes - I think that most people will agree that the Garmin 60csx is GREAT under cover, but I didn't mention it because I couldn't find a NEW one for close to $200.

But if your friends can meet an under $300 price, I think the 60csx is the way to go. I've never lost a signal with mine except when going through the "Big Dig" tunnels in Boston. LOL! :D:D

brdad
07-02-2010, 06:31 AM
Talk to brdad about his antenna. Pam (JustPJ66) wants me to talk to him about one for her eTrex.

The re-radiating antenna I made works very well but I never used it much for caching. For one, geo-sense is more important than any antenna IMO. And the re-radiating antenna does a great job of amplifying the signals that are already there, but if you are in valley with only two sats in view, you will just get a better signal from those two. You might be lucky enough to pick a up a third that the GPSr would not. It does help some under tree cover, but most of the time I could find the cache in the time it took to hook up the re-radiating antenna.

JustPJ66
07-02-2010, 06:42 AM
Well Brdad...I do find more caches than kev...i just make him retrieve all the ones where spiders might be LOL

JustPJ66
07-02-2010, 06:43 AM
antenna or not hehe

JustKev
07-02-2010, 06:49 AM
Well Brdad...I do find more caches than kev...i just make him retrieve all the ones where spiders might be LOL

I can see I'm going to need a new set of hip waders......it's getting deep in here.

:rolleyes:

darterkitfox
07-02-2010, 07:35 AM
are those sort of like transporter patern enhancers that Geordi LaForge is always using on Star Trek?

darterkitfox
07-02-2010, 07:43 AM
I'm not sure how everyone keeps up with prices for GPS'rs. I bought an Oregon 550t at LLBeans for $499. It didn't work so I took it back. Went to Cabella's and got the same one for $350. This one worked, but way below expected levels so I took it back. Looked at the Garmin 60 and 76 and was told that just the week before they had been over $100 cheaper. Delorme PN-40 with a $50 rebate was cheaper than the PN-30 and even what I originally paid for my worthless PN-20. I guess in Maine, prices change quicker than the weather.

JustKev
07-02-2010, 08:08 AM
I'm not sure how everyone keeps up with prices for GPS'rs. I bought an Oregon 550t at LLBeans for $499. It didn't work so I took it back. Went to Cabella's and got the same one for $350. This one worked, but way below expected levels so I took it back. Looked at the Garmin 60 and 76 and was told that just the week before they had been over $100 cheaper. Delorme PN-40 with a $50 rebate was cheaper than the PN-30 and even what I originally paid for my worthless PN-20. I guess in Maine, prices change quicker than the weather.

What level did it work below? I got a 450 from Bean's and like it. In compass mode, it seems a little more shaky than I'd like to see, however. I'm wondering if I should calibrate the compass each time I use it?

cano
07-02-2010, 09:11 AM
Buy a helium balloon and attach a GPS receiver on it. Then put it above trees for unobstructed view :)

Ekidokai
07-02-2010, 12:10 PM
I can't say enough about the Etrex Venture HC. I bought mine the day before placing over one hundred caches with good coordinates. It never looses a signal and it it easy to read, bright and sturdy. Really easy to navigate through the screens. Perfect, inexpensive unit.

pm28570
07-02-2010, 01:16 PM
I can't say enough about the Etrex Venture HC. I bought mine the day before placing over one hundred caches with good coordinates. It never looses a signal and it it easy to read, bright and sturdy. Really easy to navigate through the screens. Perfect, inexpensive unit.

Approximately how many caches does it hold?

dufzor
07-02-2010, 03:13 PM
Yes - I think that most people will agree that the Garmin 60csx is GREAT under cover, but I didn't mention it because I couldn't find a NEW one for close to $200.

But if your friends can meet an under $300 price, I think the 60csx is the way to go. I've never lost a signal with mine except when going through the "Big Dig" tunnels in Boston. LOL! :D:D


I am pretty sure I posted the sale about 6 weeks ago. Don't know if its still running, but Bass Pro Shops online had the Garmin 60csx for $199.

WhereRWe?
07-02-2010, 03:52 PM
I can't say enough about the Etrex Venture HC. I bought mine the day before placing over one hundred caches with good coordinates. It never looses a signal and it it easy to read, bright and sturdy. Really easy to navigate through the screens. Perfect, inexpensive unit.

Marden's in Waterville had a couple of the Garmin eTrex Venture HC's when I was there today. Didn't notice the price as I wasn;t in the market for one, but the price should be good if it was in Mardens. :D:D

Ekidokai
07-02-2010, 05:25 PM
Approximately how many caches does it hold?

It holds the same as the most of them, 500.


The only other one I would consider is the Oregon like Hollora's. It might cost a little over 200 but it is a great device.

Gob-ler
07-02-2010, 05:29 PM
I have seen a few 60cSx types for around 200.00. You could not go wrong with one of those. Time tested and proven.

Mainiac1957
07-03-2010, 08:09 AM
The price of the 60CSx will drop because the replacement is coming out. That's the Map 62CSx. It is going to be like the older 60CSx with paperless caching too.