View Full Version : Quick GPS Question

09-14-2009, 07:29 AM
I'm looking to get a entry level GPS. I have the opportunity to maybe get a hold of an Garmin etrex Legend. I'm researching right now, but any insight would be great. The price is $40.


Jim N
09-14-2009, 08:33 AM
If you tie into a very old model you may regret it. Receivers have come a very, very long way now being able to get fixes in high tree canopy and deep canyons. This was beyond the capability of many older models and is exactly the sort of feature you need in a GPS. Don' t be penny foolish - you will regret it.

09-14-2009, 09:07 AM
I have both an etrex legend and a triton 500. I would have to echo the previous poster: the signal aquisition time and consistency are leagues apart, to the point where I find the former somewhat a nuisance.

Plus, the colour screen of the triton and the abiity to use raster maps or national geographic topo maps or images culled from google earth adds a lot too...

FYI - the entire canadian topographic 1:50 000 series is available for download free already formated for raster and vector based gps units (these are the same maps I would buy at the ministry of natural resources on paper)...



I also have a copy of the entire US from National Geographic Top Delux


I should really give it to one of you guys given that I am on the other side of the world and don't have a plan to be in the US at the moment... (it came as part of the package deal for my GPS)...


David in OR
09-14-2009, 09:28 AM
Echo Jim. I've had two of the basic eTrex units. The older one was *useless* in canopy. The current one, designated "H", works very well. It's all in the sensitivity of the receiver.

09-14-2009, 09:48 AM
Thanks fellas. I'll take all the advice/input I can get.

09-14-2009, 09:53 AM
Otoejet - for me; the bigger the screen - the better. The difference in use from the old small screen models to the newer larger screen topo map models is remarkable. When it comes to GPS units, I second "Jim N's" advice; don't be penny foolish - you'll regret it.

Here's a couple more map resources;

Dick Blust
09-14-2009, 10:19 AM
Ben, your best bet is a Garmin eTrex H for about $100. Please note that it's an eTrex H, not the older, basic, yellow eTrex. The eTrex H features Garmin's higher-sensitivity technology. Many retailers are working hard to unload their older basic eTrexes, and there's nothing wrong with them, but you'd be better off with the eTrex H.

Dick Blust (dblust)

09-14-2009, 10:29 AM
I still run the old garmin vista and what they all say is true
You just need see if all the new Tech is worth it to you
For the $ I can still get where I need to be with the old one (Just keep me out of heavy trees and the bottom of the deep canyons. Not that I wouldn't like to update sometime because of the wider screen and graphic on the new ones
Just the same if you don't have the $er for the new ones, what’s $40 to be able to fine that fishing hole you just can't fine looking on you map

David in OR
09-14-2009, 10:37 AM
My newer eTrex H looks exactly like the older one. Both yellow. The new one just has an "H" on it. But that "H" is worth paying for. :)

09-14-2009, 11:06 AM
It's an older model, and I hunt in some rugged canyon land. I'll be passing on this and be looking elsewhere.

09-21-2009, 01:59 PM
If you guys don't mind, allow me to resurrect this thread for a quick confirmation. I have a Magellan eXplorist 200 from about 2005. Now, as then, I did not want all the bells and whistles, just basic navigation. From reading the thread, even a new basic model of Magellan or Garmin will have improved receivers. Does this mean faster acquisition of location as well as improved reception under canopy or deep in terrain features? In other words, a 2009 bottom line Magellan will be superior to a 2005 bottom line Magellan? Whose bottom line model do you like best, Magellan, Garmin or something else? Thanks for your help. I'm going to northern MN in a few weeks to hunt grouse and don't want to get left out overnight to feed the wolves ;)

09-21-2009, 06:18 PM
yes, yes, yes, Garmin

09-22-2009, 08:56 AM
Used a Garmin 60 CX in northern Minnesota this past summer with very quick acquisition and excellent reliability. Would definitively recommend.

09-23-2009, 04:38 PM
Thanks Elmbow and Edod. Appreciate the input.