Garmin eTrex 10

2 reviews
5-star:   0
4-star:   2
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

Specs

Weight 5 oz / 141.7 g with batteries
Dimensions 2.1 in x 4.0 in x 1.3 in / 5.4 cm x 10.3 cm x 3.3 cm
Display Size 1.4 in x 1.7 in / 3.6 cm x 4.3 cm, 2.2 in diag / 5.6 cm

Reviews

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A quality entry level GPS that will will satisfy any…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $115

Summary

A quality entry level GPS that will will satisfy any expert.

Pros

  • accurate and reliable
  • easy to read
  • easy to use
  • good battery life (~25 hours)
  • inexpensive (~$115)
  • durable
  • waterproof
  • light weight

Cons

  • not all functions are covered in the user manual
  • joist stick needs improvement

The Garmin eTrex 10 is a great product. It's best used in conjunction with a map and compass as it lacks extra features such as detailed, color maps that are available on more expensive models. But let's face it, you should never haphazardly wander into the wilderness relying solely on a GPS to begin with, so get a map as well. 

It has a fairly small B&W screen but it is not so small that it hinders ease of use or readability. The unit fits in hand comfortably and is small enough to place in your pocket when not in use.

The biggest flaw with this product is that the user's manual is far from complete, so some functions require a little experimentation to learn how to use. Even after reading the downloadable user's manual available on Garmin's website, not all features are explained. But this is not a major undertaking. Never having used GPS before, I was able to figure out how to use all of the features available on the device over two days of on-and-off experimentation. 

The other flaw is that the joist stick doesn't always activate the desired menu or function the first time it's pressed. You have to be careful to press it straight down, otherwise it just toggles to the next menu option.  As I recognize that this could be improved upon, the joist stick has never failed and usually activates your selection with a second depression. 

The other thing is that the unit requires Garmin Base Camp (downloadable for free) to delete old or accumulated geocaches and waypoints. However Base Camp also allows you to view your tracks and route information via the computer and gives you the option to import these items into Google earth, which is great! 

The eTrex 10 has always been accurate and reliable. I have spent 2+ years hiking on and off-trail in the New Jersey Pinelands, which can best be described as a pretty homogenous landscape, and this device has provided me with accurate coordinates and reliable performance every time I head off trail. While accuracy can decrease depending on weather, terrain, and tree cover, this device is accurate when used under ideal and close to ideal conditions. 

This is typical of GPS units in general though and is not a flaw with this particular model. Even when it is not spot on, it is accurate enough for most uses. I know it is accurate because I have map skills. If someone tells you that this device is not accurate, it's probably a baseless statement as you need to be able to compare your known position on the landscape to a discernible spot on a map and then compare your GPS coordinates with that spot in order to evaluate accuracy objectively. 

Overall, this is a great product and I couldn't be happier with my purchase. I even went back and bought a second unit.  I highly recommend it!  Hope this helps and have fun out there!

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Great unit!! Great accuracy and battery life.

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $109

Great unit!! Great accuracy and battery life.

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Manufacturer's Description

Visit Garmin's eTrex 10 page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

The compact Garmin eTrex 10 GPS gives you quick and easy GPS functionality at a great value. It's perfect for geocaching and hiking.

- REI

An improved interface and worldwide basemap, the Garmin eTrex is an entirely new device poised for new adventures.

- EMS

Stay on course whether you're hiking, camping, or geocaching with the eTrex 10 GPS from Garmin. This little device is equipped with a high-sensitivity GPS with HotFix satellite technology and a preloaded worldwide basemap so that you always know where you are, wherever you are.

- Mountain Gear

The eTrex is one of Garmin's longest-serving GPS series. This new version still features the same core functionality, rugged construction, affordability and long battery life of the original. The user interface has been improved so you'll spend less time searching for information and more time having fun outdoors. The 2.2" monochrome display is easy to read in any light conditions. Paperless geocaching ability has also been added so it's easier than ever to enjoy this popular sport. Preloaded with a worldwide basemap. The eTrex series is the first with the ability to track both GPS and GLONASS satellites at the same time. GLONASS is a system of 24 Russian satellites that will become operational in 2012. Using both systems, the eTrex will be able pinpoint your position 20 percent faster than with GPS satellites alone. The high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver with Hotfix satellite prediction will locate your position quickly and precisely, even in heavy cover. Also includes a hunting and fishing calendar, sun and moon information, tide tables and the ability to add custom points of interest. Imported. Dimensions 4"L x 2.1"W x 1.3"D. Display 2.2" diagonal. Weight 5 oz. with batteries. Display resolution 128 x 160 pixels. Batteries Two AA, not included. NiMH or Lithium recommended. Battery life 25 hours. Waypoints 1,000. Routes 50. Track log 100 tracks; 10,000 points. IPX7 waterproof

- L.L.Bean