Garmin eTrex Summit HC
The Garmin eTrex series stands as a massive force…
Price Paid: $170
The Garmin eTrex series stands as a massive force in the current civilian GPSr market. With many models to choose from, consumers can pick a receiver that best fits their perceived needs and price-range.
And, Garmin has done well with keeping this line current. The eTrex line has been updated with the "HC" series, which features more sensitive satellite antenna and chip set, slightly stockier build, and a bright color screen.
The Summit HC is a mid-level offering in the current eTrex lineup. It shares many features with many other models in the eTrex HC line (Venture, Legend, Vista), such as a passable base map, the ability to record up to 50 routes, a well-executed "geocaching" mode, and other features.
What sets the Summit apart from cheaper models is the addition of an electronic ABC: Altimeter, Barometer, and Compass. The A and B portion of this unit share the same sensor and user screen. While handy, these tools require constant calibration and are, perhaps, the Achilles heel of the unit. Their use and accuracy take patience and some extra knowledge. Although these are not horrible issues, they certainly stand out on an otherwise intuitive unit.
The C, electronic compass, portion of the unit is an excellent addition. It enables the user to acquire a bearing to his or her next waypoint without having to be moving. In this reviewer's opinion, this function is simply worth the additional cost of the unit over a lesser unit (such as the Venture).
The unit does lack the ability to add additional memory. However, the on-board memory is more than sufficient for storing a very large amount of map data. For example, my unit currently has the bulk of SW Montana downloaded to it.
I have used the Summit for hiking, geocaching, biking, hunting, and fishing. For the price and the features, I don't foresee myself upgrading any time soon. I have used friends' more expensive units (Colorado's, 60Cx's) and can't justify the additional cost.
It gets hit for one star because of the picky A and B functions. In my opinion, Garmin should be able to dial those in a bit better. Otherwise, every star is fully earned.
Here's what other sites are saying:
The eTrex Summit HC is Garmin's latest, pocket-sized GPS navigator with a barometric altimeter that pinpoints your precise altitude, and its built-in electronic compass provides bearing information even while you're standing still. The Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) makes its already-accurate positioning data even more reliable, so your position is easily found.
- Mountain Gear
A staple among outdoor enthusiasts, the Garmin eTrex Summit HC features a high-sensitivity GPS receiver for peak performance in any environment and includes 24 megabytes (MB) of internal memory, a detailed basemap, crisp color screen, barometric altimeter and electronic compass. With its high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver, eTrex Summit HC locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover and deep canyons. The advantage is clear - whether you're in deep woods or just near tall buildings and trees, you can count on Summit HC to help you find your way when you need it the most.
- Altrec Outdoors
A staple among outdoor enthusiasts, eTrex Summit HC features a high-sensitivity GPS receiver for peak performance in any environment and includes 24 megabytes (MB) of internal memory, a detailed basemap, crisp color screen, barometric altimeter and electronic compass. Clear ReceptionWith its high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver, eTrex Summit HC locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover and deep canyons. BearingseTrex Summit HC has a built-in electronic compass that provides bearing information even while you're standing still, and its barometric altimeter tracks changes in pressure to pinpoint your precise altitude. You can even use the altimeter to plot barometric pressure over time, which can help you keep an eye on changing weather conditions. Add More Detail eTrex Summit HC's basemap contains lakes, rivers, cities, interstates, national and state highways, railroads and coastlines. Summit HC also includes 24 MB of internal memory, so you can load waypoints and routes from the included MapSource Trip & Waypoint Manager software. Its 256-color, sunlight-readable display makes it easy to distinguish map details - even in bright sunlight. Dimensions WxHxD: 4.2" x 2.2" x 1.2"Display Size: 1.3" x 1.7"Resolution: 176 x 220 pixelsDisplay Type: 256 color TFTWeight: 5.5 oz (w/batteries)Battery: 2 AA (not included)Battery Life: 14 hoursWaterproof: Yes (IPX7)Built in Memory: 24 MBWaypoints: 500Routes: 50Track Log: 10,000 points.
Purchase the Garmin eTrex Summit HC in this convenient bundle pack and get lots of accessories at a low package price. Bundle includes: Garmin eTrex Summit HC GPS receiver, Topo U.S. 2008 DVD, vehicle power cable and carrying case. GPS unit features a bright color display, accurate altimeter and electronic compass. Electronic compass provides your current bearing; declination adjustment-auto compensating. Picture compass displays broken down into 5- or 6-degree increments. Precise altimeter states your current altitude, as well as your rate of ascent. Sleek in design and similar in size to many compasses, yet the display window is as large as many full-size units. Operational buttons are located along the side for easy one-hand operation. Track up to 50 routes, marking up to 500 waypoints on each. Store up to 500 waypoints with names, elevation or graphic icons. Find your way back with the TracBack™ feature, exclusively from Garmin. High-sensitivity receiver maintains tight satellite-lock, even through dense forest, by continuously tracking up to 12 satellites. Weatherproof case is completely waterproof to withstand full immersion in a meter of water for 30 minutes. PC connectivity allows information transfer between your PC and the eTrex GPS unit (cable not included).