Garmin GPSMAP 60Cx
Price Paid: $257
I went with this Garmin because of the ability of this model to pick up signals even in deep ravines and hollows while hiking. I rarely lose signal, once under a 50 foot wide arch (more like a tunnel, and once in a hollow with very overcast conditions. Other than that, I have used it for tracking all my hiking this year so I can then go create detailed GPS trips on Every Trail.
This GPS simply works! I do not use it for road directions, just to create hiking tracks, and using alkaline batteries I can get several hikes in before changing batteries. The software included is very basic, so if you want to create hiking routes, you'll have to buy or download some detailed topos. But for my purposes, it has been a great unit!
Price Paid: $314
Nice step up from the eTrex models, although you have to pay for it. SiRF III chipset really does pick up the sats very quickly and accurately, even indoors. Color screen is clear and easy to read. Expandable memory is nice and that it runs on AA's a must.
I also have an original eTrex Legend and the software and mapping built in is almost identical. If you are going to be in an area with a lot of wide open spaces, the current eTrexes will perform just fine and at a much lower cost (and are smaller overall with about the same screen size.) In cover though the new chipset does really make a difference, it's just whether or not you want to pay for it.
The only other negative is the built-in map lacks detail and Gramin charges very high prices for map that are actually useful. They build in nice city maps into their car units which have better screens and cost the same as the 60Cx and 60CSx (the maps cost about $100 to put into the handhelds), wish they would put in the Topo maps into the handheld units.
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GPSMAP 60Cx: Put the great outdoors in the palm of your hand
With a highly sensitive receiver, these rugged, water-resistant units are a mainstay among serious outdoor enthusiasts. The GPSMAP 60Cx from Garmin sports a removable 64 MG microSD card, a waterproof housing, quad-helix antenna, trip computer and sunlight-readable TTF display.
- Mountain Gear
With Garmin's GPSMAP 60Cx you can easily pinpoint your location and therefore find your direction with ease and accuracy. A high sensitivity GPS receiver provides satellite reception in even the deepest of canyons or the thickest of canopy. An IPX7 waterproof case allows you to take that unexpected tumble when crossing that creek, and a large, color TFT display makes viewing the screen easy, day or night. A removable microSD card and high sensitiviy GPS receiver you will be able to find yourself out of a maze with little effort.
If you're a serious outdoor enthusiast or work in the outdoors, get your hands on the Garmin 60 Cx GPS Unit. This GPS lets you store 50 routes and 1,000 waypoints as well as load map data. The stored routes are reversible so you can trace your path in either direction. Install topo, marine, and street maps with pre-loaded microSD cards, or download maps from your computer onto the included 64MB card. The WAAS-enabled, high-sensitivity Garmin 60 Cx acquires a signal in a mere one second in fair weather, and finds your location even in heavy foliage or deep canyons. The color display is LED backlit for easy reading at night. Other features you'll appreciate are the built-in U.S. road maps for navigating highways, a trip computer that lets you determine your speed and distance, and built-in tables that let you know the best time to fish.
- Backcountry Outlet