Magellan eXplorist 100
I have used this unit for many years. Sailing, bike riding, as even as the GPS for a car sat nav using an old palm Tungsten T3.
It's never missed a beat. Rechargeable batteries are a must, as it does chew some juice (2 x AA every 6 hours or so).
It's a little clunky to get data off - need a 3rd part cable, and some software like GPSbabel - but it's been a solid performer, quite accurate, and it just keeps on going.
Some other more expensive models do have some pretty neat features, but you pay $$$ for them....
Solid, easy to use, and a good price.
Price Paid: $79
This bare-bones GPS is all I really need. It has no mapping and does not remember anything but waypoints (without altitude readings), but use this in conjunction with a topo and what more could you want or need? Great for geo-caching. It is waterproof and tough, and not very heavy. The battery life is quite good also, a benefit of not having a map feature. Looking back, however, I should have paid the 30 or 40 more to get a mapping 200 model.
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Ideal for the first-time user, yet powerful enough for the budget-conscious expert, eXplorist features TrueFix™ technology for improved accuracy. WAAS-enabled TrueFix technology uses 14 parallel channels (most units have 12 channels) to provide precise position fixes and improved tracking. Compact and lightweight, this GPS unit slips easily into a shirt pocket. One-button access quickly takes you to primary functions. Stores up to 500 waypoints, 20 reversible routes and three track logs with up to 2,000 points each. Four-level grayscale LCD display with zoom capability; amber backlighting ensures optimum viewing even at night. Rugged, highly impact-resistant, rubber-armored exterior; water-resistant to rigid IPX-7 standard.
The Magellan Explorist 100 GPS unit is a simple and powerful recreational GPS receiver with a rugged and easy-to-carry design. It features TrueFix technology which takes advantage of 14 parallel channels, supported by WAAS and EGNOS for fast signal acquisition, minimal signal loss and reliable accuracy to within 3 meters. You can use it to save up to 3 track log files, 500 points of interest and 20 routes.
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