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Garmin eTrex 20x

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
photo: Garmin eTrex 20x handheld gps receiver

Easy to use, water resistant.


  • Water resistant (immersion up to 1m ≤ 30 minutes)
  • Easy to use
  • 3.7 Gb of internal memory
  • 142 grams
  • Expandable memory
  • 25 hours battery life on 2 AA batteries


  • Joystick controller activates GPS functions when in your pocket
  • Comes with only basic maps, no topo

This GPS does the job well. It is fairly easy to use once you watch a couple of youtube videos. Garmin's free baseCamp software can be used to program routes and retrieve tracks off of the GPS.

I've used it several times, once in a downpour all day, and never had a problem.

The only problem I have is with the joystick controller on the front of the unit. It's great to use to control the GPS, but once you put it in your pocket or a backpack's hip belt pocket it activates all sorts of things. I had 27 waypoints activated with it just in my pouch for an hour! Not sure if there is a way to lock it so this doesn't happen.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $150 (cdn on sale)

Great for everything you would expect it to be used for, but difficult to use. No one would want a phone that required you to press "7" four times to text the letter "s". Why has this not evolved?


  • Good signal
  • Good battery life
  • Rugged


  • Hard to use
  • Non intuitive user interface.

We loaded gpx files, saved tracks, followed coordinates, etc. every thing worked great.

My only complaint is that I need to hit Google every time I want to try something new. Its interface hasn't evolved in 10 plus years. Time for a major overhaul. 

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $200

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