Garmin Etrex Legend GPS Receiver
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Product Description

With the eTrex Legend, GARMIN has loaded a full basemap of North and South America into one small unit. The Legend is also designed to provide precise GPS positioning using correction data obtained from the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS). Brightly colored translucent blue case Power Source - Two AA batteries (not included)

There are now enough handheld global positioning system (GPS) receivers on the market that you can be choosy when it comes to price, features, and design. Garmin--a leading manufacturer of car, boat, and personal GPS receivers--has a complete line of eTrex handheld receivers, with our Legend falling about midrange.

With Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) support, the eTrex Legend offers extremely accurate readings (rated to within 2 to 3 meters). (For more on WAAS, see the Frequently Asked Questions section.) A good-size screen--288 x 160 pixels--makes it easy to see location details, and the Legend redraws maps quickly when zooming in or out of a position.



The eTrex Legend provides precise GPS positioning using correction data obtained from the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS).


The Satellite page shows satellites being tracked, and their corresponding signal strength. View larger.


The internal trip computer provides a range of data about hikes and drives. View larger.
Its 8 MB of memory means there is also plenty of room for waypoints, routes, and saved tracks. The Legend will hold up to 500 waypoints, complete with a name and graphical symbol, 20 routes with 50 waypoints each, and it contains slots for 10 saved tracks. You can also download maps from Garmin's MapSource CD-ROMs (thorough but expensive accessories for the GPS receiver) to see street-level or topographic detail (depending on the CD-ROM title).

But one of the most striking attributes of the Legend is its comfortable and efficient design. While it rests easily in the palm of either hand, it's most suited for the left hand, where its handy click-stick can be manipulated with the thumb. The click-stick works like the pencil-eraser nubbin on laptop PCs and is handy for moving through screen icons and menus. It also works as a button when pressed down.

The Legend is coated with a waterproof, rubberized plastic shell that grips nicely. Weighing in at only 5.3 ounces, it fits into a pocket or clips onto a belt loop, going almost unnoticed.

The internal trip computer of the Legend provided a range of data about our hikes and drives, including current speed, average speed, trip distance, and time traveled (both moving and stopped). For those interested in checking out their foot pace and distance traveled, it's a handy GPS to have in hand.

Our only major beef with the Legend is that the receiver sometimes seemed to grow weak. Even when it wasn't in WAAS mode (which can be tough to maintain a signal in), it dropped the signal from time to time. We even lost the signal once while walking along the streets of San Francisco--it seems that the medium-size buildings were enough to interfere with the reception.

But this only happened on a few occasions. Most of the time the well-designed Legend was able to keep us in touch with up to 12 GPS satellites for a strong-enough read to maintain a tight handle on our location. --J. Curtis

Pros

  • Comfortable, compact design
  • Click-stick for interface navigation
  • Bright backlight
  • Handy distance-traveled feature
Cons
  • Sporadic reception within urban areas
  • Can take several minutes for a cold fix


    There are now enough handheld global positioning system (GPS) receivers on the market that you can be choosy when it comes to price, features, and design. Garmin--a leading manufacturer of car, boat, and personal GPS receivers--has a complete line of eTrex handheld receivers, with our Legend falling about midrange.



    Easily look up nearby services with optional downloadable details from MapSource CD-ROMs.
    With Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) support, the Legend offers extremely accurate readings (rated to within 2 to 3 meters). (For more on WAAS, see the Frequently Asked Questions section.) A good-size screen--288 x 160 pixels--makes it easy to see location details, and the Legend redraws maps quickly when zooming in or out of a position.

    Its 8 MB of memory means there is also plenty of room for waypoints, routes, and saved tracks. The Legend will hold up to 500 waypoints, complete with a name and graphical symbol, 20 routes with 50 waypoints each, and it contains slots for 10 saved tracks. You can also download maps from Garmin's MapSource CD-ROMs (thorough but expensive accessories for the GPS receiver) to see street-level or topographic detail (depending on the CD-ROM title).



    Built-in exit listings show services at U.S. interstate exits.
    But one of the most striking attributes of the Legend is its comfortable and efficient design. While it rests easily in the palm of either hand, it's most suited for the left hand, where its handy click-stick can be manipulated with the thumb. The click-stick works like the pencil-eraser nubbin on laptop PCs and is handy for moving through screen icons and menus. It also works as a button when pressed down.

    The Legend is coated with a waterproof, rubberized plastic shell that grips nicely. Weighing in at only 5.3 ounces, it fits into a pocket or clips onto a belt loop, going almost unnoticed.

    The internal trip computer of the Legend provided a range of data about our hikes and drives, including current speed, average speed, trip distance, and time traveled (both moving and stopped). For those interested in checking out their foot pace and distance traveled, it's a handy GPS to have in hand.

    Our only major beef with the Legend is that the receiver sometimes seemed to grow weak. Even when it wasn't in WAAS mode (which can be tough to maintain a signal in), it dropped the signal from time to time. We even lost the signal once while walking along the streets of San Francisco--it seems that the medium-size buildings were enough to interfere with the reception.

    But this only happened on a few occasions. Most of the time the well-designed Legend was able to keep us in touch with up to 12 GPS satellites for a strong-enough read to maintain a tight handle on our location. --J. Curtis

    Pros

    • Comfortable, compact design
    • Click-stick for interface navigation
    • Bright backlight
    • Handy distance-traveled feature
    Cons
    • Sporadic reception within urban areas
    • Can take several minutes for a cold fix

      The Garmin eTrex Legend GPS receiver is modeled on Garmin's popular entry level eTrex, but adds the same base map found in Garmin's III+ and eMap models, along with 8 MB of memory, making it a solid midlevel offering in the eTrex line just behind the eTrex Summit. Housed in a translucent blue case, this powerful, 12-parallel-channel, global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver weighs only 5.3 ounces and measures 4.4 by 2 inches. It literally fits in the palm of your hand. The Legend boasts the ability to hold up to 8 MB of amazingly detailed information that you upload for the area you plan to navigate. In addition to all that detailed information at your fingertips, the Legend actually gives you a higher-resolution screen than the slightly better equipped eTrex Summit. The massive 10,000 track log points of the Legend compare well to the 3,000 track log points the Summit model offers and the 2,048 that the Venture offers.

      The eTrex Legend's 8 MB memory enables you to download points of interest and map data from optional Garmin MapSource CD-ROMs to make your GPS unit more useful. The built-in base map of the Americas displays city and interstate highway information for North, South, and Central America, as well as U.S. highway exits. Address and business listings are displayed with data downloads. It also provides points of interest along lakes, rivers, and coastlines.

      The Legend has a front-panel rocker switch that allows for quick and accurate map panning. View maps on a liquid crystal display with a resolution of 288 x 160 pixels. The unit is waterproof to an IPX7 standard, so it can withstand a dunk.

      The Legend maintains a tight satellite lock, even in a forest. The unit can store up to 1,000 user waypoints with graphical icons, and it boasts Garmin's own TracBack feature, which reverses your track log and helps you navigate your way back home. The eTrex Legend also uses animated graphics that will help you identify your marked waypoints quickly and easily.

      Garmin makes some of the accessories to help you integrate your GPS with your life and your priorities. Keep your GPS at the ready while protecting it from knocks and bumps with the carrying case. If you'll be on the road, you'll want to have access to the most detailed topographical maps of the United States available: The Garmin MapSource CD-ROM (USA TOPO). And don't let the product's many abilities overwhelm you--train yourself in all the eTrex's ins and outs with a handy instructional video.

      The Garmin eTrex Legend comes with a PC interface cable, a manual, and a quick-reference card, and it's covered by a one-year warranty.

Features:
  • WAAS-Enabled
  • Smallest GPS On Market With North & South America Basemap
  • Perfect For Outdoor Person & Adaptable To Be Fully-Functional For Vehicle Use
  • Download From Metroguide Usa Cd-Rom (Not Included), Detailed Street Map Info, Addresses & Points Of Interest With Phone Info
  • 8 Mb Of Available Flash Memory

Customer Reviews:

  • Very good GPS for Hiking
    I have been using this model for some time, it is very good for hiking and biking, especially in open places, but not comfortable to be used in a car while driving.
    For its price, it is a great deal....more info
  • A good, basic GPS
    The built-in basemap is very handy. It makes this model much more useful than the basic eTrex.

    This GPS works fine as long as it has a clear view of the sky. Once the built-in antenna is obstructed by *anything* such as a shirt or get mis-oriented by dangling vertically from one's neck, it can easily lose the signal.

    The more expensive Legend Color has a better reception system, but you really pay for it.

    If you don't mind either holding this flat or placing it properly so as to keep the signal, it is a good unit for a good price. If you have higher expectations for reception, you'll need to spend a couple hundred more to get the better antenna class.

    I picked this one because it had a higher resolution screen than the Magellan models of the time.

    This is also not the best GPS for driving, as the screen is too small to be read while on the move. It will do OK, but you'll find yourself looking down for too long. It is more suited to hiking and biking, and to keep on hand in the case that you get lost....more info
  • 1 Serial Port Cable is a fossil!
    It's not about the GPS, or that it only holds 8MB's of memory (not a stick upgradable option but built in#, or it only locks onto a satellite if U R standing still in the middle of a foot-ball field, BUT most computers today come with ONE #9 female pin# serial-port plug/outlet for PC to a major/vital peripheral hook-up or 4 get your printer/scanner or fax and use it for your GPS hook up and buy their map disks at $100+ ea. But don't buy them ALL or your memory would have to be in the GB's range! If U have a PC with any peripherals like a printer that ONLY port is USED so no luck d/l-ing Garmin ? software. Most newer PC's come with several USB 2.0 ports, or a cheap hub turns 1 USB outlet into many outlets/inputs, so why is Garmin selling a GPS kit for around $130 with the ONLY way to get Jack from your PC is thru a SP connector? If U want a USB that works to d/l maps think around paying $60 more for this: 'USB to RS232 converter cable' which it should have come with for the price but didn't. So I have a cute hand held GPS that only shows me MAJOR roads has a menu that takes days to figure-out and set-up, then lacks memory, has no way to up that memory with a 1GB card and flogs an ancient SP hook-up with NO CD map disk #teasers# to Joe Public. Clearance time or PP planning? My buddy saw my frustraion and asked me why I had bought a Garbage GPS, he is a pilot!
    Spokane, WA....more info
  • best value
    This is my 2nd one. The 1st one has been pounded for 3 + years on the handle bars of an ATV and still working. Of all the lower priced GPS pocket units this one is a great value.

    NOTE: Get the Mapsource TOPO software to take full advantage of this unit ! ...more info
  • great for geo-caching
    I bought the Garmin Etrex for basically an extra GPS for myself. We have gotten hooked on the geo-caching and a GPS is important to have. My husband has a Garmin 350 and what is bad with that is that it is a touch-screen, so when you are walking with it in your hand, you will most likely hit the screen. So it's really a pain. With the Garmin Etrex, that won't happen. You have to push a button in order to move from one screen to the other. I have used it now eight times and the coordinates were right on the money!!! Would recommend it if you are wanting to geo-cache!
    V. Longworth...more info
  • Exellent value
    The title says it. I got this unit for a good price and it has performed well for me.....more info
  • No USB or power cable
    When I opened it I foud it had a serial port connection. Unfortunately my laptop was not built in 1991 so it only had USB ports. Garmin will sell you an adapter, for $60....more info
  • Excellent GPS
    It works great. Loaded other maps but the base map is fine for basic GPSing. Use it for trip directions and Geocaching. Works great. The memory is kind of small so you can only load certain regions at a time when using the add on maps. But it is a great device, easy to use and understand. ...more info
  • Piece of Junk
    I've had this GPS unit for about a year and have found it to be completely useless. It works fine on a clear day with no clouds in the sky in an open field, but other than that it's no good at all. And even on a clear day, it only works if you hold it. Forget about sticking it in a backpack.

    I previously owned a Magellen of a similar price which worked great (until I busted it climbing up the side of a waterfall) but the Magellen contained no ability to upload or download maps or waypoints, so I was looking forward to this unit's additional features. The unit comes with a serial port cable so an additional converter cable is necessary for anyone who owns a computer constructed in this century, but as a Mac user, I've found that to be a completely useless feature even with the USB cable adaptor. ...more info
  • Poor reception
    Given it's size and portability, I'd say this device performs well. Reception, however, can be a problem; sometimes it takes forever to lock on to satellites, sometimes it's just impossible to get a lock. This is my first GPS; if this is your first too, then it's a good buy. Otherwise, move onto something better (more accurate, better reception, more memory, faster startup). Don't be fooled by the image - YOU DON'T GET A MAP -; this device has very little memory and if you're traveling to Europe you won't be able to put much into it. I use it for orientation (North, South, East, West); if you download the coordinates of your points of interest from Google Earth and store them in memory you're ok without maps (there are parts of the world, like China, for which it's very difficult to find maps). Bottom line: Entry level GPS; not for serious trekkers or explorers, but good for travel 'aficionados'....more info
  • Big value in a small package
    The eTrex has performed flawlessly for us. Especially useful for geocaching, the ability to upload detailed topology has helped greatly. The layout of the buttons and mini-joystick make using the eTrex easy. Zooming in to 20 feet is a great help, and the large on-screen navigation compass makes it easy to find the target....more info
  • Garmin eTrex
    This is my first GPS unit and I have used it for about a month. I use it mainly when kayaking on lakes to track time, distance and speed. The eTrex works great in this capacity. It handles water splashing with no ill effects. My only gripe is that it sometimes takes awhile to acquire the satellite signals and if you don't have a clear view of the sky it loses signal. The eTrex is very easy to use once all the buttons are identified. Battery life has been great. I was looking for a small, waterproof, inexpensive, easy to use GPS and the eTrex Legend does that and more. I would buy it again. ...more info
  • Not good under tree cover
    I bought this unit for Geocaching. I have grown tired and frustrated of losing satellite signal under any sort of tree cover. We are finally decided to sell it for a better unit. ...more info
  • Excellent, rugged GPS
    I have had this unit for many years and it has been wonderful. I use it for rough-in surveying in my work, and also put it on the handlebars of my quad when I go trail riding. It has taken many hours of rough abuse, and yet it still works perfectly. It is even tolerant of getting wet... I usually just rinse it off with the hose after a long day of trail riding.

    It's not good for in-car navigation.. the map is very hard to read on the small screen. But for trail riding, hiking, biking, etc... you can't go wrong. It also has a serial port which allows you to download tracks to Google Maps and Streets & Trips, and import maps from the Garmin MapSource software.

    Our office has about 8 of these units, and I don't think a single one has failed yet.

    I definitely recommend this unit.
    ...more info
  • Just what the doctor ordered......
    I wanted a GPS unit for hiking, biking and kayaking but did not want to spend a lot of money..Got this for around $125 and am very happy with it....more info
  • Great GPS Unit
    I have had this GPS for almost 3 years, and it is still working great. I mainly use it with Microsoft Streets & Trips on my laptop when traveling to get directions while on the road. However, I also use it when hiking or camping. This unit has been dropped, splashed with water, sat on, but it still works. I have had no trouble getting a signal lock. Only place I have ever had trouble was in the Redwood Forests of California, but that pretty much explains itself. Overall great unit....more info
  • A basic handheld GPS
    I wanted a GPS to note down the lats and longs to the places I visit (places of birding importance). I am in India and the default US maps are of no use to me. I am not bothered about it. The Garmin serves its purpose in recording lats, longs and elevation. It has additional features such as speedometer, odometer, etc, which is not my need. It shows your position with the best accuracy of 11 metres radius (as far as I have tried so far).

    I knew that this particular Garmin model does not accept Google Earth Pro. However, I thought there should be other means of uploading maps to it. This is something I am yet to explore. But, the major draw back is the computer connectivity. It comes with a serial port, which my laptop does not accept. I have to now find out some adapter for this.

    Other interesting features of the GPS are marking waypoints, tracking your route, and panning the map after you record your track/waypoints. The instrument has a joystick which you can use to pan, or jump menus in the "Main Menu" window. It's been just three weeks I got this GPS, and the joystick has stopped working in one direction. I can not pan the map down. I haven't used it roughly, the poor mechanical thing appears to be too sensitive.

    Overall, it serves my purpose of getting the co-ordinates and elevation. If you want something more, like compatibility with Google Earth Pro, good computer connectivity, etc, then this is not the model. You may be interested in Garmin eTrex Legend CX or Vista....more info
  • Nearly worthless
    This is a nice compact unit with pretty blue plastic and a lanyard so you can hand it on your neck. That's the end of the positives.

    The big, really big, negative is that this thing has such poor sensitivity that unless you live in the desert and no bird or plane ever fles over you, you will have problems getting it to work because it will not find satellite signals.

    OK, mild exageration. I live in mid-Michigan and it actually has found enough satelites to work if there was nothing above it. However, the moment you go under a tree, any tree, you will lose your signal and you will not get it back until you move out from under the tree. I think that if you put your hand over the Etrex Legend you will lose your signal.

    This thing is well named because a legend is often a myth and not based on fact. It is certainly a myth that the Etrex Legend is a useable GPS.

    Garmin should be deeply ashamed for selling such junk.

    ...more info
  • Good handheld but long of tooth
    Have used this unit since Oct 2003 for hiking and in my genealogy research on my family and for others. The unit will loose satellite reception in dense woods but most of the time it will work. The go to feature is good for finding your car you left on the side of the road or a lost cemetery you entered as a waypoint from a USGS map. The built in base maps are fun to play with, but I find useless in the field for me. I set the zoom feature to AUTO and don't see any map features most of the time. As the Legend is an older model unit, I would recommend you spend a few additional dollars and get one of the newer Garmin handhelds. If you want to use the unit in conjunction with your computer, get a model with a USB port (mac users need the USB interface). And if you want to have some fun shopping on amazon.com, look at amazon's UK website and read the recommendations there. The British reviews are helpful, polite, and witty once you get the hang of their jargon....more info
  • Garmin GPS
    I purchased this GPS last year for Christmas for a friend and he loves it, uses it all the time. Great product!...more info
  • Garmin Etrex Legend is a Hands Down Winner
    Being a boater/explorer I've seen,tried,owned,reviewed,researched & studied about every handheld gps unit there is. I bought the Garmin Etrex Mariner when it first came out.At that time I also found the Garmin MapSource Points of Interest (POI) CD on sale (~2001) for ~ $[...]. I paid $[...] for the Mariner and used it for several years just fine. The Mariner only has 1mb memory, so one is limited in how much detail can be installed, and there is no mapping. The etrex Legend has 8mb onboard memory (no ssd card) and can do selective mapping, but I have found that to be quite adequate. With the POI CD (now costs > $[...] and maps are at least as much) I have downloaded on the Legend complete data (Points of Interests, Businesses, Marine databas with lights, ramps, lakes, rivers,& landmarks and still have ~ 40% memory left for recording tracks, routes and waypoints. The secret here is to use the POI CD on your computer and select only the map areas you will use. You don't want the whole world,just where you are going. To fully utilize the Legend you have to study and practice with it for at least 8hrs, then use it frequently to stay tuned up on it--there are many layers of resources in this little unit. Its not a turn by turn deal, but a true navigational poi database guide. Pocket sized, long battery life (controllable power consumption), attractive, really easy to use once learned. I find the grey scale (adjustable contast/brightness) easy to read in any light == why pay another $200 for color?...more info
  • Find Your Way
    This was a gift for my son to start Geocaching. The unit is easy to navigate once you get the hang of it. I found the manual confusing and difficult to follow. Once it sunk in then it was fine. ...more info
  • A Legend in its own mind
    Needs better factory installed base maps. Before buying, beware the computer interface cable is NOT a usb cable and may not be compatible with most laptops. You will be required to purchase an expensive adapter cable to upgrade or add maps to this unit. It seems to be atv friendly,(you should purchase an optional topo map,at an additional cost, that is still not the best) the tracking while offroad is good, I have even been able to place the unit in a shirt pocket and get acceptable results. Battery life is around 8-16 hours depending on conditions. Before purchasing visit a quality sporting goods/ outdoor store and ask to see the demo units, and find out what accessories are available as well as the prices, maps, cds, cables, and mounts are all great to have and very hard to find for many units....more info
  • Display not what expected
    The GPS worked very well and amazingly fast, but I found the display harder to read than expected and hadn't realized that many small roads would not appear unless I bought additional software. It would be fine for hiking or boating but not great for auto travel. My choice would be to upgrade to one of the more expensive models with color displays instead of buying additional maps for this one....more info
  • It was ok for geocaching but...
    I bought the eTrex Legend three years ago to replace an older model that I passed on to my son. The price was right and it came with Garmen's software, a car lighter power cable and a protective case. A big improvement was the ability to run the unit off of the car's DC power while driving toward the final location and then run off of battery while on foot. However, I did notice that it seemed to be less capable of getting a good signal and would frequently bounce all over the place in the woods. Now it has a propensity to lock up after a few minutes of usage. I've read from earlier postings that this has something to do with outdated WAAS protocols. Clearly if this is not something that Garmen has fixed in the firmware, the product will be useless. I found that the only way to unlock the unit was to remove the battery cover and pull out a battery and replace it. Sometimes the "reboot" and reacquire process takes a longer period of time than the unit will function before locking up again. I am now looking for another replacement, hopefully one that will make it easier to go paperless.

    ...more info
  • works good for my outdoor use
    I bought this to take hunting and hiking. The downside is the time it took to learn all the features I wanted to use. This is not a car level gps but isn't intended to be. Others are correct that under trees, if not holding it level, you'll lose signal, but it was quick to pick it back up. Gets me to with in 10 feet of the points I marked. I'll get a lot of use out of it....more info
  • Garmin Etrex Legend 2008
    This is our second one of the Etrex Legend, after years of use in saltwater swamps, etc. it finally died and we wanted another just like it. It works great and you can save many waypoints as desired. We loved it because it doesn't autosave the waypoints you don't really need saved....more info
  • ok..
    This was a gift for my daughter. She wanted something that would be easy to use, but found it difficult to operate. ...more info
  • Great little GPS, but...
    I wish it had an actual compass, as opposed to GPS derived headings. If you stop moving, it can get confused what way you are truly heading. We use this for GeoCaching, and had to set it to just go North up, and then use a magnetic compass to make sure we're oriented right. Overall though, I am rather pleased with it and give it a high four stars. It's sturdy, has been faithful and reliable, and really is pretty comfortable to use and navigate with....more info
  • Garmin Etrex Legend
    This GPS is a great little handheld. The interface may not be as fluid as more expensive models, but it works for what I've needed, Geocaching and sailing. All in all I think it's a great handheld and I would recommend it for anyone who wants a decent GPS with minimal cash outlay....more info
  • Bare bones GPS with no feature improvements in last 5 years
    I bought an Etrex legend 4 years ago, for the last 18 months I've had intermittent problems with it not working.
    Now it's dead.

    Negatives:
    Not very durable
    Very poor reception under tree cover, Magellan is better here.

    Bare bones map, for a good map you pay $100 more.
    Minimum memory, only 8 MB, so if you do buy the map, you can only put
    a small portion in at any given time.

    Comes with a serial cable, most USB to serial adapters don't work
    so if you don't have a serial port you have a problem.

    If you're using it for geocaching, you can't mark which ones have been
    found.
    Also the screen shows the gc.com GCxxxxx code which isn't helpful.
    You need to have a PDA or paper printout of all the caches prepared
    ahead of time

    Drilling down thru the menus to get to the trip computer page is a pain if there are several caches nearby & you'd like to see some info on each of them.
    After 5+ years Garmin should improve the features,
    they have done nothing.
    ...more info
  • Nice entry-level unit
    I was given one of these units as a gift and I have been working with it for a couple of years now. I upgraded to a more capable and more expensive unit but I still use the eTrex Legend frequently. It is a fine entry-level GPS receiver (GPSr) for most applications.

    First off, this is not a large and bulky unit but rather it fits nicely in the hand (or in a front pocket if desired). It is lightweight and the curves/shape do not make it uncomfortable to use.

    In spite of being fairly small, the display is large enough to read clearly and the controls are fairly easy to use. There are a few buttons on the side of the unit as well as the "click stick" that facilitate navigating the menus and displays, but it is a good idea to read through the manual to get some idea of how these work. I took the unit out of the box and had no idea what to do or how to use it, but once I leafed through the manual it made good sense.

    It takes some time to acquire the satellite fixes it needs to facilitate navigation. On average, it takes about 45 seconds to acquire a lock, which may or may not be acceptable to some people. For my purposes it is fine. That said, it does not take a lot to lose the fix - heavy canopy cover or even obstructing the reception by holding the unit with one's hand over the internal antenna can cause it to lose track, after which it cuts off to conserve battery power. So, this unit performs best under open sky or light cover, though I have had success even in very heavy cover.

    The accuracy on this unit is quite good. I have seen it accurate to within 6 feet, which is excellent. It usually holds its accuracy fairly well, though sometimes it struggles when there is magnetic disturbance or heavy cover. It have difficulty in the car unless it is on the dashboard or near a window.

    I use this unit almost exclusively for geocaching, and it has proven to be excellent for that purpose most of the time. It can hold up to 1,000 points and it has functions for managing waypoints. That said, my family and I connected it to the computer on a trip one time and used it to navigate from Virginia to Indiana, and it did a nice job of keeping up with the roads. Also, the batteries lasted from Washington DC to Indianapolis, under continuous use, about 12 hours.

    The base map within is fine for *general* navigation but it is not very helpful for pinpointing. It will get you down the interstate and to major roads, but that's about it. Still, for a unit in its price range, that's reasonable. There's 8 MB of memory in the unit so more detailed maps can be loaded.

    This unit has been dropped, stepped on, knocked off desks, sat on and otherwise abused, and it continues to work.

    There are more powerful GPSrs that have more functionality, have a better display or have better reception in areas where this unit fails. Those units cost more. This is an entry level unit and it does quite well in that role....more info
  • Garmin Etrex Legend
    If you are a person who know how to work things its great but I had a difficult time understanding the directions and had to call someone for help and I still am unsure of how to use it ...more info
  • Beware - this unit may need a software upgrade
    Aside from the relatively poor sensitivity of this unit (it really needs a clear view of the sky to be reliable), I found that the screen on my unit occasionally went blank when reception was poor and WAAS was turned on. The screen would stay frozen and the only way to unfreeze it was to pull the batteries out and restart the unit. I was told by Garmin tech support that I needed a software upgrade, even though my unit was less than a year old. Unfortunately the cable supplied with the unit didn't mate with my 2 yr. old Toshiba laptop, so now I'm supposed to go out and buy an adapter. Garmin refused to take the unit back and update the software at their factory. I don't have much confidence that the software upgrade will fix the problem, so I don't think I'm going to try it. I'll probably just have to run it with WAAS disabled, which is a major disappointment....more info
  • Good old GPS
    I bought this used here on Amazon back in Oct 2003 and has worked without problems.
    This GPS I use for Geocaching and it works great. I added the MetroGuide Map, I believe, and get nice street level detail unfortunately the 8 Megs of RAM is not enough to hold all of the LA area but it does hold quite a bit.

    This is NOT a GPS that you really want to use for driving. There are many other GPS that have Turn-by-Turn, Color diplays, Touchscreen, ect... But it does very well for hiking, walking and bike riding, ect...

    ...more info