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snowcache



Joined: Nov 23, 2008
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 11:01 pm    Post subject: Just starting - recommend a GPS? Reply with quote

Any thoughts?
We are just starting out and are wondering if anyone has any suggestions about what the best GPS unit would be for us....... where would you recommend purchasing?
Do the GPS units like the Garmin Nuvi's that are meant for vehicles work well or should a handheld be used?
Thanks for you comments!
Cheers!
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dloubert



Joined: Jan 19, 2007
Posts: 49

PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 11:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Just starting - recommend a GPS? Reply with quote

A handheld unit would work best for caching.

Having owned both a Magellan and a Garmin, I would recommend a Garmin.
As for the model, it depends on your budget.
I own a Colorado and am totally happy with it. Touque Other cachers could comment on various models. Good Luck.....and Happy Holidays
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Teddy2k



Joined: Sep 12, 2008
Posts: 358
Location: Rosedale, BC

PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 2:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Just starting - recommend a GPS? Reply with quote

My recommendation: get a Garmin Venture HC. It is geocaching friendly, has a nice color screen, has the ability to accept detailed topo maps and doesn't cost an arm and a leg ($161.95 right now at gpscity.ca). You could also try a Vista HCx, which adds an electronic compass, barometric altimeter and accepts MicroSD memory cards, but costs quite a bit more ($285.95 at gpscity.ca).

The nuvi 500 series is geocaching friendly and waterproof, but I haven't used one and can't vouch for its usefulness.

The reason that I recommend the Venture HC is because it was my first GPSr. I've since upgraded to a Colorado 300 and love it, but you'll be paying over $350 for it. I'm looking to sell my Venture HC right now in the SWAG forum, so check it out if you'd like to save a few more bucks.
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goaliegirl38



Joined: Apr 19, 2008
Posts: 148
Location: Pitt Meadows, Burnaby, or driving in between

PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 6:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Just starting - recommend a GPS? Reply with quote

If you can afford it go for the Garmin Oregon. Worth every penny!
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boomerangpapa



Joined: Apr 25, 2006
Posts: 196
Location: Ashcroft, BC

PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 11:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Just starting - recommend a GPS? Reply with quote

goaliegirl: how does the oregon do in the sunshine? is the screen really hard to read? i've been debating gettin gone but for the $500 bucks i wnat to make sure there isn't too many negative points! what would you say are the 3 worst aspects of the gps?! thanx in advance for your insight!
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QuigleyJones



Joined: Mar 09, 2005
Posts: 135
Location: Raincouver

PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 12:45 am    Post subject: Re: Just starting - recommend a GPS? Reply with quote

My recommendation would depend on price range.

The Oregons screen is dull without the back light and touchscreens are hard to use with gloves on.

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goaliegirl38



Joined: Apr 19, 2008
Posts: 148
Location: Pitt Meadows, Burnaby, or driving in between

PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 7:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Just starting - recommend a GPS? Reply with quote

The screen is fine in the sunlight, dull at other times like in the car. I have mine set to half strength on the back light and it's fine. I have no problems using the touchscreen, even with gloves on! It takes a bit of getting used to navagating between the screens, the biggest drawback is you have to go back to the menu for everything you want to do, coming from my explorist where you could just cycle through the screens, this is a little frustrating. But, you can customize the menus and make life a little easier.
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snowcache



Joined: Nov 23, 2008
Posts: 2

PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 5:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Just starting - recommend a GPS? Reply with quote

THANK YOU! for all your insight. I am looking to spend up to $300 or so, I am really leaning towards a Garmin, but there seem to be so many out there, what do you all use?
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TheFindIts



Joined: Jun 10, 2008
Posts: 2
Location: Delta

PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 10:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Just starting - recommend a GPS? Reply with quote

We have two Garmin GPSr's.
The 76CSx and the eTrex Legend HCx.
They both do a great job and the main difference is the electronic compass on the 76CSx, I got the Legend for $150 second hand and it is just fine.
I think Walmart has them on sale right now for about $180.
I think the 60CSx is just as good as the 76 just doesn't float, not a big deal unless you are out on the water.
MHO
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QuigleyJones



Joined: Mar 09, 2005
Posts: 135
Location: Raincouver

PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2008 9:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Just starting - recommend a GPS? Reply with quote

Id recommend the Legend HCx (maybe the Vista HCx if you do a lot of hiking).
Or the 60CSx if you buy used (Ive got one available Very Happy )

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CAMOKELLY



Joined: Mar 24, 2008
Posts: 482
Location: Abbotsford BC

PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Just starting - recommend a GPS? Reply with quote

When I got into the game I researched all the sites and calculated which model everyone was voting for the most and the garmin 60CSX won hands down. My wife and I started with a Legend HCX and then I got the 60CSX and find the 60CSX amazing for accuracy and signal strength. I know people who have Colorados and Oregans and they still go back to their 60csx's when in deep forested areas and having trouble.
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Crowfoote



Joined: Dec 26, 2006
Posts: 2
Location: coquitlam

PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 2:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Just starting - recommend a GPS? Reply with quote

I seem to be the only one using a megellin but I do not have mapblast to accompany it is there anyone else using a Magellin that can give me some aid and info I have the eXplorest500

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