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ThatFishGuy
04-07-2010, 9:50 PM
In the market for a hand held gps unit. Just curious what you guys use?
-Sam

jvidanes
04-07-2010, 10:19 PM
Hi,
I have a NOS Delorme pn-20 topo map. $150 ftf or $160 shipped.
Thanks,
Jojo

http://i40.tinypic.com/2vbvuvp.jpg

tpuig
04-07-2010, 10:56 PM
I have an older eTrex that was a gift from my wife. It really doesn't do much except show where you've been. And it really chomps the batteries. But if you are in the boonies, it will take you to other waypoints and certainly back to your car. Not very expensive.
https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=6403

http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-010-00190-06-eTrex-Handheld-GPS/dp/B00003WGP5/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1270705946&sr=8-5

I think the going rate is about $100. If you don't want to lug around a laptop, it's better than a breadcrumb trail...

A couple years ago I drove my 83 year old dad to Cabo. Since his VCR continually flashed 12:00, I took it upon myself to handle the tech part of the tour. Although driving, I would grab a quick snapshot (where safe) and mark a waypoint on the gps. That way I have a great (almost exact) location of where the picture was taken.

There are some really nice units out there, it just depends on what you need.

tpuig
04-07-2010, 10:59 PM
Jojo, how do you like the DeLorme Topo? I used Street Atlas for years and really like it. I just didn't like lugging the laptop around in my truck with the Earthmate.

starin
04-07-2010, 11:14 PM
don't buy a magellen handheld, i purchased one about 2 years ago, had a few times where it couldnt find satalittes, and then finally crapped out on me and would not link up. called magellen and they said it was a legacy product now and they could give me 20 dollars credit towards a new version, uhhh yea right. im saving up for a nice garmin.

bigboarstopper
04-07-2010, 11:25 PM
garmin astro 220

groats
04-08-2010, 7:18 AM
I second the "don't buy a Magellan" - luckily, the store took mine back and refunded my money. DeLorme is much better.

ThatFishGuy
04-08-2010, 11:15 AM
jvidanes- you got a PM

ThatFishGuy
04-08-2010, 11:16 AM
and thanks for the replies so far everyone.

Esquire
04-08-2010, 11:27 AM
I have Garmin eTrex HC, and it's really nice. The only thing is that you need to buy additional maps because the base map the unit comes with is extremely basic. Topo maps for US costs around $100, and similar price for street maps.

The unit has 24 MB of memory, so, depending on map size, you might have to upload limited number of maps at a time. But 24 MB covers a lot of maps. HC"x" model comes with memory cards so you can have a lot more maps at one time, if you need that many maps at a time. I have entire SoCal topo loaded and I have plenty of memory left over.

Before I found out about the necessity of additional maps, I almost sold the unit because the base map sucked so bad. But now that I have the topo map in there, I like my Garmin a lot. Very intuitive to use, and very accurate. When the topo maps says I'm crossing a stream, I really am! :)

Bearclaw
04-08-2010, 11:53 AM
I have a POS GPS right now, but I've got my sights set on the Garmin Oregon or Dakota series....those things are bad ***!

AdiosKali
04-08-2010, 12:36 PM
Another vote for Garmin. Look at the 60 series or the Rinos if you are hunting with others.

Chris M
04-08-2010, 12:47 PM
I use an old Magellan Meridian Platinum (http://reviews.cnet.com/gps/magellan-meridian-platinum/4505-3490_7-20314997.html) that my wife found NIB at a goodwill about 4-5 years ago for $30. It's bulky, has no maps, no topo, B&W screen. It works, and it's reliable.

mif_slim
04-08-2010, 1:08 PM
YOu know, I didnt notice that the little GPS unit my wife got me was battary powered. I can stick that thing in my pocket for GPS up in the Mt! :)

ChaparralCommando
04-08-2010, 1:43 PM
I have a DeLorme PN-20 I got used for a good price and like it so far...it is meeting my needs once I got the bugs worked out. If you get one make sure to update the unit's firmware as well as the computer software or you will probably have problems.

Chris M
04-08-2010, 3:12 PM
YOu know, I didnt notice that the little GPS unit my wife got me was battary powered. I can stick that thing in my pocket for GPS up in the Mt! :)

Most are battery powered. What I'd like to get is one that's like those crank-powered radio/flashlight devices. That way you can continue to use your GPS even if you don't have fresh batteries with you.

mif_slim
04-08-2010, 4:04 PM
Most are battery powered. What I'd like to get is one that's like those crank-powered radio/flashlight devices. That way you can continue to use your GPS even if you don't have fresh batteries with you.

Oh no, Im talking about the car GPS. hahaha. I didnt know that I didnt have to plug it in the cig hole, only thing to test now is how long it'll last before needing to charge again.

JOEKILLA
04-08-2010, 5:28 PM
These 3 :D

http://i.testfreaks.com/images/products/600x400/125/garmin-foretrex-401.5674621.jpg

http://www.benmeadows.com/images/xl/THRU-UTM-Grid-Reader-BEN_i_bmm126575z.jpg

http://www.compassdude.com/i/topo-map-read.jpg

Trapper
04-08-2010, 5:57 PM
I use a Garmin HCX with 2008 Topo U.S. software. It's simple to use has good map detail and decent battery life.
http://www.cabelas.com/p-0049771229053a.shtml

jawbreaker
04-08-2010, 7:57 PM
Garmin colorado 400t hasn't let me down.

Chris M
04-08-2010, 8:30 PM
The batteries in automotive GPS (TomTom One) last about an hour without external power. My handheld one will last at least a few hours if left on continuously.

ThatFishGuy
04-08-2010, 10:07 PM
man I wish I had kept the one from my old jeep. It had a dash mounted one but you could take it off and carry it with you. the battery lasted 24hrs, waterproof, and had any function you could want. problem was it charged on the dash mount. i miss both the unit and my car dearly...

77bawls
04-09-2010, 2:17 AM
The GPS on my Droid is pretty awesome. It uses Google satellite imaging. There could be a better app to set waypoints and such but it will only take time. I can already mark a coordinate and even take a picture at that location and save it.