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Garmin eTrex

Garmin eTrex

Vista, 30, 10, etc...
3.9 from 23 reviews

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GlenbSydney Surrounds, NSW

Etrex 10 is all you need


I have found that the Etrex 10 is all you need in a GPS. It has all the features of the big brands without all the whistles and toots. If you take the time to set the Etrex 10 up correctly it will do just about everything you need.

Purchased in January 2019 at BCF for $159.00.



  • 2 reviews

Nice device with serious flaw.


Had mine for a treasured few years. The start button was the first to crack followed by the 'back' button. Not long after both totally dissolved. And I'm not alone. When it works it's great but wears out way too soon.

Purchased in January 2015.



  • 19 reviews

great little GPS


I purchased the eTrex 20 for hiking, And found it to be quite good, I'm no expert on GPSes but this unit worked well for me when we hiked Thornton Peak, Daintree Queensland the terrain was quite rough and lots of canopies but with this Garmin had no problem staying connected to the GPS and Glonass overhead fast detection light and waterproof.no chance in getting lost.

Good idea to take some spare AA batteries

CON : screen is a bit small



  • 2 reviews

Excellent simple and reliable.


I bought the etrex 10 as the ideal and cheapest gps to use and complement bushwalking map navigation. It’s simplest and best function is to confirm an exact grid reference anywhere in the world and adaptable to every official map datum. It’s use as a handheld compass is limited as it will use up batteries quickly if on continually however if used for intermittent grid referencesthe batteries can last for many days.



  • 11 reviews



Does what it should without bells and whistles. Have used touchscreen GPS devices before and prefer this with the joystick. Nice and fast. Easy to add waypoints and record tracks.


firemansam87South East Queensland, QLD

  • 4 reviews

Great little device for what it is


I bought this device to track my movements while I travel the world. After loading the Open Streets Map for my country to the device I was able to quite easily navigate around seeing the streets and record waypoints. For the size it is a great device, don't expect it to be perfect in every way.

Good GPS but with a Serious Undocumented Flaw




Never got it to work, have even given it to 3 mates to use, all handed it back with what is wrong with this thing,.. come to the point it is junk



  • 4 reviews

Still have mine as a backup


I started with this unit when we first got into Geocaching. It worked well and got us to GZ with ease. The only downfall and big complaint is the PC connection. A USB to Serial cable was not available from Garmin and it took a while to find one. Unfortunately it may well have been a cheap cable and no longer works so I have been looking for a replacement. They are harder to find than Hens teeth so we had no other choice but to upgrade, which we did to an Etrex 10. we now use the etrexH as a backup and it is handy for entering waypoints for multi's



  • 51 reviews

Ok when it works




  • 4 reviews

The best basic handheld GPS every made.


I have dozens of various GPS devices and teach navigation. The Garmin eTrex and the eTrex H model (which is what most of you will have) are the predominant GPS most people have used in the last 10 years. Now that the new eTrex 10 - 20 - 30 models are becoming popular I have bought 1/2 doz of the older eTrex & eTrex H models. For a beginner or novice they are much simpler to use than the newer eTrex 10 - 20 & 30 models and a whole lot cheaper. 2nd hand you should pay about $50.

Rik M.

Rik M.South East Queensland, QLD

  • 2 reviews

Great unit for geocaching




  • 4 reviews

Generally good unit except ...


Typical quality Garmin unit except ... If you're into geocahing - great. If not, it's very difficult to hide the geocahing points from the map. Also, the startup screen is so dim it can't be read. Registered my unit with Garmin and accessed their product support service who confirmed the shortcomings, but wouldn't acknowledge them as such. No solution available. Will never again assume that Garmin guarantees a well refined product.
Generally typical Garmin quality.
Incomprehensible shortcomings.

The Talent

The TalentQueensland

  • 9 reviews

A good unit that won't lead you astray.


I use my etrex30 for geocaching and hiking. I like it. It's accurate and keeps my tack we'll. I have a few criticisms though. It's a bit difficult to work some of the functions. It's too easy to reset your settings accidentally, but impossible to change some other things. The toggle stick is kind of annoying. Maps process really slowly, especially if you have lots or very detailed maps. The compass isn't very accurate unless it's rested for a moment.
I'd rather save a little longer for a monterra.
Sturdy, accurate, rugged.
Confusing OS, Poor compass response, slow processing maps, interface is fiddly.


A_Nother-ConsumerPerth, WA

  • 16 reviews

Handy little unit


Ureliable Garbage


I have had one of these for two years. It is the most unreliable piece of junk of any kind I have owned in my life. It switches off at random, saves corrupted gpx files to the mini SD card and drops the maps at random. Avoid it like the plague.
Works occasionally.


SlazmoSouth East Queensland, QLD

  • 235 reviews

Small, efficient on batteries and does what it says on the box! :)


Finally a straightforward product for the average user! I found that the eTrex High Sensitivity to be perfect for Kayaking, walking and fishing. Nearly as accurate as the higher spec units that cost six times what this little number is being sold for.

Absolutly perfect for those that are wanting to get into Geocashing and bushwalking without getting lost with a trackback function and illuminated screen for night use.
Hugely reliable, inexpensive, good on batteries and easy to read.
Garmin state that there are aftermarket items available for the eTrex H - however I have found it near impossible to buy anything, even the data cable is impossible to find, or the belt clip... Thats all - otherwise ok.

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If anyone cares to know - my Etrex H unit is still going strong!



  • 6 reviews



I was very impressed with how sensitive and accurate the unit is. The Garmin eTrex is the cheapest GPS available by a significant amount, so I didn't have high expectations. Having compared it to a model $150 more expensive, I found it to be identical in functionality except for the absence of a map. I use mine for geocaching, and would strongly recommend it to anyone new to the hobby.
Very sensitive and accurate. The gps is also waterproof and can withstand being banged around a lot without taking any damange.
You need to press quite hard on the buttons, which can really hurt your fingers if entering multiple co-ordinates.



  • 74 reviews



I have used my Etrex vista for about seven years now. It is awesome. It has no problem performing to a high standard all the time. I run expensive batteries and they last so long. It has all the options you need for for a hand held gps.
I trust this brand as I have seen it being used around the world in harsh conditions and have not seen a unit fail from its own faults yet.

My etrex vista has been knocked around a fair bit. It has been under water been in very hot conditions to freezing conditions. It has not missed a beat.
Great quality. Light weight. Easy to use. Custom Page set ups.


abullbarWide Bay-Burnett, QLD

  • 20 reviews

Simple reliable inexpensive


I have had My garmin for some time now-it has been faultless-works every time anywhere.
rugged instrument--may not be the prettiest but who wants pretty when they don't work
simple reliable easy to operate

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Questions & Answers

Peter S

Peter Sasked

Jab mine for about 6 years now , love it . But all the rudder housing is falling apart can this be fixed?

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sorry peter s I have no idea if the rubber housing could be fixed?!?!


I called Garmin Australia regarding this problem, they offered me a refurbished same unit for about half price, with 12month warranty but what's the point if the same thing will happen again in 4 or 5 years time, so I just stuck some grey gaffa tape over the buttons works good as gold, for now, anyway. just don't drop it in water. great unit apart from the rubber deterioration


Yes, the rubber will perish, generally over the side buttons most used, it is possible to purchase a silicone cover on Ebay for a few dollars (ex China) that protects the original rubber if used early, or if the buttons are already damaged, will protect the repair job quite well. My first unit (now a spare) has had this treatment.
Note that with the silicone cover on, the unit cannot be fitted into the RAM holder (if used).

Simon R

Simon Rasked

When I try to plan a route, it first asks for country. Without letting me select uk, it goes straight to Germany or Netherlands. Why no uk?

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Julie Inglis

Julie Inglisasked

Does it do both GPS and grid reference?

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