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.
Rugged, Reliable and Easy to Use
Though I do have had the previous model (Cx) for about 6 years, I recommended The HCx to my brother who has been using it for about 2 years. Both models are exactly the same in build quality however the internal software is slightly different.
This unit is very rugged and has gone through many multi-week hikes through both deserts of 40'C, the Tasmanian wilderness in wet freezing conditions of 3'C and performed faultlessly throughout. Though it has never being held in a protective case, the unit is still scratch and wear free. It's fallen do...wn a few crevices and bashed around a bit. The fact that it's essentially watertight and has proven itself time and time again would bring me to buy another if I ever needed to. I only use rechargeable batteries in my unit and although they don't last quite as long as the 30 hour max life of quality alkalines, I do get about 20 hours. As a pair of back up batteries only weigh 55g, I'm not worried, and my conscious is clear I haven't poisoned some part of the planet with disposables. As with most Garmin units, there is a HUGE amount of freeware software available for this and other units, it's very unlikely you will ever need to purchase the Garmin Map Packs. Rugged, Reliable and Easy to Use glue on rubber seal circumfrance breaks down after a few years.
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