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.
Although these devices have been around for a while now they have proven to be sturdy and reliable and still serve a useful purpose of a basic means to record where you are at and where you want to go to.
Easy to use and reliable. It only has about six control buttons / toggles on it. Takes two AA batteries that will last all day. Simple to use and doesn't take much explaining to others. Only supports six characters to name waypoints and a bit slow to toggle through the letters and numbers. Left one out in the sun and rain for a few weeks once and it was still working fine.
You need a separate map to take with it and also sometimes paper to write on to record co ordinates is easier sometimes.
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Questions & Answers
Jab mine for about 6 years now , love it . But all the rudder housing is falling apart can this 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).
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?
Does it do both GPS and grid reference?
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