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1. Garmin eTrex Vista 24 MB GPS with
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2. Garmin GPS V Deluxe 19 MB GPS
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3. Garmin eTrex GPS with Waterproof
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4. Garmin eTrex Summit GPS with Electronic
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5. Garmin eTrex Venture 1 MB GPS
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6. Garmin GPS 12 Personal Navigator
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12. Garmin eTrex Instructional Training
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13. Garmin Remote Antenna
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1. Garmin eTrex Vista 24 MB GPS with Compass, Altimeter, and PC Cable
list price: $319.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B000058BCR
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 179
Average Customer Review: 4.09 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan Review

Garmin's eTrex Vista GPS receiver is smaller than its popular eMaps, but far more powerful. The Vista offers more memory, more features, and more convenience than any other GPS hardware in this price range.

Don't be fooled by the product's small screen. Although smaller than the display used in products like the eMap, it has a higher resolution, letting it show more information more crisply. Small text can be difficult to read from a distance, but there are "big number" options available to make important data like your speed easy to read.

It's this configurability that makes the eTrex Vista so special.
Map page (shown with optional MapSource topo detail).
You can easily set it up to suit your needs, regardless of the situation. Menu choices are highlighted and confirmed with a small joystick near the top of the unit, providing an elegant interface for navigating a formidable amount of options. Our only complaint is that the joystick used to access all the product's features is offset to the left, making it nearly impossible to control using only your right hand. When the joystick is held in your left hand, however, every control is within easy reach of your left thumb, freeing your right hand to hold a flashlight, walking stick, lantern, or anything else.

This GPS unit's diminutive size and weight, not to mention its rugged design, make it an ideal hiking companion. It's waterproof in up to 3 feet of water for 30 minutes and is generously coated with shock-absorbing rubber. The barometric altimeter keeps a historical record of your ascents and descents, graphing elevation changes so you can easily track your progress.
Elevation page
The ability to store waypoints, points of interest, routes, and other information means you can blaze your own trail and always find your way back to camp.

Best of all, 24 MB of internal memory makes it possible to store an enormous amount of data from Garmin's optional MapSource CDs, turning the eTrex Vista into an interactive road atlas. The memory isn't expandable, but 24 MB is enough to store street-level data for entire states in some cases.

A serial cable is included for transferring the maps from your PC to the GPS unit, but it's terribly slow. A USB connector, sold separately, transfers data in a fraction of the time.

The eTrex Vista was very accurate in testing, especially in a car on the open road. Accuracy diminished somewhat when the device was used in heavy tree cover or a dense urban area, but not enough that you're ever going to get lost or miss an exit. Used side-by-side with an eMap, the eTrex Vista kept up in update speed while displaying even more information on the moving map than the eMap did, cementing its position as perhaps the best all-around handheld GPS unit money can buy. --T. Byrl Baker


  • Small and light without sacrificing features
  • 24 MB of integrated memory stores reams of detailed maps
  • High-resolution screen displays sharp text legible even at extremely small sizes


  • Can't be used one-handed when held in the right hand
  • Smaller display is hard to read from a distance, as when the device is placed on a dashboard
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  • Global positioning system (GPS) receiver with barometric altimeter, electronic compass, and Americas base map
  • Store more maps and different types of data (marine, roads, and more) with 24 MB of storage; PC cable included
  • Accuracy to less than 3 meters with WAAS correction data
  • High-resolution liquid-crystal display for easy reading
  • Compatible with optional Garmin MapSource software; includes serial PC interface

Reviews (75)

5-0 out of 5 stars Better Than I Thought
I'd like to start this review by saying that I'm a Registered Maine Hunting Guide with years of expirience navigating in the back country and plenty of expirience using different brands of GPSs. That said, I nearly didn't buy this GPS after reading some of the reviews for it, I'm glad I did.
I recently returned from a 2 week hunting excursion in Northern Maine in unfamiliar territory. The Vista greatly aided me in knowing exactly where I was at all times. I purchased the Map Source Topo program for it and loaded my maps. I had room for all of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire in it. While all the newer logging roads weren't on the map, a lot of them were.
The electronic compass is a neat feature and saves you from getting out your regular compass when orienting yourself, but I do like a regular compass better.
As I was all ready familiar with Garmin GPSs, this GPS was very easy for me to use. To many convienient features to list. This GPS did everything I wanted it to and then some. Battery life was exceptable and the only time I had any problem with reception was during a heavy snow storm while in fairly heavy tree cover.
A friend of mine has the Garmin Legend GPS and while it is less money he was only able to load about half of the state on it. So for more money and features the Vista is the way to go.
The small "shirt pocket" size, the topo map and all the other great features make this a "Must Have" for any back country traveler.
If you're looking for a GPS to use in your vehicle, pick a different model, the small size of this unit that makes it great for hand held use makes it to small to use effectively in your vehicle.
All in all this GPS is great in my opinion, it is absolutely perfect for me and my uses. Great quality, easy to use, convienient features, small size, fast updates. Have I left any thing out? If you're a hunter, hiker or back country traveler this is the GPS for you.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not very useful.
I ordered this GPS unit for a trip out west to several National Parks. I also ordered the very expensive National Parks West maps from Garmin. I downloaded the maps for several of the parks I was to visit, so that I would get detailed trail maps once I got there. Once at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, I went to use my eTrex Vista with the "detailed" map and all I got was a rough location of the city I was near. Clearly the detailed map did not download properly, or when I entered map info for one park it overwrote the information I downloaded for other parks. The only park listed was the last park I downloaded and I never ended up going to that park, so my purchase was a complete waste of money. If you are completely incapable of reading a map, perhaps this unit can be of use to you driving down the road, of course it barely receives a signal from within a car, you have to get out and hold the unit if there are any trees or buildings around. The screen is also too small and not in color, and the batteries don't last long enough. I have stock in Garmin, so I suppose I should not bad mouth them too much, but if I could return this unit to Amazon, I would.

5-0 out of 5 stars GARMIN HAS GOOD RECEPTION
I own 3 GPS receivers and I will say Garmin did an excellent job. The receiver is much more sensitive to satellite signals than my other GPSs. Just don't expect too much from this small unit with tiny screen and very slow CPU for screen refresh. It will drive you nuts to use it for street navigation. It is suitable for back trailing in the mountains. For street navigate, I strongly suggest that you hook this unit up with a laptop but make sure that GPS is set to NMEA and the software GPS setting is also correct. Conclusion, don't street navigate with this unit alone and don't buy a no brand GPS under $90 because you will not be happy with the reception.


1-0 out of 5 stars A poor offering by Garmin
This expensive (for gps units) includes the PC Cable but DOES NOT include the ability to comunicate with your PC. After waiting 17 minutes for customer service I was told that I had to purchase a $29 software to be able to download my waypoints to my computer. I don't need extra maps - I only want to download my waypoints.

In the waypoint view - over half of the display is the flag symbol and the co-ordinates are so small as to be practically useless in the field.

This is my fifth Garmin product and in the past have been happy with the performance. I give this a 1 as it is little better than a $99 unit.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great GPS Unit And A Great Price!
Another reviewer here said it best: don't let the misleading negative reviews of this product prevent you from taking a good look at the Garmin eTrex Vista. (Honestly, what are some of these people wanting to do with a GPS device? Fix a waypoint on a specific part of a cow patty in a farmer's field somewhere?)

This is the first GPS handheld I've purchased after carefully reviewing other models from other brands at a local store with true "hands on" comparisons. I thought the Garmin products were by far the most intuitive and user-friendly of the GPS handhelds I played with. Great features and an excellent value for the money. (...)

Looking at the less expensive eTrex Legend and the Vista and wondering which to buy? Well, the Legend is great but it lacks the Vista's electromagnetic
compass or air-pressure altitude indicator if that is important to you. It also has much less memory capacity (8MB) for storing detailed Mapsource maps.

I have loaded my Vista with topo maps from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and it took up all 24MB of memory (of course, it really is a lot of detail we're talking about here). I would think that the memory capacity of the Legend could be a significant limitation if you are looking at getting into extra topo or metro guide maps. If you have no use for extra maps or an electromagnetic
compass and altimeter, then the Legend might be the way to go.

Personally, I think the Vista represents a better overall value for the dollar.

Ignore the naysayers and compare the GPS units for yourself. I'm very happy with the Vista and would have made the same purchase if I had to do it all over again. ... Read more

2. Garmin GPS V Deluxe 19 MB GPS with PC Cable
list price: $349.99
our price: $299.99
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Asin: B000066TPO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 610
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan Product Description

Never get lost again when you use the versatile and powerful GPS V Deluxe from Garmin. This compact global positioning system (GPS) receiver can be mounted in your vehicle and used as a handheld navigator. The GPS V Deluxe coordinates signals from 12 satellites to pinpoint your position anywhere on the globe, and has WAAS capability. The Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) is a system of satellites and ground stations that provides GPS signal corrections, giving you up to five times better position accuracy than just the GPS signal. A WAAS-capable receiver can give you a position accuracy of better than three meters 95 percent of the time.

The Garmin GPS V can be dash mounted...
With 19 MB of built-in memory, the GPS V Deluxe can store dozens of maps and routes in memory. Download data from your PC with the included serial cable. The GPS V Deluxe stores 50 routes with 254 waypoints each, and 3,000 tracklog points.

The included MapSource City Select CD-ROM--designed specifically for the GPS V--has been enhanced to provide street-level views of millions of new streets for nearly every town in the United States. City Select includes highways, interstates, business and residential streets with attributes such as turn restrictions and speed categories, and other navigation features. The software automatically creates point-to-point routes in MapSource and on the GPS V. It also displays restaurants, hotels, attractions, entertainment, shopping, and location of emergency services along your route. City Select also contains detailed maps of major metropolitan areas in seven defined regions in the U.S. and Canada.

Or, carry it in the palm of your hand!
This Deluxe version of the Garmin GPS V offers full unlock capability of all maps for the United States and Canada. (The regular Garmin GPS V comes with unlock capability for just one region.) Simply install the City Select CD-ROM on your PC, then enter a custom code that is included with the product box.

The GPS V Deluxe comes with auto-routing for the shortest and fastest way to your destination, plus turn-by-turn directions throughout North America and major cities. The GPS V Deluxe will show you how to get there and give you an estimated time of arrival, then alert you to upcoming turns with an audible beep.

You view data on the 2.2-by-1.5-inch four-level grayscale LCD, with its resolution of 256 x 160 pixels. A multilevel backlight allows you to see the screen clearly in a variety of lighting conditions.

The GPS V comes with detachable antenna, PC interface cable, dashboard mount, 12-volt adapter cable, wrist strap, and owner's manual. --Agen G.N. Schmitz

Get upcoming services information as you travel along your route.
As you approach a turn, the map page automatically changes to show a focused view of the upcoming turn.
As you're navigating a route, you can view a list of upcoming turns along with the remaining distance and time.
A built-in calendar shows you the best times to hunt and fish based on location and time of year.
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  • 12-channel GPS unit with 19 MB of built-in memory
  • Includes MapSource City Select CD-ROM with street-level maps and points of interest; full unlock capability for US and Canada
  • WAAS capability provides position accuracy better than three meters
  • Autorouting gives access to the shortest and fastest routes
  • Turn-by-turn directions; includes serial cable for PC connection

Reviews (41)

5-0 out of 5 stars A very satisfied user
I purchased the Garmin GPS V in anticipation of two 3-day trips into areas I had never traveled. The detailed maps that were supplied on the CD were excellent and accurate. Before I left on the trips, I checked out the detail on the streets of Seattle, WA, because the many steep hills provide unusual angled streets with many turns. The map followed them all and accurately named them. I was impressed. I was even more impressed when I traveled into the back country of the Olympic peninsula and, arriving at an intersection of two country roads, found that the GPS V maps named both of them correctly. I'll never travel without it again.

The 19mb of memory is a bit too small to hold the number of maps that I regularly need and there is no additional memory card available to augment the capacity. Erasing and downloading a new set of maps to the GPS from the computer is very easy and intuitive, but somewhat time consuming. Adding even one detailed map to the GPS V required more than 30 minutes of download time, this in addition to any computer time selecting the maps to use. Fortunately, the base map built into the GPS V good enough for the major interstate highways, exits, and services, so if you do not regularly travel to a number of large cities, the 19mb of memory may be ample for the detailed maps desired.

The dash mount supplied with the GPS V is excellent with locking angle adjustments and a quick-release. It lacks only one very important feature: it must be mounted on a flat surface. Try to find one of those on today's curved dashboards, and in a place where the antenna can acquire the satellites and you can see the display. Fortunately, I was able to make an adapter plate that fit the dashboard and allowed the dash mount to be installed. I am very pleased with the clarity of the display.

The instruction book that comes with the GPS V is very complete and leads step-by-step through the more complicated processes. At the same time, the usual functions desired from a GPS are easy to set up and fairly intuitive by using the menu functions. The quick start guide is all most people will need to use the unit effectively.

Battery life from 4 AA cells is sufficient if the backlight feature is not used too much. Typically I found the batteries needed to be replaced after 18 to 20 hours. The GPS V also comes with a cigarette lighter cable for powering the unit in the car. A cable for hard wiring the GPS into the car's electrical system is available but not supplied.

I especially like the option of "on-road," which moves the cursor to the nearest road, or "off-road," which will point your way to your destination or back home if you are hiking cross country. Several pages of display will give you more information than ever thought possible: accurate local time, speed, distance traveled, average speed, latitude and longitude, elevation, time and distance to destination, and the best time for fishing (no kidding) just to name a few.

The auto-routing feature is a real help when traveling in unfamiliar areas, but I have found that sometimes it has made less than optimum routing suggestions when I tested it to destinations I knew. Not a really big problem as it always directed me to the destination eventually. One really great feature of auto-routing is that if you miss a turn or get off the suggested track, the GPS V immediately recalculates the route and displays turn-by-turn directions to the destination from where you presently heading.

In conclusion, I can say I am completely pleased with the Garmin GPS V and that it has many of the features of more expensive units. I highly recommend it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good hardware, mediocre maps
This is the second Garmin GPS I own, the other being an eTrex Vista, and the first with road navigation capabilities. In my previous experience with Garmin, I was happy both with the product and the product support, and I was not disappointed this time. The user interface of the GPS is even more intuitive than the eTrex, and buttons and screen pass the test with flying colors. The software is robust, and it never crashed. Syncing with the PC is a piece of cake, and information such as waypoints can be transferred among different Garmin GPS.
The product is perfect for everyday use, but I have only three complaints. The first two are minor: the location of satellites when the GPS is "cold" can take 60-90 seconds, and the calculation of the best route eassily takes more than 60 seconds when the degree of accuracy is set to medium; much more when the level of accuracy is set to high. The two number could mean that the driver has to wait 2-3 minutes before getting any useful direction from the GPS.

The last gripe is much important: the maps are often inaccurate. Some roads have been permanently cut off at a major intersection; new houses have been built. As a result, the GPS might prescribe an incorrect route, or not be able to find a certain address. These accidents happen about 20% of the time in my area (NY city and surrounding counties). As a way of comparison, the GPS installed on Hertz rental machines, which uses Navtech maps, has never given me an incorrect route during my trips. I hope Garmin will provide better maps soon.

5-0 out of 5 stars Garmin Makes Another Keeper
For many years I have run around with a GPS 12 strapped to my dash. It has never failed me and I have come to rely on it. I had seen many people use the Garmin V and knew that someday I would have to take a closer look.

Finally I purchased the Garmin V and was not disappointed. In addition to all of the capabilities of the GPS 12 that I have become so fond, the G-V added several new capabilities to the formula.

The "FIND" or Auto-Routing has been a terrific bonus. I recently located a piece of property that was listed for sale. It was tucked away in a very obscure part of the area, and would have been nearly impossible to locate with "turn by the blue house; go straight until you reach the tree" kind of "human" directions that it would have required. Instead, we drove confidently to the location, knowing where we were every step of the way.

We also love looking up Points of Interest (Restaurants, Shopping, etc.) - it has enhanced our travels by encouraging us to take the road less traveled knowing that at least we can find our way in and back out!

Adding the external antenna greatly increased the reception quality of the unit. We routinely get accuracy reported to within 15 feet!

The unit is compatible with other Garmin accessories I already own, is feature-rich yet intuitive for users like me. I have already been able to convert and use several of the hundreds of tracks I recorded with my GPS 12.

Combine this unit with City Select and Topo and you have a combination that will take you to some of the most interesting (and sometimes well hidden) places on the planet. You will know what time you can expect to arrive, find a place to get a meal, and even get some fishing tips if that's your fancy. Tonight we wanted to check a restaurant for specials and waiting times. I looked it up on the GPS on the way to the location and called ahead for the answer to all my questions!

For the price of this unit and the map software, you can hardly go wrong. If you want to reach a new level of freedom, take a good look at the Garmin V!

5-0 out of 5 stars Makes a road trip pure fun
I have had the GPS V for 6 weeks and have done over 3,000 miles with it covering eleven states. Most of those have been done in a car although 200 were on a motorcycle.

If you have never used a GPS then get one, it can revolutionize a road trip. The ability to find 'points of interest' as you are travelling down a road and then drive to the nearest can make a painful and argument inspiring process trivial. This product is one of the best $300 I've ever spent.

However, the downsides:

1) The map load of 19MB can take 45 minutes
2) You can really only fully load enough for 200-250 miles. We travel 600 miles a day which means the morning pre-load has to cleverly pick which pieces will be driving and when we need the extra detail. (Typically we load more maps for the eventual target and the expected lunch stop)
3) The map on the CD is getting a little old. If you are travelling through road works or new roads the system often claims you are off-route and tries to recalculate.

4) The recalculation time is very slow if your eventual target is hundreds of miles away. Sometimes we would have to stop the car for the unit to catch up. (The trick is to come up with a nearer intermediate target and aim for that before aiming for the eventual destination)

All in all, if you want to use this on a motorcycle this unit is the best, for pure in car use one of the more modern systems with more memory, faster cpu and usb link would be better.

5-0 out of 5 stars Impressive Design and Function
This unit is the perfect blend of form and function. If you're looking for a powerful, useful and affordable GPS unit for use on- and off-road, you've found it in the Garmin GPS V!

Give yourself an hour to figure out how to navigate the menus, and then prepare to be amazed. Whether you're measuring your favorite hiking trail, or finding the best way to a Bed and Breakfast 100 miles away, you'll find that this unit is helpful and accurate.

I was worried before I got it that the screen would be too small, or that I would miss having a color screen or voice prompts. But I don't find the unit lacking at all, even without those perks. In fact, units with those features are typically larger, and size is one of the strengths of this unit. It's perfect to stick in your coat pocket and take with you, or to mount unobtrusively on your dash. Any bigger, and I would feel that I had sacrificed one of the key merits of this unit: its portability.

The firmware has been written impeccably. Straight out of the box, the unit is configured very much to my liking. Maps, text and directions are all clear, and all the fields that are shown (i.e., ETA to destination, distance to next turn, time to next turn, etc.) have been expertly set up by someone who has clearly thought about what actual users would desire to see. But if you have specific preferences, there are a TON of settings that you can customize to your own personal choices.

What's more, the device is extremely accurate. It gives good navigation advice, as it generally recommends very efficient routes. The turn-by-turn directions are clear in both text and graphic formats. And the recalculation function is a powerful feature that will give you the confidence that if you get off route, the GPS V will quickly put you back in the right direction.

The 19 Meg memory could potentially be limiting, but I have loaded all of Connecticut and Rhode Island, as well as most of Long Island, Massachusetts and Vermont, and it knows every road that I've come across. With a little planning (that's half the fun of traveling anyway!), you can easily have more than enough data in your unit to keep you well informed at your origin and destination. One point not commonly mentioned about this device is the quality of the built in map. Even before I downloaded a MapSource map, I was very impressed with the detail of interstates, state highways, exits and major roads which are pre-programmed into the unit for the entire US.

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3. Garmin eTrex GPS with Waterproof Exterior (Yellow)
list price: $139.99
our price: $93.99
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Asin: B00003WGP5
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 108
Average Customer Review: 4.26 out of 5 stars
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A few years ago, when personal GPSs first became available, every geek from here to Poughkeepsie was enthralled about the possibility of always knowing exactly where on the planet they were. While the Garmin eTrex isn't the most feature-rich GPS out there, it will definitely come in handy if you don't want your next camping trip to end up like a scene from The Blair Witch Project.

The eTrex is sort of a dumbed-down, rugged version of the company's more advanced eMap. Designed specifically for hiking, biking, and camping, the eTrex is one of the easiest-to-use GPS units available. It offers the ability to track up to 12 satellites so you never lose contact with one. The eTrex won't work inside--however, we don't anticipate that you'll get lost inside a building very often.

Among the eTrex's notable features is its ability to calculate your current and average speed. We used the eTrex to determine the distance from work to home, and calculate how fast we were walking. This helped us gauge the average time it should take to get to work. This feature should really come in handy on extended hiking, camping, or cycling trips where planning your average speed and tracking the distance traveled is critical.

&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspMain menu
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Sticking with its theme of simplicity, the eTrex has only five buttons, making it easy to use with just one hand (It's specifically designed for the left hand.) Weighing only 5.3 ounces with the batteries installed, the eTrex is also ultralight, making it an easy addition to a daypack. The eTrex is also waterproof, so a little water shouldn't damage the unit.

The eTrex can hold up to 500 user-created waypoints. And using Garmin's TracBack feature, it's easy to plot a course with up to 10 waypoints and follow it in both directions. --Julian Strate


  • Easy to use
  • Light
  • Waterproof
  • Batteries only last about 20 hours
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  • Global positioning system (GPS) receiver continuously tracks and uses up to 12 satellites
  • Calculates current and average speed, time of sunrise and sunset, trip distance, and more
  • Automatic track log--10 saved tracks let you retrace your path in both directions
  • Tough waterproof case; runs for 18 hours on 2 AA batteries
  • Compatible with optional Garmin MapSource software for downloading trip and waypoint data (not map compatible)

Reviews (138)

5-0 out of 5 stars Simple, accurate and cheap ... saved [me] first time out!
Just like two out of every five "guys" on the planet, owning a GPS (really cool compass) was a must..."I can't live with-out one". I picked up the "e-trex" vanilla flavored, hiking, biking and trail version. My intent was to use it in my truck, a little added nav equipment for map reading (make long trips less boring). The basic e-trex lacks the memory for *real travel* logistics (car excursions). A three-hour trip ate 98% of its memory and 70+% of battery life. I must add however, my expectations were minimal, given its price. It calculates your speed better then your speedometer, frightening!!! Make no mistake, you are being tracked!!! As far as bearing, speed, travel time, the basics, this little toy is a treat. It saved [me] when I became lost in the middle of Farmington, CA. not long ago. The sun was down, the ground flat and I... backwards. I remembered the e-trex after about two hours of endless rights and lefts (almost ended up in Yosemite!!!), fired that bad-boy up and was on Highway 99 in 20 minutes, headed home. Paid for itself that night. I highly recommend the basic e-trex as a very basic navigational aide. It does everything it's designed to and does it well. It's also a great "starter" for learning about GPS systems. *Note: This thing tracked my rate of speed to the .5 of a mile and was right on target, if you register one with a serial number, use your best friends name!!! Happy trekking...

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for outdoor adventures but...
The etrex is a very good GPS system for the buck. It doesn't however include many features: compass, speedometer, a waypoint storage system, and a basic map showing only your waypoints. The unit is ideal though for camping, and any outdoor activities that you just need a point-to-point navigation for. The unit itself is very solid, VERY small, water-proof (to 30 feet), and will last about 20 hours on just 2 AA batteries. Amazing technology these days!

Keep in mind, the map on the unit does NOT include any detailed information (i.e cities, roads etc.), just your waypoints that you enter. It you want a GPS with a detailed mapping system (cities, roads, coastlines etc...) get either the Emap or the GPS III+. The III+ is the high-end "outdoors" GPS while the emap is made primarily for driving due to its great capability of data storage.

Overall Evaluation on Etrex: Excellent for the money, fun to use, simple, however not very practical.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wildland Firefighter likes eTrex
For the price and its size, it's a 5 star product. Compared to many larger/pricer units it can be only a 3 star. This is a very competetive marketplace and with the removal of the military Selective Availablity coding on May 1st, you've got to take the big leap and buy one. The eTrex shows accuracy of 11-20 feet commonly. In reasonably dense conifer forests around 60 feet. Put yourself in the bottom of a canyon in that forest and you'll have to spend say 5 minutes positioning your GPS to get 100 foot accuracy. That will not work for surveyors, but you'll get back to where you started just fine. Again, the main reason for this success is the military making the accuracy available to all of us. By the way THANKS. This unit is a very reasonable entry GPS Some Problems with the eTrex: 1) Doesn't have a simple map in it and you can't download quality Topo maps onto it. 2) Smaller size means smaller antennae and its reception in timbered canyons is weak. 3) No external antennae hook-up for when in your car. 4) Does not have a built in compass capabilty for when using a bearing, like the very similar Garmin "Summit" model that will be released shortly.(The summit will cost about twice as much). You really need to use a quality compass with it. But, as you should know, GPS will not repace map and compass, just enhance it greatly. However, for your money, this a geat little unit.

5-0 out of 5 stars Garmin has good reception
I own 3 GPS receivers and I will say Garmin did an excellent job. The receiver is much more sensitive to satellite signals than my other GPSs. Just don't expect too much from this small unit with tiny screen and very slow CPU for screen refresh. It will drive you nuts to use it for street navigation. It is suitable for back trailing in the mountains. For street navigate, I strongly suggest that you hook this unit up with a laptop but make sure that GPS is set to NMEA and the software GPS setting is also correct. Conclusion, don't street navigate with this unit alone and don't buy a no brand GPS under $90 because you will not be happy with the reception.


5-0 out of 5 stars "Keep It Simple Smarty" applies to this!!
This is a wonderful little unit, compact, light and very easy to use. I have worked with some other GPS units and this one is so simple for the minor simple functions! The unit has the ability to give you time for the time zone you are in, sunrise, sunset and many other functions. I have found this unit to work mainly outside, inside it seems to have troubles picking up the satellites, however if you are using this it is logical to be outdoors. I look forward to getting out on the trails now both hiking and biking, as I can map the trail I take. For someone that wants a simple unit, this is the way to go, as you cant beat the cost. For those that want all the big bells and whistles, keep looking. This unit gives a map of the trail but it is not going to give you every detail of area around you like some of the higher costing units. ... Read more

4. Garmin eTrex Summit GPS with Electronic Compass and Altimeter
list price: $229.99
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Asin: B00004UF7T
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 2193
Average Customer Review: 4.23 out of 5 stars
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Palm-size, lightweight, and waterproof, Garmin's eTrex Summit is a 12-channel handheld global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver. The Summit's easy-to-use menu lets you create and view waypoints, save and view track logs, calibrate the compass and altimeter, and access setup features, among others. Its trip and elevation computers calculate a range of data including direction of movement; total and average ascent and descent; current, average and maximum speeds; trip odometer--and much more. The five user buttons located on the unit's sides allow for simple single-handed operation. The eTrex Summit offers a total of20 routes to be stored, an improvement over the single route that the eTrex base model stores, as well as almost 1500 more track log points more than the entry level eTrex. Additionally the Summit offers the super useful compass and altimeter built in making it perfect to aid in traditional map and compass reading. If you plan on keeping track of every tree in the forrest then the eTrex Legend with 8MB of memory and 1,000 waypoints might be right for you.

Even in dense cloud cover or bad weather, the Summit maintains its lock on available satellites. Garmin's TracBack feature reverses your track log, helping you navigate your way back. Its graphical user interface quickly and easily identifies your marked waypoints--up to 500.

During normal operation, the Summit runs for up to 16 hours on two AA batteries and up to 22 hours when in battery-save mode. It has a built-in antenna and an external power/data connector.

The eTrex Summit comes with a one-year warranty, and Garmin's Web site offers numerous online informational resources and FAQs. ... Read more


  • Palm-size global positioning system (GPS) pinpoints location anytime, anywhere--regardless of cloud cover or weather
  • Automatic track log with two-way navigation; stores 10 custom tracks
  • Navigates up to 50 waypoints in sequence with animated graphical interface
  • Waterproof case; adjustable, backlit LCD; battery-save feature
  • Compatible with optional Garmin MapSource software for downloading trip and waypoint data (not map compatible)

Reviews (13)

2-0 out of 5 stars Little to offer over the GPS 12
I really love my Garim GPS 12. It is easy to use and move between screens and features. The Summit is not as easy to use. It is not as convenient to identify way points, does not work with mapping software and its display is to simple. It was not a step up but sideways. I use it in conjunction with my GPS 12 mostly just to keep the track log.

5-0 out of 5 stars Accurate, fast and small
I have several GPS for different uses. The most professional one is a Raytheon Chartplotter 630 on my motoryacht. The E-Trex Summit I bought to use for trekking and to mark the GPS location on dive trips with dive operators. They are VERY reluctant to reveal the GPS dive location. I found no difference in accuracy to other GPS. What is completely amazing is the sync time until all satellites are mapped and its ability to work by partly covered satellite horizons. The E-trex Summit syncs in about 15-30 seconds for normal use. The larger units all need 5-15 minutes!!! I have already ordered another one as backup for my boat. Two AA batteries or NiMh cells will run for more than 24 hours. The GPS III+ needs 4-5 times the batteries! The digital compass and barometric pressure/level display are very practical features and very accurate. This is not just a toy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great!
I use it when I go sking, so I see how fast I can go, I use it for biking, so I can tell how far I have gone. I can be in the middle of my two story house and still get a signal (It takes about 10 minutes though) Outside it will pick up a signal in under 30secconds. Its Great!

Pro-Easy to use
-Lots of info
-Can be used for rec/work
-Very accurate

Con-Sucks up batteries fast

3-0 out of 5 stars Great GPS, less accurate than I would like
This GPS is a great help for any kind of GPS work you would need to do that didn't require you to be any closer than about 20 feet. Within 20 feet is is inprecise.

I've found that the altimeter needs regular calibration to be accurate as well.

Too bad it doesn't come standard with an A/C adapter. You'd think with all the money you're paying the least you would get is an A/C adapter!

4-0 out of 5 stars Altitude profile doesn't download
I've checked this GPS out in the toughest test and I guess you get what you pay for, this model can display the profile for up to 25 miles on the screen , but when you download the data the profile is very hard to re create on the PC, I've tried using several kinds of download software and then Harvard Graphics or excel , with the same result, a horizontal scale problem.

Every check I have made on its accuracy shows no problem , just this end of the line processing, perhaps I'm the only user trying to print off the profile ... Read more

5. Garmin eTrex Venture 1 MB GPS with PC Cable
list price: $199.99
our price: $129.99
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Asin: B000058BCO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 951
Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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Garmin's eTrex Venture GPS receiver offers a host of track- and path-related programs and is surprisingly easy to use. Its size and design make it comfortable to use one-handed, and its automatic tracking feature and ability to download maps from optional CD-ROMs make it an excellent navigation tool.

Roughly the size and shape of a cell phone, the Venture has six buttons that are easily accessible by thumb and forefinger. The Power, Page, Zoom In, Zoom Out, and Find buttons are along the side, with the big-daddy navigation button (a directional click-button akin to a thumb-operated joystick) on the front above the screen. The side buttons are stiff enough that it's nearly impossible to accidentally push one. However, we found the navigation button to be a bit too stiff, which caused us several errors in entering waypoints.

Text was very easy to read--highlights are discernible and menu bars and clickable objects are well-defined. The unit also has an excellent backlight, which illuminates the whole screen with a white light, giving excellent contrast and viewing capability at night.

The Venture's interface is split into five different pages, each providing different functions. The main menu page gives you access to your saved routes and tracks, as well as setup for using WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation Service) reception, unit measurement, time, and display. These are all quickly rotated through with the click of the Page button on the right-hand side of the unit.

The map page displays the basemap included with the Venture, and for outdoor excursions it provides all the basics you'll need. It automatically tracks your movements and you can save individual tracks for later viewing. The map is zoomable from 500 miles to 20 feet depending on your preferences. You can place waypoints and places of interest on the map and name and change the icons of each to create your own personalized maps. If you decide you want to go somewhere, press the Find button and you'll get quick access to waypoints, your favorites list, and nearby cities.

The Venture features 1 MB of memory for downloading points-of-interest data--including lodging, business services, banks, and more--from optional CD-ROMs via the included PC cable. Unfortunately, for more detailed mapping you'll need to look to the Garmin eTrex Legend or Vista, both of which have larger memory capacities and the ability to download detailed maps.

Reception was, of course, best outside on a clear day, but the Venture retained most of its functionality under limited cover like small buildings or thick trees.

All in all, the Garmin eTrex Venture is a nifty little GPS tool and is ready to roll for your outdoor adventure. However, if you're looking to use more detailed map data with your GPS, the Garmin eTrex Vista or Legend would be a better choice. --Matt Deffer


  • Intuitive interface
  • Clear, easy-to-read display
  • Create waypoints at key locations for easy navigation
  • Included PC cable for downloading firmware upgrades and maps
  • 1 MB memory only accepts points-of-interest data
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  • Global positioning system (GPS) receiver with database of world cities
  • 1 MB of internal memory for map and data storage; PC cable included
  • Rocker switch on front panel for quick and accurate map panning
  • High-resolution liquid-crystal display
  • Compatible with optional Garmin MapSource software for downloading trip and waypoint data

Reviews (24)

5-0 out of 5 stars Impressed!
I have been using a Garmin 195 GPS for flying for the past 4 years and have been really impressed. But when I acquired the Etrex Venture about a month ago (picked up used at Amazon at a great savings!)it is amazing the progress in electronics. When comparing the two units inside the house the Garmin 195 would never even get usable signal to navigate while the Venture would be ready to navigate in less than 30 seconds. The accuracy is incredible including the elevation readout which so far had been very consistent and I have been getting about 20 hours of battery life when in the "Battery Saver" mode which I am in 90 percent of the time. This is one of the easiest GPS to use, very "user friendly" and for people whose eyes are getting older the screen can be set up to show large numbers which is much appreciated even the backlight is bright! The unit works in every car I own with no problems, I wedge the unit in front of the speedometer on the Camry and Dodge pickup. It works on the front seat of a 90'Plymouth Acclaim. Make certain that you go to the Garmin website for the lastest software updates currently (2.29) the version I started out with was 2.20 vast improvements have been made to the unit. The new MapResource "points of interest" CD is a great addition to the versatility of the Venture adding cities, landmark and marine details that are not including in the original database. I thought that 1meg of memory would not be enough (do you ever have enough?)but found that it is sufficient for most needs. Living in the East bay of SF I have loaded the unit with all cities (most of northern and central california), businesses(which includes the address and phone number), landmarks and marine to cover from Richmond, ca to San Jose. I recommend Wolfe PC cable and 12 volt adapters with can be purchased on the net in lieu of the Garmin adapter cables. I highly recommend the Venture, however I would like the Etrex Vista but don't want to spend 3 times the price just for the moving map and 24meg of memory.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great tool for traveling, but not with much upgradability
I bought this as I planned to visit Switzerland for the summer and drive across the continental United States by myself. Overall, I think this is a great unit: it's one of the first affordable, reliable personal GPS in a nice package with good features. It has a nice interface that can help you navigate by aid of an artificial compass, quickly add waypoints for navigation, in addition to the usual features such as pan, zoom, etc. This unit is waterproof and floats in water, which is a plus if you're planning to take this to serious hiking trips.

Built into it is a (for me) fairly comprehensive map of major highways and roads in major cities in the U.S., and outlines of other parts of the world.

And this brings up the first negative about this unit: the map software CDs that allow you to upload the internal built-in map are prohibitively expensive.

The second negative is the lack of any computer accompaniment software. This translates to you having to purchase a shareware software if you want to plan your trips ahead of time on a computer.

The last negative is the lack of an external antenna option. While signal reception has been very good for a unit of its size, it would be great to be able to connect a larger antenna to improve connections.

If you're looking for a GPS unit and you're not a navigation buff, this is a great unit to buy. But the lack of upgrade options might be a turn-off for serious travelers and/or hiking/backpacking enthusiasts.

This review refers to the LEGEND model, not the VENTURE model.

4-0 out of 5 stars too advance for begenner
much too advance for a begenner!

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome GPS
This product works freat. I use it very often for geocaching and always find my mark. With the addition of Mapsource software this is the piece of equipment to have!

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Midrange GPS
I bought this model as an upgrade to Garmin Venture I had gotten in November 2002. I like it for the fact it has more detail than the Venture but the pnly thing that I am disatsfied about is that it needs CDs to upgrade the maps to street level detail. Nonetheless, I think its the best I ever had. Way-togo, Garmin! I use this mainly for geocaching. For more info on geocaching go to: ... Read more

6. Garmin GPS 12 Personal Navigator (12 Channel)
list price: $231.80
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Asin: B00000J40W
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 8998
Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
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The Garmin GPS Personal Navigator provides anaffordable choice for outdoor adventurers who want a basic, dependable, andhard-working 12-parallel-channel GPS handheld. It offers fast satelliteacquisition in the toughest conditions--even in heavy tree cover.

The GPS 12's rugged, waterproof case features military tough construction, andits rocker keypad design provides true one-hand operation. The 12-channelreceiver locks into satellites fast and stays locked on, even in extremeconditions. It features 20 reversible routes with up to 30 points each, plus MOBand TracBack modes. You can store up to 500 waypoints, 1,024 track log points,and 9 proximity waypoints. The large, crisp display gives you a clear picture ofwhere you are. You'll get a host of advanced navigation features like enhancedmoving-map graphics, average and maximum speed data, and trip timers. The unitgets up to 24 hours of battery life with 4 AA batteries. ... Read more


  • 20 reversible routes with up to 30 points each, plus MOB and TracBack modes
  • Large, easy-to-read display
  • Keypad designed for 1-hand operation
  • Built military tough

Reviews (13)

4-0 out of 5 stars The best value for the money
My GPS 12 cost only slightly more than the ETrex units, and was a giant leap ahead in quality. After comparing reviews of the Garmin and Magellan units, I concluded that the GPS 12 would be the most reliable, and it really does seem to be. Once it aquires the available satellites, it really stays locked on--I've used it in the car on the passenger seat, on the armrest, in my lap, and it doesn't lose its position. I've even held it to a tiny airplane window and tracked my flight accurately. The biggest issue with lower-end GPS units seems to be their ability to hold a lock, and this one performs extremely well.

There are two major limitations to this unit. First, it doesn't have an external antenna jack, so you can't add an external antenna (except a rebroadcasting antenna, and they're pricy). Second, the flat panel antenna means that you basically need to hold the unit level to work properly. You can't stick it in your shirt pocket, as you could a unit with a helical antenna. The ETrex units have the same limitations, so if you really care about these features you'll have to look at the next model up. It hasn't really been a problem for me.

The display doesn't have a map--no unit in this pricerange has a map feature--but I find I don't miss it. It does display your track, which I've used pretty successfully as a sketchy "map". The GPS 12 has more track and waypoint memory than the ETrex.

One minor complaint I've had is that the unit can take a little while to establish its initial satellite lock. Since I live in the suburbs, I'm usually surrounded by houses--and the hilly terrain of Pittsburgh. So it may not be the unit's fault that it can't see the sky very well.

All in all, I'd say the GPS 12 is about the best value you can get for the money. If you want any noticeably advantage over this unit, you can expect to take a big step up in price.

4-0 out of 5 stars Garmin GPS 12
The unit has excellent satellite reception and even acquires satellites inside some buildings. Battery life is supposed to be 24 hours, but I've had them go much down quicker. Bring along spares. The GPS12 is very accurate and easy to understand. I use mine with the data cable (an extra that should be included) and my laptop for color, moving maps. Incredible. I wish Garmin would include the cigarette lighter adapter too as these are sometimes hard to find. it's a great value too if you don't need built in maps!

4-0 out of 5 stars The closest thing to the best
I owe 2 of these and just recently bought a etrex . The GPS 12 is still far better . I get a signal just about anywhere , easy to use . I've had these for years and would buy them again . There're worth every penny .

5-0 out of 5 stars GPS 12 - A Sleeper
At first glance this device is very deceptive. No fancy color display; just a few little buttons. A closer look still deceives: No map capabilities, no external antenna hook-up; and without the batteries inside, it's almost as light as a feather.

But this unit is no lightweight when it comes to navigational support. I have kept this device in my vehicle for the past three years and have lost count of the times it has kept me from getting turned around. I can count the number of times it has kept me on the trail and back to home without a false move. I keep a detailed journal of such trips on my web site.

Even after all this time, it's still very satisfying to know that I can load in some map coordinates, and just set out to my destination, without worrying about getting there. My greatest trek to date is a 1500-mile journey to the wilderness of Maine, where we consistently hit all our marks without a hiccup. One of those days would have been impossible or ended tragically without the GPS.

Recently I decided to purchase a new GPS and considered selling the GPS 12. But after a few days with the new unit, I decided the GPS 12 still had plenty to offer me for my type of use (Off-road driving). I think it will be with me for many years to come!

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Durable, Works Great In Hard Conditions
I've used the Garmin 12 for the last 4 years in the desert of Northwest Kenya. It has endured the sand, heat, sun and abuse I expose it to. I've never even bought a case for it! It's even tracked well in the pocket of my shorts while hiking. If you are needing a handheld GPS that is TOUGH and BASIC, this is the one for you. ... Read more

7. Garmin Auto Mounting Bracket for eTrex
list price: $31.99
our price: $27.99
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Asin: B00005UK9T
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 1659
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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  • Restraint System for your GPS Product
  • Keeps Unit Secure
  • Mount Swivels & Tilts, So It Can Be Adjusted to the Best Viewing Angle
  • Works with eTrex, eTrex Camo, eTrex Summit, eTrex Venture, eTrex Legend and eTrex Vista

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars Works fine with my Legend
Echoing a previous reviewer: it IS compatible with Garmin's eTrex Legend!!! My only complaint is that the GPS unit seems to sit higher on the dash than necessary when using this mounting device, potentially affecting driver visibility.

4-0 out of 5 stars Works just fine with the Legend.
I had no difficulty mounting my eTrex Legend to my dash with this unit. It seems reasonably secure. I just wish Garmin's accesories were not so expensive.

1-0 out of 5 stars doesn't fit
I bought this and the etrex legend but the legend does not fit into this model. It looks like a fine product but not for this shape etrex. ... Read more

8. Garmin Deluxe Carrying Case for StreetPilot and GPSMap 176 GPS Systems
list price: $31.99
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Asin: B00005UK9P
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 1746
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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  • Attractive carrying case for Garmin GPS systems
  • Protects GPS receiver from scratches, scrapes, and bumps
  • Holds GPS, mounting bracket, batteries, and data cards
  • Includes storage area for extra data cartridges
  • Designed for Garmin StreetPilot and GPSMap 176 systems

Reviews (3)

2-0 out of 5 stars Good news & bad news
I wish I had read the reviews here before following the manufacturer's claim, which was reprinted in the product description on Amazon. The good news is that it's well made. The bad news is that, contrary to the claim that it holds all your GPS cables, brackets, and the unit itself, it's only good for carrying or storing the GPS unit itself. Also, the price is excessive considering that it doesn't do as claimed. Do yourself a favor - and spare yourself some disappointment while saving some money - take your GPS to an electonics store (CompUSA, Best Buy, etc.) and buy a good padded camera bag which will hold everything for about 2/3 the price.

1-0 out of 5 stars A Carrying Case with No Room To Carry Things
In the writeup for the Garmin carrying case it says that it has room for the StreetPilot series GPS as well as the necessary cables. I was shocked at how small this case was when received. I can fit the GPS unit in it but not all the cables and the ones I could get in I had to cram into it. If you are looking for a carrying case that will carry all the components of the streetpilot GPS this is not it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice, but could be bigger
I bought the carrying case to use with the Garmin Street Pilot Deluxe package. With the case you can snugly fit the Garmin Street Pilot unit alone. However, when trying to also put it the cigarette adapter/speaker, both don't fit without having the zipper on top partially opened. Also, don't even consider trying to store the bean bag mount in the case.

I do like the fact that the bottom of the case has a protective cushion so the unit can be stored face down.

I think it would be nice if they had another sized bag -- one which can store the unit, adapter cable, plus the bean bag mount all together. This would be the ideal size for those who want to carry the unit and all the accessories at once. ... Read more

9. Garmin GPS AC Adapter
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00005UK9S
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 3806
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  • Allows You to Connect your GPS Unit to AC Power
  • Plugs Into Any Standard U.S. Based AC Power Receptacle
  • Saves on Batteries
  • Works with GPS V, GPS II Plus, GPSMAP 60C and GPSMAP 60CS

10. Garmin Bean Bag Mount for the GPS V
list price: $17.99
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Asin: B00005UK9O
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 2244
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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  • Restraint System for your GPS Product
  • Keeps Unit Secure
  • Mounts to Any Flat Surface & Fully Adjustable

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5-0 out of 5 stars Does the job well.
I bought an earlier model of the bean bag mount by Garmin. Mine is black and has four distinct lobes instead of being more circular. I have a plastic mount in my primary car and wanted a temporary mount for when I rented a car. The bean bag mount has a non-skid under-surface and is filled with heavy pellets. I have used the mount on three different car dashboards and the center console of a Ford Econoline. It easily conformed to the various shapes and has never slipped. It is an excellent temporary mount. It adds some weight to your carry-on luggage, but the weight is what contributes to its function. ... Read more

11. Garmin StreetPilot III Replacement 12-Volt Adapter Cable for External Speaker System

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Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 11172
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Includes External Speaker System 12 volt adapter. ... Read more


  • Save money on costly alkaline batteries
  • Cigarette lighter adapter powers StreetPilot III in your vehicle
  • Plugs into any standard 12-volt lighter receptacle
  • Cost-effective power option for on-the-road use of your Street Pilot III
  • External speaker in adapter is needed to hear voice prompts

12. Garmin eTrex Instructional Training Video
list price: $16.99
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Asin: B00005UK9Q
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 24062
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Product Description

eTrex user video ... Read more


  • Demonstrates the Operation of a GPS Unit
  • Shows the Features & Functions of a GPS Unit

13. Garmin Remote Antenna
list price: $24.99
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Asin: B00005UK9N
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 27888
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  • Works with GPS II Plus, GPS V

14. Garmin eMap GPS Receiver (Map Compatible)
list price: $242.84
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Asin: B00003OPEU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 20930
Average Customer Review: 4.21 out of 5 stars
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Save yourself the humiliation of having to stop and ask directions on your next lengthy road trip: invest in Garmin's eMap. The eMap GPS receiver will give you fairly accurate mapping information, directions, and even help you manage and track your journeys.

For those unfamiliar with the term, GPS (global positioning system) involves 24 satellites that circle the planet. At any given time, the eMap makes contact with at least three of them to determine everything from speed to location. So, as long as you're motoring around the great outdoors, you'll be in the know.

It features a detailed 120 x 160 pixel display, backlighting for nighttime navigating, and easily navigable controls. With the eMap's simple cursor control, you should be up and running with almost no effort. Considering this unit only weighs 6.7 ounces, it could easily be the best roadside companion on long drives--or local trips if you're that directionally challenged.

If you're going to do some serious pioneering, you're also in for a good deal of choices. You can catalog 500 waypoints, 2,000 log points, and 10 saved tracks. But there is a downside to all this power in the palm of your hand: Garmin supplies you with only basic mappings of major roadways and intersections. If you're looking for city-street maps or more detailed coverage, get the checkbooks ready. Garmin sells optional MapSource CD-ROMs that will provide enormous amounts of map data, showing streets, alleys, and even restaurants. A series of different Map CD-ROMs are available and cost, on average, about $170. When all is said and done, with hidden costs, you can expect to spend upwards of $350 to get everything you'd need out of the eMap. --Dave Thomas


  • Easy to use
  • Lightweight
  • Large, crisp display
  • Room for extra memory cartridges
  • Map data fed by satellite good for North America and parts of Europe


  • Detailed maps are expensive
  • Batteries last only about 10 to 12 hours
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  • Tracks current and average speed, location, and distance
  • Automatic track log lets you retrace your path in both directions
  • Includes maps covering major American roadways
  • Large, backlit display for nighttime navigation

Reviews (29)

3-0 out of 5 stars The GPS money pit
I've been using this unit for a few weeks now and it never fails to amaze me with it's capabilities even if the learning curve for it is a bit steep (an instructional video is available for an additional charge). I'm sure there are features I'll never use due to its complexity.

The problem I have is that it comes with nothing. If you want to actually be able to use the unit, you've got to go back to Garmin and buy additional accessories and guess what, ... their all proprietary so they can and do charge whatever they feel like. Things like the computer/power adapter and a memory card should have been included for the price they're asking for the unit. The memory sticks... and the USB adapter are outrageously priced. Yeah, that's right, the computer/power adapter isn't even USB, you have to buy both or your stuck with the glacial speed of serial. To further illustrate, to replace the little piece of plastic that covers the batteries, it'll cost you nearly $7!

Basically, they put a pretty good little GPS on the market as bait to lock you into their brand and sell, at ridiculous prices, accessories that should have come with it anyways. I would give the unit by itself 4 stars but for Garmin's complete lack of integrity.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great piece of equipment
I am very happy with my unit. I took it on a 6000 mile trip and was delighted with its performance. A couple of negative comments. I agree that the manual is user unfriendly. I had to figure out most of the features myself, and some did not become evident until I was on the road. Secondly, the many features seem to be a closely guarded secret. I defy anyone to tell me the difference between the $189 base model and the delux $299 model. Amazon says the delux model includes a computer cord and an 8 meg memory chip. It seems a little overpriced. Have not been able to get any info on availability or prices for car plug adapters, 16 meg cards, down loadable maps, etc. Finally, don't take this unit along if you are driving alone! It is so fantastic, its hard to keep your eye on the road. I found the map is constantly being updated as you cruise down the interstate. I recommend it highly for people who take long trips on the interstate system. It has only scant info on local roads.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic System with tons of available accessories
I've owned this unit for a couple of months now. I didn't want to write a review without having used it. It works GREAT. There are some issues, but they are readilly worked around.

First issue is price. For the base unit, the price is quite reasonable. However, as another reviewer mentioned, in order to really make it work right, you really do need some accessories. Garmin accessories surely seem over priced. In order to use this on the road, I purchased a Dash-Mount, and a power cable/pc serial cable. I picked up both of these for less than 40.00 through aftermarket suppliers.

It didn't take me long to realize that I needed some extra software to download more detailed maps to the GPS base unit. MetroGuide from Mapsource is available through aftermarket distributors for under 75.00. It's somewhat tedious to download the individual regions, but well worth the effort. Additionally, with the PC cable, it interacts seamlessly with my laptop running either Metro Guide or Microsoft Streets and Trips (under 40.00). Of course streets and trips does not download to the GPS, but the GPS will plot its position in S&T, so if you can use the laptop, it works fine.

Off road/camping is a different issue. I already own most of the paper maps for where I plan on going, and the GPS grids make it impossible to get lost. This doesn't even take into account the way it interacts with USAPHOTOMAPS ( This receiver will plot my position using aerial photography available free and online.

This is a great unit, with a readilly accessible manual from GARMIN, scads of available accessories through after-market dealers (, integration with software from Mapsource, Microsoft, USA photmaps, etc. A great unit that does everything I could ask for.

4-0 out of 5 stars Off the beaten track--with confidence!
Late this summer, I was driving a rented minivan from Mendocino, CA, south to the Bay area. It's about 180 miles. I was with three other adults and three children. Instead of taking the recommended RT 128 southeast to RT 101 and south to the Bay area, we decided to take a "shorter" route, due east on Lake Road to RT 20 to RT 101, then south. Well, the road we chose went through deep redwood forests. More often then not, we could not see the sky. There were times when the road was no longer paved, at times rutted. It was so narrow that for most of the way it would have been impossible for two vehicles to pass (fortunately, no vehicles came our way). The road often snaked around tree trunks as large as 10 feet in diameter.

This road was on both our AAA map and GPS (I had preloaded the corresponding map onto my 64mb data card from the MetroGuide CD). The going was very slow, and our "shorter" route soon became the "longer" route. We were too far along to turn around. My wife, seated in the back held the portable phone ready to call for assistance. I asked all to wait, to put her trust in the GPS. After another half hour, we came to a three-road junction--all narrow and un-maintained. One of the roads was not on the AAA map. Intuitively, it looked like the least likely road. But the GPS indicated this road would take us to the RT 20. We took it, and before you knew it, arrived at the conventional RT 20. The GPS saved the day.

One of the greatest attributes of a GPS is that it allows you to explore, to go where you normally would not, and discover new vistas. Obviously, my eMap proved that.

Besides this general function, there are several specific features I like about the eMap. These include its portability and its ergonomic design. The eMap has a relatively large display (which can be backlit) and it is light, just over 6 oz. When walking with this unit in a town or on a trail, I appreciate being able to hold and control the unit with one hand while always having the display in view. This is a result of the control buttons being below the screen.

The eMap is compatible with Garmin's downloadable MapSource CDs. These include U.S. Roads and Recreation, WorldMap, U.S. Topo, and MetroGuide U.S.A. With the MapGuide U.S.A. CD, the eMap can look up addresses and telephone numbers for nearby services and points of interest. I like being able find a particular restaurant or street address by entering it under the find feature, then tracking it. An arrow will point in the right direction and distance will be displayed.

There are many available accessories, several which I recommend. I needed a larger data card. The unit comes with an 8mb card which will give you one region. This is okay if you will be using it in a limited radius. If you go elsewhere, you'll need to load new data using a serial cable (another accessory). It is time consuming, which may suggest your getting another accessory, the Garmin's USB data programmer. I have a 64mb card which captures from Massachusetts to Maryland (8 regions). Using the serial cable took over two hours to load the data. Using the programmer took about four minutes.

I definitely recommend this unit. Its portability, versatility, its adjustable detail, and its accuracy give you the confidence to venture places without getting lost. One suggestion though--don't give up the paper map. Use it to provide the fuller perspective a portable GPS lacks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fantastic!
I love the Garmin eMap. It does everything I ever wanted in a GPS. You can even get software downloads from Garmin's web site. There are many accessories available, and you will probably want them all! The complete outfit is kind of pricey. If you want to upload maps you will need a separate data card, you cannot load maps into the stock unit. Also, it eats a TON of batteries! ... Read more

15. Garmin Carry Case for eTrex Series & Summit
list price: $17.99
our price: $12.99
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Asin: B00004VX39
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 96
Average Customer Review: 4.19 out of 5 stars
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Save your eTrex Summit and other eTrex models from some of the scuffs and scrapes of everyday use with Garmin's eTrex Carry Case. This carry case covers your unit while in storage or while on duty in the field. Its nylon material ensures durability and lasting protection. ... Read more


  • Covers and protects your eTrex or Summit
  • Nylon material ensures durability
  • Great for storage or on-the-go protection
  • Easy to slip on and off
  • Genuine Garmin-quality product

Reviews (21)

5-0 out of 5 stars Durable and comfortable
If you purchase an eTrex, make sure to get this carry case with it. It protects your GPS from scratches and it adds a belt strap. When hiking, or walking the belt strap is very useful.

I have not noticed any signal degradation when using the carry case. The Yellow eTrex still locks on and maintains its lock on the satellites with ease.

3-0 out of 5 stars Quality product, but not all that useful.
This is a good, quality accessory from Garmin. I think it's best feature is the belt-clip. It does a good job of keeping dirt and scratches off your already durable eTrex, too; and makes it not so YELLOW. (which can be good or bad) My complaints are that the button holes become misaligned occasionally and make it a little harder to push the buttons. I think if the case fit a little tighter, it would help address that problem. Also, the plastic cover over the screen can cause extra glare. The eTrex is rugged enough that this is an unnecessary accessory, unless you need a belt-clip or want your GPS to stay bright and clean.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Garmin Case!!
For the price that you pay on this case, it's great. A little glare isn't going to get you lost in the mountains. The material feels good and durable. If you have a eTrex this is a great case to have.

4-0 out of 5 stars good covergae, screen cover has too much glare
this is a perfectly designed case for the etrex legend. Joystick is easily accessible, it fits snug, and the belt clip is nice and secure. My only complaint is the plastic window to protect the LCD. It's pretty thick and seems like it scratches pretty easily and makes the LCD more difficult to read with the heavy glare. Otherwise, it's a good thing to have to protect your GPS from invetible drops and abrasion.

5-0 out of 5 stars I'll Make The Case For This Case!
I'm an avid inline skater and I use a Garmin eTrex Venture to determine distance, speed, etc. The belt clip on this case allows me to clip the unit onto my left elbow pad strap. The clip holds very securely and the case itself does an excellent job of protecting the Venture during those unfortunate, but thankfully rare, falls. ... Read more

16. Garmin Bicycle Mount Bracket for eTrex and Summit
list price: $17.99
our price: $13.99
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Asin: B00004VX15
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 725
Average Customer Review: 3.87 out of 5 stars
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Now securing your GPS onto the handlebar of your bike is a snap with Garmin's Bicycle Mount Bracket for Etrex/Summit. This bicycle mount fits bars up to 1 inch in diameter and is a safe, secure way to take your GPS with you. It's also great for motorcycles and ATVs. The Garmin Bicycle Mount Bracket comes with hardware and instructions. ... Read more


  • Secure handlebar mount
  • Fits up to 1-inch diameter bar
  • Also great for motorcycles and ATVs
  • Convenient and easy to use
  • Includes hardware and instructions

Reviews (15)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product
I just received my GPS mount, it was very easy to install on the bike. Getting the new battery cover on the GPS was a bit tricky but worked. The GPS unit snaps right on to the handlebar mount and can be taken off very easily. I ride mostly on paved trails and the unit worked fine the entire time. Would recommend for anyone who has an ETrex GPS and goes biking a lot.

4-0 out of 5 stars Well, with a simple fix it's a great product
I've had this for 8 months or so and I like it. But the bike mount has a major flaw. The battery cover has a very loose fit with the main unit. It got so bad that it managed to turn off the GPS on a ride over a fairly smooth road.
Here's the fix. Two pieces of electrical tape. I wrapped one piece around the bottom of the battery case and one around the top (this required scissors to trim the tape). I don't know how this affects the waterproofing, but the battery case grips the GPS like a limpit and everything works 100% better now.

4-0 out of 5 stars Vibration problems
I had the same problems except that on the mountain bike it was fine, it was just anything above 5000rpm on a 600cc single and it would turn off instantly, at first I thought it may be interference but no it wasn't.
A small bit of firm foam where the battery connectors connect to the little posts and a thin bit above each battery and it's fine.

5-0 out of 5 stars Durable and easy to use.
The bracket installed easily on 7/8" motorcycle handlebars. There was no noticeable vibration at speed. It held the unit securely, even through a 40 mph lowside crash.

I did not have an oppportunity to test the water resistance of the replacement battery cover. I don't see this as a problem for my intended usage of the product.

Overall, an excellent product, well worth the money. It'll be going on my new handlebars...

4-0 out of 5 stars Motorcyle riders: very useful accessory, but...
I planned buying it for mounting my e-Trex Venture on my motorcycle. None of the reviews here could help me in getting rid of my worry: will it fit in my handlebar? I assumed it will, so I purchased it. The result? PERFECT FIT. Using the thick rubber strap I could securely attach the handlebar mount and the GPS clicked-in in a snap. Naturally there's a lot less vibration on a street/road motorbike handlebar than that on a mountain bike, so that would not be a problem for me. I was wrong, since I noticed several times GPS suddenly turned off while riding. So be careful 'cause battery lid can actually provoke false electric contacts from time to time, turning the GPS off. I got through this by placing a thin piece of foam over the batteries which made the lid to close tighter and solved the problem. ... Read more

17. Garmin PC Interface Cable with Cigarette Adapter for eTrex & eMap (Part No. 010-10268-00)
list price: $50.00
our price: $31.99
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Asin: B00004VX3A
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 857
Average Customer Review: 4.14 out of 5 stars
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Garmin's PC Interface Cable with Cigarette Adapter allows you to connect your GPS unit to your PC and conserve the life of your batteries. Now you can create routes and waypoints at your leisure on your PC and transfer them to your GPS. You can also easily download map detail from MapSource CD-ROMs to GPS units. The cable features a standard nine-pin D connector for ultimate compatibility, and the cigarette adapter connects to any 12-volt receptacle. ... Read more


  • Connect your GPS to your PC to transfer route and waypoint information to and from your PC
  • Download map detail from MapSource CD-ROMs
  • Cigarette adapter fits any standard 12-volt receptacle
  • Cable features 9-pin D connector
  • Works with Garmin eTrex and eMap models

Reviews (14)

4-0 out of 5 stars Functional and Well-Built
I regularly carry my eTrex GPS from vehicle to vehicle and connect it to my laptop everyday for downloading waypoints and track information. This cable makes it easy to utilize my etrex regardless of the environment. Best of all, the cable is sturdily made and looks like it will last for many more trips. This is also the only cable that will allow you to both power your GPS and connect it to a computer while in a vehicle, as must if you plan on using mapping software in the car.

4-0 out of 5 stars USB is Possible
As a certified Computer Technician, I bought a Etrex to connect to a PC i have mounted in my truck, used to play music and display navigational software on a lcd screen. I found out that the software (along with many others) support a connection to a gps device, allowing the software to track your location real time on a map. Very handy, I just set the destination, and it tells me where to go! This cable allows battery free operation, and I hate buying expensive batteries! Although I do agree the cable could be longer, it functions, thus its handy to have. I would like to comment on the usb remarks. I have not tried this yet, but there is a usb to serial adapter available for PC's in need of an extra serial port. Cheers!

4-0 out of 5 stars Works great but designed wierd
The way this cable should have been made is with the Y connection near the cigarette lighter adapter instead of near the GPS. If the gps is placed on the dashboard, you have a cable stretched across your passenger seat to the laptop which gets in the way but I have used this cable and it works well.

3-0 out of 5 stars It is a Crazy World
It is crazy how over-priced this cable really is. It is crazy that I actually bought it. If you don't mind the price, this cable is well made. I finally upgraded the firmware of my Geko 201 with this cable. BTW, the bootleg version of this cable costs almost as much, and probably costs more after you add the shipping cost. See what a crazy world we live in?

5-0 out of 5 stars Garmin PC Interface Cable
This item is an absolute must for operating your GPS unit out in the field when connected to a computer of some sort. Simply relying on the Garmin GPS's internal batteries leaves you with only an eight hour window of operation while if the unit is attached to an external power source one can expect unlimited usage. ... Read more

18. Garmin Cigarette Lighter Adapter (Part Number 010-10085-00)
list price: $24.99
our price: $19.99
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Asin: B00005B8M3
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 791
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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Save batteries and end meaningless stops at convenience stores for replacements when you power your Garmin GPS device with this handy cigarette-lighter power adapter. The adapter fits all standard cigarette lighters and works with a range of GPS devices, including the GPS StreetPilot (Monochrome and ColorMap), GPS II+, GPS III+, GPS 12XL, GPS 12CX, GPS 12MAP, GPS V, GPS 76, GPSMAP 76, GPSMAP 176, and GPSMAP 176C. ... Read more


  • Plugs into any standard cigarette lighter
  • For GPS StreetPilot (Monochrome and ColorMap), GPS II+, GPS III+, GPS 12XL, GPS 12CX, GPS 12MAP, GPS V, GPS 76, GPSMAP 76, GPSMAP 176, and GPSMAP 176C units
  • Conserves battery life
  • Convenient and easy to use
  • Genuine Garmin-quality product

Reviews (6)

4-0 out of 5 stars Close but no cigar.
Recently purchased a Garmin Talking Street Pilot III Colormap. The lighter adapter included with it has an integral speaker which I find to be quite satisfactory and very helpful when driving. You will no longer have to watch the GPS screen, as Ms. G gives you voice prompts (as long as you use the auto routing feature) when you need to make a turn, etc. If you need an adapter, get the model with the speaker!

1-0 out of 5 stars MISLED by James Steiner !!! please be responsible for review
be warned!!! don't believe James Steiner's review about this adapter working on eTrex!!!

nothing wrong with the item itself but, this product is NOT for eTrex series at all!!!! i kinda knew that by looking at its description, but the following review just misled me to the wrong way so now i have a headache to deal with when i got the Vista and the adapter that doesn't work on my GPS.

Reviewer: James Steiner (see more about me) from Oceanside, California USA
I use this with my Garmin E-Trex Vista. Never worry about running out of batteries as I drive. Use away from home to track your travels. Cord is long and durable. Light lets you know if it is getting power.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cigarette power adapter for Garmin
I use this with my Garmin E-Trex Vista. Never worry about running out of batteries as I drive. Use away from home to track your travels. Cord is long and durable. Light lets you know if it is getting power.

5-0 out of 5 stars Must Have for Auto Use
I use with my Mapsource 76S and this is a "must have" item for in-car use. On a trip of any length you are going to burn thru a lot of batteries. But, with this power cord you can turn the GPS on at the start of a trip and leave it on. Also the back light stays on all the time, which is necessary for car use at night. With batteries only the back light will auto turn off after a max of two minutes.

5-0 out of 5 stars it's good
I don't know why or how a power cord deserves 5 stars, but there was nothing wrong with it. Perhaps one must assume that we are now on a five star scale, expecting perfection. If so, then it passes. Normally, I would give this 3 or 4 because it doesn't do anything except forward electrons into a handheld gps, yet it does it adequately enough to escape criticism. Do NOT expect it to entertain or mystify you, however, because it has 5 stars.

What one must now ponder is how to rate the truly exceptional items that not only perform without flaw, but also have some lagniappe that warrants more recognoition. Maybe that type of sentiment is something that can be found only in a review.

Perhaps Amazon could have a practicality/spartan scale and a sentimental/emotional/moral scale for artistry. ... Read more

19. Garmin MapSource CD Rom - World
list price: $116.65
our price: $76.99
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Asin: B00004Z0C9
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 3174
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Garmin's WorldMap MapSource CD-ROM provides worldwide coverage with basemap-level detail, including political boundaries, cities, towns, major motorwaysand/or interstates, and principal highways; lakes, major streams, and rivers;and urban areas and railroads. WorldMap displays excellent coastline detail thatincludes many offshore islands, as well as worldwide nautical navigation aidssuch as day beacons, radio beacons, RACONs, fog signals, lights, and buoys. Alsoshown are U.S. interstate exit information, such as service stations, gasstations, restaurants, hotels, campsites, hospitals, banks, and more. WorldMapincludes management functions that allow you to transfer waypoints, routes, andtracks between your PC and nearly all Garmin GPS units (excluding the GPS100family and panel mount aviation units) while viewing base map-level maps on yourPC screen.

It is recommended for use with the GPS III Plus, NavTalk, GPS 12MAP, and GPSMAP162/168. It is compatible with StreetPilot GPS, StreetPilot ColorMap, GPSMAP295, and eMap, which require a blank 8 or 16 MB cartridge for loading map data. ... Read more


  • Worldwide coverage with base map-level detail
  • Includes political boundaries, cities, towns, and principal highways
  • Displays U.S. interstate exit information
  • Management functions allow you to transfer waypoints, routes, and tracks between your PC and nearly all Garmin GPS units
  • See Product Description for compatible Garmin products

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good data for SE Asia
I used the database on my Garmin 76S in Thailand, Vietnam & Laos and found that the data was quite accurate. It even has many of the old Lao 'Lima Site' airfields!

3-0 out of 5 stars OK but no cigar
I bought this to use with my Garmin eMap. For the USA the detail level is the same as came preinstalled on the unit--major highways. I've used it in London, Cambridge, Paris, Tokyo and Munich. There isn't really enough detail to find your way around any of these cities but it is useful for e.g. finding your way from suburb to suburb. The River Cam wasn't very close to where the map had it so it helps to use one's eyes. The maps are dated. We are developing a site in the high Andes near San Pedro de Atacama for the ALMA telescope--the map of that region did not show the Jama Road from Calama to Salta Argentina, a major international route (admittedly less than a decade old--but paved!).

4-0 out of 5 stars VERY helpful!
This software really help me enjoy my E-trex a whole lot more. Being able to make waypoints from my PC was very handy. A nice accessory. ... Read more

20. Garmin PC Interface Cable for eTrex and eMap
list price: $38.00
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Asin: B00004VX23
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 4421
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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  • Connect your GPS unit to your PC
  • Transfer routes and waypoints to and from your PC
  • Download map detail from MapSource CD-ROMs
  • Cable features standard 9-pin D connector
  • Convenient and easy to use

Reviews (4)

2-0 out of 5 stars Try to find a port
I own a Sony VAIO computer. In the computer, there are no ports to put in this cord. Ended up buying something for [money] to convert it to a USB connection. Then, I couldn't find a program that would be able to send and receive data to my eTrex GPS via a USB port. Was definitely a hassle.

3-0 out of 5 stars Excelent for Portables.
The cable doesn't come with any software, but is great for upgrading the software on your eTrek(avilable from Garmin's website) You will need a GPS compatible mapping program to get the full advantage. The cable connects very securly to the GPS, and is plenty long enough.

3-0 out of 5 stars Expensive, but a cable is necessary
This little cable is very, very overpriced, but unfortunately, for those of you that own the original eTrex or any eTrex model with no cable, you'll want to own this or an equivalent so you can download the latest updates to your GPS receiver from garmin and load them onto the unit. And you want this ability because Garmin does a good job of fixing bugs and adding new little software features. But if you can't build your own cable, then you should grab one of these...

2-0 out of 5 stars Good quality, but get the data+power cable...
The quality of this cable is fine, but it doesn't give you access to the power pins that are in the Garmin interface. Get the cable that does power and data instead... or if you're a hardware geek, then make your own with the stuff from purple open projects ( ... Read more

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