GPS for a moron?

Discussion in 'Equipment Discussions' started by specweldtom, Dec 26, 2008.

  1. specweldtom

    specweldtom Well-Known Member

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    I need to get a new hand-held GPS. Waterproof (I don't want to talk about it), good battery life, cheap would be good, but most important, one that doesn't have an instruction book bigger than it is. All I need is coordinates, landmarks, waypoints, tracks, goto, and backtrack. No maps, downloads, Pizza Hut locations or any other techie torture. It would be nice if it was simple enough to operate without stopping my 4-wheeler and reading the instruction book about how to hit 7 keystrokes in the exact order required to start a track, or just log a waypoint. Does one like this exist?

    Any advice will be appreciated.

    Thanks, Tom
     
  2. JRu

    JRu Well-Known Member

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    I went with the Garmin eTrex H myself. Cheap. Waterproof. Has the high sensitivity hardware ( the "H" designation ) . Contains the most basic functions spread over some 4-5 main screens that are navigated with just 5 buttons on the device.

    There are lots of different coordinate systems and units available but it's pretty much fire & forget once you're set up. It will lead you to manually entered coordinates, or to a previously marked waypoint. There's some extras like statistics ( avg. velo, distance traveled etc. ) but I consider that just gravy -- I just want it to confirm I'm still doing a good job with my map and compass, or get me back on the map if I'm not.
     

  3. specweldtom

    specweldtom Well-Known Member

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    JR, the Garmin you have sounds good. I'm going to hit my local Academy store and also check out Cabela's catalogue. Thanks.

    Keep 'em coming, I don't have to do anything right away, so appreciate any experience.

    Thanks again, Tom
     
  4. linksmechanic

    linksmechanic Well-Known Member

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    There's a new garmin touchscreen unit out that is about as simple as it gets. A little pricey but very user friendly and usable. Not sure what the model name is just visit there website.