Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Port Moody, BC, Canada.
I've being using Garmin GPSmap 60CSx for over 3 years and love it. It's very durable (and waterproof) - built like a tank. I once crashed on a bike with it in my back pack, landing on my back pretty hard, right where the GPS was, and it came out perfectly fine. It's actually very important when you think about what kind of stuff it will have to go through for you.
The compass feature is extremely valuable and helpful. When you're standing still and looking on the GPS map, the arrow (your location) is usually pointed to any direction, not necessary the direction you're point your GPS. With compass turned on, you can stand still, and it will point to the direction you point your GPS, which means it is a heck of a lot easier to figure out where to go (on the map), and is also nice to look around for some mountain terrain and peaks on GPS (that you see around you in real life). If you ever get lost, trust me, that compass will be a life saver. You could bring a hand compass, but that wouldn't rotate your GPS map to align it straight ahead with you.
Reception is great. Once you're on, you're on. I only lost reception once in the forest, and was very surprised actually. It only lasted for probably less than a minute, so not that big of a deal. It could take some time to find a reception when you turn it on though...and sometimes you have to turn it off and turn it back on, because it's having difficulty finding a reception.
One con is that the processor is pretty darn slow, making you wait some time when you scroll the map or trying to find some points of interest, or even browse menus/pages, etc. Overall I don't think you can go wrong with this model.