Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Finally stopping that crazy suffering that is ice, climbing to concentrate on great ski tours!, .
Interest: Anything that can drag me to the mountains. Backpacking is #1, followed by climbing, dayhiking and camping with family.
I've been fortunate to be able to take a bunch of units out for demo on trips lately, and I think that while the touch screen of the Oregon is pretty cool (and works with mitts and gloves, btw) I wouldn't shell out the money for it. If you're looking for a navigational tool with the best reception, I agree about the 60-series Garmin units. The combination of the helical antenna and latest chip-set is great.
The one I like the least is the Colorado.
Yes, more channels generally means better reception. The newest EPIRP/PLB units are now using 42 and 50 channel GPS receivers and they can get a fix shockingly fast.
As for topo maps displayed on the screen, that's a nice feature, but I always carry a paper map and compass too. The paper map allows you to see a much great area at once for route finding, and the map/compass set-up works when the batteries are dead or something else fails.