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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-22-2012, 07:54 AM Thread Starter
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I am thinking of buying a GPS but have no idea what kind is the best and most affordable. My 10 yr old wants to do Geocaching (which we figure is a good way to get her outdoors) and we want it for backcountry navigation. Does anyone have an opinion of which kind would be most suitable for this? $ is a factor the cheaper the better. Any info is much appericiated seems like most store employees don't really know much about GPS'

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I have a Garmin Oregon 450 and love it. It is $270 though, so that may not qualify as cheap. Some of the Garmin eTREX might be good too, and they're quite a bit cheaper.

Check out GPScity.ca and gpscentral.ca. They generally have better prices and both are Canadian based out of Calgary.
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Check ebay for a lightly used Garmin 60CSX series. I paid around $250 for mine.

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Do you have a SmartPhone? There are some apps that are pretty good for geocaching, etc.
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Do you have a SmartPhone? There are some apps that are pretty good for geocaching, etc.
nope no smart phone
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It's definitely a good idea to choose carefully. The ones that are designed for use in cars often don't have the features you want for the backcountry.

Last spring, I evaluated the options and the eTrex Legend HCx for $150 from GPScity.ca was a great low cost option with all the basics for the backcountry. I had previously been using a different eTrex unit but I broke the screen.

Garmin has now updated the eTrex line but I imagine it's still aimed at the same segment of the market (low cost, no frills, suitable for backcountry use.)

One important consideration: Most (all?) units don't come with a built in high resolution map and that is an extra expense if you want to buy the maps from Garmin (it comes on a CD and can be loaded onto your device.) There may be some free alternatives.
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the Oregon 200 is a cheaper alternative does everything you will need. Costco on occasion carries garmin gps. Usually bundled with the Topo Canada series. quite good value. I would suggest a colour screen if you can afford it. The Oregon or the 60 CSX series would be my choices.
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how about the Garmin etrex20? Anyone have one of these or any opinions?
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CSX60 was selling at LD for 199$ last year
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Avoid used Magellan explorists. I have a colour 500 and don't like it at all.
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On maps, Ibycus topo (free, just google it) is excellent and just as good as the $120 Garmin maps.
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how about the Garmin etrex20? Anyone have one of these or any opinions?
I would like to bump up this thread as I am curious as well.
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I have the Garmin 60 csx as well, and have no regrets.. So you could get a used one for fairly cheap (they don't make them any more). The colour screen is large enough, and the interface is pretty user-friendly.

I bought the TOPO for BC for it (a chip that you insert into the GPS, or download onto it)and that makes it alot more useful. You can see which route to take based on elevation, presence of lakes and rivers, etc.
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how about the Garmin etrex20? Anyone have one of these or any opinions?
I have the etrex20 and am very happy with it, reasonably priced and has all the features I need.
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I have the etrex20 and am very happy with it, reasonably priced and has all the features I need.
I think the etrex20 is great as well. Probably the best value-priced GPS device out there.

However, we now mostly use our LG Nexus 4 smartphones, with the 'Alpine quest' app. It's a great offline mapping app. You can upload GPX and KML files, then display them against as much pre-cached mapping or Google Satellite imagery as you want. Easy to track and record your routes also. The GPS on the Nexus is pretty good, we usually get good satellite fixes.
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