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Garmin eTrex Legend Handheld

Garmin eTrex Legend Handheld

The Garmin eTrex Legend is a reliable WAAS-capable receiver that rapidly and easily finds your position and lets you easily reach your... Read More
The Garmin eTrex Legend is a reliable WAAS-capable receiver that rapidly and easily finds your position and lets you easily reach your destination. With a full basemap of America, the Atlantic, or the Pacific, this Garmin GPS receiver takes you to your desired location quickly. The decent capacity internal memory of this Garmin GPS device store all your maps and routes. The Garmin eTrex Legend GPS receiver has 1000 waypoints, 10 navigation tracks, 2048 tracklog points, and more, which lets you rapidly find your landmarks through an easiest route. You can navigate for an entire day, with ease, as this Garmin GPS receiver that has a battery life of up to 18 hours. The 160 x 288 pixels LCD screen of this Garmin GPS device provides a clear view of your menu and maps. Minimize
Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars
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By:   wayneblue
Apr 9, 2006
Garmin eTrex Legend Handheld

Great GPS for the price

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: It is a very reliable product and nice to have while hiking.

Cons: It takes some time to learn how to use.

The Bottom Line: 
I highly recommend the Extrex Legend GPS for those of you who do a lot of hiking. It will help you get back safely.

Author's Review
I bought my GPS 15 months ago. It cost me just under $200 dollars at Wal-Mart. I have been very pleased with what I have got out of my GPS. I use it to go hunting in Utah and I have never had any serious problems with satellite reception. You cann't be inside the house and get reception, but I have never had any problems while hiking through trees. I use the GPS to gage how far I have traveled and which way I need to walk to get back to my jeep.

My Etrex Legend GPS has five main options on it. They consist of Satellite, Map, Navigation, Trip Computer, and Main Menu.

The Satellite option will show how many of the Satellites you have reception to and how much reception you have to each Satellite. It will tell you how accurate the Satellite is tracking in feet. My GPS is usually accurate to around 20 feet, which is plenty close for what I use it for. It will also give you your elevation in feet and the map coordinates to your current location.

The map option will let you look at any place in the world. It will let you calculate how far it is from one place to another place to the nearest mile. The map is a fairly detailed map that shows little towns and roads throughout the world as well as all of the big cities. The map can help you choose roads to travel and how far your destination is.

The Navigation option will tell you have far you need to travel before you reach your destination that you have saved into the GPS. It will also tell you the direction that you need to go. If you follow the arrow in the Navigation option, you will be able to go straight to your wanted destination. It will also tell you how fast you are traveling in miles per hour.

Trip Computer
This option can be a great help while you are out hiking. You can start this option before you start hiking and it will tell you how far you have traveled in miles. It will also tell you how much time you have spent moving and how much time you have spent stopped. These options are both given in hours and minutes. This option will tell you your current speed, your maximum speed, your moving average speed, and your overall average speed. I have tested the current speed in a vehicle and it is very accurate and will constantly change if you speed up or slow down. The odometer is also very accurate and will tell you exactly how far you have traveled to the nearest tenth of a mile.

Main Menu
You can do many this in this option. You can mark any place you want to as a waypoint. I use the mark option to save my vehicles location before I start hiking. Saving my location allowes me to go to use the navigation option and find my way back to my vehicle. When you go to save a position, it will automatically put your current coordinates in the GPS. You may also change to coordinates if you want to save a different position. There is a find option in the Main Menu. This will allow you to pick a saved position in your GPS, so that you can go to the Navigation menu and it will take you to the saved point. The route option in the Main Menu allows you to save points as you hike, allowing you to follow the same route back to your vehicle. The tracks option allows you to follow a saved route backwards. The setup option allows you to change to time, units, display, heading, interface, and system. You can customize your GPS to your own likings in this option. The accessories option is one of my favorite options. You are able to see when you sun will rise and set, and when the moon will rise and set. You will be able to tell how much more light you will have before it will be dark while you are hiking. There is also a calendar, and an option to calculate the area. It will also tell you the best times to hunt and fish are and it has a calculator option.

This is a quick description of what you are able to do with the Etrex Legend GPS. I use Energizer batteries in my GPS and they will usually last around 8-10 hours. It takes two AA batteries. It took me a little while to figure out all of the options the GPS has, but it has been a very nice feature for me to have with while I am hiking. I bought this product because I didn't want to get lost in the middle of nowhere and not know where I had parked. It has been a great help in finding my way back. I have never had any problems while hiking with the Satellite reception. It is a very reliable product.

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