April 16, 2007
Tons of features! Bright color screen with great resolution. Excellent satellite signal reception under foliage canopy - I've even had it track indoors! The Altitude screen is really helpful in seeing a real-time elevation profile and also determining total ascent.
Expandable "mini-SD" card compatible...I have a 512MB card in mine and have about over 500 square miles of MapSource and Topo maps stored.
With turn-by-turn and topo maps stored, I can clip it into my car mount to find a trail - then take it out of the car, switch to "topo" and clip it to my bike handlebar. As was mentioned, the bike mounting is durable(I've never had it pop off on a really bumpy section and nothing has broken - knock on wood). The case is waterproof and can take a hit.
It is about the size of a cordless home phone handset...so, I put mine right next to the stem and I barely notice it. You can see the results in all of the maps I have uploaded to Singletracks.com!
It is easy to upload/download maps, routes, and waypoints with your PC - very short and simple process.
The extra software(MapSource Topo & City Select) are expensive! The Topo maps are not as detailed as I would've liked - too few elevation contour lines.
When you have City Select and Topo software overlapping for the same location, you have to "turn off" the City Select overlay to see the Topo maps...if you have alot of maps stored this can take up to 5min. I'd like to be able to use other non-Garnmin topo software or even be able to download satellite photos as with the Bushnell GPS NavSystem.
The antenna "likes" to be pointed straight up to get the best reception, if you put on a handlebar mount - it lays more flat and can cause reception issues, but I haven't seen significant error with the CSx.
Distance measurements come up about 10% short on average, but I think this is an inherent issue with the way all GPS units track distance in "legs".
Great all around outdoors GPS which has really come in handy for all kinds of situations which I never even contemplated before I had it!
I also have a 60CS, and I've noticed with the new "x" SirF chip technology, the CSx is probably the best GPS on the market for keeping a signal lock in conditions where mountain bikers need it...under canopy and in canyons.
You can find a 60CSx for well under $400, but remember, to get full bang for your buck...you will have to shell out some $$$ for the extra map software. I'd start by buying the 60CSx and the Automotive Navigation Kit, then go from there for what you need it to do.