March 21, 2007
The color screen makes it very easy to see, even in bright sun light. The eTrex Vista Cx has the SD Micro cards that make the unit very versatile. I have one 64 mb card that I use with Garmins City Navigator v7 which gives me the ability to use the unit in the car. It provides the user with over 6 million POI's and works much like a Tom Tom or any other Garmin unit one would use in their vehicle. I have a second 32 mb Micro SD card that I use with the US Topo maps. This allows the user to take it into the wilderness and the topographical maps are of great quality and very detailed.
There is an altimeter and compass. There is a great screen for mountain biking/cycling where the user has a large selection of information from elevation, odometer, time moving, time stopped, average speed, average speed while moving...the list goes on. A user can also retrieve their total elevation.
The eTrex Vista (not CX) had issues with the battery compartment that made the unit shut off. This has been fixed and I've had zero problems with the unit shutting off on a hard ride. The GPS signal was improved as well. Riding in a heavily wooded area I have not experienced the unit losing signalmore than a couple of times in the ten months I have owned it.
There is also software available for boating, fishing, US Parks, etc...
A great investment for an outdoor person.
The price gets up there once you buy the various software and an additional SD card (not mandatory, but convenient).
I recommend this unit for anyone who is looking for a GPS unit for the outdoors and who would like one for traveling or finding their way around town or traveling...that is very versatile and very dependable.
I've dropped it several times (not on purpose) and the unit has not skipped a beat. The unit has been used in wet conditions (not submersed) and continues to function without issues...
GREAT GPS...I love it!!!