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Old 11-28-2013, 10:42 PM   #1
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eTrex 20

Anyone have ant experience with the Garmin eTrex 20 or 30?? I can't find if it's capable of downloading tracks or not.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...w_bottom_links
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Old 12-02-2013, 12:40 AM   #2
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Cool. Three days later. 0 replies and sale is over. Yay
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Old 12-02-2013, 12:48 AM   #3
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Sorry I missed this until now. Of course it can "download tracks" and so on. But I've had a very bad experience with the unit and I wouldn't recommend it. It's still behaving badly after several updates.
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Old 12-02-2013, 12:51 AM   #4
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Hey thanks for some input.

I've never owned a GPS but this one looked promising.

I just want something simple. What would you recommend that's similar to this one and about the same price? (sub $200)
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Old 12-02-2013, 08:05 AM   #5
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Previous reply didn't say what the problems were with the Etrex 20 but I've used an Etrex Vista Hcx for years with no problems:

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/on-t.../prod8703.html

Discontinued from Garmin but plenty on Ebay and they show up on this site from time to time. Many miles of dual sporting and hiking on mine, been crashed, dropped, soaked, still works fine.

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Old 12-02-2013, 09:08 AM   #6
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The eTrex 20 has been around for quite some time.

It was recently updated but kept the old name which might not have been the best way to go.
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Old 12-03-2013, 03:51 PM   #7
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I just want something simple. What would you recommend that's similar to this one and about the same price? (sub $200)
I know it gets recommended a lot, but I've been really happy with my Garmin 78. It's $0.05 under your cutoff.

I was looking for a budget GPS and considered the etrex line as well. Ended up with the 78 and cut costs by using OSM maps and it's been great. The OSM maps actually have a tendency to favor dirt roads which works out in my favor. I guess they don't drop speed on dirt like Garmin maps, maybe?
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Old 12-04-2013, 07:33 PM   #8
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I've had a base model eTrex since 2004 (still working perfectly) but I'm getting an eTrex 20 for one of my kids to use for Geocaching (and geography homework) this Xmas. It's a lot quicker to download cache info, which needs to be manually punched into the older model via a scrolling menu. They're basic, tough units that are very easy to master.
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Old 12-05-2013, 08:21 AM   #9
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could you share a link with me for that unit??

Im really good about the etrex but open to others.
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Old 12-05-2013, 11:13 AM   #10
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http://www.thegpsstore.com/Garmin-GP...FUjxOgodRQsAZg

Academy also has it listed at $199.

There's a whole thread on it in here if you want to read up on it. I run mine on batteries only now but it has the more durable power connector if you wanted to hard wire it.

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Old 12-05-2013, 11:20 AM   #11
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I'll second the 78 recommendation, I've been running it for a year now and really like it. I really like the layout of the buttons and the fact that it's not a touchscreen.
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