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Garmin eTrex 20 GPS

    Garmin eTrex 20 GPS

    The Garmin eTrex 20 GPS features an full-color display, expandable memory and geochaching to offer a fun and easy GPS experience for outdoor enthusiasts. See details

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    The Garmin eTrex 20 GPS features an full-color display, expandable memory and geochaching to offer a fun and easy GPS experience for outdoor enthusiasts.

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    The Garmin eTrex 20 GPS features an full-color display, expandable memory and geochaching to offer a fun and easy GPS experience for outdoor enthusiasts.

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    The Garmin eTrex 20 GPS features an full-color display, expandable memory and geochaching to offer a fun and easy GPS experience for outdoor enthusiasts.

    • Comes with a built-in worldwide basemap with shaded relief that helps you navigate with ease
    • Features a 2.2 in., 65k color display can be viewed in bright sunlight;
    • WAAS-enabled receiver locates your position quickly and maintains reception under heavy cover
    • Compatibility with Russian Glonass system allows about 20% faster and more reliable satellite acquisition, helpful in challenging spots such as deep canyons or tall buildings
    • 1.7 gigabytes of memory make it easy to add maps; choose from Garmin TOPO U.S. 24k maps, BlueChart® g2 marine maps and City Navigator® road maps (sold separately)
    • Supports geocaching GPX files for downloading geocache locations and details straight to the unit using the high-speed USB connection
    • Stores and displays geocache location, terrain, difficulty, hints and descriptions—no more manually entering coordinates or toting around paper printouts!
    • MicroSD™ card slot for storing additional data
    • Operational buttons are located along the sides of the device for easy 1-hand operation
    • 2 AA batteries (sold separately) provide up to 25 hrs. of use of the Garmin eTrex 20 GPS
    • Waterproof design meets IEC 60529 lPX7 standards (can be submerged to 1m for up to 30 min.)

    Please note: Garmin products can only be shipped to U.S. addresses.


    Item 825491

    Garmin eTrex 20 GPS Specs
    Best use
    Windows / Mac
    2.2 (diagonal) inches
    176 x 220
    1.7 GB internal/expandable microSD card slot
    WAAS enabled 3 meters
    2 AA
    25 hours
    3.9 x 2.1 x 1.3 inches
    5 ounces
    Preloaded map
    Preloaded geocaches
    Wireless communication
    OS compatibility
    Display size
    Screen Pixels
    Touch screen
    Visual map display
    Color screen
    Number of routes
    Number of waypoints
    Internal memory
    Expandable memory
    Compact antenna
    Position accuracy
    Average battery life

    Garmin eTrex 20 GPS

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    Garmin eTrex 20 GPS is rated 4.1875 out of 5 by 16.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, not Great Purchased this device for hiking after reading a lot of mediocre reviews. I went with this particular GPS because I wanted to get my feet wet (I normally just hike with maps and a compass) with a GPS unit. After using it a few times, I find the navigation somewhat complicated, and the screen size a little small. For wilderness hiking, I feel like I need a bit more of the map at once. The resolution is good, and I had no problem reading the screen in any light. The batteries have a good life span as well. The documentation is terrible, but I have noticed that with the newer releases of the Garmin Base Camp and other software, the interface is getting more intuitive to use. In all, I will be purchasing an Oregon unit to replace this one shortly - more map and a more intuitive interface. For other sports such as geocaching, this unit would probably suffice - accurate and inexpensive.
    Date published: 2014-04-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lifesaver! Topomaps were really good and up-to-date. Easy to use and waypoints helped us find our way home when we lost the trail.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great GPS Experience I was looking for a new, small GPS unit to take to field sites. I map sampling locations and I need to download the data quickly into a spreadsheet. This unit is great and easy to use. The used rechargeable batteries and they lasted for over three days of use.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Accurate, long battery life, tricky UI I use the etrex 20 for logging my hikes (and rarely bike rides) and also as an additional navigation tool in addition to map and compass. I prefer map and compass because it means I look around me a lot more and get a feel for the landscape I'm in, but having GPS is good peace of mind! The main reason I got it is that my iPhone with MotionX GPS is great, but using it all day kills the battery. The etrex makes 2 AA batteries last a really long time. For example, I used it on a 5 hours day out to track our route and see it on a map later. The battery meter didn't even go down to 2 out of 3 bars (without the backlight on). I use eneloop rechargeable batteries with it. Another reason I got it is that it's waterproof to an extent. If I'm out in the rain I don't want to take my iPhone out and get it wet, but there's no worries with the etrex. The screen is clear enough to read for my purposes. If you're looking for beautiful maps and navigating on the map itself you might not like it as the built-in maps, and the ones you can get free online are fairly low detail compared to, say, a google map. I prefer using the compass screen to navigate to waypoints. It's really small and light. Fits in a pants or backpack pocket and fits in the palm of you hand pretty nicely. The only qualm I have is the menu system. It's a little weird because it's *so* customizable. Once you get your head around it, it's really good, but at first it's pretty confusing. The good news is that you can't really 'break' it, so you can play around with it a bunch and reset it if you get it too crazy! The software it comes with for your computer (I'm on a mac) is pretty good. Again, not the best user experience and a little confusing at first but once you get your head around it, it makes sense. Overall, I really like it now I have it set up how I want it. I can pull it out of my pocket and see where I'm going at a glance. It was a little pricey, I guess, but it's not like it'll need replacing every year or anything like that and it seems built to last, which I'll hopefully make it do!
    Date published: 2014-04-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very nice for the price For less than $200.00, compared to the other GPS units out there, this is a very nice unit. I haven't had it long so I am only commenting on using it for a couple of weeks. For geocaching or hiking on established trails I am very happy with this eTrex 20. However, I already had the US Topo 24K DVD with WA, OR, CA, and NV to load maps onto it. If I didn't already have that it would have cost over $100.00 for the map. The base map that comes with it is pretty useless. The Users Manual is also pretty useless. I am able to figure out how to use it because this is my 3rd Garmin eTrex. Previously I had an eTrex Venture HC and an eTrex Vista HCx. These have been passed down to other family members but if I hadn't had previous experience with them I'd be scratching my head trying to figure out how to use this one. I did give this 4 stars so I'm not going to just say negative things about it. The things mentioned above are things to be taken into consideration though. Now for the good stuff. This is a nice compact rugged little unit. I get pretty good battery life from it. It has a lot of nice features that my previous GPS's didn't have. I like how easy it is to change the back light and set day and night color themes. For geocaching the paperless geocaching is really nice. Personally I do feel that having the GLONASS satellites helps a lot. It has been very accurate for me. It seems pretty water tight as well. I keep mine in the Garmin case that costs around $15 and it hangs from my neck most of the time so I haven't experienced the bumping of buttons that others have mentioned. Overall, I am very happy with this eTrex 20. I suppose it all depends upon what your intended use is. For geocaching and on-trail hiking this is a great little unit. I don't doubt that if you are into more serious mountaineering or out-of-bounds skiing or whatever more high-end needs you might have then you would probably want to spend more money on a unit designed for those purposes, and also spend the money on the appropriate maps. I am thinking of my family members who went to Mt. Everest this past year - I would not recommend this GPS for something that serious. However, for most of us who want a GPS for "normal" stuff I would recommend this eTrex 20 very highly. Personally I love it and those other family members who now have the older Garmin's are very jealous of mine when we are out hiking. I don't know if this review helps you or not, I just hope it helps put things into perspective. It is a great "normal" use GPS. If you venture into those places where no man has gone before then I'm sure you'll want to spend more money on a higher end GPS.
    Date published: 2014-04-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little GPS This is a great little unit as stated. I use it all the time. It is quick to find reception and very accurate, and does everything it is expected to do as a GPS and then some. The expandable memory is great as I can load up a ton of maps and tracks without worry of running out of space. Build quality is also great which you can't say about too much these days. Not much else to say I would highly reccomend it to anyone.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good product I bought this specifically for backpacking and hunting in areas that are too thick with vegetation and lacking significant geographic features to be easily navigated with a map and compass. When you factor in the trips out/back for hunting in the dark, and difficult terrain in marshes and swamps, I didn't want to rely on a map & compass to navigate safely. The eTrex 20 fills the bill nicely. When some of the free map software (Google search for it) is downloaded, boundaries for public/private lands are readily available, base maps for various areas are there to be had, and overall the set-up and running of the eTrex 20 is easy to do. It's small, lightweight, and the battery life has been very good. Coverage, even in tight vegetative cover, has been excellent and plenty fast enough. For a basic GPS that will get you there, mark your waypoints accurately, and get you back safely, the eTrex 20 has everything you need and none of the fancy (expensive) options you don't.
    Date published: 2014-03-27
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Extremely Unreliable This unit consistently over calculates a trip distance by as much as 20%, sometimes even more. When on a wilderness hike/climb with no trails, having a unit this inaccurate is not only inexcusable, it can be outright dangerous. The map function is almost useless, as the scrolling and redrawing is insufferably slow. When zoomed out, the maps lose all useful detail. I would never recommend this to anyone who needs to know how far they've gone, what their elevation is, and if you're in mountainous and trail-less terrain (which is pretty much all I do), the inaccuracies can be life threatening, as I know from experience.
    Date published: 2014-04-10

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