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Garmin eTrex 30 GPS

    Garmin eTrex 30 GPS

    With a 3-axis compass, full-color display and geocaching, the compact Garmin eTrex 30 offers a fun and easy GPS experience for outdoor enthusiasts. See details

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    With a 3-axis compass, full-color display and geocaching, the compact Garmin eTrex 30 offers a fun and easy GPS experience for outdoor enthusiasts.

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    With a 3-axis compass, full-color display and geocaching, the compact Garmin eTrex 30 offers a fun and easy GPS experience for outdoor enthusiasts.

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    With a 3-axis compass, full-color display and geocaching, the compact Garmin eTrex 30 offers 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
    • 3-axis, tilt-compensated electronic compass shows your heading even when you're standing still and holding the unit upright or at an angle
    • Features a 2.2 in., 65k color display that 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
    • Allows wireless unit-to-unit transfer of routes, tracks, waypoints and geocaches; works with Montana-series, Oregon-series, Dakota 20, GPSMAP 62S, 62ST, 78S and 78SC devices
    • 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)
    • Altimeter tracks changes in barometric pressure to pinpoint your altitude while you're on the trail
    • 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 30 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 825492

    Garmin eTrex 30 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 30 GPS

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    Garmin eTrex 30 GPS is rated 3.75 out of 5 by 16.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fully Satisfied This unit was purchased in early 2012 a few months after its release. I had done intense research and so far it seems to have been a good choice. Despite the fairly expensive maps, this GPS is intuitive and robust. The interface with basecamp is also simple and creating then uploading/extracting routes and tracks is simple (even if you are not born in the 80's) This unit was once immersed for a few seconds and the unit has been working fine ever since. The only issue I see is the lack of "lock" position - unless it is there and I just don't know it... While in my pocket, I often get in different modes and change some settings... For this I only give 4 out 5 stars. Other than that, it is a great, compact and extremely useful device (especially when we go off trails) I would buy it again if I was to lose it or break it!
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Etrex 30 The unit itself is more robust than my Etrex Vista Hcx and the addition of Glasnost satellites is great. However, even with the latest firmware (V 3.30), the unit does not calculate total ascent correctly. For example, on a number of recent trips the discrepancy between total ascent and descent was as much as 60% and the total ascent was off the correct amount by about the same percentages. In each case, Garmin's Basecamp software calculated both within expected GPS errors. My old Hcx and current Edge 500 calculate the total ascent correctly. Horizontal locatons are pretty good, but the Etrex 30 seems to not track in our conifer woodlands quite as well as the Hcx though I haven't run them side by side to confirm that. If total ascent is important to you (trail running, skiing, etc.) be warned.
    Date published: 2014-04-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Backpacking GPS This has been great to use. It is small, lightweight, reliable, easy to use, and has a great battery life. I use it primarily for backpacking and for that use, it is great. The track is remarkably accurate - even in deep canyons with lots of tree cover. It does not have all the bells and whistles of some of the other units, but for basic navigation, topo, waypoints, paths, etc... it has been excellent! The only downside is Garmin's somewhat clunky Base Camp software and the purchasing and downloading of topo maps - first to the software and then to the unit. I have been able to get it to work just fine (you'll need an additional memory card if you want to download a lot of topo maps), but it did take me a while to get it figured out and I'd say I'm fairly 'tech savy'. If you're not good with computers, get ready to call someone for help if you want to download the detailed topo maps.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Geocaching with the eTrex 30 GPS After manually entering coordinates for years, I decided to take the leap into paperless caching with the eTrex 30. While a bit chunkier than the GPS units I've used in the past, the ability to link to my computer and with a click, transfer the geocache coordinates, description, logs and hints onto the unit. It rapidly fixes on satellites and has amazing battery life, especially as it has a color screen. The screen is easily read outside and in the shade. It has held up well on the bike mount and survived a few inadvertent drops. Visibility on the bike is good. The transitions between screens and functions appear to require a few extra key strokes that could have been designed out but overall, is very intuitive to use. Overall, I am quite pleased with this product!
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great GPS This unit is great, it has a lot of nice features but still falls in the realm of the less expensive intro devices. This is also one of the first lines of the new generation of Garmin GPS units that can also receive signals from the Russian GLONASS satellites and that is a definite plus. You definitely need a Micro SD card to add more than a few small maps and I have found that there is a lot of free (legally free) Garmin compatible topo out there so don't buy the Garmin maps right away. It can work for on-road navigation as well with the right map. It is not ideal but works in a pinch.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works great Great GPS! It is small and light weight. The best part is that it turns on fast and finds the single quickly as well. It replaced an old Garmin eTrex Vista GPS of mine. It was well worth the upgrade. There are web sites online where you can download free topo maps and put them on the GPS.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice little GPS This is a nice little unit. I like how compact it is compared to many others. I just wish there was more options out there for mounting, such as a wrist or arm band.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy To operate Great to find tree stands in the dark, hiking and not getting lost, the older gps system would only tell me my position, if i didn't have a target area plugged in my navigation was limited. The built in road map assures my direction of travel, even in the woods.
    Date published: 2014-03-26

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