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      Garmin eTrex 30 Topo GPS Bundle

      This value-priced bundle combines the user-friendly eTrex 30 with TOPO U.S. 100K mapping, a 1-year BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription and a handy carrying case.
      • $369.95

      Item # 828737

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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
      • TOPO U.S. 100K mapping and a built-in worldwide basemap with shaded relief that helps you navigate with ease
      • 1-year subscription to BirdsEye Satellite Imagery adds a high-resolution satellite view
      • 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.)
      • Light, closefitting carrying case with belt clip helps protect the GPS

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      Garmin eTrex 30 Topo GPS Bundle

      Specification Description
      Best use Backpacking
      Preloaded map Topo
      Basemap Yes
      Preloaded geocaches No
      Wireless communication Yes
      OS compatibility Windows
      Camera No
      Display size 2.2 (diagonal) inches
      Screen Pixels 176 x 220
      Touch screen No
      Visual map display Yes
      Color screen Yes
      Number of routes 200
      Number of waypoints 2,000
      Internal memory 1.7 GB internal/expandable microSD card slot
      Expandable memory Yes
      Compass Yes
      Altimeter Pressure-based
      Compact antenna Yes
      Position accuracy WAAS enabled 3 meters
      Battery type Alkaline
      Batteries 2 AA
      Average battery life 25 hours
      Dimensions 3.9 x 2.1 x 1.3 inches
      Weight 5 ounces

      Garmin eTrex 30 Topo GPS Bundle

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      Rated 4out of5
      by fromVersatile, accurate, and fun Garmin's eTrex 30 is great for all-day tracking and route-finding, includes a barometric altimeter, and has many uses with the BaseCamp software—including standard GPX data import and export. After investigating GPS apps for a smartphone, I decided to go with a dedicated GPS device. One problem with phone apps is the battery drain when GPS tracking is on. I'd rather have the phone available for other uses on a day's outing. The bicycle clamp accessory worked well; the eTrex 30 is large enough to easily use, but not ungainly when mounted on the bicycle handlebars. The eTrex 30 is much more useful than the smaller devices that are usable only on a bicycle. I tracked a ride along the Centennial bike trail (a former railroad bed). The trail looks flat, but a plot of the track reveals a steady elevation gain out of Snohomish and then a drop down toward Marysville. The vertical scale, of course, is highly exaggerated in the attached image. The plot should be a mirror image (riding up the trail and then back along the same route), but shows some minor discrepancies. The calibrated altimeter should be accurate to about ±10 ft., but the highest point shows a greater difference. That's probably due to the morning being cloudy and cool, with slightly higher air pressure than the afternoon, when the sun had warmed the surface and hence the air. It was fun to see the track and altitude plot. Make sure that you get the current version of the topi map. Garmin just came out with an update, and does not provide updates to previous versions of the 100K TOPO. A separate micro-SD chip is also useful to download third-party GPS data (for example, search for free GPS maps). Before you use the eTrex 30, make sure that you update the firmware from Garmin. You also have to download the BaseCamp software.
      Date published: 2013-06-10
      Rated 2out of5
      by fromNot impressed with this unit. I ordered this device and paid extra for the topo map package. Upon opening the device I found it to be laggy and the topo maps I paid so much extra for were WAY out of date. There was no free update on the Garmin website. The device was slow and it took a long time to acquire a lock after boot up. I will just be saving up for a better unit even if it costs me double. This one didn't seem worth it. If your life or outdoor experience depends on this device then save yourself the trouble and take a pass on this unit.
      Date published: 2012-11-22
      Rated 2out of5
      by fromDistance travelled way off On two different hikes where I knew the distance travelled, this unit was WAY off. I walked about 4.5 miles yesterday and the unit reported I had gone 7.5 miles. On another hike, the actual distance to the turnaround point was 2.44 miles, actual elevation gain 1,722 ft. The unit reported 7 miles and 880 ft gained. Other times, it was dead accurate. Time to take it back to REI.
      Date published: 2013-01-20
      Rated 3out of5
      by fromGreat device - terrible software The device was great at first. Only a few problems with getting the device registered, but Garmin support helped sort that mess out. My biggest complaint is the basecamp software. Initially, the extra map packs had a minimal impact on the speed of software in setting way points and what not. Recently, I updated to version 3.3.1 and what a horrible difference. First, it takes forever to get the device to load up. Second, once the device is loaded, I cannot use any map but the simple global one that has no detail. If I try to use a different map... slower than a snail. Thinking it was a bad install, I installed it on my other computer and tried again to no avail. Whatever the programmers changed, they changed for the worse. Regardless of whether this issue is resolved, I have lost hours of my life fiddling with this thing. That is unacceptable for the amount of money I sacrificed.
      Date published: 2012-02-20

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