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  • Features a 2.2 in., 65k color display with increased (240 x 320 pixels) resolution that can be viewed in bright sunlight
  • 3.7 GB memory lets you load a variety of maps, including TOPO 24K, HuntView, BlueChart g2, City Navigator NT and BirdsEye Satellite Imagery (sold separately)
  • Comes with a built-in worldwide basemap with shaded relief that helps you navigate with ease
  • 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
  • 3-axis, tilt-compensated electronic compass shows your heading even when you're standing still and holding the unit upright or at an angle
  • 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
  • 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
  • Waterproof design meets IEC 60529 lPX7 standards (can be submerged to 1m for up to 30 min.)
  • With an array of compatible mounts, eTrex is designed for use on ATVs, bicycles, boats, as a handheld, or in your car
  • 2 AA batteries (sold separately) provide up to 25 hrs. of use
  • MicroSD™ card slot for storing additional data


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Best Use Hiking
Preloaded Map None
Basemap Yes
Wireless Communication Yes
OS Compatibility Windows / Mac
Display Size 2.2 inches
Screen Pixels 240 x 320
Visual Map Display Yes
Color Screen Yes
Number of Routes 200
Number of Waypoints 2000
Internal Memory 3.7 GB internal/expandable gigabytes
Expandable Memory Yes
Compass Yes
Altimeter Pressure-based
Quad Helix Antenna No
Compact Antenna Yes
Position Accuracy WAAS-enabled 3 meters
Battery Type NiMH
Batteries 2 AA
Average Battery Life 25 hours
Dimensions 2.1 x 4.0 x 1.3 inches
Water-Resistance Rating IPX7
Weight 5 ounces
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Newby, initial impression Not thrilled. $300 to buy it, then $129 to get a map of North East USA. Otherwise it would be useless, so know that you will spend about $450. I find it confusing as so much information is jammed on the little screen. It could use a much faster processor, as it takes awhile to think when you manipulate the button on the upper right. Things I would change: One, I would spend more for 2x the screen size. Two, I suspect it has an old, legacy cheap computer processor, that should be upgraded as this thing is slow. Three, the owners manual skips some critical steps, so you are left to call support (they are very nice, but still, call support?), for help. Don't but this, buck-up and get a bigger one, this is 2/3 the size of a pack of cigarettes. Go large or don't waste your money. I regret the purchase.
Date published: 2016-05-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good GPS Overall I have had a good experience with this GPS over the two years that I have owned it. I have worked a lot with the Garmin GPS map 60 CSX and do not feel like the etrex 30 lacks much besides the little joystick being hard to use at times. The few buttons it has take a little getting used to, but they're not bad once you understand them. I got this GPS at the garage sale and it didn't have its owner manuel, but I didn't have trouble understanding the controls. Also, I downloaded some free maps from an online database that work great. There were instructions on the site and I didn't have any trouble getting them to work.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Can't see it in daylight I have an old etrex vista which works perfectly well in the daylight. But this new 30x is useless outdoors in daylight. You must set it at exactly the right angle, or the screen is black, and at the right angle the sun is glaring back into your eyes, and the screen is still so dark it can barely be made out. And that's with repeatedly turning the so-called "backlight" all the way up. I called Garmin support and they said they couldn't do anything about it, that if I can't read it in daylight to send it back. So that's what I am doing. Shame on Garmin to take a good product like the Etrex and foul it up into an unusable product.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Has unreliable select mechanism I can't say anything about the functionality of this as the frustration in trying to use the menu system has defeated my persistence. The problem is the cursor control is a joystick, which is fine, but the select mechanism is to press the joystick toward the front of the GPS. 90% of the time there is no select, but rather a movement on the menu.
Date published: 2016-09-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Difficult and frustrating to get it to work I bought this GPS for hiking and back-packing in Washington. To make the GPS useful for hiking you need to buy and download 24K topo-maps. This is fine - I find $100 for 3 states worth of maps cheap compared to buying paper maps for $8 each for small mountain sections. The first signs of a poorly designed product begin when you first plug-in the device to your laptop, in order to load maps and make the device useful. Before you can do anything useful with the device, you need to install 5 (that's FIVE) different applications! (1) Garmin Express for your laptop to "see" your device. (2) Garmin WebUpdater because your device has old software and needs updating (or so the site says when you first try to install maps). (3) Garmin Map manager (does nothing I think) (4) Garmin MapInstall (the useless application that later fails 10 times in a row to download and install 4GB maps) and (5) Garmin BaseCamp, the main application you will be using (if you ever get maps to your device) to plan your trips, waypoints, and analyse your data. After you install the 5 apps - the real trouble begins. You are now ready to buy and download maps. First, the memory in the device is too small to store topo maps. Yes, that's right, $300 in and you discover that your device doesn't have enough memory to be useful, you need to buy a micro-SD card, 4-8GB so you can install 24K topo maps on this device. This is already bad, but it gets worst - the application that is supposed to manage the download (Garmin doesn't trust the world with it's $100 maps so download and installing maps is a high security, difficult to use and in fact often impossible process which has turned off many of their customers as I am finding out across the forums). If you're lucky, after 8 hours of trying to download and install maps, you will be one of the lucky ones, who get to use the device in the field. If you're unlucky you will be too frustrated to try to resolve this, and you will return the product after having spent $20 on Micro SD cards and wasted many hours of your life trying to make technology work. I am an expert technology user. I am the person you call when you have trouble with your PC/Laptop and you need someone to fix it. If you're the kind of person who calls a friend when you have trouble with technology, then I don't recommend this product for you. When I wrote this review I had not yet been able to take the device out for hiking. I have spent 10 hours in total trying to make it work without results. I will update this when I succeed or return the product.
Date published: 2016-06-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It serves well enough This unit does the trick. It gets me where I need to go, and is proof against water, as advertised. However...there has not been a single case when I used the garmin when I had access to the Polaris gps on my phone. For $7.49 on the Google play store, Polaris gave better detail and is far easier to use, even in airplane mode with downloaded maps. With its small screen and awkward interface, the garmin unit is relegated to emergency backup.
Date published: 2016-01-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dag14187 eTrex Review Seems good thus far but this is my handheld GPS so I need to learn to use it before I can render an opinion. The owner's manual could provide a lot more detail. I'm forced to look at a lot of other sources for info on using the device.
Date published: 2016-01-19
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