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What type of handheld GPS is best for once-a-year use?

Hello,

       I am looking to buy a GPS for use in the Colorado wilderness. I usually hunt one week per year out west. Would anyone have any suggestions. It seems, from the reviews I've read, that many of these units have had some problems. Looking to spend approximately $200.

Thanks and lots a luck this year.

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Garmin Rino

Combines a radio and GPS, plus you can see the locations of your friends.  Some inexpensive models.  I like them.  Been using mine for about 5 years.

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GPS

I am like you, i go out west for 2 weeks every year, i just use the Garmin Etrex, it is about $100.00. and it works great, it gets me from point A to point B that is all i need.

Kevin

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Etrex

The etrex line is a good gps. Cabelas has the Vista HTX with topo map for closeout at $169. It is an older model, but a good one. They also have the new etrex 20 for $199 that looks like a good unit.

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I can't speak for the

I can't speak for the Colorado wilderness, but I would assume anyplce would be the same for a GPS, as long as you have a clear view of the sky.

I will second Bucky, and say the Garmin Etrek.  It's relatively inexpensive (Free to me Wink ), small, and pretty darned accurate.  The battery life is pretty good, and it's easy to use.

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Garmin or Lowrance

I've used Garmin or Lowrance and have had no problems with either.

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All the units mentioned are

All the units mentioned are good ones and will get the job done with no problems at all. It should be mentioned though that you can sometimes get a higher end one from Cabelas that is marked way down for the monthly sales. I got my Garmin Oregon for 250 on sale and it usually goes for more like 400.

Plus I like the ability to add a micro sd in it for added map programs like the public lands one I have. I know some of the others have that function but not sure which ones.

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The Garmin Extrex line is a

The Garmin Extrex line is a great line of GPS's.  My wife carriwes the baseline Etrex and my dad carries one of the more upscale ones.  For me I am currently using an older magellan Exporist and it has worked great for me, been using it for about 5 years now.  If I was gonna upgrade I think I would go with the Delorme Pn-60 it coming with topo maps installed on it.  A little on tyhe pricey side but for me who hunts alone, it's worth it.

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Cabelas Closeout.

Jdizzle,

          Thanks for the reply. I called Cabelas yesterday, the nearest store for me is in the St. Louis area, and they had 4 left in stock. They are also giving $20 off any purchase over $150 with a coupon this month, so I should get one these for around $150. I will pick it up today and hopefully will have time to learn to operate it by the time our hunt starts on the 17th.

Thanks again and good luck this season.

Jay.

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No problem

No problem Jay. Glad to see you can capitalize on that good deal and get a good gps for the price range you wanted. Hope you enjoy your GPS and your trip to our great state.

What unit are you hunting and what for?

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What Unit

Jdizzle,

           We, 2 of us, are coming out to do O.T.C. elk archery. We will be in the Delta-Montrose area, really havn't decided on one unit yet. Will be hunting on-our-own. We've had a little help here and there with intel on a couple spots. I'm thankful for that. I hunted in 62 the last two elk seasons but may try 65 this year. As always I'm ready to get the wheels rolling to Colorado.

Have you had any luck hunting this year?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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