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anyone have a suggestion??
I am looking for something under $500 with $300 as a target.
I have been looking seriously at the garmin etrex vista
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I like my Garmin GPS 5. I used magellans at work before and they never lasted very long.
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i got the gps map 76. It is very nice. costed about 310. It does all the mapping stuff, has decent amount of memory for loading maps if you want, i think 8 megs or so. Its water proof, you can hook up an antena to it. Has the spedometer to(had to get it for my speedin ticket). And pretty sure it has plenty of other nice features. I deffenatly think i did good when i go tmine. Good LUck.
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Re: O/T GPS receivers for jeepers

I'm not familiar with the names you're giving, but with a Jeep and the security problems, I'd go with one of the handheld units that you could hide or take with you. I've got a friend has one for his sailboat. You should be able to pick one up for just under $200.
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My family has a Garmin GPS 3 which is handheld and cost around $300. It has just about every road on it you'll ever need and will follow your path when you are offroad. I love it and would buy another one just for me if I had the cash.
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I have the vista I really haven't had a chance to use it a whole lot but when I have used it I really liked it. The only thing that I have found is that under thick tree coverage it has a hard time tracking satellites. I don't know if others do better. The only one other feature that I would like to have would be accommodation for an external antenna. I have done a little geocaching and have been able to find every cache that I've looked for. A couple of weeks ago me and some friends where going a little road trip to a state park over in GA. . before we left I went to a web-site and got the cords. for all the intersections we had to turn at on the trip and programmed them into the GPS. I came within 100 feet of every intersection even just pulling the cords. from an online map. I was pretty impresses. GPSnow.com has a good price on the vista and Amazon.com has good deals on GPS/software package deals. I plan on getting the mapsource topo software here in the next few weeks.

Oh yea, its pretty easy to use also.
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Re: O/T GPS receivers for jeepers

Elusive I too am trying to wade through the mass of units availble out there and decide which is best.

What has held me up from purchasing one is that all of the ones my friends have loose signal under canopy. I do 90% of my wheeling under canopy and if I can only use it 10% of the time I am not sure I want to spend 300 bucks on one...

I have never used the external antenna type though are they better??
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Re: O/T GPS receivers for jeepers

Hi Elusive,
I've had a Garmin Etrex Summit for over a year, and I love it.

It does not have the map features as the Vista, however, from what I have seen, the map features are very sketchy. This is mostly due to the small screen size and relatively large pixel size and limited memory.

I do use the electronic compass and altimeter feature quite a bit when I'm hunting and scouting. I also didn't hesitiate to take it 40 miles out in the Pacific (in an open boat), since it is mostly water proof.

I've already destroyed it once (got smashed under my passenger seat bracket), and Garmin replaced it for a flat repair fee ($69).

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