74 of 75 people found the following review helpful
on 9 April 2013
I bought this because my children and I have recently got into geocaching. We had been using a smartphone app, but found that it wasn't that accurate and in some locations was useless. This GPS has changed all that! The price was very reasonable - one of the cheapest I could find. But it does everything we need it to do and more! For example there is no need to manually enter the coordinates of the caches - we can download them straight from the Geocaching site along with other information about the cache. It has other fun features that my children enjoy, like telling us how fast we are going and how long it will take us to get to our destination. As a complete technophobe I have been very impressed with how easy it is to use. I can definitly recomend this GPS.
182 of 186 people found the following review helpful
on 31 May 2012
My first GPS was the original eTrex and has been very good over the years. I upgraded to the eTrex 10 because I needed a second GPS and thought the extra sensitivity and memory would prove usueful. The first thing I liked was the easy to use toggle switch on the front of the eTrex 10 which makes the inputting of coordinates so much easier; the use of very stiff "enter" button with the old eTrex would often result in a tender thumb after a long session of inputting data. To judge the claims of improved sensitivity I went for a walk in a heavily wooded area with both my GPS units. Before entering the woods both GPS units were claiming to know my location within 3mt. As I entered the woods my eTrex's accuracy changed to 5 and then 8mt, the eTrex 10 stayed at 3mt. By the time I was well under cover the eTrex 10 was reading 5mt and 8mt when standing next to large tree trunks. By comparison the eTrex was reading 10 to 20mt. Generally the eTrex 10 appears to be 2 to 3 times more accurate than my old eTrex. Having the extra memory with the eTrex 10 means that no longer do I have to delete routes to make room for new ones. Finally another bonus is when inputting a linear route only one direction needs to be stored as the eTrex 10 can reverse routes with a simple press of a button. Overall an excellent and simple to use GPS and if as reliable as my old unit well worth the money.
125 of 128 people found the following review helpful
on 8 March 2012
This little device fulfils most of the things I would want from a GPS handheld. Good battery life, clear and easy to read screen, reasonably intuitive menus and fairly inexpensive to purchase.
One small fly in the ointment however. The odometer which holds the sum of all the trip distances can only be reset to zero by performing a complete reset of the entire unit. This action will result in loss of all your personal settings and any data you forgot to back up. Not the end of the world but a bit inconvenient.
Also you may find spurious way-points being entered while the unit is in your pocket or your backpack every time the joystick presses against something hard-ish. Again a minor niggle but something to be aware of.
The internal memory cannot be supplemented but is sufficient for logging a day or so's outdoor activities. Don't expect too much from the built-in "map". The device specification scarcely mentions it, but even this simple map 'of the world' has its uses.
Overall this unit is a pleasure to use and, minor niggles aside, I really have little hesitation in awarding it five stars for build quality and functionality.
118 of 121 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2012
I originally bought the classic yellow e-trex for geocaching , and after just over a year it broke , and I replaced it with the 10 just over two months ago.
At first I was bemused by all the screens , the scant instructions , and the leap in complexity from the older model . I did not find the etrex10 at all intuitive , or the garmin basecamp software (a free download)a useful interface between it and my computer .
A bit of persistence , a download of the relevant owners manual from garmins website , and a lot of button pressing later the screens started to make sense and I realised that I could configure them to exactly what I wanted . I had some initial difficulty with caches , but once I grasped that waypoints and geocaches are treated as two entirely different animals I was away !
Accuracy is improved over the older model , as is battery life (3 days on a pair of NiCads vs 1)and the GPS is a much neater shape . GPX cache files loaded onto the etrex10 by simply setting the GPS as a mass storage device , connecting via the usb cable and dragging & dropping into the correct folder (GPX) gives you paperless caching with description , hint and last 3 logs available to view.
A previous reviewer thought the memory inadequate : at the moment I have just over 400 caches in my device , which occupy roughly half of the 8.97mb memory. And resetting the odometer ? Go to "trip computer" , press the menu button , select "reset trip data?" click yes ...
Once I'd got to grips with the unit I still had two concerns . The first was the pointer on the compass screen , which was a very slim needle extending right to the edge of the outer ring , making it quite hard to distinguish which end had the pointer ! This caused me some annoyance to start with , but downloading the latest software update from garmin happily replaced the slender needle with a much clearer pointer .The second thing was the joystick . As I hang my GPS from a belt loop on a short lanyard and keep it in a trouser pocket when walking I thought I would be constantly inadvertently jiggling the controls , but in the course of 200 + caches this has only happened twice . The joystick still seems to me to be a very vulnerable moving part though , and after my previous etrex failed due to a broken button I worry that this may be its weak point. With thus in mind I purchased a couple of years insurance as featured on the page , just in case .
The weather this 'summer' has been wet enough that I can say the 10 seems to deal well with water , having got rained on a great deal , and splashed with a considerable amount of mud too .
Overall I am very happy with this GPS , the absence of a decent scale inbuilt map (which can be found on the more expensive models) is no problem for me as I always carry an OS map on country walks , and can use my smartphone as a satnav in the car if I need to . The 'trackback' feature has been very handy when I have forgotten to mark the car as a waypoint , the little joystick is far less hassle to input info. manually than the buttons on the old etrex , and the usb connection is streets ahead of the old serial port nightmare too !
I would recommend the etrex10 to any thrifty geocacher or walker who is reasonably tech savvy , and is willing to spend some time getting acquainted with the GPS unit and associated software .
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 12 April 2013
Good robust product given mine a good few knocks and bangs worth it's weight in gold if you get lost, never had any problems with locking on to satelites, love the fact that you can download your track then view it on google earth. My only criticism is that the supplied manual is totally inadequate took me ages to find out for myself how to convert co ordinates to British grid surely basics like this should be in the manual, had to email Garmin when I couldn't download my first hike only to be told 'oh you need to download Base camp from the internet' this info should also have been in the manual, had to buy a book (GPS for walker) to help me get a bit more info and realise it's limitations, still not using it to it's fullest potential but i'm happy just to use it to know where I am in conjunction with good maps and then see where I've been when I get home. All things considered i'm happy with my purchase and would recommend as long as it's limitations are understood. Garmin if you read this get a grip and put a decent manual in the box!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 5 June 2015
Now I've got used to it, I love it and won't go for a long walk in a strange location without it.
I bought after trying to follow a conventional map. It was getting dark and I didn't know where I was. I'd expected to come across a dammed lake which just wasn't where I was expecting it to be. It was a bit of a relief to be told later that it wasn't my map reading skills but the dam had burst and flooded the lower valley and just wasn't there any more. Now I don't leave home without this little devise.
I don't know if I'm being a bit stupid but I had trouble learning how to use it. The maps are not maps as we know them but diagrams of routes taken. The instructions that come with this devise are not very clear (at least I didn't find them so). There's a lot on geo-caching on Youtube but I'm no geocacher. I want to use it to go from A to B. There are, however, some excellent YouTube videos. They just take a little finding. Look out for the ones by Trail Magazine. These are the clearest and easiest to understand.
Before going on a long hike, I'll download to this device a route using the Ordnance Survey website. Another excellent tool! It's possible to mark on the Ordnance Survey website "way points" and then download this route. Alternatively, if I know I have to get back to a particular point (say back to my car) then it's possible to record this "way point" and then to track back it need be. The other thing that has to be noted is that the compass isn't a compass but more of a pointer to the next "way point". After getting over the learning curve, it's worth having this tool.
My only other comment would be this unit is very heavy on batteries. I now take the batteries out between uses to save the battery life and never leave home without an extra pair of batteries. It's also quite heavy for it's size and fairly bulky so doesn't fit into a pocket easily.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 16 July 2013
This Garmin Etrex 10 GPS replaces an Etrex which I have used for over eight years. Like its predecessor, it is a robust piece of equipment that can survive days out on the hills in rain, mist and snow and still function and locate positions accurately. The Etrex 10 is smaller than the original Etrex, uses two AA batteries for power and now has a world base map included, which at least shows where the nearest cities are located. The screen is still monochrome but the unit locks onto the satellites more quickly and accurately as it can now access both the American and Russian GPS systems. The GPS signal is maintained well providing the unit is kept in the outside pocket of a rucksack and the unit is far less prone to losing contact with the satellites than the earlier model.
Tracks and waypoints are now saved as standard GPX files and a micro USB socket allows the easy transfer of files to a computer via an included USB cable - a vast improvement on the old model which used a proprietary file format, had a serial connector and needed a specialist connection lead at extra cost. The new model allows geocaching information to be downloaded directly from sites such as OpenCaching.com which removes the need for printing out reams of instructions for each hidden cache.
The user interface has been improved with screen icons for the main functions and a small joystick for selection but the written instructions are still very sparse and some research on user forums will pay dividends on using the unit. It is now easy to download your walk as a GPX file from the Etrex 10 to a site such as GPS Visualizer and see it plotted in detail on a full terrain map. Highly recommended as a navigational tool used in conjunction with a map and compass. Armed with one of these units you will always know exactly where you are, anywhere on the Earth's surface, when home is a distant memory.
48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on 23 March 2012
This is the basic Garmin model at under £100. Battery life is good, it picks up satellites quickly, provides altitude information and is compact. The screen is legible but as it is B&W not very attractive. The front screen icons are customisable so you can select the most used to appear as you switch the unit on.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2013
I bought an eTrex 10 as an upgrade on my old eTrex H which is mostly used for Geocaching. The battery life is amazing and it has enough memory to comfortably hold 500 paperless Geocaches (including Cache details, hints, addition waypoints and previous logs). For £66 including delivery I can't complain.
In summery if you're not bothered about maps and just want to follow the arrow to your destination this is the GPS for you.
50 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on 6 March 2012
After much searching for a decent priced handheld gps, I decided to try the Garmin eTrex 10. This has been a perfect buy and is very reliable and the battery life is excellent compared to my Android phone.
Would definitely recommend for geocaching.