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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent piece of kit, 28 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Garmin eTrex Vista HCx Handheld GPS (Sports)
I always find these product reviews helpful as they are based on personal experience and hopefully not predjudice.This is my 3rd e trex and is a fantastic navigation tool.The first was left in my walking trousers and endured a full wash cycle to survive another day and function perfectly well! Such is the reliability of Garmin products.The Legend HCx acquires a fix extremely quickly and hotstarts within 3 seconds or so.This means out in the field,it can be switched on and acquire virtually instantaneously.If left for a day or so,the cold start is 45seconds approx and on switching off,the next "hot" start is 3 seconds.
Battery life is as claimed,20 hours plus.I use NiMh rechargeables.As the unit will not be on throughout a walk(remember hot start time)I think it possible to have a 7 day trek on one set of batteries.I bought the Topo GB which is a stripped down version of OS,showing all tracks and paths.It is easy to use,but for route planning I find it easier to use in conjunction with a map.Once the route is planned,it can be sent to the device.On activation in the device it will be displayed as a purple line,with your position shown as a black triangle.It is possible to name waypoints created to give a name to your location eg,Blackden Edge,Dove Crag etc.I have found that when using a PDA for navigation(can they be machine washed?)sunlight can make reading the screen very difficult,particularly if there is snow about.The Legend HCx loves the sun,just like the rest of us.Finally if you want something reliable rugged and inexpensive (I'm sure the tight folks out there will disagree!)buy it.
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Initial post: 8 Jun 2009 20:00:39 BDT
Trampas Mac says:
This is a review of the Legend that you've written, but this is the listing for a Vista. Perhaps Amazon can move your review to the Legend's page, since the rating you've given it seems to be unrepresentative of the average ratings that others have given the Vista.

Posted on 9 Jun 2009 10:35:39 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 6 Oct 2009 14:55:36 BDT
Mike D. says:
James, I bet you're a hoot at parties! Lighten up, I'm sure it was meant in jest. As for reviewing "an entirely different product", that is probably Amazon's fault - they quite often seem to misfile reviews for products with similar names.
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