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This review is from: Garmin eTrex 20 Outdoor Handheld GPS Unit (Wireless Phone Accessory)
I bought my first vehicle satnav many years ago and as a salesman visiting many addresses it transformed my working day. Now retired I motorhome, walk and bike everywhere and once again this satnav has transformed my enjoyment of these activities. It is rugged and very well made and thought through. Having bought it you will need three things.
1. Dowload Garmins Basecamp which is free from their web site and enables you to plan all your trips and visits while you are away and feed them easily and simply into the Etrex.
2. As others have mentioned the maps supplied with the unit are useless. For nothing you can download open source maps from toast website which are street level for the UK and show walking paths which work perfectly for those like myself who do not walk off tracks. If you pay £54 you get street level maps for most of the available world on a mini card which slots into the unit.
3. A £15 bike mount if you cycle.
The Etrex will function as a full satnav for a car and I bought a clamp type universal suction mount from Tesco for £20. Obviously because it was not designed for a car it is not as easy to use as a full widescreen satnav.
You can set way points at the push of a button. So if you are staying on a city break you will always be able to find your way back to your hotel and you can plan your city visit before you go which avoids wasting time trying to get directions to sites, bus stops, train stations etc. Or standing on the street struggling with paper maps.
The software and base camp are very intuitive and easy to use.
Wish I had bought one six years ago when I bought my motorhome.
Once I started using my car satnavs I would not leave home in my car without it.
Now I walk and cycle everywhere I would not leave home without the Etrex.