Author Topic: What GPS to Buy? Things to think about?  (Read 7067 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.


  • Administrator
  • Sr. Cacher
  • *****
  • Posts: 419
What GPS to Buy? Things to think about?
« on: July 25, 2011, 09:00:26 »
Found this video that is a good one on things to think about, from canadian tire.  Click on the video on this page.
« Last Edit: July 25, 2011, 09:03:10 by hidnseek »

"I have to go. I'm conducting a seminar in multiple personality disorders, and it takes me forever to fill out the nametags."
— Niles Crane (David Hyde Pierce)


  • Administrator
  • Big Time Cacher
  • *****
  • Posts: 1644
  • Good hunting everyone!
Re: What GPS to Buy? Things to think about?
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2011, 09:46:26 »
Nice! A good start if you're wondering what GPS to buy.

One thing that's worth emphasizing is that cost alone is not the only criteria that should be considered when purchasing a new handheld GPSr. I think the ability to download maps into the unit is the bare minimum requirement. Many 'inexpensive' units can 'point' at waypoints and give the distance, but won't show you the river between you and the waypoint, or the tight contour lines you can avoid by choosing another route.

Maps are readily available these days. Your GPS should display the world graphically for you.

Blue -
« Last Edit: August 08, 2012, 17:29:17 by bluelamb03 »
Without shared stories we are strangers.
- Sheila Mendonça


  • Guest
Re: What GPS to Buy? Things to think about?
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2012, 04:58:37 »
I have a Magellan Explorist GC.  Cheap enough unit compared to others I have seen but no problems so far.  Year 2 using it and my DNF are more my eyes than my GPS. 


  • Guest
Re: What GPS to Buy? Things to think about?
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2012, 15:58:18 »
a lot of people have garman's which look great but my personal favorit is the one I have: magellan GC 310


  • Administrator
  • Big Time Cacher
  • *****
  • Posts: 682
  • Rifling through your cache
Re: What GPS to Buy? Things to think about?
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2018, 11:32:26 »
Thanks Roy C. Alexander !

1) As much as it is often a Coke Vs A Pepsi type debate - Get a Garmin
2) If you plan to primarily cache with the handheld and not a smartphone, don’t worry about fancy sync-to-your phone features.
3) Consider your budget and that might help you narrow it down
4) The GPSMap series and eTrex series are popular and at the lower end of the price scale. The Oregon is at the upper end — and that’s still not the top. If you see a unit on sale at Canadian Tire or Walmart, chances are it’s an old model. I’d stick to items on sale at SAIL, GPSCity and GPSCentral.
5) If you are a casual cacher, save your cache er... cash...but don’t get anything less than an eTrex 20.
6) Some units come with maps; some units don’t. You can add open source maps if you wish to save a buck or hundred.
7) Many people will tell you how they “don’t make ‘em like the old 60’s anymore”. They are right. They don’t!
8 ) Most new devices have the ability to load “unlimited caches”. It’s convenient to load tens of thousands of caches to the device at once... but really... are you likely to find all of those caches before having to reload? No. So, although it is a feature I wouldn’t live without ... it’s not going to change your life!
9) The rechargeable battery packs are Meh. A good set of Eneloops will work well, although not technically in device charging.
10) I should write this out properly and make a permanent sticky note... I seem to use it a lot

At least I'm consistent, about half the time...