Garmin eTrex Vista
Manufacturer: Garmin Part number: 010-00243-00
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CNET editors' review
price range: $129.90
- Reviewed by: John R. Delaney
- Reviewed on: 07/03/2001
The good: Lightweight; sharp screen; loads of memory.
The bad: No driving directions; expensive; additional MapSource programs are costly.
The bottom line: Although the eTrex Vista and its add-on programs may be a bit pricey, you will not find a more feature-packed GPS device in a smaller package.
Not suitable for walking/hiking
Summary: This unit has great features, is very well constructed, and has a nice display, but the receiver is sub-par. Only moderate tree cover or clouds will block reception of the ...
Summary: This unit has great features, is very well constructed, and has a nice display, but the receiver is sub-par. Only moderate tree cover or clouds will block reception of the receiver. Also when walking/hiking I find that I have to keep the unit held up at chest level or it sometimes loses reception even in the open. I also have a Magellan Map 330 which almost never loses reception except in the thickest of woods or heavy cloud cover. I bought the unit primarily to keep track of how far I walk and hike and also to trasfer track info. to topo maps. But the unit loses reception so often that it is useless for this purpose. If your travels are mostly in the open,such as boating, etc. then it is a good choice. Support is too expensive especially for outdated map info. So for my purpose I give it a thumbs down.
9 out of 9 users found this user opinion helpful.
Summary: A well-meaning brother gave me the e Trex Vista last Christmas. The map that comes with it is worthless. You can find more detail on free state maps. I purchased ...
Summary: A well-meaning brother gave me the e Trex Vista last Christmas. The map that comes with it is worthless. You can find more detail on free state maps. I purchased a better but over-priced map from Garmin (Roads & Recreation, about 100.00) that you can download into your computer, map your routes, and then download the map and routes into the e Trex. You can also map routes directly on the E Trex, but I found the process so tedious that after two hours of toture, I nearly smashed the unit. Although the unit E- Trex can accurately navigate you along your route, you will need a magnifying glass to see it. I could not see the names of streets unless I zoomed in to maximum magnification. At that point the screen looses all context of where you are or where you are going i.e., the name of the steet fills the screen and you see little else. Although the unit seems accurate and includes an altimeter, clock and compass, I plan to return mine. If you need a GPS, buy one with a large screen; otherwise you may walk off a cliff.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Simply doesn't work reliably.
by jpcallan on January 29, 2007
Pros: Nice design, nice features.
Cons: But it just doesn't work most of the time!
Summary: I bought an eTrex Vista for hiking a few years ago. However, it has consistently been very poor. It never works with any sort of tree cover or in a ...
Summary: I bought an eTrex Vista for hiking a few years ago. However, it has consistently been very poor. It never works with any sort of tree cover or in a city. Perhaps acceptable, but it also fails to work most of the time even in the open, even at the summit of a mountain!
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Garmin: BAD NEWS
by Coppersnowboarder on October 31, 2006
Pros: Buy Magellan eXplorist XL
Cons: Do not buy Garmin
Summary: I bought a Garmin eTrex. During the first year, the springs in the battery compartment broke because they are badly engineered. Garmin customer support refused to solve my problem. I ...
Summary: I bought a Garmin eTrex. During the first year, the springs in the battery compartment broke because they are badly engineered. Garmin customer support refused to solve my problem. I soldered the springs together several times.
Subsequently, I was hiking down from the summit of Mount Harvard in a rainstorm. My Garmin eTrex became a rain guage. Garmin charged me $120 to replace the water-logged unit. The first hike with the replacement unit indicated that I hiked to 24,800 feet, an impossibility unless I had oxygen tanks and floated on 10,000 feet of air.
Garmin cannot be read in the dark, which is the only time when I have been close to being lost on a hike near Mirror Lake in the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area. Garmin eTrex did not track satellites in lodgepole forest. This year, I bought the Magellan eXplorist XL. Magellan is the GPS that I should have purchased the first time around. I can easily read the large letters on the large color screen, even in the dark. The construction is far more solid than the Garmin and has double the battery capacity, which enables me to hike multiple days without GPS failures.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Buy Brunton Atlas MNS
Cons: It's not Brunton. Really, from everything everyone has said so far I'd say forget about magellan and garmin. The Brunton Atlas MNS is what they are trying to be and for around $400.00 for a professional geological tool that's also easy to use and has so
3 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
This thing was useless
by SDC7196 on May 28, 2009
Pros: small, light weight
Cons: Doesn't receive satellites. Isn't that what it's supposed to do?
Serial to USB
Summary: I used this thing on a daily basis for work for about two weeks. The reception got slower and slower until finally it just didn't recieve satellites at all, ...
Summary: I used this thing on a daily basis for work for about two weeks. The reception got slower and slower until finally it just didn't recieve satellites at all, on a clear day in the wide open. Worked great until then. Then I had to reset it to get it to work again and lost all my waypoints. Then it stopped working again. If you see this thing and it looks like a good price, avoid it at all costs. The cheaper model etrex's work much better.
by crapulent2005 on November 30, 2008
Pros: small packaging is about the only perk.
Cons: horrible satellite reception
Summary: I have used this device for at work EVERYDAY for more than a year now so I can say I have indeed tested it. The only reason I put up ...
Summary: I have used this device for at work EVERYDAY for more than a year now so I can say I have indeed tested it. The only reason I put up with it was simply because I didn't have the money to buy a good unit , such as the 60 CSX. This thing will just shut off by itself in the middle of nowhere. I once left in on the roof of my car (in cool, clear weather) for 8 hours and it didnt not pick up a signal. It may have a dozen features but if the main feature (-to tell you where you are or where you are going-) doesnt work then it's just an expensive paperweight. Do not buy this unit. Get the 60CSX. It is lightyears better.
Easy to use, accurate, outstanding quality
by n9tac on December 22, 2005
Pros: Fast, Small, Great Display,
Cons: Short Battery Life
Summary: I use this in the car while traveling for work. It is a fine GPS. Outstanding performance, WAAS works great. Foe extended trips you need the power cord....it uses ...
Summary: I use this in the car while traveling for work. It is a fine GPS. Outstanding performance, WAAS works great. Foe extended trips you need the power cord....it uses battery quickly.
Unusable, nothing more than a toy
Pros: Looks good
Cons: Either I had a defective unit, or the people that love this unit don't expect much out of a GPS unit. I returned mine after one day because is was totally inaccurate and difficult to keep a signal. In an open area, I was lucky to get three satellite fix
Reception is terrible
Pros: Every gee-wizz option I can think of or would ever need.
Cons: On mountain tops with clear views of the sky I cannot get reception with it. I hate the thing. I have an eTrex basic model that has far better reception.
- Manufacturer: Garmin
- Part number: 010-00243-00
- Description: The eTrex Vista combines a base map of North and South America, with a barometric altimeter and electronic compass. The compass provides bearing information while you're standing still and the altimeter determines your precise altitude. The Vista is also designed to provide precise GPS positioning using correction data obtained from the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS). This product will provide position accuracy to less than three meters when receiving WAAS corrections. The eTrex Vista also boasts an internal memory capacity of 24 megabytes, which allows it to accept downloaded mapping data from Garmin's MapSource CD-ROMs, including Fishing Hot Spots. A silver case gives this unit a high-tech look. New to the product design, Garmin will include marine aids to navigation in addition to the base map. These navigational aids can be pre-loaded into each unit from the factory. It is compatible with most Garmin MapSource products including BlueChart marine cartography, MetroGuide, and Fishing Hot Spots. Accepts up to 24 megabytes of downloaded map detail.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type GPS receiver
- Recommended Use Hiking
- Preloaded Maps North America ,
- Receiver 12 channel
- Interface Serial ,
NMEA 0183 ,
RTCM SC-104 DGPS
- Functions & Services 12-hour pressure trend ,
Electronic compass ,
Ascent/descent rate ,
Local pressure ,
ETE (Estimated Time Enroute) ,
VMG (Velocity Made Good) ,
ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) ,
- Included Software Garmin Americas Highway Basemap,
Garmin Marine Point Database (Americas)
- Compatible Software MapSource Fishing Hot Spots,
- Grids Lat/Lon,
- SBAS WAAS
- Antenna Built-in
- Update Rate 1/second
- Internal Memory 24 MB Flash
- Features Barometric altimeter
- Type LCD - Monochrome
- Resolution 288 x 160
- Display Illumination Yes
- Hot 15 sec
- Warm 45 sec
- Waypoints 500
- Tracks 10
- Tracklog Points 3000
- Routes 20
- Waypoints per route 50
- Trip Computer Sunrise/sunset times,
- Connector Type Serial - RS-232
- Type AA type
- Required Qty 2
- Run Time (Up To) 12 hour(s)
- Protection Waterproof
- Waterproof Standard IPX7
- Included Accessories Wrist strap,
- Localization English
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 2 in
- Depth 1.2 in
- Height 4.4 in
- Weight 5.3 oz
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Min Operating Temperature 5 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 158 °F