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Old December 28th, 2008, 08:27 PM   #1
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Default Garmin Etrex legend

Anybody know anything about these? I can grab a brand new one for under $70. Id like to get into some geo-caching, and Id like to take it biking, hiking and camping with me also.

Worth it, or spend the money on something else?
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Old December 28th, 2008, 08:42 PM   #2
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Monochrome screen or color??

I have used the monochrome screen
(Etrex Legend $41 to $90 on ebay)
and it is a good rugged unit and can take some abuse.

I now have the color screen
(Etrex Legend C $60 to $112 on ebay)
easier to read and has a USB cable for fast connection
to computer and downloading geocaches to it.

I think you would be happier spending a few extra $$
on the color screen!!
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Old December 28th, 2008, 08:56 PM   #3
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its the monochrome screen. Ill have to think about it.
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Old December 28th, 2008, 09:08 PM   #4
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I've owned several Garmins but never an eTrex...but I have used many eTrex's...and my mom, dad, and brother all bought one. They are nice el-cheap-o starter units. I really think that you would be much happier with a Garmin GPSMAP 60 or 76 series unit. Larger, color, screens with many more features and easier to input data (I never really liked that click-stick and it went bad on my brother's Legend). If price is an object look at the 60C or 76C. If not look at the 60CSx or 76CSx. Just remember that it costs an extra $100 for each detailed mapset (City Navigator, Topo, Blue Charts, etc.) that you want to load into your GPS.
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Old December 28th, 2008, 09:23 PM   #5
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Anybody know anything about these? I can grab a brand new one for under $70. Id like to get into some geo-caching, and Id like to take it biking, hiking and camping with me also.

Worth it, or spend the money on something else?
I used the Etrex Legend without a hitch for almost 6 years. I paid $250 new for mine back then.

Good little unit, especially for $70.
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Old December 29th, 2008, 08:31 AM   #6
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I have my Dads Legend. Never had an issue with it.
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I love the eTrex series. They are super dependable, waterproof, and a good size to hang off your pack or throw in your pocket.

I used to have a Legend, but the 8mb internal memory and black and white screen were limitations for me.

I used it for geocaching, hiking, and navigating in the car. I moved up to the Legend Cx and the expandable memory and color screen are definitely worth the extra $$.

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Old December 30th, 2008, 08:37 AM   #8
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Ive only ever played with a GPS before, never owned one myself. It seems like this would be a decent investment just to see if I like geocaching and whatnot.

can I download stuff from the GPS to my computer?
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Old December 30th, 2008, 10:05 AM   #9
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you can upload tracks and coordinates from your GPS to your computer, also you can plumb your GPS signal into your computer and plot your position realtime on a map.

Only downside I can think of is that the data cable can be expensive.
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Old December 30th, 2008, 10:43 AM   #10
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I have the legend, and am happy with it. A friend of mine has the expensive Garmin (colorado) and mine performed just as well as his. In my opinion the legend was better, due to the price and, most importantly, the battery life. I can go days on 2 AA's. The colorado lasts 8 hours on a good day.
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Old December 30th, 2008, 11:44 AM   #11
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I have had a legend for over two years now, and love it. I use it to geocache, hunt and where ever else you may need a gps. It has taking a beating and still works fine, the weather does not hurt it eaither. I think it is worth the money.
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Old December 30th, 2008, 11:52 AM   #12
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I have both the monochrome and color. I bought the first one when it came out, well before the turn by turn stuff. I also bought the companion program for my computer. That would let you load different maps into the unit, and program routes. Or, you could also slave the handheld unit to the computer and use it as an antenna. At the time, it was the coolest thing ever. But now its a PITA to use for anything other than off road stuff or hiking. (Maps take FOREVER to load, and it doesnt hold much more than one city)


I now keep mine in my jeep full time, and since its waterproof, its always on my side when hiking or kayaking. Works great making maps or finding lat/ lon.
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I have the color one and I think it has 16mb of internal memory which is enough to hold roughly 3 counties. It loads very fast via usb.
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I have the color one and I think it has 16mb of internal memory which is enough to hold roughly 3 counties. It loads very fast via usb.
Yup, they added a USB to the color model. The monochrome one uses a 16 pin serial port IIRC. The only computer I have that still works with it is a 10 year old dell.
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Old December 30th, 2008, 06:57 PM   #16
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Yup, they added a USB to the color model. The monochrome one uses a 16 pin serial port IIRC. The only computer I have that still works with it is a 10 year old dell.
Same problem that I had with the monochrome.
The USB connector on the Legend C is the way to go!!
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 07:19 AM   #17
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can you enter coordinates into it? Is any extra software needed to make it more of an all around gps? how much is the software?
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can you enter coordinates into it? Is any extra software needed to make it more of an all around gps? how much is the software?
The mapping software I had loaded on my computer was very useful. It had all roads in the united states, and I mean ALL. There were roads marked on that software that were abandoned decades ago and are nothing more than jeep trails now. It also had a nice mapping page, detailed position information (heading, speed, lat, lon, alt, and a ton of other stuff I cant remember).

Everything except the road maps could be used with the monochrome out of the box. The computer program just added the ability to load maps (topo or road) and plan routes (the monochrome doesnt do turn by urn, it does direct to headings). It even has some nautical markers in it.


Compared to a tom tom or other similar car based GPS, its outdated and kind of crappy. But as a GPS its an excellent deal, and does just about everything you want it to.


5 or 6 years ago the program was like $50.
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I have a regular Etrex and a Legend. I picked up the Legend at a local Dunham's with the Mapsource software for @ $115. You cannot beat the customer support/service with Garmin. I like it and it seems to work good but I am going to sell both of mine to upgrade to a 276 in the Spring.
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 12:49 PM   #20
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ive had my original legend for 6 yrs. It had a problem when it was about 6 months out of warranty. I sent it in anyways and in about 10 days they sent me a replacement. It has worked flawlessly and has really gotten me out of problems more than once. It's a big help when you take a wrong exit in a big city and end up in a seedy part of town.
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