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Recent reviews for this item:
Mike, May 8, 2013 I got this for back country outings, it is water proof and can beoperated with gloves on in the winter. The screen is small but can be seen in the sun lite just fine. It has 1.7 Gig memory but i added a 16Gig mem card for extra maps. It supports JNX maps for Birdseye view. No touch but it don't get false commands in my pocket like touchscreens do when recording tracks.
Bullfrog, May 6, 2013 This e-Trex 30 is my 4th GARMIN GPS, and has demonstrated the best reception, even under cover. I've used it for over 200 finds in the past four months and I believe it is more accurate than either my Map62CSX or my Oregon 450 perhaps because of also accessing the Glonass satellites ?
Guy, April 3, 2013 Great handheld GPS. I loaded all the US Topo maps on an 8G micro sd card so I have the topo maps for all the continuous 48 states on my Etrex 30.
Pirround, March 16, 2013 I bought this GPS to replace an old Garmin Rino 120 and it has been a huge improvement. I use the GPS while cycling (on road), while hiking in remote areas, and while snowshoeing. I use the tracking and logging features more than I use the "how do I get to" features.
This GPS is very well thought out and functions very well. It is a huge improvement over the Rino in speed of satellite acquisition, in quality of signal under leaf cover, in battery life. The usability is well-thought out. I have custom profiles for cycling and for hiking. I set things up the way I like them for each activity, choose that profile, and flip through only the screens I'm interested in.
Two features that may be drawbacks for some. It has a smallscreen. It is not a touch screen. I chose a small screen because I don't like having something large on the handlebars of my bike, I prefer something less obtrusive. I chose a non-touch screen because I find touch screens hard to use while the bike is in motion and because I can use it wearing mittens in the winter.
One minor drawback is that I don't know how to get it to display seconds in its time display. I am used to taking a photo of the time display on the GPS to synchronize the camera time to the GPS time. This helps when later geotagging my photos. Since the eTrex 30 only displays the time to the minute, I can only get to the minute accuracy. If I could figure out how to display the time to the second, I could synchronize them to the second.