Garmin Introduces Redesigned eTrex Outdoor GPS Units

Garmin Introduces Redesigned eTrex Outdoor GPS Units

GPS systems aren't nearly as popular as they once were, and we've got GPS-enabled smartphones to thank for that. But for the folks who venture into the great outdoors, there's still a very real need for dedicated outdoor navigation systems where cellphone signals simply don't exist. Garmin's a big player in both markets, and this week they're introducing a redesigned and upgraded eTrex handheld GPS. This entry level option has been given enhanced ergonomics, an improved interface, paperless geocaching and in certain models, a 65k color screen with expanded mapping capabilities.

The new eTrex series supports geocaching GPX files for downloading geocache locations and details straight to the unit using its high-speed USB connection. The eTrex stores and displays key information, including location, terrain, difficulty, hints and descriptions, which means no more manually entering coordinates and those paper print outs! To start paperless geocaching, simply upload the GPX file to your unit and start hunting for caches. Caches can be downloaded from OpenCaching.com, a completely free online community for creating, sharing and finding geocaches around the world.


The new eTrex devices are expected to be available in the third quarter of 2011. The eTrex 10 and 20 have a suggested retail price of $119.99 and $199.99, respectively.  The eTrex 30 has a suggested retail price of $299.99. Not cheap, but neither is calling in the Coast Guard to rescue you when you get turned around in the woods...
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Pretty handy when you're hiking or biking out in the middle of nowhere.  A bit expensive but very good looking GPS unit.  Thanks for the bit of news!

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The other thing to consider is most cellphone GPS apps that come with the phones are only for navigating streets. You would have to load additional applications on the smart phones to be able to enter coordinates or possibly have trail maps. I have used the older Garmin eTrex in the past to geocache and they are very nice.

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