I'm thinking about purchasing an inexpensive ($200 or less) handheld GPS unit to take kayaking. I'd like something that will allow me to download my travels to my computer when I get home. It would also be nice if I can use it to retrace my course back. Waterproof is not a requirement.Can anyone recommend a good unit?
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Posted by: ShadyClip on Feb-08-13 2:55 PM (EST)
Posted by: nickjc on Feb-08-13 4:38 PM (EST)
If so, check out the motionx gps app and get a waterproof lifecase. The app allows you to download maps so you don't need internet access. You can also share your routes via email.
any of the Garmin Etrex series|
Posted by: jcbikeski on Feb-08-13 4:39 PM (EST)
They are compact, waterproof and handy for hiking and cycling too. Etrex 20 may be best bet and under $200 but compare features vs price and decide for yourself. These don't float but you should keep on a lanyard anyway so that shouldn't matter.
Posted by: Dgremlin on Feb-08-13 6:28 PM (EST)
I actually use a smart phone app called Strava. It's designed for running and biking but works really well on the lake and river. The only problem with it is that it drains my cell phone battery pretty fast. It's only good for about 6 or 7 hours.
Posted by: jcbikeski on Feb-08-13 6:31 PM (EST)
yes, the biggest reason I don't like using my phone as a gps is that it's even more valuable in an emergency as an actual phone and I want full charge. So if you have good reception then turning the gps on now and then to check is okay but not to continuously track all day.
Garmin Etrex Venture Hc|
Posted by: scorpion5 on Feb-08-13 7:40 PM (EST)
This is what I have and it works great. Under $200.00 and you can download it to your computer. It is waterproof. I would not recommend using your phone. If for some reason u lose reception it won't work but the GPS always will as long as u have batteries.I use mine all the time.
Still on my Garmin GPS 60|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Feb-08-13 7:43 PM (EST)
My Garmin GPS 60 just keeps going and going and going.
I have the Etrex 20|
Posted by: castoff on Feb-08-13 8:51 PM (EST)
I downloaded the free topo maps for the states I hike drive and paddle at gpsfiledepot.com
I like Delorme...|
Posted by: tjalmy on Feb-08-13 9:06 PM (EST)
I'm sure you can find a PN40 or so pretty inexpensively. Comes with detailed topo maps, and a removeable SD memory card. It's waterproof and has more features than I'll ever use. Check 'em out.
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Posted by: Jackl on Feb-09-13 5:19 AM (EST)
there are quite a few with reviews