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    Recommended GPS?

    I was thinking of getting a GPS device for hiking that would show trails, track distance hiked, elevation changes, altitude, etc... Something that could spit out cool stats and maps on my computer of the hike when i am done. Anybody have any recommendations on what they use and what is good? I was looking somewhere in the $150-$300 range but would spend more if there was some model that I absolutely "needed".
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    Long "all sorts of research" answer: search Views for the times this has been asked before.

    Short recommendation: buy the GPSMap 76CSx, 60CSx, the new 78s, or wait for the rumored 62s.
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    I'll second jniehof - the old 60csx does just what you are looking for, has a long battery life, and almost never loses reception. You'll need the Garmin topo software, though, which will set you back another $100 or so.
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    My recommendation. Take a look at the Delorme's. Especially consider what is available in terms of software. Expense and especially the quality and amount of information displayed on both the computer and the GPS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeoAkela View Post
    You'll need the Garmin topo software, though, which will set you back another $100 or so.
    Unless you choose to use the free maps. The MapSource program (plus base map) comes in the box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mohamed Ellozy View Post
    Unless you choose to use the free maps. The MapSource program (plus base map) comes in the box.
    I would agree that the free NH map is excellent. However, if you use your GPS in other states ... not so good. For example, the CA map freebie is good - unless you need labels (and most of us do) as it doesn't have any. There may be other examples as well.

    So, if you hike in multiple states, then I think sooner or later you end up buying it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mohamed Ellozy View Post
    Unless you choose to use the free maps. The MapSource program (plus base map) comes in the box.
    I have checked out the New England map. IMO, it is not as good as the Garmin topo. Haven't checked the NH topo.

    As Kevin notes, the free maps vary in quality. (But no map is perfect.)


    I second jneihof's advice. The 78 series looks like a nice upgrade from the 76 series, but I haven't seen any knowledgeable user reviews yet. It will be interesting to see if a 62 series is offered. (The 60's and the 76's are the same GPSes in different packages, presumably the same would apply for the 78's and the rumored 62's.)

    You can save a bit of money by buying a non-sensor version, eg the 60Cx, 76Cx, or 78. (The senors are a magnetic compass and a barometric altimeter.) The 76's (and possibly the 60's) are likely to be discontinued soon and prices may drop (and then perhaps rise as they become scarce).

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    Quote Originally Posted by king tut View Post
    I was thinking of getting a GPS device for hiking that would show trails, track distance hiked, elevation changes, altitude, etc... Something that could spit out cool stats and maps on my computer of the hike when i am done. Anybody have any recommendations on what they use and what is good? I was looking somewhere in the $150-$300 range but would spend more if there was some model that I absolutely "needed".
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    Garmin 60CSx does it for me. Never lost a signal on any of the NH48 hikes. Batteries last a weekend of hiking. You can read the screen in the bright sun (unlike cell phones). I had mine for 2 years and its been on every hike with me in all seasons, not a single problem. It has been dropped, frozen, soaked in the rain and it keeps on ticking. It has helped me many times stay on trail in winter (by following a summer track) when the trail is no where to be seen.

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    I picked up a 76CSx off of my local Craigslist for $100 and the guy had bought an extra map on a chip for it. So, bargains are out there if you look. I got a free CA map from www.gpsfiledepot.com

    I think the 76 and 60 are similar. The 76 is a bit bulky and has a marine feature on it I'm unlikely to use (a man overboard button) but I couldn't beat the price. Mine has the compass and altimeter.

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    Thats a real bargain. If you paddle, the 76 floats.

    If reports of new Garmin models develop, there will be many 60 and 76 CSx units on deep discount in coming months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomD View Post
    I think the 76 and 60 are similar. The 76 is a bit bulky and has a marine feature on it I'm unlikely to use (a man overboard button) but I couldn't beat the price. Mine has the compass and altimeter.
    The 76CSx and 76Cx are electrically identical to the 60CSx and 60Cx--only the cases and button positions differ.

    Whether you prefer buttons above the display or buttons below the display is purely personal preference.

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    Thanks for all the responses. I believe i am going to go with the 76 csx from Garmin. I found it on Amazon for a little over 50% off the MSRP, so it was around $300 with a bunch of little add ons. I believe that my wonderful girlfriend is picking it up for my bday in 6 more days. I might have to keep this one...(girlfriend and gps)
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