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12-15-2006, 02:01 PM
I want to get my dad a GPS unit, something he can take while hiking. I'm clueless about these things so if anyone has some recommendations for a nice entry level unit that would be awesome. Just for background, he takes mild day hikes and is pretty tech savvy.
Just from my initial inexperienced/uniformed searching, one of the Garmin eTrex GPS' look good.
12-16-2006, 02:25 PM
Any of the Magellan or Garmin hand helds will be fine. Depending on were your dad likes to hike you may want to consider getting a gps unit that is waterproof. Also you will need to consider what type of software you are going to use with it. I currently use three different packages with my gps unit. Terrain Navigator for back country hiking in the state that I live in, a National Geographics Topo program for other states back country and a street atlas from Rand McNally.
12-16-2006, 05:49 PM
I have a Garmin car GPS, and I love it. I've heard that their hiking ones are excellent also. They're all pretty easy to use, and the maps are very nice.
12-16-2006, 07:23 PM
Here is something about a Trimble GPS unit for the mobile phone.
I don't know anything about this, but Trimble makes professional level surveying equipment and doesn't seem to be as visible in the consumer sector.
12-16-2006, 07:50 PM
I like the types made for running/cycling as it allows you to track all kinds of trivial information that hikers also like to know:
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