I understand that the 305 just tells you where you have been, and not where you are going. However, if you are riding a route that you have been on before, but do not remember all the turns, can you use the route if it is saved in the 305 to repeat the same course? Just curious.
You can follow a course uploaded or saved to the edge. you just follow the line to be on the same course. Unfortunate that It doesn't have a way to take a gpx file and map it to cue sheet instructions. If it had that, I would be happy. I don't need a color screen, that would just drain the battery faster.
How does the Venture Cx reception compare to the 305 under tree cover?
not having tried in real life, i think the sirfstar III chipset should give the edge an edge over the etrex. i'm sure both work reasonably well. i use my sirfstar-based gps on streets through forests in rockland county and in very narrow streets with extremely tall buildings in downtown manhattan without any problem.
article on why sirfstar is a big deal: link
the difference in mapping software is assumably bigger than performance. The top row is what is available out of the box with the delorme PN-20. The middle row is what you get out of the box with Garmin. The bottom is the Garmin topo that is purchased extra.
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Last edited by Johannes; 07-29-07 at 03:03 PM.
Cost of the unit was the reason. But they just released the H series for the Etrex series which comes with a super sensative antenna very similar to the SIRF. Geocachers are raving about how good it is on their forums.Also another issue I have with the Etrex is they have /NOT/ gotten the SiRF technology into the units.
Only the X series with the 60 and 76 have the SIRF receivers. The 60 and 60C do not have the SIRF chip. Like I said, the H series has a far more sensative chip. Even the little yellow Etrex is getting this new technology.Come on Garmin, it's been like 2yrs I think since SiRF has been out on your CS60 models (if I got the model number right) why can't you put that on your Etrex models? I'm sure the hunters have complained as well as other riders.
Also one more thing to mention to everyone. You'll have to fork out around 100 bucks to get local maps for your area, the basemap of any handheld unit is just that, very basic.
One more follow up. The new H series Etrex has a much, much faster processor. That's important for routing and browsing maps. If you are in the market for an Etrex, make it is an H series one. The others are a few years old.
PS - the B&W Etrex Legend is not getting the H chip. But the B&W yellow is. Go figure.
But..... OFFICIALLY - Metro Guide doesn't auto-route even on units that support auto-route. City Navigator will allow you to auto-route on those units.
But again...... UNOFFICIALLY - you can auto route using Metro Guide using a 3rd party program called img2gps.
For GPS mapping when lost (someone said they throw it in their backpack rather than mount it for full time use) would it be better to use the GPS mapping function available on some of the cell phones these days?
So, what did you end up doing? Did you get an eTrex?
Did you get an eTrex?
I bought an Etrex Vista HCx and it works well. Mileage matches my odometer.
I ordered a large dia Handlebar mount but haven't recieved it yet.
I did discover the mini SD NA map insert doesn't load on my PC so I'll return it for the DVD (same price) map. The mini is easy as it is plug and play as far as the GPS.
Just a few days ago Garmin came out with a maping version of the 305 but it costs quite a bit more and I like my powertap. I'll use the GPS in my car as well so this works out. I orrdered the car charger and rechargeable batteries too. (whew!)
It's not out until December? Who can wait!
OK I see the author used "obsessed".
Judging from this forum, fair to say I'm not alone?
yeh but ....its new and shiny.
Given I already have odometer, cadence functions plus power (powertap) I added the GPS with mapping. The only advantage is Garmin combines all but power measurement in one unit. It is only a matter of time before they add that?