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Old 12-06-07, 07:24 PM   #1
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decent geocaching GPS?

My wife has decided she must have one. I'd like the perfect mix of price and ease of use - recommendations for those who've used them? Thanks y'all!


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Old 12-06-07, 07:39 PM   #2
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I use my Garmin Vista CX sometimes for geocaching... its pretty good, color, expandable memory, and its simple to use... Its on the pricier side for the handhelds.... Its about $350 i believe..
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Old 12-06-07, 07:52 PM   #3
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That $350 is either retail or with all the extra stuff you might get (Amazon has it for $220ish). I've asked for one for Christmas so I don't know how it does geocaching yet but after a ton of research it's the one I've decided on (actually the HCx - see my sig for some research links towards the bottom).
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Old 12-06-07, 07:52 PM   #4
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I use a Garmin Legend CX. It works really well for me. I use it for mapping trails, geocaching, and getting around. The Legend is the cheaper brother to the Vista which has a barometric altimeter and electronic compass.
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I use the Garmin Legend C that I got a couple of years ago. I find that the electronic compass you get by upgrading to the Vista would be handy.
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the vista cx is good plus it has an altimeter
that was my upgrade the legend is still good
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Old 12-07-07, 10:43 AM   #7
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Garmin Legend or Vista.
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That's kinda like asking "what car is good for driving"? Geocaching just lets you find a cache at some given coordinates. All GPS devices can navigate you to a coordinate. You may want to think about other features you may want to use it for.
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I thought I was a nerd until I went geocaching with my friend... then I realized that I wasn't nerdy enough.

I am not sure what unit we had, but it was a small, handheld unit from about 2001 and it was perfect.
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That's kinda like asking "what car is good for driving"? Geocaching just lets you find a cache at some given coordinates. All GPS devices can navigate you to a coordinate. You may want to think about other features you may want to use it for.
Don't have ny - it's not for me. Just something cheap and easy to use for my wife.
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You can find some really good deals at pawn shops. I got one for $100. It is about 6 years old and works just as well as my newer model.

The main feature you want to look for is WAAS. Nearly all modern Garmin and Magellan units are WAAS enabled. This gives you a bit more precise waypoint, when trying to find a cache (10-15 foot radius as opposed to 30-40 feet).

You live in the DFW are, don't you? I've got about 40 or so geocaches hidden around the greater Dallas area. And another dozen terracaches ranging out past Decatur. When you get up and running, you might want to hunt some of them up.

And here's a forum that has a lot of good info about caching in general but also in Texas, specifically. http://www.txga.net (I designed their logo )
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