Adventureguy Posted September 25, 2002 Share Posted September 25, 2002 Hi all! Well, I'm sort of at a loss for which unit to choose (the gpsmap76s, etrex vista, or magellan platinum). I'm not just looking to geocache with this gps... I also do a lot of hiking in very remote and heavily wooded wilderness areas (often off trail) and need the gps that would be most reliable under heavy tree cover since it is always nice to be able to quickly find your way out of the wilderness at the end of a trip. Currently I use a Garmin GPS40... It is about a 1994 vintage single channel receiver, so it is pretty outdated. My unit never locks or holds a lock under more than moderate tree cover, and doesn't work in the woods at all unless I get it locked before I go in (which isn't really an option when I'm ten miles into a wilderness area). Again, I know this unit is quite outdated, and realize that all GPS units prefer a clear sky. Anyway, I can't seem to pick between the three units I named above. The vista has a price advantage, as well as being very compact and simple to use. The GPS76s seems like it has a better antenna from what I've read, and has a nice interface, although I hear it needs oriented in a certain position to work (what is a quad-helix antenna anyway???). Then there is the Platinum... I've never had a Magellan, and I've heard both good and bad things about them. So, anyway, which gps do you folks think would best hold a lock under heavy tree cover, and still allow me to both navigate in the wilderness (I like the "sensors") and geocache? Thanks for the help!!! -Kevin Quote Link to comment
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