BigDog10598 Posted August 7, 2004 Share Posted August 7, 2004 Hello All, Since reading about geocaching in a local paper I've decided this is not only a great way for me to incorporate biking/hiking/& treasure hunting (getting my kids involved too), but also another great reason to buy a new toy! My original plan was to get a basic Etrex model strictly for geocaching. After much research I now see that getting a gps with auto routing would be very helpful for the driving trips we take. I have narrowed down the field to either the Garmin 60cs or the Vista C. Yes, I may not need the extra bells & whistles with the 60cs over the 60c, or the Vista C over the Legend C, but, hey I like my gadgets and would rather have it all up front rather then to not get it and regret it later. From what I have found out so far I can get the Vista C for around $330, smaller size, latest and greatest(?) or the 60cs for $390, more memory (hard to pass up more memory on anything), larger size which can be good or bad... bigger to hold but also larger display. Here's where I need some help... 1) Which unit's antenna will provide me with the best, or should I say, the most reliable, constant reception? The 60cs with the quad-helix antenna or the Vista C with the built in patch antenna?? Has Garmin made any significant improvement to the internal antenna on the Vista C or is the quad-helix better? 2) The 60cs has a connection on the back for an external antenna, I don't see this mentioned in the Vista C manual, is that true or am I missing something? 3) Memory, I am planning a trip from NY City to Orlando and I realize I cannot fit the maps for every state along the way into either unit but if I were to store just the blocks needed for my intended route would it all fit into either one? I would be using Mapsource City Select which I have yet to purchase. 4) Driving, in one other post (gps 60cs oddness) I read that if the 60cs loses lock on the sats will estimate your current postion, is that true for the Vista C also? 5) Geocaching, from the manual it appears that the 60cs has a nice setup for storing found/unfound caches. The manual on the Vista C doesn't have much info at all regarding this. Is it the same? 6) Ease of use, the extra buttons on the 60cs or the stick on the Vista C, which one is easier to use? I realize alot of this is opinion, but I appreciate everyones thoughts on this. So far the 60cs is the one I am leaning towards but I just want to cover all bases. Thanks! Quote Link to comment
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