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Looking for a good GPS for geocaching with the wife and kids.



Say 500$ max? can I get a good one for that amount?
 

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The Magellan Roadmate 3000T is a good way to go. Other viable alternatives are the TomTom Go series. The 3000T is the one I have and has worked very well, I'll let you try it out. :wink:
 

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Lookin for something alittle more compact. It might get car useage, but not that much.
 

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If you are looking for something to navigate roadways, go with what jtaliani posted.

Otherwise, anything Lowrance makes is excellent, ie; ifinder series, expedition etc etc.

I have one in the boat and also a handheld model.

The Roadmate, Tom Tom versions will give you specific roadway instructions, the other versions generally will navigate you in a direct line "as the crow flies", which is fine on the water.
 

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I used to do some geocaching. It was a lot of fun!

No kids at home to do it with anymore, except one

and he's not interested. Sigh......



I used a Garmin pocket unit, a GPS 12. It's still available

I think. Nearly bulletproof and tough to military standards, unlike

many of the newer toy GPS units.

It did NOT have a compass that worked without motion, so carrying

a compass and knowing how to use it was required. Good skill to have

anyway!



Forget the car based units for geocaching, and the PDA versions seem

too finicky. The marine versions are usually excellent quality but not

suited to geocaching.



I was not too fond of the Magellan units, sticking with my old

tough Garmin dinosaur. Took that pup cross country and back

without an issue or a problem!
 

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Think of buying a GPS like buying a pistol. Match it to it's use.

If I were taking another road trip (probably another cross country trip

coming this summer!) I would get a mapping unit with a car mount. Nice!



Geocaching and trail use? What is the point of a road map?



Dual use? Yup..... some do that fairly well.



I like SIMPLE. That's one feature I like about my M+P. As I was explaining to a lady and her family at a gun shop counter while showing them my M+P 9c, it's SIMPLE. Load it and pull the trigger, it goes bang. Don't pull the trigger, it doesn't go bang. No bells, no whistles, it just works for what it's designed to do. The safety is between the users ears.



GPS units can come as loaded with bells and whistles as any pistol out there. Best bet is to spend some time on geocaching.com in their forums and see what people are using and why. Just like here, you can bet they will howl like a stuck pig when they have an issue with their technology.



Use in a car..... it needs a screen you can read at a glance without

taking your eyes off the road for long. Reality is... you *should* pull over to use any GPS without a voice feature. Trail use can make do with pocket sized and small screen.



Take note of how many features they come with......

My experience is this: I used about 10% of the features available on a base level stock unit. My Garmin GPS 12 would do many things I just had no interest in. On the other hand it was fairly simple and I could work the controls by touch without looking at them. It also had good screen resolution and usable screen features (read that as large pointers visible at a glance without fussing).



For a car unit battery life is moot, but for a trail unit it's critical. I would

avoid a rechargable unit if possible. Carrying spare batteries is easy, carrying a house along to plug into is not. The military avoids rechargable anything for a reason. Several hours of constant use might seem like a lot, but once you are walking a trail it goes fast. The more features (color screen, ciggy lighter, wi-fi, whatever) the faster the battery dies. One feature I liked on my old GPS-12 was a low power use setting that sampled every five minutes rather than non-stop.



How tough is it? Is the case built to be dropped? Is it water resistant?

(Rain happens, ya know?). Does it have a built in light for the screen?

(Night happens, ya know?). Does it have a compass that works without the unit in motion? Exactly how accurate will it be with how many sats to look at? Under 5 meters is good for geo-caching. Closer is nice but not needed. We ain't aiming missles here.
 

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I own a Magellan Explorist 500 and use it for geocaching. There hasn't been one I haven't found yet. The GPS holds its signal very well and I have the MAPSEND Direct Route installed. It works great.
 

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i got the 600 model, its pretty nice. i also have MS streets and trips, , a Mio digiwalker i got on black friday for 150$ reg 400$
 

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Garmin IQue



I have the old 3600!!



Love it!!
 

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I've liked the garmin etrex series. The latest versionss with more map storage and onboard compass/barometer for fact checking orientation and elevation are pretty nice.
 

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I got a Garmin GPSmap 60Cx for Christmas. The base map is good for major highways. For around $100 you can get topo maps for the whole US. For another $100 you can get Citynavigator that give you routing and city maps for the whole US. You can put a 1 GB or larger Micro SD card ( $35)in and put about half the US Topo and Cities. Battery life is good on AAs.



For a little more bucks you can get the 60Csx with electronic compass and barimetric altimeter.



RAM makes mounts for cars, motercycle, boats etc.



Amazon shows price of $321



GringoP
 

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I've been looking at GPS handheld for a while, I eventually settled on the Lowrance IFinder H20. With the optional package and a colored handset its like $369 on Cabelas. Havent received it yet though so I can say too much about it.
 

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mio 310x, u can unlock it and run a slew of windows ce programs. i like mine better then my tomtom
 
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