The eTrex is famously simple and reliable, almost a mini-brand in itself, and they are hugely popular with those dipping their first toe in the world of GPS. This unit doesn’t have the ability to load Ordnance Survey mapping via a flash memory card, which means it’s most commonly used as a basic position-finder and walks log, or as a back-up unit if you have something swisher. There is a small amount of internal memory however, and coupled with PC software you should be able to add some small amounts of mapping to the device, although Garmin only really offer their Topo mapping and not Ordnance Survey maps. It is a simple beast, with basic mapping that gives general outlines, and nowhere near enough detail for use in preference to a paper map. As there is no mapping to load up when the unit is switched on, it is one of the fastest units to go from switching on to locking on to a satellite, and is barely slower than pricier Garmin units. The build quality is good, with a rugged, waterproof design. The buttons are all encased in rubber and the main control joystick is tough. A good unit for those not looking for full OS mapping capability, and to save a bit of cash whilst still having a quality GPS unit.
Dimensions (cm): 5.6x10.7x3.0
Waterproof: Yes – IPX7
PC/Mac-compatible: PC and Mac
Battery life (claimed): Up to 14 hours
Contact: 0808 238 0000; www.garmin.com/uk