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Old 02-09-2007, 07:29 PM   #41
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Side note: I tend to be a little rough on my gps and have had the little plastic catch that holds the back cover in place over the batteries break off twice. The batteries lose their connection if this happens so it's a good idea to carry tape.
Neil, you've got the RINO right? You can get a pair bashguards, one in camo, one in Orange as well as another belt clip and a lanyard clip for about $15.00.

When you slip the unit into the case, the rear battery compartment is covered. I also like the orange cover because it makes the gps easier to spot if you lay it down.

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Old 02-09-2007, 08:03 PM   #42
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I know the conversation has moved past this, but figured I would add my input/experience. I received a Garmin Etrax for xmas a few years back and brought it with me on the Northville Placid last year (or maybe it was the year before).

Idea at the time was to waypoint the trail as I hiked it and to play with that info and see if I could provide anything interesting on my site. However, I found that I could only get signals if the tree cover was very, very, light. Usually only at lakes, or vleis, or road crossings etc.

For example, on the first day I was able to connect and waypoint at the trailhead and at Silver Lake, but was unable to connect at the junction for Rock Lake.
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Old 02-09-2007, 09:16 PM   #43
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Idea at the time was to waypoint the trail as I hiked it and to play with that info and see if I could provide anything interesting on my site. However, I found that I could only get signals if the tree cover was very, very, light. Usually only at lakes, or vleis, or road crossings etc.

For example, on the first day I was able to connect and waypoint at the trailhead and at Silver Lake, but was unable to connect at the junction for Rock Lake.
There are several etrex models. I assume that the chip, sensitivety would have a bearing on price as well as features. I have a friebd who has one of the Gecko models that also hasdiffculty under the canopy.

Speaking for the RINO, occasionally i lose signal for a very short time, usually 10 or 15 seconds and then it re-acquires immediately so I do not question it's reliabilty under the canopy. t's accuracy has always ben better then advertised as well. normally, the "Arriving at waypoit" alarm goes off when I am within 10 feet of it.

Personally, I think the RINO's are the best of the Garmins, and i think the Garmins are the best manufacturery, having had Magellans and Lowrance GPS's in the past.
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Old 02-10-2007, 04:41 AM   #44
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I was rocking the ETrex Vista. Don't know enough about the device to know if it is considered good, bad or middle of the road.

It does seem like I was getting substantially less performance than what others have reported for similarly priced units though. Hard to know if there were other factors at play on the few days I tried using it. Next time I head out I'll try to remember to bring it to test again.
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I was rocking the ETrex Vista. Don't know enough about the device to know if it is considered good, bad or middle of the road.

It does seem like I was getting substantially less performance than what others have reported for similarly priced units though. Hard to know if there were other factors at play on the few days I tried using it. Next time I head out I'll try to remember to bring it to test again.
The location it is carried in makes a difference as well. If you have a way to fasten it to the shoulder strap on your backpack so it is at about ear level it will perform much better then worn at the waist or on a neck lanyard.
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Like Redhank said I have very little problem with my Rino when it's hooked high on my shoulder strap of my pack, but lose signal much more if I hook it at waist level.


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The location it is carried in makes a difference as well. If you have a way to fasten it to the shoulder strap on your backpack so it is at about ear level it will perform much better then worn at the waist or on a neck lanyard.
...While this does hold true, I still lose signal occasionally under canopy with my E-trex Legend and I always have it at the top of my shoulder strap.
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