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Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx Waterproof Hiking GPS (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- High-sensitivity GPS receiver
- Bright, sunlight-readable color TFT display
- Color-handheld mapping ideal for both marine and outdoor use
- 64 MB microSD card for storage of optional map detail; NOTE: microSD card is located in the device, not as a separate, additional item
- Fast USB connectivity makes loading charts and maps quick and easy
- High-Sensitivity GPS Receiver
- Color-Handheld Mapping Ideal For Both Marine & Outdoor Use
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Ideal for both marine and outdoor use. Designed with the latest, high-sensitivity GPS receiver by SiRF, the unit tracks your position even in tree cover and canyons. Provides a bright, sunlight-readable color TFT display and include a 64MB microSD card for storage of optional map detail. Garmin preprogrammed microSD cards can be purchased, providing detail for Topo, BlueChart, Fishing Hot Spots, Minnesota LakeMaster Promaps and European streets. The 64MB microSD card can also be loaded with data from MapSource products like BlueChart, U.S. Topo 24K, Minnesota LakeMaster Promaps and City Navigator. Fast USB connectivity makes loading charts and maps quick and easy, while navigation instructions can be shared with repeaters, plotters, and autopilots using NMEA protocols through the dedicated serial port. The GPSMAP 60CSx incorporates a barometric altimeter for extremely accurate elevation and vertical profile data. An electronic compass displays accurate heading while standing still.
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As a tour guide I use mine in Yellowstone Park everyday. Customers are always interested in asking what the elevation is, distance we have hiked, etc..... It is also helpful to me personally when I preview a trail and need to write a description for clients. MOST trails in Yellowstone Park have the wrong distances posted at the trailheads. This is because over the years the trails have had to be re-routed for various reasons; erosion control, mud slides, avalanches, etc.... but the park service has never spent the money to replace the expensive metal trailhead signs that were installed in the early 1960's.
When the other GPS's shut down due to lack of signals in deep valleys, this one just keeps powering on! If you are going to be hiking in mountains with deep valleys this is the GPS you need.
I highly recommend purchasing a scratch cover for the screen.
One drawback for me personally is, Garmin is not compatible with Apple computers, so I had to purchase a memory map card with Yellowstone Park installed. If I visited another park like Grand Canyon National Park and wanted to use this GPS unit, I would have to purchase a new map card with that park installed. If you own and use a standard PC computer you can download these maps off of the internet and install them into the GPS yourself.
I personally do not Geo cache, but when I first purchased this GPS unit I did drive into Bozeman and found several just as a way to learn how to use my unit.
The map card I installed does include other areas outside of Yellowstone Park, like Bozeman, Montana where I live and includes the street names, etc... however, you can not type in an address and have the GPS unit direct you to that address like you can with a vehicle GPS unit. Hand held GPS units are used for hiking, etc..... It's like the difference between a standard screw driver and a Phillips screwdriver. They are both screwdrivers but used for different types of screws. The same for handheld GPS units vs vehicle GPS units.
I didn't like the ease in which it lost satellites in big cities or in dense canopy. Acquisition seemed like it took a bit too long sometimes and when you need the GPS, and it has to reacquire, it can be very frustrating when it is slow.
I also hated being limited to 54mb of memory. I could fill that in no time and had to take a laptop with me to download the next set of maps if I was taking a decent road trip. It was annoying.
Finally, the unit was glitchy in it's later years. Mine would freeze every once in a while and the only way to solve it was to turn the unit off and then turn it back on. Of course doing this lost all of your current trip averages and all the counters would start over. this would also start your trip to a waypoint from where you are standing, not from where you started, so I lost all the miles I had traveled too.
The 60CSx, which I have owned for a total of two days now, is incredible. The boot time is much faster, as is the acquisition of satellites from my armchair in my house (where I unpacked the box and powered it on for the first time). I bought with it a Kingston 4GB micro SDHD card and downloaded my old maps to it. I chose this size of chip because I called a Garmin rep and he told me the larger, newer maps can press closer to 4GB. So, with the cards being under ten bucks, I went for it.
Uploading the maps took hours, literally. I went to bed when it said I had 3 hours left of loading and I had already spent the past hour setting the CSx up the way I like it to operate. But, I now have all of North America on the chip and didn't have to buy a new set of maps. The upload time from PC to the unit seems the same...slow. All future map upgrades will be bought on the microchip from Garmin.
The maps work like a charm. I am driving from Florida to NC next weekend and it routed the trip for me in moments. It is so much faster than the old 60CS.
Acquiring satellites is really fast, it holds the lock even indoors and the computing in the unit is so much faster than the old model. The time it took me to produce directions to NC was about as fast as the old unit would take to produce short two hour drives or recalculations if I missed a turn.
All in all, I am very pleased. It looks and feels like my old unit, but with a tune up. I highly recommend this model.