GPS/barometer recommendation

Discussion in 'Backcountry' started by Greybeard, May 2, 2016.

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    Greybeard

    Greybeard Active Member

    Its come time to replace my aging Garmin Etrex GPS (largely because the new ones have better performance). A new Etrex10 (~$150) would fit the bill of my requirements nicely - except I'm thinking of taking the opportunity to get something with a barometer/altimeter. The Etrex30 would be good, but the cost is an extra ~$230. Are there any suggestions for a separate barometer/altimeter of reasonable quality that is substantially cheaper than this? I doubt a $20 ebay job would be any good, but I'm open to suggestions.
    I want the barometer mainly for tracking weather on longer trips, but also as an adjunct to navigation.
     
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    Seth

    Seth Old And Crusty Season Pass Gold

    new eTrex35t looks pretty sweet.
     
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    Greybeard

    Greybeard Active Member

    Mmmm, Harvey Norman has etrex10 for only $98!
     
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    Greybeard

    Greybeard Active Member

    Expensive (~$490). Not sure what the touchscreen would be like with gloves.
     
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    Seth

    Seth Old And Crusty Season Pass Gold

    Superseeded so would some good run out deals.
     
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    Seth

    Seth Old And Crusty Season Pass Gold

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    coolair

    coolair Active Member Season Pass Gold

    I have an etrex 10, it gives an altitude but not very accurate, also very confusing to use, but good on battery life
    my 15 year old lowrance unit was easy to master but ate battery's.
    Consider a Casio watch, alti/ barometer works well.
     
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    mr

    mr Part of the Furniture Season Pass Silver

    anyone with a fenix 3 know if the datum can be set to GDA, seems only lat / long?

    @hongomania
     
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    Greybeard

    Greybeard Active Member

    Decided to lash out with the etrex30. May even use the digital maps.
     
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    Ziggy

    Ziggy Addicted Member Season Pass Silver

    I use a Casio Pathfinder watch for alti and baro functions. It also has a basic compass. Very easy for a quick glance.

    Solar powered so no more battery changes with vacuum tests for waterproofness.
     
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    NeoSamurai

    NeoSamurai Dedicated Member

    There's also the Garmin 'epix' GPS/GLONASS watch with colour topo maps, barometer, altimeter, compass, live tracking etc. etc. etc. - all on your wrist.
     
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2016
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    Tanuki

    Tanuki Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    what maps do people use for Garmin watches? I've just purchased a Fenix 3 and I can't seem to get a straight answer anywhere. I it just the Garmin maps you can buy or are there open source topo maps etc? I'm looking for topographic maps for hiking and winter backcountry. Cheers
     
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    Ziggy

    Ziggy Addicted Member Season Pass Silver

    There's OSM for Garmin - not topo AFAI recall.

    There's Shonky Maps which is. They're old 250 K Natmaps or similar.
     
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    Ziggy

    Ziggy Addicted Member Season Pass Silver

    Garmin Topo Aus aren't brilliant.
     
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    Tanuki

    Tanuki Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

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    Ziggy

    Ziggy Addicted Member Season Pass Silver

    Is it a mapset?
     
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    Tanuki

    Tanuki Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Not sure yet, appears to be plus tracking capable etc