Garmin eTrex 10 Review: Is This GPS Worth The Money?

This review article is about Garmin GPS eTrex 10. We are going to talk about the functions and specifications of this GPS device at large below.

The eTrex 10 speaks to a tremendous improvement over the old eTrex H. Perhaps the greatest change is the USB connection instead of the old sequential port, which caused many individuals a lot of torment.

Garmin eTrex 10 Review

Detailed Review of Garmin eTrex 10 GPS

 One winter ago as I was prepping for a boondocking trip up the mountain, a fellow rider introduced me to the Garmin eTrex 10. It is not a gadget full of grandeur, it is a basic GPS device. It is one of those hefty devices that you can just dump in your pack and it will give you a service worth a lifetime. Well, okay, that is a tad bit of exaggeration but even if not a lifetime, it will last you several seasons.

A small but sturdy device that is encased with yellow and black rubber that sits on your palm. It is a suitable example of big power in a small package. The following functions of the device make it what it is :

  • It is waterproof and rugged.
  •  It has a battery life of 25 hours, using easily available (and rechargeable) two AA batteries.
  •  It weighs just over 140 gms.
  •  It uses both GPS (American) and GLONASS (Russian) satellites, that help you locate faster and accurately.

It retains in memory the previous satellites used which means that each time you switch the device off and switch it on the next time, you will acquire your location very quickly.

Yet, the Garmin eTrex 10 is an exceptionally fundamental gadget. It has a small low-resolution monochrome screen that is additionally truly neat and spares battery life.

It doesn’t acknowledge SD or some other data cards, you can’t include maps to it, it doesn’t have a touchscreen, camera or some other astounding additional features.

In case you’re searching for touchscreen, camera, information cards, and different additional items, Garmin has different models in the Dakota and Montana ranges. 

It can also disclose to you the sunrise/sunset times, has a schedule, storage for 50 routes and 1000 way-focuses 

However, amidst all the celebration of its features, there are shortcomings I must mention that stand as a hindrance to the snowmobilers. Firstly, the joystick which is the controller sits on top. After a few months of use, it loses the responsiveness sometimes requires a slightly harder press or a different angle to respond. 

Secondly, It does not come with a mounting system. This can be big trouble for the snowmobilers as digging down the pockets in search of the GPS every time you need it can be quite a hassle.

Despite the fact that the eTrex 10 is an entry-level gadget, it offers a few pleasant highlights: 

GPS+GLONASS 

 This will give you better reception, particularly in northerly latitudes and regular and urban canyons. 

Propelled track route 

On the eTrex 10, you can choose a track to explore and a course will be made. Waypoints are consequently created for significant high and low height focuses, and start and finish; these and any user waypoints along the track are added to the course.

On the off chance, if a boon-docker heads out for a trail he has never traveled before, he can do an online quest for tracks to load to the gadget. One favorable position of this new track route highlight is that, not normal for commonplace boondocks course route, you’ll get an estimate of real trail distance instead of “straight from one point to the other” mileage. 

Paperless geocaching 

The eTrex 10 is set up for full paperless geocaching support, including cache filtering(appeared at right), so you can see the depiction, logs, and clue, and you can log your endeavor (discover, DNF, and so on.) for later move back to geocaching.com.

Talking about which, full access to these highlights requires a premium membership at geocaching.com. Garmin has an opencaching.com site that is free, yet the quantity of caches is not as much as what is found on geocaching.com.

Demonstrated as follows: nearest geocaches, geocache portrayal, individual geocache menu, late logs. you can back up your information with a USB connection.

Garmin eTrex 10 pros 

  • Full paperless geocaching support.
  • GPS + GLONASS support .
  • Astounding battery life.
  • Utilizations small USB link (included) as opposed to eTrex H’s sequential connection.
  • Advanced track navigation 

Garmin eTrex 10 cons 

  • Monochrome screen .
  • Can’t show maps.
  • Constrained memory 

Final words

I highly recommend it. The eTrex 10 is the best starter GPS for geocachers available. You can locate this model for simply over $110 and that gets you the full arrangement of paperless geocaching highlights.

This joined with the way that it offers GPS + GLONASS support makes it a staggering deal. The eTrex 10 is a colossal improvement over Garmin’s entry-level handheld unit, the eTrex H.

Boondockers on a strict spending plan should stay with the more established Venture HC, which enables you to stack topo maps, however, you won’t get paperless geocaching, advanced track navigation or the more up to date, simpler to explore the interface.

Vikas Kajla
Vikas loves winter. When there is snow, you can't find him inside the house. He'll be out probably doing skiing, snowboarding or maybe snowmobiling.

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