Garmin eTrex Vista GPS receiver adds a barometric altimeter, electronic compass, the same
base map as in Garmin's III+ and eMap models, and 24 MB of memory to Garmin's popular
eTrex model. The altimeter displays your altitude and provides a graphic profile of your
trip, while the compass provides bearing information. Housed in a silver case, this
powerful 12-parallel-channel GPS receiver weighs only 5.3 ounces and measures 4.4 inches
high and 2 inches wide. It literally fits in the palm of your hand.
The eTrex Vista's 24 MB memory enables you to store more types of data -- from
topographical maps to roadside points of interest such as campgrounds, restaurants, and
hotels--with a single download from Garmin's series of MapSource CD-ROMs (sold
separately). These include MetroGuide USA, U.S. Waterways and Lights, and U.S. Topography.
The built-in Americas base map displays cities, interstate highways, and U.S. exit
information for North, South, and Central America. Address and business listings are
displayed with data downloads. Additionally, it provides marine points of interest for
lakes, rivers, and coastlines.
The eTrex Vista has a front-panel rocker switch that allows for quick and accurate map
panning. You can view maps on a liquid-crystal display with a resolution of 288 by 160
pixels. The eTrex Vista is waterproof to an IPX7 standard, so it can take an accidental
splash or dunk
in the water and still continue to perform.
Even while operating in forest conditions,
the eTrex Vista will continue to maintain a tight satellite lock. The unit can store up to
500 user waypoints with graphic icons and boasts Garmin's own TracBack feature, which will
reverse your track log and help you navigate your
way back home. In addition, the eTrex Vista uses animated graphics that help you identify
your marked waypoints quickly and easily.
The Garmin eTrex Vista comes with a PC interface cable, manual, and quick reference card.
It is covered by a one-year warranty.
Cost: Approximately $350
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