Re: GPS unit recommendations?
- From: Mike Clark <mrc7@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 06 Nov 2007 14:54:39 GMT
In message <fgpt6q$jgf$9@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Chris Malcolm <cam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
If you can be bothered to be nice to it, you can get nearly as good
performance out of an old GPS as a new one, and sometimes a lot better than
someone who doesn't know how to be nice to their new one :-)
I recently purchased a VistaHCx and had an opportunity to compare it to
my Geko301 for a weeks walking in Scotland. The newer Vista locked on to
satellites much quicker than the Geko and also over a days walking the
tracklog had fewer anomalies. I also discovered that the Vista was not
as fussy as the Geko as to how I held or carried it. e.g. for several
days walking in wet weather I carried the Vista in my jackets map-pocket
whilst the Geko was attached to my shoulder strap on the rucksack. The
Vista still maintained accurate tracking.
So I'm very pleased in general with the Vista HCx. I will probably
still use the Geko301 for times when weight is at a premium, e.g.
ski-touring. The only negative I have about the Vista compared to the
Geko is to do with selective saving of partial tracks. On the Geko it is
a simple matter to quickly scroll through the log based on time for
each entry, whereas on the Vista it is necessary to pick the beginning
and end points off by scrolling in the map view. For walks where the
beginning and end tracks overlap I've found it very difficult sometimes
to accurately select the beginning and end points.
o/ \\ // |\ ,_ o Mike Clark
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