Garmin eTrex Vista HCx GPS Bundle - Mobile GPS Device
Have you read Jon Krakauer's "Into the Wild" yet? Well, if you're planning your own little trek into the wild then you just might consider taking a mobile GPS device so you don't end up lost and dead. The perfect setup at the right price just might be the Garmin eTrex Vista HCx GPS Bundle that is available for cheap from REI right now. That way you get everything you'll need in one tidy, cheap gear package. For me, cheap gear that is also good gear is always a little tough to come by. The only cheap gear I find is when it is a pair of old K2 Gyrators from '91 on eBay...not exactly what you would care to drop a dime on. But the Garmin eTrex Vista HCx GPS Bundle is a different story (albeit with a name that's a mouthful). Not only do you get a carrying case with the mobile GPS receiver, you also get an extra 128MB MicroSD card and a Topo 2008 DVD with all the topo to keep you rocking. The display is 256-color TFT so that it is readable in sunlight, and the memory is expandable with more SD cards as needed. The GPS receive has fast signal acquisition, boasts the sensitivity to work even in locations that are not open-air (such as valleys & dense forests). Heck, it's even waterproof to IEC 529 IPX7 standards with the weatherproof case. The unit has a trip computer that can give you your average speed, current speed, sunset/sunrise, and the time and distance of your trips. One thing I think is invaluable is its ability to calculate barometric pressure and record elevation gain/loss --- this is NOT your typical "Neverlost" GPS device that is only good for telling you to get on a freeway and go to the nearest Hertz location. This is a device for serious outdoorsmen -- whether hunting, or fishing, or camping, or backcountry skiing. Click here for more details on the Garmin eTrex Vista HCx GPS Bundle that is currently on sale at REI.