/ GPS for Lofoten / Europe
Ideally I'd like one with a colourful screen/map but this is obviously expensive. I guess buying additional maps for new areas/countries could get expensive too? Ot it is a one-off purchase?
Would a bog standard 'eTrex 10' (i.e. cheap n' cheerful) and mountaineering map be the best solution?
Mountaingeering GPS and Sat Nav kind fo dealio with color screen and maps don't really go that well hand in hand.
Color screen and Sat Nav are often quite power hungry...
I would use (and do) use my iPad or smartphone as Sat Nav (with Navigon software, but there are others). And have used a really basic GPS while mountaineering (more than enough if you can mark waypoints and show the current location).
GPS will work anywhere on the globe, it needs to be set to the correct datum and position format to display your location in the correct format to interface with a map, these settings “should” be on every map.
note that if you have only ever used OSGB then you will want to spend an hour or so working with a normal map because northings are not normally straight lines. when you are nearer the poles this begins to matter.
also note that currently declination is POSITIVE 5o 9’ in that part of the world, very important if you only ever work in the UK.
then you just need the map or data. Can’t help there but I’m sure someone will be along to tell you where you can buy it.
I recently bought a Garmin Vista HCx, it was new from Ebay, though they have not made them for a couple of years. You can also pick up used ones for a decent price off Ebay. Its much better than a basic Etrex I had previously which was hopeless. Battery life is very good (25h +), especially if you use lithium batteries. Its relatively easy to use, even with gloves, has a colour screen, takes SD card maps (I just bought one for part of Norway) and picks up sat signals quickly and is small and light and waterproof. There are a number of similar Garmin models of that vintage and many consider them better than the current model range which have large touch screens.
I've now read a bit about the Garmin Vista HCx VS the eTrex 30. It seems the eTrex is better. For example:
So it just comes down to price :)
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