Discussion in 'Fishing Electronics Review' started by micah, Jun 7, 2007.

  1. micah

    micah New Member

    Gilbert, Arizon
    I'm in the market for a gps. I've had my eye on the garmin Vista or Legend. I can't decide if I need color or not. I also can't decide whether I need the barometric altimeter and digital compass. Any suggestions from the BOC members.
  2. jim

    jim New Member

    Jacksonville NC
    Make up your mind!!!!:big_smile::lol:

  3. ncfowler

    ncfowler Well-Known Member

    i have several one of the features i got was the ability to screen scroll, the color one is a definate plus. all the others features are nice and worth having, what i would do is look at if it can be upgraded and have a removable memory card. do not be price driven do your homework and play with them first.
  4. Mr.T

    Mr.T Active Member

    You don't need a barometric altimeter; you have a GPS that can get a 3D fix to within 50 or 100 ft. That's plenty accurate.

    Besides, the pressure altimeter is only useful if you have a nearby reference (such as the ATIS report from an airport) for obtaining the current sea level pressure - without a reference, you don't know the true altitude and all the altimeter tells you is whether you're going up or down.
  5. Cheez

    Cheez New Member

    Micah I was in the market for a GPS last year and spent a huge amount of time shopping for one that would meet my needs and be in my somewhat liberal budget. What I ended up getting was a Garmin GPSMAP 76CSx. For under $500 I believe it is as good as they come. It is waterproof and even floats. Color, digital compass,barometric altimeter, removeable upgradable SD card and many other features. The best thing I like about this unit is it's ability to find satellites in the heaviest cover. Since I got mine I have found out that it will even find satellites in my house. Not many if any GPS units can make that claim. You can find a ton of info from the web on most any of the units available. One more thing that I will mention is price. If you search the internet there is a variance in price by as much as 30% for the exact same product. Example; Cabela's offered the 76CSx for $549, Bass pro had it for $479. I found it on the internet for $399.
    A word to the wise would be to continue what you are doing and shop 'till you drop.
    Hope this helps

  6. Grumper

    Grumper New Member

    Crystal City MO
    First of all, I installed a new locator on my boat without GPS. I was thinking I didn't need it..... well, I was wrong. So instead of spending another $500, to get another unit, I just bought a handheld instead. It's a Lowrance i-finder Explorer. It's not color, but i'm not really a color fan anyway. It is waterproof, has the barometric altimeter, compass, and an SD slot for map upgrades. I like it alot, but the only downfall is it is a little bit larger than the garmins. It's fairly simple to use, and if you have any experience at all with Lowrance GPS sonars, it works pretty much the same. I think I paid around $200 for it at Bass Pro.
  7. Shanadoia

    Shanadoia New Member

    Well i have a Bottomline 5300 sonar/gps unit that does it all and the gps is soo acurate its unbelievable! I bought this unit on ebay for 500 bucks and can sell it for even more but i am keeping it for my personal use because now that i have learned all the features on it i almost feel like i am swiming me bottomline units are one of the best on the market and although pricey, they can do soo much...Ck one out before ya buy a unit and i think you will be suprized what they do...i am putting a pic of my unit here for you to ck out.

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