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Can anyone reccomend me a cheap GPS unit without a map/navigation?

Asked by wilhel1812 (2860 points ) March 3rd, 2012

I am planning on walking for around 50 days this summer in the Norwegian mountains and I’m looking for a cheap GPS unit that can tell me where I am in case I get lost. I am going to navigate with paper maps, but I want a unit that can give me the coordinates of my location. I don’t want a fancy big device with a big screen, simply because it’s expencive and I doubt that the battery will last. Does anyone have experiences with units like this?

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Is $120 for a waterproof mapping unit with a 25-hour battery life reasonable, even if it has a 2.2” screen with some mapping capability? If so, the Garmin eTrex 10 might do the trick. However I think what you are looking for may be more along the lines of the 72H which is $150 and gets “only” 18 hours on 2 AA batteries.

That price and battery life is the same as the eTrex Legend H and only $20 less than the Venture HC though, so mapping units are not as pricey or battery-hungry as you might think. Still, it seems that the 72H is what you are looking for if you want to use the paper maps.

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