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  • I was in a store that had a eTrex 20x in stock. I took a look at it and it has tide data. I think this must ba a matter of which market it's for with tide data in the US but not the UK.
  • My eTrex is a 20 not 20x so older it has ver. 4.80 software. I'm in the US and the closest tide is 436 miles (702 km) so I don’t think it’s the distance. I think sussamb also has a 20 so I think that UK instead of US should be the only difference in…
  • My eTrex 20 and my GPSMAP64s both have tide information. As a test I disabled all maps on the eTrex and it has tide information with no maps enabled.
  • The upper left arrow with the N should point north when you are moving no matter if the compass is calibrated or not. It will use GPS. It should point north while you are stopped if the compass is calibrated. Dose it point north while you are moving…
  • The statement above is why I said looks like and not that it is off. I know I’ve thought I had one setting only to find I had something else. If it was me I would check before doing a master reset. I agree it’s not using the compass.
  • You have the map set to “Track Up” so the direction of travel will be towards the top of the screen. It looks like you have the compass set to “Off” if so it is using GPS for direction of travel. If it’s off as the GPS signal bounces around a little…
  • Are you talking about the blue triangle on the map screen?
  • It should work well for you. Garmin makes a bike mount that zip ties on. You should take a look at it. The description says it fits up to 1 inch however it will go a lot bigger than that. I would think you would have something on your balloon to zip…
  • By default it will be set to Directional Letters But you can go into Heading setup and change it to Numeric Degrees or Mils. You can also set the North Reference to True, Magnetic, Grid or User. You can configure the data fields so you could put hea…
  • What don't you understand? They don't want a website where people come to complain about their products. >:) Good point!
  • I can't believe that Garmin are not providing a mechanism for users to report bugs with their products?? - oh well, I can only hope that someone from Garmin reads this forum. I agree I've never understood why Garmin doesn’t include handhelds in thei…
  • Thanks for keeping us updated. For my use I see three problems with using a phone. Reading the screen in sunlight, not water proof and battery life. I have software that will work for me. Of the three reading it in sunlight is the one stopping me …
  • Happy New Year. Are you using the Montana because you like it better than the phone or just in the process of testing which you like better?
  • I hope he keeps us updated as he uses it more. I'm defiantly interest interested in his thoughts on the phone. Unless he has better weather than I do I drought if it's getting much use for now.
  • There aren't very many choices for that now. Garmin is pretty much the last man standing already. What would you choose? Magellan no longer makes handhelds (and they were a joke for many years anyway). Garmin bought DeLorme and did away with their h…
  • That is typical of Garmin to just abandon a product. I have 2 Garmin FR60 heart rate monitors one for my wife one for me. The main reason I bought them instead of a lot cheaper one from a different company is that they had an ANT+ device that plug…
  • Yes. The discharge for NiMH and Alkaline is different. The NiMH won't drop much until it's almost dead the Alkaline will start dropping from the start so will be lower than the NiMH with very little use. At that point the GPS will think it’s almost …
  • Do you have the battery type set for the batteries you are using?
  • When you import to GE it will default to "Generic Text (*.txt *.csv)". In the dropdown menu near the bottom right of the import dialog box change it to all files and you should see your file.
  • Glad it worked for you. There is definitely a problem. I hope it’s fixed soon. They are the best maps I know of.
  • I can get it to come up. Which file or files do you want? Map installer for BaseCamp / MapSource on the Windows platform, Compressed file containing the tiles and overview map. This is useful for applications like Qlandkarte and Linux users, Ma…
  • Which map Generic Routable, Generic Routable (new style) or other? What country?
  • Try the maps again. It looks like the site is working but slowly. After reading your post I tried downloading a map and got “Checking existing maps…” with the dots going around. This went on for a long time so I decided you were correct that the sit…
  • I hope that is just a website problem that will be fixed soon.
  • After you try the Eneloops you will never buy anything else. I like the standard Eneloops not as high capacity as the Pros but more charge cycles and will last all day in both of my Garmins.
  • My biggest reason for not liking a phone for nav. on a bike is not being able to read the screen in the sun. If you can find one you can read in the sun you can work around battery life with a power bank. If it not waterproof you can put it in a bag…
  • I see you said "a ski stadum" If it's cold that could affect the batteries most of them don't like working is the get too cold. If it's cold try Lithium batteries they will work a lot better in the cold. I have never had the problems you describe …
  • All GPS receivers have an antenna. The one on the Oregon is a different type so you don't see it. Don't worry about the signal they will both be good. Go with the one you like better. The biggest difference is the interface. The GPSMAP 64 is a push …
  • You could set up 2 profiles with your topo map enabled in one and City navigator enabled in the other. You could then switch profiles instead of disabling and enabling maps. I have a 64s and an eTrex 20. For hiking either button system is good. On …
  • You said you use rechargeable batteries. Do you have the battery type set to NiMH? If not it could think the batteries are discharged when they are still charged and shut down. If you tap the power button it will bring up a screen that shows battery…
  • It's not a problem. I always charge my batteries outside of my 64 and other Garmin GPSs. It won't try charging them unless the button behind them is pressed. Garmin battery packs will press it but not standard rechargeable batteries.
  • I have a GPSMAP 64s and an eTrex 20. They both have GLONASS and work better in areas with bad reception which include slot canyons than a unit with GPS alone. I don't notice the 64 being any better or worse than the eTrex in the same location. The…
  • On the older eTrex line battery power went through springs and on a hard bump with the bike could lose power for an instance and shutdown. I don't know if Garmin made a change or if I'm lucky but Iv'e never had that problem with my eTrex 20. One t…
  • Looking at the manual I don't see location (latitude/longitude) listed as one of the data fields. With Garmin the fact it's not in the manual doesn't mean it's not on the device but I would check first. If you save a waypoint it will have Lat - Long…
  • Failing all that, I was looking at eTrex a few days ago, as Boyd mentioned. My only concerns with that one are size and the lack of expandable memory. I don't know how big a deal that last point is, but I've heard that it's going to be tough for m…
  • @Tim Will an Edge 20 or Forerunner 10 give you Latitude - Longitude or better yet UTM? If so they would be good as They are small and light An eTrex would also be good. They use AA batteries so power is not a problem. The eTrex 10 is cheep and wou…
  • I may have found A way. When you stop go into "Setup", "Tracks" and change "Track Log" to "Do Not Record" it will stop saving points. When you are ready to start moving change it back to "Record, Show On Map" or " Record, Do Not Show" I have been p…
  • Not sure I ever found it on my Legend either :)) Tracks page near top Track Log "On" "Off" buttons. Going back to the OPs problem, one way that might help is to in Setup, Tracks under "Record Method" select "Distance" and an interval of 0.01. Thi…
  • If there is a pause feature on the Etrex I haven't found it ;) If it's there I haven't found it ether. I think that is one of the things that went away between the old eTrex models and the 10/20/30. I could pause my Legend.
  • When you get to the trail head or before power up your GPS and let it get a good lock on the satellites before resting the trip computer. If it doesn't have a good lock it can add mileage. If you don't have GLONASS enabled I would enable it. With G…
  • As you have found track navigation on the eTrex is not very good for use on a bike. Also the route navigation on an eTrex is not very good on a bike as it will change the route. When I was using my eTrex 20 on my bike I would display a track on the …
  • Yes the Edge Touring has more options for route calculation but I wouldn't trust it or any other GPS to calculate a route on the bike. I want the GPS to follow a route or track I or someone programmed in BaseCamp or other program on the computer. It…
  • Garmin makes a bar mount. I don't have an eTrex 30x but unless they changed the mount from the eTrex 20/30 you could mount it on your handlebar and see it without stopping. I don't know how an edge would work for mountain biking they are more desi…
  • I would use a handheld GPS that lets you can turn recalculate off. My GPSMAP 64s will let me turn it off so will follow the route. I know some other Garmin handhelds will allow this but I'm not sure which ones. My eTrex 20 won't let me turn it o…
  • I have a 64s and eTrex 20 and use both on my bikes. I also have computers on all my bikes so can compare speed. Riding along the GPS speed seems to be real accurate. As sussamb said it's less accurate accelerating and decelerating. Garmin lists th…
  • That's the mount I use for my eTrex 20 and GPSMAP 64s. It will work on the handlebar or stem. It's cheap and works good. I had the eTrex come off one time when I hit a hard bump on a fast downhill. It could have been operator error. I now check th…
  • On a card that size you can have more than one map. I use the Openfietsmap on my bike and an OSM topo for hiking. You can have different maps enabled and disabled in different profiles. That way when you switch profiles you don't need to change th…
  • Yes the author needs to read a little more. "Both devices also feature a built-in 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass and a barometric altimeter, "???? GPSTrcklog has not been the same without Rich but I think it's going even father downhill.
  • I also agree on the Eneloops being excellent batteries however I use the standard Eneloops that are rated at 1900 mah and 2100 charges not the pro rated at 2400 or 2450 mah but only 500 charges that Zemartelo uses.
  • The eTrex screen is very sunlight readable. I use NaMH batteries I like Eneloop best but have used others and am very happy with the life. Battery life can very a lot depend on how bright the back-light is, how long is's on is GLONASS enabled is bat…