Sunday, March 18, 2012

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Garmin eTrex Summit HC review

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UPDATE: This model has been discontinued. For more current recommendations, please refer to our handheld GPS buyers guide or our Garmin handheld GPS comparison chart.

The Garmin eTrex Summit HC is a mid-level mapping receiver in Garmin’s eTrex H-series lineup. With a high-sensitivity receiver for superior reception under canopy, a bright color screen, and the ability to load topo maps (purchased separately), this is an excellent backcountry GPS.

Step up to the Vista HCx and you’ll pick up two other features — an expandable micro-SD memory card slot instead of on-board memory, and auto-routing, allowing you to generate turn-by-turn directions when highway maps are loaded. To see how the Summit HC stands up against other Garmin models, check out my Garmin handheld GPS comparison chart.

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The Summit HC, like the Venture HC, has 24 MB of memory, and will accommodate 500 waypoints, 50 routes and 10 saved tracks. The difference between the two units is that the Summit HC adds a barometric altimeter and electronic compass.


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Comments

  1. muskybankr says:

    Rich, this is probably a stupid question but with only 24MB of memory, can I load in the Arizona topo(203MB) and the Southwest Trail overlay(about 2mb, I think). Or does the GPS have hard drive storage??

    • No. I doubt that you could even fit all of Grand Canyon NP on it. You can probably load enough for a week long backpacking trip, but not much more. The eTrex models with an “x” in the model name/number have an expansion slot though, but not the Summit HC.

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