Sunday, March 18, 2012


Garmin eTrex Vista H

Garmin-eTrex-Vista-H-review 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 Vista H is a new, relatively low-end model in the eTrex line up. It is a monochrome unit, though it does offer an electronic compass and barometric altimeter. Step down to the Legend H and you’ll even drop those two features. The Vista H can accommodate maps, but is limited to 24MB of on-board memory.

Not recommended

I’ll cut right to the chase here. I can’t recommend this unit. Monochrome displays are nowhere near as bright as color units, and can be quite difficult to see in daylight conditions. Instead, I recommend one of the following:

  • Garmin eTrex Venture HC – This unit adds a color screen, but drops the electronic compass and barometric altimeter
  • Garmin eTrex Legend HCx – This model adds to the Venture HC’s feature set with a micro-SD slot for additional map storage and provides the ability to do turn-by-turn highway routing (when you add City Navigator maps)

Compare prices on the Garmin eTrex Vista H

To see how the Vista H stacks up against other units, check out my Garmin handheld GPS comparisonchart.

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  1. I think your blanket dismissal of black and white displays is unjustified. I have the Vista H model and have had absolutely no trouble seeing it in all daylight conditions. Maybe you need to have your eyes checked, or your wrists.

    The unit is not a gee-whiz, cooks your coffee model, but not everyone needs kitchen help. It does what Garmin claims it does, it doesn’t have bs I don’t need, and I’m quite happy with it.

  2. Fair enough. My eyes are definitely over 40 years old. Not saying how much over 40! I think my wrists are fine though. 🙂

  3. I agree with Grumpy, and I’ll go one step more, if the new units have games they should be place in the trash. When hiking you take a map with you and use the gps to get you location on the map. I also use it to mart my trail head and truck location. This is a great unit and I have recorded over 12,000 miles on it…..

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