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Get in Gear: Garmin Outdoor GPS

The next time you venture outside, either in hiking boots, on a bike, in a car, or in sneakers, your chances of getting lost will be slim to none with the Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx.

GPS stands for Global Position System, and this amazing device uses satellite reception to figure out where you are and how to get where you're going. When you purchase this hand-held GPS, you choose from 3 different areas: Americas, Atlantic or Pacific. It comes with built in basic maps of those areas including major cities, some smaller cities and towns, oceans, rivers, and lakes, major interstates and highways, state and international borders, and major airports.

It comes with a blank 64 MB card so you can store extra maps from the optional MapSource® mapping software. Just connect to your computer with the USB cable, and you can load map data or transfer routes and waypoints (these are points on a map that you follow to help you get to your destination). You can even purchase microSD cards that are preloaded with MapSource maps, which means you don't have to connect to your computer. The microSD card slot is located inside the waterproof battery compartment, so you never have to worry about water getting inside.

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This Garmin GPS has a large color display that's easy to read whether you are following a map or written out directions. You don't have to worry about being in a rush, because the AA batteries can last up to 18 hours. What's even greater is that the built-in IPX7 waterproof case can withstand an accidental dunk in the water or rain shower.

How much is the price of safety, you may ask? I found it on for the cheapest price- $309.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate. The MSRP (manufacturers suggested retail price) is $499.99 so this is quite a deal. Well worth it for the comfort of knowing you'll never be lost again.

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llendril llendril 10 years
thanks for the tips, nuttbecky!
nuttbecky nuttbecky 10 years
My husband and I geocache, and we got the Garmin etrex legend. Its only about 120 dollars (you can probably find refubished online or even on ebay) and black and white. If you are going to do deep hikes, the black and white consumes less battery power than the color screens and I honestly fight the black and white screens easier to read in bright sunlight. The etrex allows us to download additional map data and gps coordinates directly from You don't need a super complicated GPS to geocache. Just one that gives you a good reading and some good hiking boots!
christie christie 10 years
My dad has a friend at work who has something like this and uses it to find his car in parking lots...I'm not kidding.
llendril llendril 10 years
i've been thinking of getting a handheld gps ever since i learned about geocaching. but $300 is still more than i'd like to spend right now . . .
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