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[cdt-l] ETREX vs MAGELLAN 315
I have an E-trex that I have had about a year and I have a Magellan 4000XL
which is about 4 years old. The E-trex weighs less (E-trex is 5.3 oz with
batteries and the Magellan is 12.4 oz with batteries) and has twice the
battery life (12 - 14 hours vs 6 - 8 hours) on half the batteries (2 AA vs
4AA). I have not carefully timed the batter life; the times are estimates.
I have found both units "accurate".
Using the E-trex in the "go to" mode to a landmark (my parked truck) whose
coordinates were saved by the E-Trex, I have found the margin of error to be
approximately 120'. I have tested this several times. Within this 120', it
starts to get flaky giving contradictory directions as you move around. The
closest I have gotten is about 70' before it became flaky. Also, I
frequently get different readings from the same point but the variances are
minor; my recollection is less than 0.5 seconds. I have not tested the
Magellan in a similar manner. I consider the 120' as adequate given normal
visibility and the margin of error in calculating positions on a map and
expect I could find what I was looking for in most though not all
I have not had difficulties getting a navigable signal with the E-trex. I
have used the unit in forest but not in dense, heavy forest. Dangling from
my neck by the lanyard, the E-trex seems to keep the signal but if I place
the instrument in my pocket the signal is likely to be lost.
Given these two units, the E-trex is a winner: less weight and one-quarter
the battery requirement. I paid about $120 for the E-trex at Walmart.
I hope this helps Nate even if it is not the Magellan 315.
----- Original Message -----
From: Nate Young <email@example.com>
Sent: Saturday, December 01, 2001 11:54 AM
Subject: [cdt-l] ETREX vs MAGELLAN 315
> I'm looking at choosing between these two gps units for a thru hike along
> the continental divide. One has a longer battery life with a cheese
> while the other has a better antena with cheese battery life. What is
> experience and opinion on these units?
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