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5.4 out of 10

Garmin eTrex Venture

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Reviews for Garmin eTrex Venture

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Overall 10
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Value for money 8
8.0
Ease of use 6
6.0
Reliability 10
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Looks 10
10

My first GPS

m4tty, Ciao
16 March 2004
  • Excerpt: "...to be a trait with garmin products (have a GPS V now), it feels very solidly put together to start with, the buttons on the side which operate the zoom functions and menu selections are quite stiff however this is understandable due to the unit having to meet water resistant standards - I believe it can be submerged up to 1 meter for 30 mins without risk so it should stand up to a drop in a puddle and rain etc. There is also a nipple (don't laugh) ...
  • Pros: Well Built, Compact, screen resolution
  • Cons: Complex if you are a tecnohphobe, designed for right handed use (see review)
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Overall 2
2.0

Disappointing purchase

Amazon Customer, Amazon
6 days ago
  • Summary: I didn't receive an instruction book about how to use this product and after finding one on the net, I still can't figure out how to use this.
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Overall 2
2.0

Don't Bother

CRNA, Amazon
20 December 2013
  • Summary: This version does not preform takes forever to find anything in the sky. I would suggest you look for something else.
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Overall 6
6.0

Fine but took a long time to get a signal.

Robert, Amazon
24 May 2013
  • Summary: I bought this refurbished and it was extremely inexpensive (compared to other units as well as new units). I was going on a 3-day backpacking trip in Yosemite, and the trails are well-marked. I really only needed it to see how far away I was from different points on the trail. It took a while to get a satellite signal (anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes), but when it did, it was fine. I found it very helpful, and it gave me piece of mind.
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Overall 4
4.0

Waterproof? Nope

Ryno, Amazon
30 April 2012
  • Summary: Well, after one day of getting water on my Garmin... it stopped working. Everything was sealed and locked up tight, but it got mosture inside the screen and stopped working >:[
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Overall 6
6.0

Good for the old school

crewdoglm, Ebay
9 April 2012
  • Summary: The Etrex series is obsolete and this is not what real GPS geeks will want. Examples of archaic features: it comes with an RS32 nine-pin serial pot cord which - useless with a laptop and it is incompatible with map data cards. I bought one used/cheap because I am familiar with using the Etrex and moreso because I only want the unit to do two things: 1) give you a position 2.) give you a heading. This is fine with the paper maps I still use. Yes, they still exist.
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Overall 10
10

Easy as ABC

Mort, Amazon
15 March 2012
  • Summary: This is a great GPS for the person just getting their hands on one. It has few "bells and whistles" , just the basics, but gets good support from Garmin. The reception will be lost in deep forest cover (that's why you carry that compass too)but knowing this up front you can adjust line of travel. You will get a full day on a set of batteries (AA). I use a solar charger on extended trips to avoid hauling a crate of batteries.
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Overall 2
2.0

User Interface Really Stinks

Mountaineer, Amazon
21 October 2011
  • Summary: The eTrex Venture was purchased to replace a much older Garmin unit that was lost at the airport. The Venture is a disappointment in every respect. The tiny pushbuttons have a mushy feel, are difficult to work, and do not function in a reliable, consistent manner, making it IMPOSSIBLE to select certain items from the main menu.
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Overall 10
10

Good buy!

beverly6348, Ebay
8 July 2011
  • Summary: I've only used the Garmin eTrex Venture GPS unit for about a week or so, but it seems to work great. My sons like to geocache, and there have been several that they could not find over the years, but once we got this GPS system... they found their geocaches easily. The other good thing is that they're 12, and they figured out how to use it very quickly. Good buy!
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Overall 1
1.0

"Useless crap"

rorschandt, CNET
25 April 2008
  • Pros: Feature rich, but that's uselss if it can't read a signal...
  • Cons: Waste of money, if you are anywhere near a tree, or clouds.
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