Derek wrote:Used an Oregon for a while now. 4 years-ish?
I think its pretty easy to figure out, especially compared to others I have had. As mentioned, there was no real manual, but with the big 'ol icons, its quite easy.
Battery: The battery (in my view) is great. I use a standard energizer rechargables (not a special kind at all) and a set will last me two full day-trips on average...even in winter. A set in the GPS and a extra set in the pack has lasted all my backpack trips up to 3 days easily. Its crazy, but I'm still using some sets that I originally bought back when I got the GPS! Can't even imagine how many cycles they've been through.
Reception: Excellent. And I have an old version, so Im sure its improved even more since. Had it on +/- 200 summits, many many miles and have lost reception exactly twice. Once in a cave in the LCW (obviously) and once on Mount Glennon just outside Denver. I'm assuming that was a fluke, and it fixed itself within a matter of minutes and never happened again. Sometimes it takes a while to lock on once you turn it on for the first time in a new area, but nothing terrible.
If mine dies (knock on wood - but I have put it through hell) I'd buy another Oregon.
Derek, this sounds pretty compelling. Would you recommend it to an old-school guy who is maybe beginning to think he should have an electronic device in winter, in addition to map, altimeter, and compass - but who can usually figure stuff out including these infernal little boxes with screens?
Not saying Jim is about to pop for a gps, but does cross my mind occasionally - and the negatives you always hear about batteries, learning curve, dropping signal - these things just serve to keep the idea on the back burner - but ultimately, there could be a gps in my future.... (did I really say that?? )
Sounds like yours is nearly ideal.