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GPS Help

13rannon in TN

New member
Hello guys,

I'm in the market for a handheld GPS. I was wondering if one or more of you guys in the know could steer me in the right direction,

Features that I am looking for include accuracy, durability, and the most detailed maps. I spelunk, metal detect, and do some off trail hiking.

I want to be able to use my GPS in heavy forested areas that are way off the beaten bath and be able to save waypoints so that I am able to return to caves, structures, and anything else I may run across out in the wild.

Price: Somewhere under 1000$

Idaho PRB

I would look seriously at the Garmin GPS 62 series. Garmin has been around for a long time, very reliable units with great service (in my experience). I think they build the best handheld outdoor units. You can also save a few bucks with the Garmin 60csx (predecessor to the 62 series) a very solid, reliable unit. I have provided a link below to a retailer that I have done business with in the past but there are lots of other places to look at for purchase of one of the units.
Idaho PRB

Garmin 62 series GPS


New member
i bought the 60 CSX for wild land firefighting when they were the hot ticket. It has done everything I've needed it to do and I love the accuracy and ability to pick up a signal in the densest forest cover. The new series 62'2 prolly do have a few more bells and whistles but for the price they are selling the "old" 60csx for I would got that route will not regret itmm

13rannon in TN

New member
Thanks for all the info.

I got a Garmin 60CSx bundle today from Bass Pro Shop for $219.99

It came with TOPO maps 100K US Edition, carrying case, belt clip, and a memory card.

I'll be upgrading to a 62s just as soon as they come down on price. For me I couldn't see enough difference in the two today to justify the price gap.

For what I intend to use this for the 60CSx will get me by for now. The 62s is a very good looking GPS though.

Idaho PRB

The 60 csx will do more than just get you by for now, that's a great machine.