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Garmin EtreX 20X any good for Adventure/Enduro riding?
« on: October 10, 2017, 02:41:00 pm »
Just want to know if the Etrex 20x will be any good for that.
The only negative I can see is that the screen is slightly small. So not sure if one will be able to see comfortably while riding.
Although offroad you can always stop and check.

It's about half the price of the Oregon which is probably what one really wants.

Basically my needs are, waterproof, offroad maps, being able to plan a route and upload Basecamp and GPX files.
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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2017, 03:23:12 pm »
It can do everything you need and sunlight legibility is better than anything more expensive.

I had two 30xís that I use for roof and take along on trips as spare and they work brilliantly. Get a ROST bracket for it and itíll be safe/protected.

Navigating while doing races is possible, so reading while on an ADV is fine.
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Re: Garmin EtreX 20X any good for Adventure/Enduro riding?
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2017, 03:48:40 pm »
And no major advantage of a 30 over a 20 - same memory and display. Think the 30 just has like a barometric altmeter and  electronic compass.
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« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2017, 03:51:21 pm »
30x has higher dpi screen, more memory dor waypoints and track resolution with ability to transmit and receive tracks and routes over bluetooth from another device (plain 30 as well).
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Re: Garmin EtreX 20X any good for Adventure/Enduro riding?
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2017, 03:59:30 pm »
The Etrex 20 is great but I do think they are meant for hiking and therefore hand held because of the size of screen.Go and test at outdoor warehouse first to see if your eyes can see the screen at a distance,.
 

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« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2017, 04:02:59 pm »
Thanks gents!
Gives me all the info I need.  :thumleft:

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« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2017, 05:46:24 pm »
30x has higher dpi screen, more memory dor waypoints and track resolution with ability to transmit and receive tracks and routes over bluetooth from another device (plain 30 as well).

No - same screen and same memory. Only three differences - altmeter, compass and blue tooth.
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« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2017, 05:52:58 pm »
The Etrex 20 is great but I do think they are meant for hiking and therefore hand held because of the size of screen.Go and test at outdoor warehouse first to see if your eyes can see the screen at a distance,.

The Etrex is the standard used in extreme enduro at present - as noted above the screen visibility is very good even in sunlight (probably one of the reasons) and size quite adequate. Riders need to be able to read it at speed. Also not too many unnecessary features. Sure if your eyesight is not that good and you want  bigger then look at the Oregon and Zumo's but much more moola.
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Re: Garmin EtreX 20X any good for Adventure/Enduro riding?
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2017, 11:17:34 am »
Perhaps you guys know.
How does the Etrex 20x compare to the Garmin GPSMAP 64? NON S model?
I see there is about a R1000 premium on the GPSMAP 64, but seems the new one 64S is out but significantly more expensive.

I guess what I'm asking is if there is a significant reason one would buy the GPSMAP 64 over the Etrex 20S for the riding we do.
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« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2017, 11:30:15 am »
30x has higher dpi screen, more memory dor waypoints and track resolution with ability to transmit and receive tracks and routes over bluetooth from another device (plain 30 as well).

No - same screen and same memory. Only three differences - altmeter, compass and blue tooth.
https://www.gpscompared.net/garmin-etrex-20-vs-etrex-30/

20 vs 30X my statement is true.

20 vs 30, yes same res.
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« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2017, 11:33:33 am »
If itís any consolation, my eyesight is quite substandard and Iím able to navigate while standing in roof conditions!
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« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2017, 12:10:57 pm »
30x has higher dpi screen, more memory dor waypoints and track resolution with ability to transmit and receive tracks and routes over bluetooth from another device (plain 30 as well).

No - same screen and same memory. Only three differences - altmeter, compass and blue tooth.
https://www.gpscompared.net/garmin-etrex-20-vs-etrex-30/

20 vs 30X my statement is true.

20 vs 30, yes same res.

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Re: Garmin EtreX 20X any good for Adventure/Enduro riding?
« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2017, 04:56:54 pm »
Having been there and got all the T shirts. If I was in the market for a good GPS and could not go for the top new as they cost an arm and a leg I would look for a 60csx.
The reason. The power plug is a round plug which sits tight into the machine great fit: unlike the newer 64s etc which all have a cell phone type charging plug.  Or open up the new machine and solder a power cable onto the mother board.
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« Reply #13 on: October 12, 2017, 06:56:15 pm »
Having been there and got all the T shirts. If I was in the market for a good GPS and could not go for the top new as they cost an arm and a leg I would look for a 60csx.
The reason. The power plug is a round plug which sits tight into the machine great fit: unlike the newer 64s etc which all have a cell phone type charging plug.  Or open up the new machine and solder a power cable onto the mother board.
And never ride with the batteries in the GPS
Why do you say you shouldn't ride with batteries inside? Not that you need to anyway as it can be powered directly from the bike.

I have gone the exact route that you discribe. Did the research and ended up buying a 60CS second hand. I can't remember the reason, but it was recommended over the 62 or 64 by users of all 3 models.

I also decided on it because it has physical buttons which are easier to operate with gloves, especially with a small screen.

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« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2017, 07:05:43 pm »
with all the vibration the batteries often make and break contact as they rattle around. Then the GPS continuosly switches on and off. Not good for any electronic device.
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« Reply #15 on: October 13, 2017, 07:12:35 am »
Just one more thing that I'm not sure has been mentioned. I have an eTrex20x for enduro racing and a zumo 660 for adventure biking and used both extensively. The eTrex doesn't seem to be able to calculate routes which I think it essentially for adventure biking. This might be the map set I'm using though.
 

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« Reply #16 on: October 13, 2017, 07:32:14 am »
Just one more thing that I'm not sure has been mentioned. I have an eTrex20x for enduro racing and a zumo 660 for adventure biking and used both extensively. The eTrex doesn't seem to be able to calculate routes which I think it essentially for adventure biking. This might be the map set I'm using though.

Yes it will be your map set, the std recreational map these units come with do not support routing, but any other add on like topo pro or even free open maps will have routing
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« Reply #17 on: October 13, 2017, 09:14:06 am »
Been using a eTrex 20 for the last 3 years or so, couldn't be happier.  I'm mounting it using the Garmin bicycle mount, much cheaper than the metal ones and performs exactly the same.  It definitely does routing (if your maps support it).  I have no problems with legibility, direct sunlight or not.

2 major advantages for me is:
Lack of touch screen, thus easy to operate even with gloves on.
Runs of 2 x AA batteries, so don't have to worry about wiring.  I reckon I get between 18 and 24 hours on a set of batteries.  I realise that lack of external power might actually be a drawback to some.
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« Reply #18 on: October 13, 2017, 04:27:18 pm »
This is the kind of feedback I was looking for. Thanks!  :thumleft:
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« Reply #19 on: October 13, 2017, 06:13:49 pm »
I also use it on my adv. with the bicycle mount - works a treat. I do tether it though just to be safe. I like riding with 2 units - my phone for waze/google maps and a zoomed out version of any route I'm following (using motionx with offline maps so no data used). Then the garmin for zoomed in routes. I've also installed tracks 4 africa on the garmin which is fun for exploring. Rechargeable AA's work a treat and I carry a spare set in my bar bag for long trips.