Joined: Mar. 2002
||Posted: May 22 2002,2:04 pm
Quinn, I am going to have to disagree with you. Having owned both units. I would go with the etrex.
Yes, the antenna on the etrex isn't quite as good as the 315, but I only ever one time under heavy tree cover that I totally lost sat lock, and couldn't get it back.
The auto-averaging of the 315 was a nightmare, but this has been fixed with the most recent patch. But in order to install the patch on the 315, you must have a cable which for the 315 costs about $30+shipping. (Though I have heard some of the ones being sold in stores already have the new patch, there are probably alot of pre-patch units in stock rooms).
On ther other hand, the etrex never had the averaging problem, but since a cable is always nice to have for loading coords, and patches, etc...an etrex cable can be had on ebay for about $10+shipping.
I also found the etrex overall friendlier to use than the 315. Though I did find it easier to manually enter coords into the 315.
The lanyard that comes with the etrex connects to the bottom and works well for hanging around your neck. The wristrap for the 315 connects to the screw that holds the battery cover on (which is in the middle of the back), isn't very usefull. I don't even use it on my newer Map330.
I liked my etrex much better than my 315, though all my experience with the 315 was before the autoaveraging fix.
In the GPS model of the universe, the shortest distance between two points is a straight line...through creeks, thorn bushes, horse piles, whatever....