Joined: Oct. 2001
||Posted: Mar. 25 2002,3:57 pm
Well it doesn't have the quad antenna, it's got the patch, but I LOVE my etrex venture. Yes there were times out west under the heavy tree cover of the large redwoods that it lost reception for a bit, but I've found over 80 caches with it across the US and have never not been able to find one (providing that they still existed). I actually recomend the etrex units over anything else just for the simple fact of their durability, I've fallen on the thing so many times and even went over the side of a cliff with it. All it has damage wise is a couple of scratches on the view screen.
Like I said I haven't had any accuracy or reception problems even though it is a patch antenna, yes there are times I longed for the III+ or the V but price is definately an issue. I've been on several times with my buddy who has a Meridian (the basic one) and my etrex seems to get me closer to the cache then his meridian does (most of the time, probably 60/40). I really don't think you can go wrong with even the basic etrex which you can pick up for around $100, (unfortunately it doesn't come with a PC cord, which is a must, but you can buy one for it). Anyway, that's just another view for ya.
It all depends on what else your going to be using the unit for.
"...Not all those who wander are lost..."