Magellan 310 & GC model.
Posted 17 April 2012 - 04:03 AM
Rarely would it be used more than 50 miles from my home location in the UK.
What benefit would the Magellan 310 model offer over the GC model?
Still not ruled out the Garmin etrex20 but the sticky problem puts me off.
Posted 17 April 2012 - 05:25 AM
The units looked pretty similar but I believe the 310 has some more storage capability. It was also priced at $179.99 at my local Bass Pro. It may also have some more preloaded map and topo info that's not related to geocaching. The GC model claims to allow you to go caching "right out of the box" but my research shows that it has about 1,000 preloaded caches (the most popular) covering WORLDWIDE. Well, the fact is that there are likely 5,000 caches closer to where you're going to open this up than one of the pre-loads. So plan on uploading the caches via the computer connection (on both units) before you get to geocaching. You get a 30 day trial of premium membership to geocaching.com with this model.
The 310 Model would seem to work well for geocaching as well. It's GC features include: "The eXplorist 310 supports paperless geocaching, which allows you to download more than 20 unique characteristics of each cache, including name, location, description, hider, size, difficulty, terrain, hint, spoilers, attributes, and last 20 user logs among a number of other details." http://www.magellang...0-North-America
The amazon link below has the manufacturer video for the GC: http://www.amazon.co...g/dp/B003CYKYVQ
I found this video of an unpacking of the Magellan GC to be helpful as well:
This post has been edited by Ohiosiouxfan: 17 April 2012 - 05:27 AM
Posted 18 April 2012 - 08:23 AM
Posted 18 April 2012 - 10:02 AM
I would say the 310 compares more directly with the etrex 20 in terms of features.
The GC only has a stadard basemap, and I found that limited as I do like to do a lot of trails and get lost a LOT!
Whatever device you get. Make sure you MARK where the car is before you head out into the bush!