Review by: boz84, 2004-05-10
Garmin Rino Series, what can I say?
Except that they are an indespensible product for someone who uses both GPS and FRS/GMRS radios, cause ITS GOT BOTH!
Ive found my Rino to be exceptionally useful, not much heavier than a GMRS/FRS radio, but with the added functionality and reliability that comes from a Garmin GPS unit.
By far the COOLEST features of these units come when more than one member of a party has them, as it automatically broadcasts your location to other users whenever you transmit a radio message.
Depending on what kind of backpacking you do, this is indespensible.
The display is relatively easy to read, for a GPS unit of this ones size, and has a backlight for night hiking, although I have found that this wears the batteries (3 AA) down pretty quick, so BRING SPARES!
Navigating between the units many features and menus is relatively simple, and you may be amazed at just how much the unit can do.
It can even estimate (to some degree of success) sunrise and sunset, so you can accurately count how many more hours of daylight you have left.
Overall I think this is a great unit for those looking for both a reliable GMRS/FRS radio with a long range and a GPS unit that is easy to use, and extremely functional.