Review by: brittamac, 2004-02-22
This GPS device is easy to use, especially paired with NatGeo topo software, you can develop routes in advance of your trip and download the waypoints into the device - or plot them as you go if you have a laptop in your car on a long trip. While its tough to get a consistent signal when you're down in the trees it was a lifesaver in Death Valley where's lots of open sky and LONG distances. It has a nice backtrack function, which lets you re-trace your steps without a detailed map. It has a compass feature, but no formal altimeter; you do get altitude, but I think its calculated based on coordinates from the satellites. Even so, its pretty accurate, in the Badlands area of Death Valley, its -282 ft, and my Legend read -279; pretty close. Garmin claims it can be dropped into water for over a minute, but I wouldn't try it, but it's very weather resistant, and has nice rubber sides so you won't drop it when your hands are wet. Otherwise, very durable, and relatively lightweight. The screen is a good size, and you can zoom in and out for detail. It comes with map software already installed, that shows roads, cities, etc. You can download software to find gas stations, restaurants, all sorts of stuff. Regardless of which type of GPS buy, they all inhale batteries, so turn it on when you want to check your position, and then turn it back off. The Legend comes with a long carrying strap - attach a compass to the end of it. By far the coolest thing to do with it is to turn it on in an airplane (shhh, don't tell the flight attendants) and watch your position literally FLY by on the screen. Good luck - and remember that a GPS can only supplement and will NEVER replace a map and compass. You will know your EXACT position on the face of the earth, but you will still be lost without a map.