The Garmin eTrex 20 is an entry level GPS unit designed to meet the basic location tracking needs of the average hiker. It is small, lightweight, and reliable. I have had this unit long enough that I don't remember when I purchased it, but I know I used in when I took my family to Yellowstone National Park in 2013.
Since I purchased it the eTrex 20, Garmin has updated the eTrex line of products. The current model is the eTrex 20x. Click here to view the Garmin eTrex 20x on Amazon.
Primary Use Case
The eTrex 20 has a number of features. However, the feature set I use is very focused on situational awareness on the trail. With that in mind, I'll start by describing my standard use case, and then go into some of the other features.
When I get to the trailhead, I go through a series of steps to orient myself and prepare for the navigation task. The standard day hike use case goes something like this:
Garmin has built a rugged device that has withstood numerous falls to the ground. I did manage to scratch the screen when it slid across some gravel on a hill, but even that was minor. The integrated rubber around the edges of the device provide drop protection and also make it easy to grip, even with a wet or cold hand.
Buttons on the sides of the device offer a convenient way to provide input. There is a navigation stick on the front of the device that enables you to scroll through the icons. A USB port on the back provides the ability to retrieve data using a PC or a Mac. The port is protected by a rubber cover that keeps out dirt and grime.
I typically only use this device to keep track of where I am and how far I have gone. However, the eTrex 20 provides a feature set far beyond my standard use. Major features include:
I've had my eTrex 20 for at least four years. I've taken it on a variety of hiking adventures. It has consistently performed well for my needs. I imagine the eTrex 20x is even better. If you'd like to learn more, click here to see the Garmin eTrex 20x on amazon.com, or visit the garmin website at www.garmin.com.