No matter what time of the year it's always good to get out to discover the great Australian outback. Whether it’s your first time or you’re a seasoned explorer the Garmin eTrex is a great companion to have along your side to make sure you don’t get lost. The eTrex series is Garmin’s most basic handheld unit, but don’t let the word ‘basic’ fool you as all these units pack some serious power for their small size. Out of all the handheld units, this sereis is the most portable with a size of only 5.4cm x 10.3cm x 3.3cm and weighing only 14g with batteries. With its rugged construction, it fits the definition of pocket-sized perfectly. With a wide variety of models to choose from it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you. But for now, we’ll start with the most basic model, the eTrex 10.
Each of the models come with a specific intent behind them, the eTrex 10 is designed to function as a basic GPS device, you can set up waypoints and some other basic functionality but it does not allow you load maps like the eTrex 20x which again comes with a couple of extra features along with all the eTrex 10 features. The eTrex 30x is the highest tier model for the eTrex family its offers a couple of additional extras again like the electronic compass, barometric altimeter and wireless functionality.
For all intents and purposes, the eTrex 20x is the best option out of three balancing price and features. The 10 suffers from the lack of TOPO maps making it a very niche product, the 30x while the most powerful is the most expensive and begs the question as to whether the additional features are worth it. I’ve done up a comparison table on each of the models at the bottom of this article.