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Garmin eTrex Summit

alaTest has collected and analyzed 593 reviews of Garmin eTrex Summit. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Comments about the reliability and performance are generally positive. The durability and price are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the design.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin eTrex Summit is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Garmin eTrex Summit


alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 user reviews of Garmin eTrex Summit from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS on Reviewers are impressed by the screen and maps. The durability and performance are also appreciated, but comments are divided on the price.

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94% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin E-trex Summit GpsGarmin eTrex Summit GPSGarmin Oregon Auto Navigation Kit

Feb, 2016

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Garmin eTrex Summit


alaTest has collected and analyzed 497 user reviews of Garmin eTrex Summit from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Reviewers really like the size and durability. The performance and price also get good feedback. There are some mixed reviews about the reliability, while many are critical about the design.

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74% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin Vehicle Power CableGarmin 010-10477-07 Power Cable with External SpeakerGarmin eTrex Summit Waterproof Hiking GPS

Feb, 2016

Expert review by: John R. Delaney (

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Lightweight; easy to use; rugged construction.

No audible battery warning; no built-in trail maps.

A solid tracking device for hiking that would benefit from built-in maps.

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Dec, 2013

Expert review by: Rich Owings (

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Here's what other reviewers are saying about the eTrex Summit:

Feb, 2006

Consumer review by: Steve V. (

Photo and Actual don't match


Works ok but only used one day.

Does not match the photo on website. Photo has filter (cylinder) on cable. Actual unit does not have filter

May, 2013

Consumer review by: Klaus Wolff (

Garmin Motorcycle Power Cable for zumo


It works tha way it should.

Nov, 2007

Consumer review by: Ken (

Garmin USB to RS232


the converter works great, but you would think that Garmin would use a usb instead of a 9 pin on their gps data cable.

Jun, 2007

Consumer review by: Wendy Crockett (

Replacement Power Cable


Well, this is what it is. I fell in love with my Zumo immediately and needed to install mounts on all my bikes so Zumo and I would never again have to spend a moment apart. This cable is just like the one that came with your unit, and does a dandy job.

May, 2007

Consumer review by: HDgirl1 (

Great Home Charge for Nuvi


The adapter snaps into place easily and the product works great. The ac adapter allows me to maintain battery life and use my GPS outside of my vehicle. I like to set destinations before I hit the road and use my GPS to locate restaurants and specialty...

Value for Money

Nov, 2011

Consumer review by: CSUMarmot (



As my first GPS I do like the summit, although it can eat batteries and has some problems finding my location in or out of wooded cover. Overall having the summit along with a topo with a UTM overlay has helped tremendously when i'm bushwhacking

Jan, 2011

Consumer review by: Mary Lee (

Garmin Cigarette Lighter Adapter Cable


This was a replacement. Works good [...] Hopefully it won't stick in the lighter and break like the first one. It was hard to find and Staples was where we found it.

Easy To Use

Sep, 2010

Product Specifications

A staple among outdoor enthusiasts, eTrex Summit HC features a high-sensitivity GPS receiver for peak performance in any environment and includes 24 megabytes (MB) of internal memory, a detailed basemap, crisp color screen, barometric altimeter and electronic compass. With its high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver, eTrex Summit HC locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover and deep canyons. The advantage is clear - whether you're in deep woods or just near tall buildings and trees, you can count on Summit HC to help you find your way when you need it the most. eTrex Summit HC has a built-in electronic compass that provides bearing information even while you're standing still, and its barometric altimeter tracks changes in pressure to pinpoint your precise altitude. You can even use the altimeter to plot barometric pressure over time, which can help you keep an eye on changing weather conditions. eTrex Summit HC's basemap contains lakes, rivers, cities, interstates, national and state highways, railroads and coastlines. Summit HC also includes 24 MB of internal memory, so you can load waypoints and routes from the included MapSource Trip & Waypoint Manager software and add map detail from Garmin's entire line of optional MapSource mapping products. Its 256-color, sunlight-readable display makes it easy to distinguish map details - even in bright sunlight.


Run Time (Up To):14hour(s)/16hour(s)

Built-in Display

Resolution:128 x 64/176 x 220


AV Cable Type:GPS / power cable/Power cable
Cable Subcategory:Power
I/O Cable Type:Power cable
Left Connector Gender:Male
Left Connector Type:Automobile cigarette lighter /Automobile cigarette lighter / Bare wire/Bare wire/GPS connector/GPS connector / 9 pin D-Sub (DB-9) / Power 2-pole
Right Connector Gender:Male
Right Connector Type:Bare wire/Bare wire / GPS connector/GPS connector/Power DC jack

Dimensions & Weight



Designed For (MG):Other
Product Type:Power adapter - car
Subcategory (MG):Power adapters and chargers

GPS System

GPS Functions / Services:12-hour pressure trend / Ascent/descent rate / Bearing / Electronic compass / Elevation / Heading / Local pressure / Speed / Time/date/Altimeter / Bearing / Electronic compass / Local pressure /Electronic compass / Bearing / Elevation / Heading / Speed / Time/date / Local pressure / Ascent/descent rate / 12-hour pressure trend
Receiver:12 channel
Recommended Use:Hiking
Type:GPS receiver


Model:Summit/Summit HC
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin/Garmin eTrex


Waterproof: Yes


Tracklog Points:10000/3000
Waypoints per route:50

Power Device

Input Connector Qty:1/2
Input Connector Type:9 pin D-Sub (DB-9) / Automobile cigarette lighter /Automobile cigarette lighter
Output Connector Qty:1
Output Connector Type:GPS connector
Voltage Required:12 / 18V/12 / 24V/12V