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Garmin eTrex Summit

alaTest has collected and analyzed 592 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 appreciated. There are some negative comments 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 ( 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 Comments about the screen and maps are overall positive. The durability and performance are also appreciated. 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 E-trex Summit Gps

Mar, 2018

Consumer review ( 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 People are impressed by the size and durability. The performance and price also get good feedback. Comments are divided on the reliability, while many are critical about the design.

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

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Mar, 2018

Expert review by : John R. Delaney (

Garmin eTrex Summit review


Garmin eTrex Summit

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

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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

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Garmin Motorcycle Power Cable for zumo


It works tha way it should.

Nov, 2007

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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

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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

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Nice Car replacement charger


This was purchased for a Garmin Nuvi 65 series navigator. I didn't think it would work because the unit was older but it did work in the car. Good Price also. This product works great as intended. No Problems.

Nov, 2015

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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

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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

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


Built-in camera: No


Color of product:Grey
Form Factor:Handheld

Dimensions & Weight



Display Resolution:128 x 64 / 176 x 220 / 64 x 128
Display size (HxV):1.1 x 2.1 / 1.3 x 1.7 / 2.1 x 1.1
Display size (HxV) (imperial):1.1 x 2.1 / 1.3 x 1.7 / 2.1 x 1.1
Gray scale levels:4
Touch screen: No

Energy Management

Battery life (max):13 / 14 / 16
Battery Technology:Alkaline
Battery Type:AA
Number of batteries supported:2


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

GPS Performance

Acquisition times - autolocate:300
Acquisition times - cold:45
Acquisition times - warm:15
Channels quantity:12
GPS accuracy - position:15m RMS
GPS accuracy - velocity:0.1
WAAS capability:No / Yes

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

GPS Type

Auto: No
Aviation: No
Geocaching (GPS stash hunt):No / Yes
Marine (chartplotters, sounders): No
Outdoor (hiking, trekking): Yes
Sport (fitness, running):No / Yes


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


Audible alarm(s):N
Audible Alarms: No


Map storage:Internal storage


Waterproof: Yes


Automatic routing: No
Barometric altimeter: Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
Photo navigation: No
Position format:Lat/Lon, Maidenhead, MGRS, UTM/UPS
Routes quantity:20 / 50
Tracklog Points:10000/3000
Tracks quantity:10
Trip computer: Yes
Waypoints per route:50


Bluetooth: No

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):-15 - 70
Operating temperature range (T-T):-15 - 70

Other Features

Additional map options:N/A
Antenna Type:Built-in patch
Basemap: No
Interface:RS232 with NMEA 0183, RTCM 104 DGPS / Serial
Internal memory:24
Number of tracklog Points:2000
Waypoints per Route:50


Battery life (max):13 / 14 / 16
Battery Technology:Alkaline
Battery Type:AA
Number of batteries supported:2

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

Technical Details

Area calculation: No
Color of product:Grey
Form Factor:Handheld
Hunt/fish calendar: Yes
Image viewer: No
Number of Waypoints:500
Sun & moon information: Yes
Tide tables: No
Unit-to-unit transfer: No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.18 / 2.2
Height:1.18 / 2.01 / 4.41
Weight:5.29 / 5.5
Width:2.01 / 4.21 / 4.41