Visit our Business Solutions website >>

Garmin eTrex Vista GPS Receiver

Garmin eTrex Vista GPS Receiver
alaScore 78

2725 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2725 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the design and size. The screen and performance also get good feedback, whereas comments are divided on the value for money.

usability, performance, screen, size, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin eTrex Vista GPS Receiver is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 2725 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

Showing 244 review(s)

Expert Reviews User Reviews
Showing 1 - 10 of 244 Show Reviews: in English | in other languages (138)

Expert review by:

Portable Gear


The fully-gasketed, waterproof, high-impact, plastic-alloy Garmin eTrex Vista feels as if it belongs in your hand. Although the eTrex Vista is compact, it has a solid, balanced feel that the other devices in our roundup lack. Apparently, the device's...

Expert review by:

Garmin eTrex Vista


Familiar features The eTrex Vista maintains the weight (5.3 ounces) and dimensions (4.4 by 2 by 1.2) of its predecessors and is housed in the same waterproof, pocket-sized casing. The main design difference between the Summit and the Vista is color...

Lightweight; sharp screen; loads of memory.

No driving directions; expensive; additional MapSource programs are costly.

Although the eTrex Vista and its add-on programs may be a bit pricey, you will not find a more feature-packed GPS device in a smaller package.

Expert review by:

Garmin Dakota 10


In conclusion, the Garmin Dakota 10 Waterproof Hiking GPS is a tough decision. On one hand, it offers ergonomic and detailed navigational capabilities, but on the other hand users have to spend more money to get the maps they really need. Performance...

Durable- rugged, waterproof, resistant to elementsAdvanced- features HotFix technology, plus many optionsErgonomic- user-friendly interface and ultra-portable platformAverage- consumers divided, it works for some but does not work for others

Pricey- expensive alone, plus you may have to purchase more maps

Before you venture into the wilderness and climb that mountain you've...


Expert review by:

Garmin eTrex Vista HCx


Whilst there is a lack of a touch screen and wireless transfer capability, the easy to use design of the unit makes up for these shortfalls. On balance, the eTrex Vista HCx is a solid GPS unit for any adventuring purpose and a contender for your new...

High Sensitivity ReceiverWaterproofAutomatic, turn-by-turn routingGood battery life

Requires purchase of larger MicroSD (64mb in box)

Packed with features for the part-time Geocaching enthusiast or the...

Expert review by:

Garmin Dakota 10


The Garmin Dakota 10 is a smaller version of Garmin's successful Oregon models. The Dakotas appear poised to replace the eTrex series, bringing all of the Oregon's touch screen goodness while retaining the eTrex's small form factor, light weight and...

Highly recommended. The Dakota series are the first touch screen units I've found suitable for fixed-mount, non-powered use (e.g., mountain bikes). It will also appeal to those looking to economize, or folks desiring a lightweight or more compact unit...

Expert review by:

Garmin eTrex Vista H


The Garmin eTrex Vista H is a new, relatively low-end model in the eTrex line up. It is a monochrome unit, though it does offer an electronic compass and barometric altimeter. Step down to the Legend H and you'll even drop those two features. The Vista...

To see how the Vista H stacks up against other units, check out my Garmin handheld GPS comparison chart.

Expert review by:

Garmin eTrex Vista HCx review


The Garmin eTrex Vista HCx is the flagship model in Garmin's new eTrex H series line. The successor to the popular Vista Cx, the Vista HCx adds a high-sensitivity MediaTek chipset and has a faster processor as well, which will give you faster map...

Expert review by:

Garmin 10 (GPS)


This Bluetooth GPS works great with your (Bluetooth enabled) mobile devices.

Well known maker of GPS technology for aviation & other industries, waterproof

No removable battery, slightly expensive

Includes a DC power cable (charger).

Expert review by:

Garmin eTrex Vista Review


Here's what other reviewers have to say:

Expert review by:

Garmin GPS 10 Deluxe


(sponsor) INTRODUCTION Ever get that feeling that you are a little lost when out and about? Can't seem to find your way around in the major

Waterproof GPS ; Accurate navigation software ; WAAS Compatible

High memory requirements ; Multiple install issues ; Map unlock problems

Really, the only things holding back those threes from being fours are the installation issues and the fact that I couldn't install the application any place other than the main memory. The Que application itself is more...

Product Specifications

Deep foliage, nor canyons phase the rugged eTrex Vista HCx. Its high-sensitivity receiver holds a GPS signal in the toughest environments. Similar to the Vista Cx, this handheld navigator also has a bright color screen, barometric altimeter, electronic compass, microSD card slot and automatic routing for wherever adventure takes you. With its high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver, eTrex Vista HCx 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 Vista HCx to help you find your way when you need it the most. The Vista HCx 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. Adding maps is easier than ever with Vista HCx's microSD card slot. Conveniently plug in optional preloaded microSD cards with MapSource data for your land and sea excursions. Just insert a MapSource card with detailed street maps, and Vista HCx provides turn-by-turn directions to your destination. The card slot is located inside the waterproof battery compartment, so you don't have to worry about getting it wet. Like the rest of the eTrex series, Vista HCx is lightweight and compact - the perfect size for all your travels.


Run Time (Up To):12hour(s)/25hour(s)

Built-in Display

Resolution:176 x 220/288 x 160

Dimensions & Weight


GPS Software

Maps Included:North America / South America

GPS System

GPS Functions / Services:12-hour pressure trend / Ascent/descent rate / Bearing / Electronic compass / Elevation / ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) / ETE (Estimated Time Enroute) / Heading / Local pressure / Speed / Time/date / VMG (Velocity Made Good)/Altimeter / Bearing / Electronic compass / Local pressure
Receiver:12 channel
Recommended Use:Hiking
Type:GPS receiver


Model:Vista/Vista HCx
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin eTrex


Waterproof: Yes


Tracklog Points:10000/3000
Waypoints per route:50