I'm considering buying a GPS and wondered if folks have recommendations. I'm considering one of the two noted in the subject line, although could be persuaded otherwise by a good reasoning. I do hiking and wilderness paddling. I'd use it as:
--a backup to map/compass navigation,
--when a trail is lost,
--not sure how far you are on a particular trail from target point,
--occasional double check (where are we? are you sure? did we miss that trail junction?),
--just fooling around, etc.
In the past, with a very old Etrex, I would mark way points on National Geographic's Topo! map before leaving for the trip, download the waypoints to my gps, and when needed, check my position in relation to the nearest point or even just in relation to the grid on the map. I'd like to be able to do the same now.
I do most of my wilderness activities in the Adirondacks. For hikes, there's often a heavy foliage canopy. On the water of course, it's pretty clear. I do some multi day trips, so battery life is a concern. I'd prefer not to spend the extra $100 or so dollars for the 62s if there's nothing special to recommend it over and above what I've noted below.
From what I can see from what I've read, the main differences between the two are:
**Etrex can access Glonass??- the Russian sat system--supposed to be more accurate
**Etrex has slightly smaller screen/ Etrex is smaller and weighs about 4 ozs. less
**62s has more buttons/ some say it's a little easier to navigate through the menus
**Etrex has somewhat longer battery life
**Have seen contradictory info on how fast/slow either works
**Even with the 'bigger' antenna on the 62s, I'm not sure how much difference it'll make. Solid and prompt readings under canopy is a concern.
Would appreciate whatever wisdom folks have to offer.