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Garmin eTrex Vista HCx

Product Code: GARLVCX

Garmin eTrex Vista HCx handheld GPS system is ideal for use on the road, on the trial, or anywhere off the beaten path. Garmin's enhanced Garmin eTrex Vista HCx is your personal guide to adventure.

The Garmin eTrex Vista HCx compact high-resolution TFT colour display handheld GPS device accepts preprogrammed microSD cards for adding optional maps on the go.The Garmin eTrex Vista HCx is enhanced further with built-in electronic compass and barometric altimeter. The Garmin eTrex Vista HCx is powered via two AA batteries.

Garmin eTrex Vista HCx has been discontinued.

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Garmin eTrex Vista HCx is your personal guide to adventure and provides exceptional handheld GPS navigation in a lightweight, waterproof and compact designed GPS handheld navigator that runs on two AA batteries (not included). The Garmin eTrex Vista HCx stores up to 1000 waypoints and 50 routes, and has five main pages, including:

Satellite Page - appears only at start-up and shows the GPS receiver status, satellite locations, satellite signal strength, and the receiver's current location.

Map Page - shows a detailed map of the area around your current location.

Compass Page - guides you to your destination.

Altimeter Page - tracks elevation and pressure.

Main Menu - contains advanced features and settings.

With its high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver, the Garmin eTrex Vista HCx locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover and deep valleys. The advantage is clear - whether you're in deep woods or just near tall buildings and trees, you can count on eTrex Vista HCx to help you find your way when you need it the most.

The Garmin 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 Garmin eTrex 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 Garmin eTrex 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.

Handheld/Outdoor FAQs

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Garmin eTrex Vista HCx Features

‣High resolution TFT colour display
‣Stores 1000 waypoints and 50 routes
‣Provides automatic turn-by-turn directions with optional City Navigator maps
‣High-sensitivity GPS receiver for peak performance in any environment
‣Electronic compass
‣Barometric altimeter
‣Built-in Atlantic Recreational basemap with automatic routing capability
‣Audible beeper alarm with configurable tone
‣USB compatible for various downloads
‣Waterproof, so it can withstand the elements or an accidental dunk in water
‣Includes MapSource Trip and Waypoint Manager CD
‣microSD card slot for additional map data
‣2 AA batteries (not included) provides 25 hours of use
‣Weighs 156 grams with batteries
‣Fast USB computer connection so you can transfer waypoints and other data to your computer
‣1 year guarantee

Map Coverage

The Garmin eTrex Vista HCx is pre-loaded with the Atlantic Recreational Routable Basemap v2 which includes Europe, extreme western Russia, Africa, and the Middle East, and covers an area from N75 to S60 Latitude, W30 to E60 Longitude. Also included is a high-level worldwide map with political boundaries and major cities.

Standard map coverage includes:

‣Oceans, rivers and lakes (greater than 30 square miles)
‣Principal cities and some small cities and towns
‣Major motorways and principal main routes
‣Political boundaries (state and international borders)
‣Major motorways and principal main routes
‣Major Airports.

A. Iceland, Great Britain, Baltic States, Denmark, Germany, Benelux, France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Southern Africa (up to S20 Latitude) - In addition to the standard map coverage, these areas also include:

‣Lakes greater than 5 square miles, major streams and rivers
‣Exit data for major motorways and/or interstates (Europe Only)
‣Small cities and towns.

B. Northern Africa (above S20 Latitude), Extreme Western Russia, Middle East Standard Map Coverage.

What's in the box? (when purchased from ActiveGPS.co.uk)

‣Garmin eTrex Vista HCx
‣Atlantic Recreational Routable Basemap v2
‣Wrist strap
‣USB cable
‣MapSource Trip and Waypoint Manager
‣Owner's manual on CD-Rom
‣Quick start guide

Garmin eTrex Vista HCx Accessories

Looking for accessories and spares for the Garmin eTrex Vista HCx? View the full range here. All parts are genuine Garmin product and specifically designed for use with the handheld Garmin eTrex Vista HCx device.

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Garmin eTrex Vista HCx Technical Specification

‣Technology: GPS
‣Display: 176 x 220 pixels, 256 level color TFT
‣Waypoints: 1000
‣Routes: 50
‣Track log: 10,000 points, 20 saved tracks
‣Built-in memory: No
‣Electronic compass: Yes
‣Barometric altimeter: Yes
‣Data cards: microSD card
‣Battery: 2 AA batteries (not included) up to 25 hours operation
‣Waterproof: (IPX7)
‣Dimensions: Width - 107mm, Height - 56mm, Depth - 30mm
‣Weight: 156g
‣Guarantee: 1-year
‣Garmin eTrex Vista HCx manual

Manual requires Adobe Acrobat Reader
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This product is a sophisticated electronic device which requires that you read, understand, and act upon the information given in the instruction manual (usually available via the above 'manual' link). You will need internet access and, in accordance with the manufacturers’ recommendations, regularly seek out and accept all firmware or software updates offered by the manufacturer. All GPS devices need to ‘see’ the satellites in the sky. Therefore you will need to know that your vehicle does not have glass that will block or impede the GPS signal.

Garmin eTrex Vista HCx Questions and Answers

Question: I have Garmin Etrex Vista HCX. I'm looking for a compatible swiss topo map. What will work with this device?

Answer: Unfortunately due to the fact that the Garmin eTrex Vista HCx is an older model and has been discontinued by Garmin a number of years ago, it is NOT compatible with the very latest Garmin TOPO Switzerland map.

The following list of Garmin devices are fully compatible with the Garmin TOPO Switzerland map:

Garmin Dakota 20, Edge 1000, 800, 810, Touring, Touring Plus, epix, eTrex 20, 20x, 30, 30x, Touch 25, Touch 35, Touch 35t, GPSMAP 62, 62s, 62sc, 62st, 62stc, 64, 64s, 64sc, 64st, 78, 78s, 78sc, Montana 600, 600t, 610, 610t, 650, 650t, 680, 680t, Monterra, Oregon 450, 450t, 550, 550t, 600, 600t, 650, 650t.

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Page updated: 29th August 2018


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