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July 30, 2009, 12:15 AM
Has anyone here tried the Bushnell Backtrack gps ,just curious on how good it is ,looks like a simple unit to use.

July 30, 2009, 02:43 AM
I wasn't impressed. All it's really intended for is to get you back to a campsite or your car. All fine and dandy but I didn't find it that accurate, direction updates were slow, and the electronic compass seemed to get confused. All that made it pretty useless for a car finder. On the other hand if I had kids they would each wear one around their necks on camping trips. I'd preset it to get them back to camp.

July 30, 2009, 08:56 AM
Since the frequencies the GPS satellites operate at are line-of-site (don't penetrate earth well and are attenuated by water in trees and whatnot), the units that don't receive a maximum number of satellites are at a disadvantage in valleys and other depressions in the topography. Even the ones receiving high numbers of satellites don't always cut it if the terrain gets too enclosed or if you duck into a cave. You sometimes need to climb a hill or find a clearing to get a good reading, and you often have to wait for it to sort that reading out if the signals are weak.

July 30, 2009, 03:09 PM
It doesnt do well if youre standing still, but if you are moving it improves (still not awesome, but good enough). Still, for the price, I think id rather get a lower end garmin and enjoy the wider variety of features.

July 30, 2009, 03:34 PM
Yeah... you might want to go to the Garmin website. :rolleyes:

Here (http://www.garmin.com/garmin/cms/site/us/onthetrail) in particular.

Once you narrow it down to the features you need and determine the right model... search again for GPS sellers on the web, you'd be amazed what kind of pricing you can find.
For example, Garmin GPSMAP 60 series start at as little as $150.


July 30, 2009, 11:36 PM
Thanks for the info, i will check into a garmin

July 31, 2009, 12:23 AM
Sure thing. www.tigergps, www.gpsonsale and www.compuplus usually have pretty good deals.


July 31, 2009, 10:43 AM
My stepfather bought one. To say that he is not a fan of electronics is an understament. He had gotten turned around a couple of times while picking blackberries so I gave him a very basic Garmin that was my first gps. I thought it was foolproof but he proved me wrong. Any ways he bought one of the Bushnell Backtracks and we tried it out. It won't do much else and I think that it is overpriced for what it does compared to a basic Garmin unit but it will get you back to your car which is all he wanted.

July 31, 2009, 12:49 PM
My wife wanted a gps unit for her birthday and we puchased a Garmin at Best Buy. It was a discontinued model but Garmin still warrants it. Have tried it out in the car several times and the thing is just amazing. Plug in the address of your destination and the unit takes over. Took us right to the doorstep talking and showing a map as well. Simply amazing!

My wife is 70 and I am 72. Knock off that crap about old dogs not being able..............:D

July 31, 2009, 01:33 PM
Looks like it will probably work to get you back to camp, but not much else. Then again, it's priced much cheaper than most of the more functional units. As Unclenick so aptly pointed out, the technology has it's flaws and while the higher priced units may have more features, faster bird acquisition and more reliable electronics, they are still subject to the limitations of the technology. I have a Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx and have never had it point me in the wrong direction, but I try and remember that the possibility is there.

July 31, 2009, 08:10 PM
Dairycreek, I hope that you don't think that I was implying that my stepfather couldn't use the GPS because he was old LOL:D. He's not old just technically challenged. As a matter of fact whenever I have computer trouble I call his friend who happens to be 76 and one of the most tech savy guys that I know! His computer room looks like something from the Starship Enterprise and he designs web pages in his spare time. :eek:

August 1, 2009, 11:30 AM

No offense taken. I was just trying to be somewhat humorous and evidently did not to a good job. We sure do enjoy and are amazed by our first gps.

August 1, 2009, 12:01 PM
We sure do enjoy and are amazed by our first gps. When I first got mine, I signed up at something like geocaching.com and went out to find a few of the caches. I quickly grew bored of the exercise, but I thought it was a fair means of getting familiar with some of the features of my unit and practicing.