Vista HCx or 60CSx ???

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  1. JMann2380

    JMann2380 Adventurer

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    First post guys so first off hello! I have plated DRZ400e and just put the dual sport kit on last week. I am looking for a gps to use as a speedometer and do some exploring. I had narrowed it down to the Vista HCx which is about all I want to spend at $220, however the 60CSx is only $70 more. My question is, will I regret not spending the extra $70 and getting the 60CSx? I can't decide and I really don't want to spend $300 but I also don't want to spend $220 and not be happy:dunno

    Any advise?
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  2. JMann2380

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    Hate to reply to my own post, but are the buttons on the Vista usable while in the Ram mount?
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  3. JimC

    JimC Long timer

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    Yes.

    The Vista HCx and the 60CSx are functional and performance twins. The differences are screen size and user interface (buttons and pad vs joystick and buttons). Battery life about 20% more with the Vista. Etrex Vista and Legend models seem to be more durable. You can't go wrong with either one. Go to a retailer that has them both in stock. play with each one and buy the one you like the best.


    Jim in Sacramento
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  4. christian

    christian Exchange your GPS Track!

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    one main difference is power input for hard wiring, the HCX only has USB so you need some powerlet type cable which bring the power from 12v to USB 5v. Also the connector are more flimsy. the 60 series have the 4 prongs connectors as well as USB and take from 3v to 30v input through that. Just get a power cable and hook it up where you want on your bike, no need to worry about clean power. that was a big point for me.
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  5. JMann2380

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    Good point about hardwiring, I will take that into consideration. I am going to head down to Gander Mountain after work and check both out.

    *NOOBIE QUESTION ALERT*:D

    If I am going to exploring the National Forests and forest roads, will I have to buy additional software for each?
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  6. christian

    christian Exchange your GPS Track!

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    whichever you choose between these 2, you will have to buy software maps. Either Topo 2008 (not routeable) or city navigator 2009 (make sure you get 2009 just released).

    In CA I found that City Navigator had most of the forest service fireroads.
    you can look on garmin.com and zoom in the maps to see for yourself.
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  7. JMann2380

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    Then what does the software do that comes with it?
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    christian Exchange your GPS Track!

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    when I got mine 2 years ago, just waypoints a trip manager. no detailed maps.

    the unit has a basemap but that has just the main highways/road. no detail.
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    christian Exchange your GPS Track!

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    Just wondering which one you ended up with.
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  10. debaisley

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    I was looking at getting a vista HCx to replace my Quest (only because it has the SD slot so I can fit more maps). The only question I have , is can the vista do avoidances ? On the quest I always have it set to avoid highways , and it always makes it take a much more interesting route. I just want to make sure the Vista has the same features.
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  11. christian

    christian Exchange your GPS Track!

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    Vista HCX has microSD card not SD card, just like the 60Cx/CSX and 76Csx/CX.
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  12. UPSam

    UPSam All jacked up on Dew

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    I just got the Vista HcX as an upgrade to my ancient GPS12. I is quite an improvement. I got it for off track hiking and hunting primarily but it works great riding also.

    With a 2gb microSD card i can load just about the entire western USA TOPO and have mega room for tracks. It works inside and even in my jacket pocket riding. The screen is very small for old eyes while riding and don't need distractions with how I ride.:lol3 I am not mounting it on the bike for that reason. I am looking to mount it on my wrist over my leather jacket for quick stop and checks.

    Price shipped from Amazon goes down to $199 every once in a while and seems to coincide with bad stock market days.

    I do have a sort of question on the electronic compass. Is it supposed to only function when standing still? Is it not really that accurate? It seems to do strange things if you track back and watch the pointer.:scratch :ear
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  13. fendermon

    fendermon Been here awhile

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    The beauty of the vista is two fold:

    It's small enough to slip in your pocket any time, any place. And the battery life is stellar. Put some lithium batteries in it and you won't even need a power cord.

    Regarding the compass, the compass feature works internally when standing still and switches to satellites when moving. It consumes a bit of power, so I leave mine turned off most of the time. It would be great to leave turned on if mounted to the bars (which I don't) because when you stop the map is then properly oriented.

    If your doing a track back the pointer is pointing to where you need to go. I don't think of it as having any compass use at that point. By keeping the pointer straight up you are following the track. Hope that helps - Dale
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  14. BUBB

    BUBB lynch not Zimmerman

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    As far performance goes, they are indistinguishable to me.
    I love the size of the HCx.
    The CSx is much easier for me to work one handed.
    Wouldn't try to do the HCx while rolling.
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  15. ZZR_Ron

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    I also own both.

    the 60 buttons are quite a bit nicer to use with gloves on, IMO

    As Bubb mentioned, performance sems to be about the same.
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    UPSam All jacked up on Dew

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    The electronic compass seems to work when not tracking back. The weird quirk I get is when the compass is "on" and I am tracking back. I am stopped or walking the pointer swings around erratically. Works fine if the compass is "off". I will have to experiment more but really the electronic compass isn't needed in that situation anyway.

    The barometric altimeter is seeming more useful than the e-compass. Not what I expected. Nice to know the compass consumes power also
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