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Garmin eTrex 30x, best GPS handheld for long distance trips

by | Mar 18, 2016 | Garmin GPS | News Reviews | Outdoor Fitness | 0 comments

Are you planning a week or month long trip in the great outdoors? Are you looking for an outdoor GPS handheld? Then we have a recommendation for you – called Garmin eTrex 30x!

After a discussion with a reader – leaving for a five-month hiking trip in Norway – we found that the Garmin eTrex 30x is the best handheld for this kind of outdoor trip. Why?

  • Lightweight and fits in almost every pocket
  • Exceptional, class-leading battery life, especially with lithium batteries (saves weight in your backpack)
  • High resolution screen
  • Plenty of memory
  • All necessary navigation features (okay, not the latest active routing technology, but this is not a killer feature for every kind of trip)
  • Barometer for weather prediction
  • Glove friendly user interface

Has the eTrex 30x some cons? Yes, of course, you can read it in our 30x hands-on review.

Garmin eTrex 30x, best for long trips (© Garmin)

Garmin eTrex 30x (© Garmin) (sorry, did not found a suitable image on

Which accessories do you recommend for this trip?

  • Garmin TOPO Norway Experience v3 PRO, not used by us, but the description sounds good (covers Norway, maps 1:50,000 from the Norwegian Statens Kartverk; huts and trails from the Norwegian Trekking Association); size 1.3 GB, fits into the internal eTrex memory when the preinstalled map is deleted respectively copied to your PC)
  • Free OpenStreetMaps, stored on microSD card(s)
  • Garmin Backpack Tether for attaching the eTrex 30x to your backpack
  • Two or three sets of Energizer AA Ultimate batteries

What might be an alternative to the eTrex 30x? Touchscreen addicted hikers can grab the Garmin Oregon 600 with its large high resolution touchscreen! But, his battery life is not so exceptional, the the internal memory is limited, he weights more than the eTrex … reasons, why we do not recommend the Oregon for this kind of outdoor trip!

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