Garmin eTrex Touch 35 Review
Garmin eTrex Touch 35 (©Garmin)
The Garmin eTrex Touch 35 is the latest incarnation of the Garmin eTrex series. The eTrex Touch is the first eTrex with a touchscreen and offers a new compelling main menu: after startup you can choose between different activities like cycling, hunting or geocaching.
The eTrex Touch 35 provides a full feature set including GPS & GLONASS, barometric altimeter, 3-axis electronic compass, wireless unit-to-unit transfer, ANT+, Bluetooth, smart notification, fitness sensors, microSD slot, 8 GB internal memory, IPX7 rating and all typical Garmin navigation features like turn-by-turn driving directions!
The eTrex Touch is quite handy, the physical dimensions are as small as 2.3” x 4.0” x 1.3” / 5.8 x 10.2 x 3.3 cm, the weight is about 5.6 oz / 159 g with batteries. The 1.43″ x 2.15″ / 3.6 x 5.5 cm touchscreen offers a low display resolution (160 x 240 pixels). When you want to have a high resolution display you should have a look at the Garmin Oregon 700/750 with his class-leading display in terms of visibility and resolution!
Battery life is amazing, with eneloop batteries we get between 10:15 hh:mm (our power mode) and 15:45 hh:mm (our energy saving mode).
The interface is quite user-friendly, but it takes some time to set up the various menus and settings (read our eTrex Touch 25 / 35 settings guide). We recommend to switch to the classic mode, which gives you an interface similar to the Garmin Oregon devices. However, a small pop-up menu (offering some useful informations and buttons) on the bottom of the screen is really annoying. You only get rid of it when starting the track log.
The eTrex Touch 35 offers a separate track manager and an activity history. This combination can be confusing, because the tracks output as activity files by default (FIT format) and you find them only in the activity history. You can convert the activities to tracks, but it might be better to save them as tracks (GPX files) straight from the beginning. In the settings you can change the output format from “Activities (FIT)” to “Tracks (GPX/FIT)“.
We tested the Garmin eTrex Touch 35 during different outdoor activities like hiking and mountain biking and found a lot of good and some bad aspects (listed below)!
Our map provides some tracks recorded with various Garmin handhelds and wearables (fenix 3, epix, Oregon 600, eTrex 30). You can use this for GPS accuracy data comparisons and making up your own mind.
In our opinion the GPS accuracy of the eTrex Touch can be compared with similar handhelds like the Oregon 600 or the eTrex 30.
Weight, size: 159 g / 5.8 x 10.2 x 3.3 cm / 5.6 oz / 2.3” x 4.0” x 1.3”
Display: 2.6″, 1.43″ x 2.15″ / 3.6 x 5.5 cm, 65K color TFT, 160 x 240 pixels
Battery: Two AA batteries
Battery life: up to 16 hours
Satellite systems: GPS / GLONASS / WAAS / EGNOS
Interface: ANT+ / Bluetooth LE / USB
Memory: 8 GB (4.9 GB free for user data)
Sensors (ANT+): Heart rate, bike speed, bike cadence, temperature, chirp
Sensors (build in): Barometric altimeter, 3-axis compass
- 4.000 waypoints
- 200 routes (250 waypoints each)
- 200 saved tracks
- 2.000 archive tracks
- 10.000 points per track
- 250.000 preloaded geocaches
- No limit on geocaches (outside of max number of GPX files supported and memory available)
Wireless: Sending & receiving data from compatible devices (e.g. waypoints, tracks)
Smartphone: Smart notifications, live tracking
Garmin eTrex Touch 35
SUMMARY: The Garmin eTrex Touch 35 can be recommended for various outdoor activities, especially when you need a light and small touchscreen device with long battery life and a full feature set!
Battery life (ranging from 10:15 to 15:45 hh:mm, with low self discharge NiMH batteries)
Full feature set for different outdoor activities
Activity profiles for your settings
Home screen with preconfigured activities
Wireless ANT+ interface for unit-to-unit transfer and sensors (e.g. temperature, heart rate)
Availability of maps (different types, global, free OpenStreetMaps)
Huge range of accessoires
Low resolution screen
Confusing combination of “activity history” and “track manager“
No way to save a track log as gpx only
Annoying pop-up window when the track log is not active
Virtual keyboard is quite small
- GPS 80% 80%
- Battery 80% 80%
- Display 80% 80%
- Handling 60% 60%
- Navigation 80% 80%
- Features 80% 80%
- Maps 100% 100%
- Final Verdict 80% 80%