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Garmin GPSmap 60CSx review | Field test

Published on: Thursday, April 10th 2008                   Written by: Ilse Jurrien - Photography by: Mark Peters

Garmin GPSmap 60CSx review

Vierhouten, The Veluwe - Hunting observation spot


Garmin MapSource software

Garmin MapSource software

Garmin outdoor GPS Field test

After thoroughly studying and trying out all settings, it was time to use the Garmin 60CSx in practice. I started with installing the free firmware update through the Garmin Webupdater, which only cost a few minutes and equipped the GPS receiver with the latest software version. Then I created a few waypoints through the Garmin MapSource software in combination with Google Earth. This took me some more time than I had planned and I really had to search before I was able to place the correct coordinates in the Garmin. But practice makes perfect as the saying goes.

Garmin 60CSx test

Garmin 60CSx test

Walking my route

When I had finally finished setting a route, I took the Garmin 60CSx and my camera and got in the car to drive to the Veluwe, a woody area in the Netherlands, to go for a long walk. After walking for a couple of hundred feet, a heading error occurred. This is rather logical if you consider the fact that the Garmin does not count with hedges, fences etcetera on your route, but just lays out a crow-fly distance. I was very grateful for the heading pointer to help me stay on-track.

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