Garmin eTrex 30 GPS 5026-550
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Garmin eTrex 30 GPS


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This unit has everything that made the first generation eTrex® such a hit with outdoor users, plus new capabilities to enhance hiking, paddling, driving, or geocaching. The eTrex® 30 accepts multiple kinds of maps and has a tilt-compensated true electronic compass and a barometric altimeter. It lets you share your waypoints, tracks, and routes, and geocaches wirelessly with friends who have compatible Garmin units. All this in a package small enough to slip into your shirt pocket.

The eTrex 30 accepts the free BaseCamp download that lets you plan and manage trips, routes, tracks, and waypoints and transfer them between your computer and the GPS. You can also view 24K and 100K topo maps in 2D or 3D renderings. The Track Draw function lets you trace a fluid track and get an immediate elevation profile to determine how much vertical gain that hike or climb will involve.

  • High-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver.
  • HotFix® satellite prediction for quick acquisition and good signal lock, even through heavy cover, deep canyons, and tall buildings.
  • Enhanced 5.6cm (2.2in.) 65k colour, sunlight readable display.
  • Built-in worldwide basemap.
  • 1.7GB internal memory and a microSD slot let you add additional maps, including CD TOPO maps for the trail, BlueChart® g2 preloaded cards for paddling, or City Navigator® maps for turn-by-turn routing on the road.
  • Three-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass shows your heading even when standing still, without holding it level.
  • Barometric altimeter pinpoints your precise altitude, and can plot pressure changes over time for weather prediction.
  • Shares your waypoints, tracks, routes and geocaches wirelessly with other compatible Garmin GPSs.
  • Estimated battery life is 20 hours.

Tech specs

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Ideal for
  • Alpine climbing and mountaineering
  • Backcountry skiing
Display dimensions 4.4 x 3.5cm
IPX rating

Indicates the degree of protection against liquid. IP X1: Dripping water while in normal operating orientation; IP X4: Splashing water; IP X5: Water jets; IP X6: Powerful water jets; IP X7: Immersion up to 1m ≤ 30 minutes; IP X8: Suitable for submersion as specified by manufacturer.

Built-in memory 1.7GB
Dimensions 10.3 x 5.4 x 3.3cm
Electronic compass

An electronic compass allows the user to view their heading in situations where they are either standing still or moving too slowly for the GPS to detect.


Waypoints consist of a standard set of coordinates (two for land, three for air or space) that identify a specific physical location. A route is navigated between two or more waypoints.

Display type Transflective colour TFT
Interface USB
Unit to unit transfer

Shares data wirelessly between compatible units.


A basic set of map data that is included with the GPS. Basemap detail may vary from unit to unit.

Area calculation Yes
Track log 10,000 points, 200 saved tracks
Tide tables Yes
Data card microSD card (not included)
App compatibility

An online community where members upload, analyze and share activity data.

Add maps capability

These units allow you to add maps, so you can mark and name waypoints and create routes on your PC, and then upload the map of your choice to your GPS.

Touch screen No
Barometric altimeter

Barometer function helps forecast weather trends. An altimeter can provide one line of position for location on a topo map, useful if the GPS isn't working.

Floats No
Batteries 2 AA (not included)
Routes 200
Battery life 25 h
Chest strap Sold separately
Custom POI

A POI (point of interest) is a specific location that someone may find interesting (i.e., favourite viewpoint, best coffee stop before the trailhead). The custom POI feature allows the user to load only the POI's that interest them onto their GPS unit.

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