eTrex vs Sportrak

Recording Tracks

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Sportrak Map compared to the eTrex Legend.

For basic handheld use such as hiking, or geocaching, the sportrak map and eTrex legend are receivers from the two main manufactures that are very closely related. I tend to carry both with me while hiking or caching, and have been comparing the behavior and performance of both for several months now. If you're looking for information that shows one unit as being clearly the best however, I'm afraid you've come to the wrong place. As much as I'd like to say that one is clearly superior, I wouldn't really feel comfortable saying so. There just seems to be to many "Depends" involved, with both units having strengths and weaknesses. My personal preference is the Legend, but that has as much to do with personality, and the manner and areas I use it in as anything else. My primary reasons for preferring the Legend are in order of importance: Size, track recording capability, the characteristics it has when reporting information while on the move, and finally the display resolution and maps.

I don't have the time or means to compare all the features, so I won't get into the different screens etc that are covered in the reviews you'll find elsewhere. What you'll find here is comparisons I haven't seen addressed much on other sites, the list of which I hope to expand over time:

Waterproof Testing: This page shows my limited test results of the weatherproof capabilities of my legend and Sportrak.

Track Recording: Here you can see some differences in the way the Sportrak and Legend record tracks.