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New eTrex Touch – Outdoor GPS Handheld Review

Garmin eTrex Touch

Garmin eTrex Touch

Improved product design


    Mapping & memory options


      Hiking and activity features


        Improved GPS signal


          Mounts & accessories



            • Capacitive touchscreen
            • Small form factor
            • Bluetooth
            • GPS + GLONASS Receiver
            • Large memory


            • Battery life (only 16 hours)
            • Firmware updates

            Introducing the new Garmin eTrex Touch – Best GPS For Hiking, Geocaching and Outdoor Adventures

            Garmin have recently announced a new addition to it’s already increasing line up of outdoor GPS handhelds for hiking, geocaching and cycling. The new Garmin eTrex Touch looks like it could be one of the best outdoor GPS handhelds to date due to it’s simplicity of use for a range of outdoor activities which includes cycling, hiking, mountain biking and geocaching.

            Garmin eTrex Touch – Brilliant Capacitive Touchscreen Display

            Featuring a 2.6” sunlight-readable, capacitive touchscreen display, the Garmin eTrex Touch 25, 35 and 35t offer a long-lasting 16-hour battery life, and a rugged ergonomic design that’s meant to withstand the elements.

            Boasting a built-in high-sensitivity GPS receiver with GLONASS support and HotFix® satellite prediction, the eTrex Touch series is able to locate users’ position quickly and precisely, even in heavy cover and deep canyons. All units in the eTrex Touch series have a built-in 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass, which gives directional information even when standing still. The eTrex 35 and 35t also have a barometric altimeter to get more accurate altitude, elevation and climb information, as well as indications of pending weather changes.

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            Garmin eTrex Touch Best Outdoor GPS for Geocaching

            The existing Garmin eTrex range has already proved to be very popular among the geocaching community, and have been around for the 3 or 4 years. This much needed update should encourage more people to this great family outdoor activity. Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game that uses GPS enabled devices. Geocachers use a GPS to navigate them towards set of GPS positions where the geocache is hidden, often underneath a rock or in a tree or bush. The geocache will contain treasure which sometimes includes coins, books, pens or anything else which could be considered ‘treasure’.

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            Ready to go out of the box

            The Garmin eTrex Touch comes preloaded with 250,000 worldwide geocaches from the popular geocaching website of So right out of the box, users can start their geocaching adventure virtually anywhere in the world.

            The eTrex Touch series integrates a variety of new activity profiles. The device remembers how each profile is set up to each activity, and will set it up for users the same way every time, making it comfortable, quick and intuitive to use the same device for entirely different purposes. No matter if users are out rock climbing, hiking, hunting, cycling, geocaching or fishing, with an eTrex Touch, switching between activities is easier than ever, even if they’re done all in one afternoon.

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            Garmin eTrex Touch – Best Outdoor GPS for Hiking

            The eTrex series is already one of the best outdoor GPS handhelds for hiking and walking on the trail. It comes with a huge 4GB (8GB on the 35t) memory so owners can install and manage their own outdoor maps. eTrex Touch also comes pre-loaded with a worldwide basemap (eTrex 35t also comes preloaded with TOPO U.S. 100K). Owners can also add their own BirdsEye Satellite Imagery maps to make the best of this superb outdoor GPS handheld.

            With Garmin LiveTrack, eTrex Touch users can pair their device with the app, and invite friends and family to follow their activity in real time. This provides peace of mind, especially if users are alone.

            Bluetooth Connectivity with Garmin eTrex Touch

            The ‘Smart Notification’ feature is something Garmin introduced earlier this year and is now seen on most of their new products across a range of consumer markets (See Garmin Fenix 3 Review). The Garmin eTrex 35 and 35T can connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth to receive, texts, emails and social media alerts. You can also see call information to stay connected whilst hiking outdoors but still keeping your phone tucked away safe away from the elements. eTrex Touch is also compatible with Garmin Connect™ mobile app, for features such as LiveTrack.

            Garmin eTrex Touch Key Features

            • Intuitive Activity Profiles optimized for multiple activities – just select and go – including cycling, hiking, mountain biking, geocaching and more.
            • Comes with preloaded Garmin TopoActive Europe and a cycling mount.
            • 2.6” color, brilliant capacitive touchscreen display, for intuitive usability and best readability under any light condition.
            • Prepared for geocaching with paperless geocaching and comes preloaded with 250,000 geocaches
            • Features preloaded Garmin Topo Active mapping for 46 countries in Europe, to be perfectly prepared for recreational activities of all kinds.
            • All models offer a 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass – which shows your heading even when standing still, without holding it level.
            • 8GB built-in memory to hold more maps and content. For even more memory, all models feature a microSD™ card slot.
            • Ergonomic, rugged design that stands strong against dust, dirt, humidity and water; offers a long-lasting 16-hour of battery life (AA battery).
            • With its high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver, HotFix® satellite prediction and GLONASS support, eTrex locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its location even in heavy cover and deep canyons.
            • With an array of compatible mounts (optional) that fit all the spine mounting system the eTrex Touch series is the most flexible device to use for all kinds of activities
            • Easily share your own adventures or find and use others adventures with Garmin Connect and Garmin Adventures.
            • Wirelessly receive emails, texts and social media alerts on your eTrex Touch via your smart phone while your smart phone is safely stored away.
            • Barometric altimeter for alpine activities and more accurate elevation profiles and climb information.
            • ANT+ connectivity to external sensors and compatible Garmin devices.
            • Wirelessly control a Garmin VIRB action camera from up to 10m away.

            Garmin eTrex Touch is now available to buy. Check for best prices, mapping and range options.