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GARMIN eTrex Summit

Hand held GPS receiver with large display, electronic compass, barometrical altimeter and serial interface.

The GARMIN eTrex Summit is very easy to use, supports multiple languages and has an extremely sensitive antenna, which provides navigation information outdoors, in a car, in a train or even in an airplane (see MapSource examples). The electronic compass and the barometrical altimeter provide additional information for outdoor navigation. The built-in serial interface supports data exchange with a PC.

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GARMIN eTrex Summit


  • Portable, robust, to be operated with one hand (buttons are located ergonomically on each side of the unit)
  • Large, easy to read display with background illumination (64x128 pixels)
  • Multilingual user interface in Czech, Danish, English, Finnish, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish (requires firmware version V2.06 or later)
  • Integrated 12 channel receiver with very sensitive built-in antenna
  • Electronic compass to check heading while not moving¹ (can be turned off so safe power, accuracy ±5°, resolution ±1°)
  • Barometrical altimeter for precise elevation recording², accuracy ±3 m (10 feet), resolution ±30 cm (1 foot)
  • Powered by batteries (2x AA, last about 16 h) or by an external 12 V power source, e.g. from a car's cigarette lighter (power cord available as an option)
  • Short time to first fix (TTFF³: approx. 15 seconds after a warm start, meaning there are valid coordinates of the satellites available, or approx. 45 seconds after a cold start, meaning there are no valid coordinates of the satellites available)
  • Supports the following protocols for data exchange with PC: NMEA 0183 with 4800 Baud, GARMIN, GARMIN DGPS, Text, RTCM IN, RTCM/NMEA and RTCM/TEXT
  • DGPS (Differential GPS) ready (GARMIN differential receiver available as an option)
  • Supports more than 100 different datum (coordinate systems)
  • Supports various display formats include the Swiss Grid
  • Firmware stored in Flash-Memory, can be updated by the user
  • Operating temperatures -15 .. 70°C (5° .. 158°F)
  • Serial interface RS-232 (connection cable available as an option)
  • Dimensions: 112x51x30 mm (4.4x2x1.2 inches)
  • Weight: 150 g (5.3 ounces, without batteries)
  • Water resistant up to approx. 3 feet (1 meter) for about 30 minutes
  • ¹) In order to check the heading with a GPS, a minimal movement with a speed of at least 5..8 km/h (3..5 mi/h) is required. Where no movement is not possible, a compass is needed.
  • ²) Even though a GPS provides accurate elevation information, the value slightly varies continoulsy. A barometrical altimeter is therefore more accurate, especially when summarizing elevation changes.
  • ³) TTFF: Time To First Fix, time until the first information about the current position is acquired.

Information for navigation:

  • Stores up to 500 waypoints with name (up to 6 characters), icon (choice of 20 symbols) and coordinates
  • Stores up to 20 reversible routes with up to 50 waypoints each. Shows the current position in relation to these waypoints (direction and distance)
  • Bearing (electronic compass)
  • Current position (longitude, latitude, altitude)
  • Altitude via air pressure (barometer)
  • Current accuracy of the position information
  • Current time
  • Current bearing
  • Current, average and maximum speed
  • Trip duration and distance (Odometer)
  • Total ascend, total descend, average ascend, average descend, maximum ascend, maximum descend, minimum and maximum altitude
  • Air pressure tendency over the last 12 hours
  • Stores 10 travelled routes (Tracking)
  • Time of sunrise and sunset
  • Supports metric and U.S. units

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GARMIN eTrex Summit overview:

Buttons and connectors of the GARMIN eTrex Summit

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Main pages of the GARMIN eTrex Summit:

Main menu Satellites Pointer Map Elevation
GARMIN eTrex Summit main menu GARMIN eTrex Summit information about the signals from the satellites GARMIN eTrex Summit pointer GARMIN eTrex Summit map GARMIN eTrex Summit elevation
  • Save current location as waypoint
  • Manage waypoints
  • Manage route
  • Manage travelled pathes (Tracks)
  • Calibrate compass and altimeter
  • Setup
  • Accuracy of current position information
  • Strength of satellites' signals
  • Name of next waypoint
  • Distance to next waypoint
  • Estimated remaining time until arrival at next waypoint
  • Direction to next waypoint
  • Current speed
  • Bearing
  • Waypoints
  • Route
  • Travelled path (Track)
  • Current scale
  • Elevation above sea level
  • Ascend/descend speed
  • Elevation profil
  • Length of profil
  • Current air pressure

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Power cord for car cigarette lighter Add item to shopping basket CHF 39 / EUR 37 [Picture and details]
Protective case Add item to shopping basket CHF 14 / EUR 13 [Picture and details]
Belt clip Add item to shopping basket CHF 19 / EUR 18 [Picture and details]
Retractable lanyard Add item to shopping basket CHF 28 / EUR 27 [Picture and details]
Mounting adapter for larger handlebars (25..32 mm) Add item to shopping basket CHF 11 / EUR 11 [Picture and details]
Mounting kit for dashboard Add item to shopping basket CHF 30 / EUR 29 [Picture and details]
Adhesive base for dashboard mounting kit to use it in a second vehicle Add item to shopping basket CHF 11 / EUR 11 [Picture and details]

All options for the GARMIN eTrex Summit in detail.

MapSource, various CDroms with world or country map (requires a Windows PC and a cable for data exchange)

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Here we provide additional documentation and software updates related to the eTrex Summit.

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