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|Dakota 20 Lives up to Expectations|
|I was able to take our new Garmin Dakota 20 GPS out on the slopes of Breckenridge this weekend, and found it entirely lived up to our hopes.|
The screen was very readable, even wearing goggles in bright sunlight. The size and shape are perfect for slipping in and out of a jacket pocket, and the rubberized finish was easy to grip when handling the GPS with ski gloves.
The screen is smaller than the Garmin Oregon that I've been using recently, but our SnowRanger GPS ski resort trail maps were very clear and easy to follow. Turn-by-turn directions were shown clearly on the screen (and accompanied by a loud beep when new turn information was shown).
One consequence of the smaller screen is that on-screen buttons are smaller than on the Oregon, which makes them a bit more difficult to push with a gloved finger tip. As a result, we still consider the Oregon series to be the top pick for skiers and snowboarders.
The HotFix technology meant the unit was able to regain a satellite fix almost immediately after coming out of the lunch after turning it off for a lunch break (much faster than any other GPS we've used in the past). Battery life was good: I think we can expect two full days of skiing out of a freshly charged pair of NiMh AA batteries.
The GPS track record was smooth and complete, and produced excellent uploads into our Snow Days stats and tracks service.
All in all, very impressive!
Montjoux, Mountain Dynamics Team Leader
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