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Garmin Legend C Review
After my great with Garmin's Rino 520 I picked up a Legend C to try in its place during a recent trip to . I am pleased to report that it was a drastically better experience, and I am very pleased with it. Note the Legend C should not be confused with the older Legend, which was the first GPS I owned several years ago, and was a great model for its day but whose monochrome screen and RS232 interface are outdated now. Nor should it be confused with the upcoming Legend Cx, which adds a removable memory card slot.

I loaded the Legend C up before the trip with a combination of both Garmin MapSource Topo maps and our GPS ski resort maps, and was able to use the topo maps (which include some highway and street details) to find our hotel in South Lake Tahoe. I then used the SnowRanger maps for Kirkwood, Heavenly, and Squaw Valley during my three days' skiing.

The Legend C's joystick has the same "5-way" action as the hard-to-use one on the Rino, but has a much better feel when used with gloves, and worked well. The other buttons also had sufficient tactile feel to use with gloves. The buttons and 4-way joystick on the Garmin 60C (which I with the Rino) are a little easier to use with thick gloves on, but the Legend C is not far behind. I did have some issues with the joystick being moved or pressed when I was putting the GPS into my ski jacket pocket, but this was usually more of an inconvenience (fixed by pressing the Cancel button) rather than screwing anything up.

The screen was excellent, and easy to read with goggles on in all light conditions. The firmware's screens and functions all worked very well, and the SnowRanger maps were rendered in a very useful way. I did not encounter the same cold temperatures as on the Rino's trip to Colorado, so did not really stress the battery life or test if the Legend C had any cold weather quirks. One nice feature the Legend C has is that it runs from USB power when it is plugged in to a computer.

Compared to the 60C and Rino (which have quad-helix rather than patch antennas) reception did not seem quite as good. Uploaded did seem to have more random, off-track points in them than I'd seen with the 60C and Rino, but performance was still more than adequate.

Overall, I was very pleased with the Legend C, and if someone were to ask me for a recommendation I would be hard pressed to choose between it and the 60C. The Legend C is a little smaller on paper, and "seems" a lot smaller due to its squarer shape with no antenna sticking out, and slips easily in and out of a pocket. The 60C has slightly better buttons for using with gloves, and seems to have slightly better reception. I imagine that the same could be said too between the Vista C and the 60CS for people who want the barometer/compass feature.

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