Garmin 010-00970-00 eTrex 10 Worldwide Handheld GPS Navigator

(10 customer reviews)


  • Rugged handheld navigator with preloaded worldwide basemap and 2.2 inch monochrome display
  • WAAS enabled GPS receiver with HotFix and GLONASS support for fast positioning and a reliable signal
  • Waterproof to IPX7 standards for protection against splashes, rain, etc.
  • Support for paperless geocaching and Garmin spine mounting accessories. Power with two AA batteries for up to 20 hours of use (best with Polaroid AA batteries)
  • See high and low elevation points or store waypoints along a track (start, finish and high/low altitude) to estimate time and distance between points

The eTrex 10 makes a great choice in handheld navigation for the budget savvy outdoor enthusiast. This eTrex model is equipped with a high-sensitivity GPS receiver, a 2.2-inch monochrome display, and a worldwide basemap making it easier than ever to see where you are and where you have been. Garmin Connect compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data).

From the manufacturer

eTrex 10 retains the core functionality, rugged construction, affordability and long battery life that made eTrex the most dependable GPS device available. We improved the user interface and added a worldwide basemap, paperless geocaching and support for spine-mounting accessories.

eTrex 10

Rugged Handheld GPS with Enhanced Capabilities.

  • Worldwide basemap
  • 2.2″ monochrome display, easy to read in any light
  • GPS and GLONASS satellites for faster positioning
  • Paperless geocaching
  • 25-hour battery life with 2 AA batteries


Find Fun

eTrex supports geocaching GPX files for downloading geocaches and details straight to your unit. eTrex stores and displays key information, including location, terrain, difficulty, hints and descriptions, which means no more manually entering coordinates and paper printouts.

Keep Your Fix

With its high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver and HotFix satellite prediction, eTrex locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover and deep canyons.

Go Global

The eTrex series is the first-ever consumer-grade receivers that can track both GPS and GLONASS satellites simultaneously. When using GLONASS satellites, a system developed by the Russian Federation, the time it takes for the receiver to ‘lock on’ to a position is (on average) approximately 20 percent faster than using GPS.

Plan Your Next Trip

  • Take charge of your next adventure with BaseCamp, software that lets you view and organize maps, waypoints, routes, and tracks
  • This free trip-planning software even allows you to create Garmin Adventures that you can share with friends, family or fellow explorers.
  • BaseCamp displays topographic map data in 2-D or 3-D on your computer screen, including contour lines and elevation profiles. It also can transfer an unlimited amount of satellite images to your device when paired with a BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription.

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Weight5 kg
Product Dimensions

2.13 x 1.3 x 4.06 inches

Item Weight

5 ounces





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2 AA batteries required.

Date First Available

June 3, 2011



10 reviews for Garmin 010-00970-00 eTrex 10 Worldwide Handheld GPS Navigator

  1. Jeff Lippincott

    This device (the eTrex 10) is a gem. Thus the five star rating. I’ve been studying it and using it on bicycle rides for the past two months. I’ve read several of the Amazon reviews for this product, and few do a good job of informing the consumer. I think this is because the product caters to so many different endusers: boaters, kayakers, walkers, hikers, off-road cyclists, and on-road cyclists. My review is written from the perspective of an on-road cyclist. And I’m not going to write a review as much as merely answer a series of questions.1. Can you charge this device using a USB cable? >>No. The device uses two AA batteries for power. They can be cheap alkaline, or the more expensive rechargeable NiMH or lithium. Alkaline work ok if the weather is warm or hot. If you go the rechargeable route, don’t buy cheap ones that have less than 2000 capacity. I didn’t know rechargeables came in different capacities. Duh! The rechargeable batteries you need to recharge in a separate recharging device.2. What do you use the USB cable for that comes with the device? >>To connect your device to your PC or Mac so you can update software or move GPX files on or off the device. GPX files are what tracks and waypoints are stored in. I use a Web site called RidewithGPS to create my TCX files. Then I use other software to convert them to GPX files. Think GpsVisualizer dotcom.3. Can you load maps into this device? >>Not really. There is an almost nonexistent base map that comes with the unit. It is supposedly possible to overwrite it with a different map. However, for you to add maps to this device you would need to be able to insert an SD card which is where you would store extra maps. Since you cannot install an SD card into this device, you cannot add maps.4. Can you use this device on long bike rides so you don’t get lost? Is it good for bicycle touring? >>Yes. This is why I purchased this device.5. Can this device aid one in navigating a city walk? An outdoors hike? An off-road bicycle ride? An on-road bicycle ride? Yes to all four questions. I use the device for GPX files I create using a free online service called RidewithGPS dotcom. The GPX files are the end-product of designing a route. Some of the routes are through city streets. Some are through trails in the various outdoor parks near my home. Some are mountain bike trails. And some are 200k brevet rides on roads. I copy the GPX files into the GPX folder in my device and I’m ready to go.6. Can an SD card be installed into this device? >>No. Not on THIS device. Pay a little more to get the eTrex 20x or the eTrex 30x and you will be able to install an SD card in those devices.7. Is it easy to read this device in sunlight? At nighttime? >> Yes. Yes. I have found it easy in both daytime and nighttime. Of course, I have to wear glasses that correct my vision well. The viewing screen is somewhat small.8. Is this device good for long distance bike rides like brevets? >>Yes. GPS navigational devices designed for cyclists typically have internal rechargeable batteries that will die after 10 to 12 hours of constant use. Since the eTrex 10 uses two AA batteries, when they die they are easily replaced while riding the bike. As long as you have extra AA batteries along during your rides you will never be without a functioning eTrex 10.9. How long does it take to find satellites before it starts working? >>Depends. It always cranks up quickly (within a minute) for me. However, I have both kinds of satellites enabled in my system setup. Uses more power this way though.10. Is the user manual instructive? >>It is OK. The problem with the manual is the uses the device can be put to are so broad: boating, walking, hiking, biking off-road, and biking on-road. There really should be a manual for each type of user – and there just isn’t. Furthermore, do you want to use the device to mark geocaches? To merely be a navigation tool? Or to record where you have gone so you can retrace your steps? I’m really only interested in using the device as a navigation tool.11. Does this device track pace and distance traveled? Can it double as a bike speedometer? >>Yes. Yes. You can configure the view screen to tell you how far you have traveled at any point in time. And you can configure it to tell you how fast you are going in mph or kph.12. How relevant are street signs when using this device? >>Street signs are not really relevant because maps are not really relevant. With this device and your GPX file you will have a track (breadcrumb trail) and waypoints (usually along the trail). I create my GPX file so the names of the waypoints are street names. When the device is functioning a cursor shows up in the view screen indicating where I’m actually planted on the earth. As it moves along the track and I approach a waypoint I know it’ll be time to make a turn. I can make the turn without even knowing the name of the street. And when riding in the middle of the night I rarely look for street signs to verify a turn. Of course, it is nice to see a street sign that matches the waypoint title. Waypoint titles show up in my view screen as I ride.13. Does the view screen easily scratch? >>Yes. This is a problem. Invest in a $10 screen saver.14. Does this device provide turn-by-turn instruction when being used? >>No. You only get turn-by-turn instructions when a GPS device uses an installed map to “calculate” your route. This device doesn’t even have a map. But the eTrex 20x and eTrex 30x models do have maps. However, those units don’t use the maps to calculate routes. The maps are just background images to the tracks and waypoints that appear on the respective view screens. All three units allow you to create proximity warnings around your waypoints. And when you get within a certain proximity of a waypoint you can be warned. This function works kind of like turn-by-turn instructions. Unfortunately, I have found them not to be too helpful. They tend to clutter up my view screen.15. Can you insert a pre-loaded route? >>Yes. See answer to Q12.16. What kind of battery life can one expect? >>With two rechargeable NiMH AA batteries with capacity of 2600 each you’ll probably get more than 20 hours. This has been my experience while having both types of satellites accessed and leaving the backlight on constantly.17. Does this device have touchscreen features? >>No. If it did you wouldn’t get 20 hours of battery life. See answer to Q16.18. What memory does this unit have? >>Only internal. This device does not let you install SD cards. The eTrex 20x and eTrex 30x does allow for SD cards. Those units cost more.19. What kind of batteries does this device use? >>AA batteries. See answer to Q1.20. When the batteries die do you lose your current track and any waypoints? >>Nope. This is because information is saved as you go along, and the route is not “calculated” during your ride. The track is static information, as are the waypoints. When you turn the device back on after changing the batteries the cursor in your view screen shows your current location just like when the power went out.21. What file formats does this device read? >>Only GPX files, which are XML text files with a .gpx extension. Won’t read TCX or FIT file formats. To create GPX files I download my routes from Ridewithpgs and then use one of a few free online converting Web sites to convert the TCX file to a GPX format file.22. Does this device have an audio component? >>Nope. If it did, then you wouldn’t get 20 hours of battery life. However, pay a little more and get the eTrex 20x or eTrex 30x and you will have some audio capability. For example, the proximity alarm in the eTrex 10 will not produce any bells or beeps, but the other two units do.23. Does this device have a mapping function? >>It will record where you have gone if you want it to. Save the file when you are done, and you can upload it to RWGPS, Garmin Connect, Strava, or MapMyRide.

  2. Midnight Rambler

    I’ll just add some information I would have found useful when researching this item. I purchased this so I could geotag my photos from a trip from the Midwest to Oregon and Washington.The first leg of the trip was on Amtrak from South Bend to Portland Oregon. I had the device turned on the entire time. It was on for 56 hours. It recorded 9916 data points. I think the limit is 10,000 or maybe 9,999 so that should give you a pretty good idea of it’s limit.I turned the unit off at night subsequent to the train trip as we wouldn’t be moving. We were gone a total of 14 days. Each time I was going to turn the unit off I saved the current track and cleared the existing track. I wanted to make sure I didn’t loose any data. Near the end of the trip I did get low memory warnings, but it did make it through the trip. I don’t know why it has such limited memory. In this day and age 8mb of storage is nothing.Battery LIfe – I purchased new Lithium Ion AA batteries for the trip. I replaced them every time I got a low battery warning. In 14 days I went through 3 sets of batteries. The last set is still in the Garmin and seems ok at this point.All in all, I’m please with the Garmin. It’s a little large for what I used it for, but I couldn’t find an alternative.

  3. B

    This is an excellent GPS once you’ve learned how to use it properly. Some people are wary of the blank maps, but I find this makes it easier to stay aware of your surroundings while maintaining a proper heading. Learn to use and write proper coordinates and this is very precise. You can mark your own locations and landmarks with one click, essentially making your own personalized map of one area. You can save your tracks and bring them up later, making it easy to scout out paths for future use.This is a great value, my only complaint would be the battery life. I had hoped I could use it with rechargeable batteries, but they didn’t last long enough my last camping trip. For it to work properly, it needs to be on for long periods of time so that it can track your location in real time and make a map. Extra batteries are a must with this one.

  4. Mark Buck

    I’ve owned four previous handheld GPS units. All would warn me when the batteries were getting low, but warned me before the batteries were completely dead. Thus, I was never stranded / lost because of losing battery power. I was always able to get to fresh batteries before they died completely. That is not the cae with this unit, at least with the one experience I’ve had with low batteries. I got the low battery warning and two minutes later the unit died completely. I was 3/4 of a mile from my vehicle in the middle of the forest on a brook trout stream and hour before dark. I made it back using my compass (lucky), but I now carry extra batteries when using this unit.

  5. John Egge

    I had no real reason to have a color display……..I simply need to record spots and return to them later and find my way back.It does that just as good as one that cost more than twice the money.



  7. Meyling sirias

    Comprado y entregado en tiempo y forma gracias

  8. Elizabeth Zastrow

    My son will love this for his blossoming love of adventuring

  9. John K

    great little gpsI use this for checking the speed of my race boat. unit is small & compact with good water resistance.

  10. Luis Amaya

    ExelenteMuy bueno y perfecto para las salidas a recorrer montañas acampadas etc

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