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May 1, 2000

Garmin's Smallest Handheld GPS Grows in Features

New eTrex Summit® packs a compass and altimeter into a portable package

OLATHE, Kan. – Garmin® International, the leading manufacturer of navigation and communication equipment for the outdoor recreation market, announces a new all-in-one navigation device for the outdoor enthusiast -- the eTrex Summit, the first combination GPS, altimeter and electronic compass.

"This is the unit that the hard-core outdoorsman has been waiting for and we are pleased to deliver it," said Gary Kelley, director of marketing, Garmin International. "With this product we've combined all of the great features of our smallest and most lightweight GPS, with two important navigation tools."

The eTrex Summit comes on the heels of the extremely popular eTrex® that was designed for both marine and recreation use. In addition to a powerful 12 parallel channel GPS receiver, the eTrex Summit boasts several new features on the inside that make it the perfect companion for the hiker, hunter or outdoor enthusiast. The eTrex Summit offers an electronic compass to provide bearing information when you're standing still. The unit also features an altimeter to determine precise altitude.

Like its predecessor, the eTrex Summit comes packaged in a small, sleek case with operating buttons located on either side of the unit. The case is completely waterproof to withstand immersion in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes.

The most noticeable physical change between the eTrex and the eTrex Summit is the color. Unlike its yellow counterpart, the eTrex Summit comes in an earthy khaki color that makes it blend right in with the great outdoors.

Specific features of the eTrex Summit include:

  • Built-in altimeter
  • Electronic compass
  • Barometer that displays an accurate atmospheric pressure reading
  • Small, lightweight design; unit weighs just 5.3 ounces
  • Waterproof construction, to IPX 7 immersion standards
  • Operates on two AA batteries for up to 16 hours
  • Easy operating buttons located on either side of the unit
  • Stores up to 500 waypoints
  • Animated graphics that help identify saved waypoints

The eTrex Summit will ship standard with a lanyard and owner's manual. It will likely sell for $249 and will be available in June 2000.