As you say kissanepat1, some of the entry level Garmin units don't accept maps but I think they will all accept routes. These can be entered directly through the unit or via computer. They will all also record a track log of your progress on the ground. I have the same unit as jackill, a Garmin GPSMAP 60csx. I don't always program a route into it when going out, but when doing a new route, I always record a track log. Made in taiwan, it is indeed all that he says it is, a real workhorse. Garmin however have discontinued this model, replacing it with the GPSMAP 62 series. These get good reviews but are pricey, especially as you go up ther range. More interesting perhaps for a first model might be the new eTrex series. There are three models, the 10, the 20, and the 30. The 10, about 110eur, has a monochrome display, won't take maps and has no expandable memory though will do all the basic essentials. In bright orange, and for an extra 100eur, the 20 model has a colour display, 1.7GB of internal memory and a micro sd card slot, so will take all the maps you want. This would appear a better option to me. For another 50eur, and in more sober grey, the 30 is effectively the 20 model with the addition of a barometric altimeter and an electronic compass. These are nice to have but are not essential. Your budget would decide if they're worth it. Interestingly, this new eTrex series can also use the Russian Glonass satellite system in addition to GPS, the American Global Positioning System.