DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w

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This was the second handheld GPS I owned. I started…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $275.00


This was the second handheld GPS I owned. I started with the PN-60 and upgraded to the PN-60w so I can use with the Delorme inReach unit. I liked both versions of the GPS and found it very reliable. great for hiking, boating and biking.


  • long battery life
  • accruate positioning
  • good color display
  • pairable with inReach or spot
  • screen size


  • the Delorme rechargeable battery can only be charged when in the GPS
  • hard to follow manual makes a longer then normal learning curve for some
  • needs bluetooth

This was the second handheld GPS I owned. I started with the PN-60 and upgraded to the PN-60w a year later so I can use with the Delorme inReach unit (three years total). I liked both versions of the GPS and found it very reliable.

I use my PN-60w GPS everywhere even on a recent trip to downtown Chicago to navigate the city streets. The unit is not very good for a driving GPS (screen too small, rerouting when missing a turn is slow, etc) but when simply walking the streets it did very well.

The device was very sturdy and is well built to take the harsh conditions of the outdoors. I have been caught in the storms, dropped them and been in extreme temps with the unit performing with no issues.

The only issues I have had was getting it to sync with the Topo NA 9 and 10 version of the software. I have found that if you have a lot of maps preloaded on the device the sync function will bog down and time out. my work around have been to manually transfer files directly to the SD card when I needed a lot of larger files or limit the amount I keep in the unit to just what I need for a specific trip.

Over all I would highly recommend the Delorme PN-60 series.

Manufacturer's Description

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The Delorme inReach keeps you connected, sending and receiving vital information in all the places where cell phones and one-way satellite messengers can't. Winner of Backpacker Magazine's 2012 Editor's choice Award.


Go anywhere in North America and always know exactly where you are with the waterproof Earthmate PN-60W GPS from Delorme. No need to worry since you've got super fast performance and a highly sensitive dual-core processor, plus read your map in any light condition on the 65k color screen. The icon-based interface assists in you getting constant directional information from the 3-axis electronic compass and barometric altimeter. Keep your GPS running longer when you use the power management features.

- Mountain Gear

The DeLorme PN-60w GPS offers an exclusive navigation and communication solution complete with maps, aerial imagery and reliable GPS performance-all clad in a rugged and waterproof body. PN-60w enables 2-way satellite text messaging and interactive SOS messages when paired with the DeLorme inReach (sold separately). Combined with optional DeLorme inReach (subscription required), the PN-60w lets you send and receive satellite text messages-no cell coverage needed. Delivery confirmation for text messages lets you breathe easy, knowing your message made it through. Send descriptive, interactive SOS messages so responders can prepare accordingly; maintain communication with the response center for mutual updates. Enable remote tracking, letting anyone you designate follow your travels online. Enjoy blazing fast performance with a high-sensitivity 32-channel chipset, dual-core processor and WAAS-enabled accuracy to within 10 ft. Daylight-readable color screen lets you operate the unit in virtually any light condition-even direct sunlight. Tilt-compensated, 3-axis electronic compass allows you to determine direction while standing still. Sensitive barometric altimeter determines elevation with precision. Store all the maps and aerial imagery you need with 3.5GB of internal memory and support for an SD card up to 32GB (SD card not included). Save waypoints and tracks as .gpx files to internal memory or to SD card. Plan your trips and find your way with included Topo North America software and GPS maps for the United States and Canada. Comes with a free MapPack subscription to add up-to-date, official USGS and Canadian government topographic mapping, U.S. aerial imagery, and NOAA nautical charts. DigitalGlobe(R) color satellite and aerial imagery provides 2 meter resolution for the entire United States and 1 meter resolution for selected cities and surrounding areas.


Most GPS units show your position on a simple topographic map. The PN-60W is a new breed of GPS unit that also lets you view your position on aerial photographs and satellite imagery – allowing for the interpretation of information not readily apparent on a topographic map. A lightning-fast dual-core processor instantaneously redraws maps and images even when files are large. The result is that you have more information on hand when making decisions in the backcountry. It also features DeLorme's latest power management system that maximizes battery life. The PN-60W also enables two-way satellite text messaging and interactive SOS when paired with a DeLorme inReach, sold separately. A convenient set of three discs contains precut topographic maps that can be downloaded – just pick the area of the country you need for an upcoming trip and send them to your PN-60W. Once on your trip, you'll be able to toggle between Topo USA maps, color aerial photos, USGS maps and satellite imagery of the area. The high-sensitivity 32-channel receiver is WAAS-enabled and quickly acquires satellite signals. A 2.2" color screen is exceptionally bright and adapts to existing conditions using an ambient light sensor. Waterproof construction features a rubber outer skin that makes the unit easy to hold. Includes a USB cable that makes quick work of exchanging maps, routes, tracks and waypoints between the PN-60W and your PC. Sensitive barometric altimeter provides reliable altitude readings. A tilt-compensated, three-axis electronic compass provides accurate direction while stationary. Other features include the ability to make accurate, high-resolution track logs of hikes, bike rides and other trips that you can download to your PC and view in Topo USA. Or you can plan trips in Topo USA and download to your PN-60W. 3.5 GB available internal flash memory. Imported. Batteries Uses two AA batteries, included, or a rechargeable ithium-ion battery, sold separately. Unit Dimensions 5.25"H x 2.43"W x 1.5"D. Weight 5.35 oz. without batteries; 6.7 oz. with rechargeable li-ion battery; 7.0 oz. with two AA alkaline batteries. GPS chipset 32-channel STMicroelectronics Cartesio chipset. Satellite acquisition times Hot start approx 5-6 seconds, warm start approx. 45 seconds, cold start approx. 60 seconds. Display 2.2" high-resolution color display, 220 x 176 pixels. Internal Flash memory 3.5 GB. SD card Supports up to 32 GB SDHC high capacity SD-cards. Tracks Stores up to 20,000 points per track. Waypoints Up to 1,000. Routes Up to 100. Proprietary Kalman filter for enhanced GPS accuracy. IPX7 Waterproof.

- L.L.Bean

DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w


The DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen July 4, 2013 at EMS.

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