DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w
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.
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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.