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Recent GPS Receiver Reviews

Trace

rated 4 of 5 stars Trace is a sports tracking system designed for snow and water sports. It's a GPS device that records a variety of information that is then downloaded to a smartphone or computer. This easy to use sports tracker is a useful tool for training or just all-around fun. This small (1 7/8" x 3/4") device combines an advanced 9-axis inertial measurement unit (9X IMU) and GPS sensors to track a variety of sports including snow sports, water sports, and downhill mountain biking. The 9X IMU's ability to track… Full review

Garmin eTrex 20x

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Easy to use, water resistant. This GPS does the job well. It is fairly easy to use once you watch a couple of youtube videos. Garmin's free baseCamp software can be used to program routes and retrieve tracks off of the GPS. I've used it several times, once in a downpour all day, and never had a problem. The only problem I have is with the joystick controller on the front of the unit. It's great to use to control the GPS, but once you put it in your pocket or a backpack's hip belt pocket it activates… Full review

Garmin Fenix 3

rated 4.5 of 5 stars More accurate measure of your distance traveled than distances shown on hiking maps! It lets you see and know via a slight vibration when you are off trail. I have only used this on a 3-day hike through the White Mountains, but am pleased enough to write a first impressions review. I did recharge the Fenix each night using an external battery so cannot comment on whether one charge holds ups over a three-day period. I downloaded my routes to the Fenix and did not buy the Garmin maps. I may buy maps… Full review

DeLorme inReach Explorer

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a must have item on a backcountry thru hike! GPS satellite communication device with tracking and text messaging capability and SOS. I bought this device at a recent REI Garage sale for a steal! I've been wanting one for a long time and now I own one! I activated it immediately, which was easy to do. There are multiple different plans to choose from. I have loaded more than 50 trails and routes to the device and it is amazing! I'm super excited to have this device for my upcoming JMT thru… Full review

Garmin eTrex 30x

rated 0.5 of 5 stars No battery, no s/d card, no way to carry fasten to equipment, just as well not had a map. No topo map, not much of anything, but wasted money in a drawer with other outdated phones and junk. I've owned two other Garmin products for l5 years. They are excellent pieces of equipment. This is why I'm so disappointed in the 30X. Look what maps are offered and cost. Very disappointed in world map. Would have been nice to zoom in to see where your on a trail at any time. Maybe I was expecting too much… Full review

Garmin GPSMAP 62st

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Hand draw your route in Base Camp. My problem with Base Camp and all other back-country mapping software, is that you can't just put in the starting point and the end point and any waypoints in-between. You must manually hand draw on your computer the actual route you want to take as precise as possible, then transfer that route to your GPS. It won't just route itself on the trail, like a street GPS follows a street route. WHY NOT? This is 2016! Precision is required if you are wanting any kind… Full review

Garmin GPSMAP 62st

rated 4 of 5 stars Great unit, accurate, reliable and robust, but loses a star because of the BaseCamp software. This GPS can get a signal in many places where other GPS units fail. This unit is quite old, released in August 2010 (five years ago) but sold up until 2016. It has (just) been superseded by the new 64-series of models. It has been a long time since I have intensively used a GPS. I did engineering at Uni and did two years of Surveying. Back then GPS units were the size of suitcases. Almost 20 years ago… Full review

Garmin GPSMAP 62s

rated 5 of 5 stars This is my go-to handheld GPS. OK, so this GPS is awesome! I have loaded it up with SO much topo, like multiple states, and it still rocks. It's really easy to use as a basic GPS, which I normally use it for.  You can essentially turn it on and start walking. It gains its 3 satellites in a matter of minutes depending on your location. Not to be used in caves. But I can turn it on in my house and it magically has service.  The buttons on it are a little excessive.  The POWER button on the side… Full review

Garmin eTrex

rated 5 of 5 stars Great little GPS. This little GPS does what you need—it gets you there and back. I have had this eTrex since sometime in the early 2000s. The screens are basic and so is the operation of the unit. It can be used one-handed without any problems. I can plug in my coordinates and be gone before my son can using his phone app.   It's pretty well shock proof, water/dust proof and never fails to navigate me where I'm going. The battery life is amazing also. Besides backpacking I also geocache so I… Full review

Top-Rated GPS Receivers

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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Trace reviewed Aug 15, 2016
$200 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Garmin eTrex 20x reviewed Jul 27, 2016
$200
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Fenix 3 reviewed Jul 14, 2016
$500 - $549
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DeLorme inReach Explorer reviewed Jun 16, 2016
$380
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin eTrex 30x reviewed May 11, 2016
$220 - $300
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin GPSMAP 62st reviewed Mar 30, 2016
$550 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMAP 62s reviewed Mar 5, 2016
$450 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Garmin eTrex reviewed Mar 3, 2016
discontinued
 
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPS 64 reviewed Feb 23, 2016
$250
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin Oregon 600 reviewed Feb 5, 2016
$329 - $400
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Satmap Active 12 reviewed Feb 2, 2016
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (3)
Magellan eXplorist 510 reviewed Nov 1, 2015
$350 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
DeLorme inReach SE reviewed Oct 29, 2015
$300
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Suunto Ambit3 Peak Sapphire reviewed Oct 7, 2015
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Garmin eTrex 30 reviewed Jan 31, 2015
$300 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Garmin Fenix reviewed Jun 17, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rand McNally Foris 850 reviewed Jun 12, 2014
$199 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
DeLorme Earthmate PN-60 reviewed Dec 1, 2013
$300 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w reviewed Dec 1, 2013
$350 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Forerunner 301 reviewed Nov 3, 2013
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Suunto Ambit reviewed Sep 1, 2013
$550 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
DeLorme inReach reviewed Aug 29, 2013
$250 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Garmin Rino 120 reviewed May 30, 2013
$268 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Garmin Foretrex 401 reviewed May 28, 2013
$180 - $199
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (4)
Magellan Triton 200 reviewed Mar 26, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Garmin Oregon 450t reviewed Feb 15, 2013
$400 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Oregon 450 reviewed Nov 11, 2012
$330 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin eTrex 10 reviewed Sep 8, 2012
$110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Magellan eXplorist 610 reviewed Aug 30, 2012
$450 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Magellan Triton 500 reviewed Aug 14, 2012
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Magellan eXplorist 310 reviewed Aug 7, 2012
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Magellan eXplorist GC reviewed Aug 4, 2012
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMAP 62 reviewed Aug 3, 2012
$350 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (7)
Magellan Triton 300 reviewed Aug 2, 2012
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Oregon 400c reviewed Aug 1, 2012
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Garmin eTrex Vista HCx reviewed Nov 21, 2011
$300 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
DeLorme Earthmate GPS PN-40 reviewed Nov 18, 2011
discontinued
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (7)
Magellan Triton 400 reviewed Oct 20, 2011
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (3)
Magellan eXplorist 500 LE reviewed Oct 7, 2011
user rating: 2 of 5 (11)
Suunto X9i reviewed Oct 6, 2011
discontinued
user rating: 3 of 5 (7)
Suunto X10 reviewed Sep 21, 2011
$650 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Garmin GPSMAP 76S reviewed Aug 5, 2011
discontinued
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Magellan eXplorist 400 reviewed Apr 1, 2011
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin eTrex Legend HCx reviewed Mar 29, 2011
$250 MSRP
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (8)
Bushnell BackTrack reviewed Feb 6, 2011
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Bushnell ONIX 400 reviewed Nov 16, 2010
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Garmin Forerunner 405 reviewed Oct 26, 2010
$220 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Oregon 550 reviewed Sep 29, 2010
$400 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
DeLorme Earthmate GPS PN-30 reviewed Sep 28, 2010
discontinued
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Magellan Triton 2000 reviewed Sep 6, 2010
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