Magellan eXplorist GC

3 reviews
5-star:   1
4-star:   1
3-star:   1
2-star:   0
1-star:   0



With easy operation, the Magellan eXplorist is a great…

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: received it as a sample, freebie, or prize (Magellan)
Price Paid: $159.99


With easy operation, the Magellan eXplorist is a great GPSr for causal or regular geocaching.


  • Quick fix
  • Easy user interface
  • Waterproof


  • Joystick is touchy
  • A little more work to load GPX files
  • Graphics could be improved

The Magellan eXplorist GC is a great addition for any geocacher. It is a great starter GPS for beginners, but I would not rely solely on this GPS. It has great integration from the geocaching website, although it is a pain to load the GPX files. You are required to load them through the proprietary Magellan desktop application. No quick loading.  I find when using it on the trail that it tends to be very accurate up until you get near the cache.

One feature that I am missing is the ability to track a trip. Yes, it does track your distance traveled, but only by the birds flight, meaning from point A to B straight shot. I would like to be able to see how far I have traveled after hiking to find a cache.

One of the features that sets it out from the rest is the dedicated geocaching "app." It is great that I can scroll over to geocaches and have it display the nearest ones. The specs say that it has a three to five meter accuracy and I think that this would be a reasonable judgement.

I have tested the coordinates with ones from an actual map to compare and it got me within five feet of the location out in the open and about ten with a few trees overhead. Another things that I sometimes miss is the altimeter. It would be great to see the altitude, it is one feature that would not have swung my decision on my purchase however. 

I would say that it lives up to its promise of being waterproof. I have taken it through mud and rain and it seems to still be going strong. I have also dropped it many times in the dirt. I thought it was done when I accidentally dropped down a hill onto concrete, but it still survives.

I have had the eXplorist GC for about a year now and have been happy with what it has given me. I would definitely recommend this GPSr first to anyone who asks my opinion. I also hope that this review has been helpful in your thoughts about purchasing the eXplorist GC. Thank you.


Perfect for geocaching. First GPS and no bad word…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $174


Perfect for geocaching.


  • Paperless goecaching
  • easy to trasfer data from computer


  • no compast when stoped

First GPS and no bad word to say. Kids use it without difficulty and do the job. 10/10


 i bought this gps for geocaching, just like the…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $150

 i bought this gps for geocaching, just like the name says. it is pretty straight forward and simple to use and does a good job. it is rated @ 18 hours of battery life with the energizers that came with it. i wasn't timing it but i would bet it doubled that with ease.

my only complaint is that there is no owners manual that comes with it. it has info loaded onto it and there is a breif tutorial on the phone but no owners manual. there is on the magellan web site. but its a gps and you may be nowhere near a computer when you need to find info .

i would buy it again with no hesitation. i bought it on ebay for $150 new. and it was retailing for $200 everywhere i looked.

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Geocaching has caught on like wildfire in the past few years and now, with the Magellan Explorist GC GPS in hand, even novice geocachers can easily join the fun. Download information about geocaching hot spots or select one of the preloaded locations and this rugged, waterproof and submersible handheld GPS unit. A host of geocaching-specific features, an easy-to-navigate menu structure, and a colorful screen make it easy for both young and mature to try their hands at finding a cache.


Magellan eXplorist GC is the first GPS device 100% dedicated to geocaching that includes out-of-the-box paperless geocaching, seamless connection to and a brilliant color screen, all packed into a rugged and waterproof device. Free 30 day premium membership to Battery life: 18hrs on two AA. Wt: 14.4 oz.

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The refurbished Magellan eXplorist GC GPS is your ticket to the fun world of geocaching. It comes preloaded with the world's most popular geocaches. Turn it on, walk outside and the adventure begins! Comes with a 30-day premium membership to and supports paperless geocaching to make your adventures that much easier. Paperless geocaching lets you download characteristics of each cache, including name, location, description, size, difficulty, terrain, hints, attributes and user logs. 500MB memory stores up to 10,000 of the world's most popular geocaches (comes with 1,000 preloaded caches) and up to 500 user-entered waypoints on a preloaded basemap. Bright color screen is easy to navigate with rich graphics and intuitive menu options. Preloaded worldwide map includes a complete road network in the United States, Canada, Western Europe and Australia, and major roadways throughout the rest of the world. Worldwide map also includes water features, urban and rural land use and city centers. SiRFstarIII(TM) GPS chipset zeros in on the precise location of a geocache, fishing spot or summit within 10 - 15 ft. accuracy. Track summary records distance traveled, elevation gained and lost, complete travel time, moving time, stopped time and average time. Magellan eXplorist GC GPS is powered by 2 AA batteries for up to 18 hrs. of constant use, letting you keep your outdoor adventure going all day long. Rugged and waterproof design is submersible to IPX7 standards (protected against water immersion down to 1m for 30 min.). The compact Magellan eXplorist GC GPS can be hung around your neck with a lanyard (not included) or attached to your pack with the built-in carabiner hook. Closeout.


The Magellan eXplorist GC GPS receiver comes packed with tons of helpful features and is ready to use right out of the box.