Magellan Triton 1500
Price Paid: $200
I was looking for a color mapping GPS that I could load topographical maps on. I couldn't stomach the price of a Garmin Colorado or Oregon and to upgrade the other Garmins to get the topo maps cost about the same as a Colorado.
After fruitlessly searching for a used Colorado I stumbled upon the Magellan. I read a little bit about it and it sounded like exactly what I was looking for. It is a color mapping GPS and you can download satellite images and topo maps from National Geographic for $1 a quad , or spend $25 and get a cd of the entire US albeit at a larger scale 1:24,000 for quads or 1:100,000 for cd. Plus they have a program for you computer to let you manage everything on you GPS. I have used it a few times an I love it.
An especially neat feature is the elevation chart for your tracks. It lets you draw a route and then see via chart the elevation changes. Very very cool GPS for about half the price of the top end Garmin.
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The waterproof Magellan Triton 1500 GPS offers powerful mapping options such as National Geographic TOPO!(R), high-tech tools and legendary navigational performance to guide your outdoor adventure. Bright, sunlight-readable and scratch-resistant touchscreen features intuitive, menu-driven usability and is easy to view in almost any light. SiRFstarIII(TM) chipset helps ensure a rapid satellite fix and reliable position lock in narrow valleys, dense woods and urban jungles. Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) and integrated multidirectional antennae offer GPS accuracy to 3 meters. 400MHz processor handles dynamic routing and multitasking with ease; finger-friendly touchscreen interface makes navigation easy. Built-in basemap includes the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska, and Canada (major highways, city centers, bodies of water and more) plus worldwide geographic boundaries. Import detailed maps from National Geographic TOPO and Weekend Explorer 3D, as well as Magellan MapSend. Digital compass determines accurate direction of travel; barometric altimeter with pressure tracking analyzes pressure differences to determine accurate elevation. The Magellan Triton 1500 GPS features a stylus for precise touchscreen mapping, a digital picture organizer, MP3 player and integrated speaker. Internal microphone lets you record geo-coded voice annotations to routes; audio jack allows private listening with headphones (not included). Waterproof construction keeps unit functioning under 1m of water for up to 30 min; rugged rubberized housing is easy to grip. Expandable memory via SD cards (not included) for maps, audio and pictures; included USB cable connects to your computer for uploading and downloading. Works with alkaline, lithium or NiCad rechargeable batteries (batteries not included); alkaline batteries provide up to 10 hours of normal use with GPS continuously on.
Reinventing handheld GPS it's the first of its kind: touch screen control, built-in voice recorder and LED flashlight. SD-card expandability to add unlimited detailed maps and user generated content. Rugged, waterproof and amazingly easy to use, control advanced features with a touch.
- Altrec Outdoors
Instead of laboriously typing notes about a waypoint, you can just record audio notes about a specific location when you use the Magellan Triton 1500 GPS. The touch screen makes it quick and painless to find the info you need, while SD-card compatibility allows you to upload detailed topographic maps, marine cartography, and National Geographic maps. The Triton 1500 GPS' built-in, low-battery-consumption LED flashlight comes in handy when you're camping, and the IPX-7 waterproof rating takes the worries out of bringing this Magellan GPS on kayak, canoe, and wet-weather adventures. The integrated, high-sensitivity antenna receives signals in canyons, dense forest, and under heavy cloud cover.