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Recent Navigation Tool Reviews

DeLorme inReach Explorer

rated 5 of 5 stars I use my inReach in Alaska where there is no cell service.  When boating or cross-country skiing I can post my location to Facebook every hour or every 4-hours and restrict this information to specific users. I can also text to cell phones or email accounts to let folks know about my trip. The InReach also has an emergency SOS button in case emergency help is needed. Full review

Bushnell BackTrack

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Worthless. Use a compass or buy another product. Have two friends that each have one and myself that got one as a birthday present. Would have died if I didn't have a backup. Don't use it as a serious backup. Full review

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

National Geographic Great Smoky Mountains National Park Map

rated 4 of 5 stars Great for driving and planning, not really a hiking map. Map number 229. This is a great map for planning a trip to the Smokies, and useful to use with a hiking guide or trip advisor to find certain locations in the park. It is also great for driving around to know where you are and where you are going. It does show many marked trails, but isn't really a hiking map. One side shows the east side of the park, the other side the west side, with about 5 miles of overlap. 50 foot elevation contours don't… Full review

MyTopo Waterproof Topo Map Tapoco

rated 2 of 5 stars Map includes topographical countours and roads, but not trails. I was happy to find MyTopo.com and to be able to order a topographical map in advance of my trip. I was disappointed when I got into my hike and realized there were forks on my trail which were not shown on the map, and even the trail on my map was very difficult to read. Topographic contours are shown in heavy brown lines, and so are roads, so they are difficult to distinguish. The trail I was trying to take is marked with a very light… 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

Silva Expedition 15TDCL

rated 5 of 5 stars A tough and well made reliable compass. This compass, like all other Silva models, is very high quality. I recently purchased this model to replace an earlier compass that had no clinometer. I was rather pleased to see that the quality of this model is as good as my 20-year-old Ranger. In use the baseplate markings come in very handy with 1: 25 000 and 1: 50 000 romer scales and CM / INCH measures. The markings are very well applied and I can't see these ever wearing away. (They are still as good… 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

Top-Rated Navigation Tools

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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
DeLorme inReach Explorer Handheld GPS Receiver / Locator Beacon
$380
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Silva Polaris 177 Handheld Compass
$14 - $18
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Silva Starter 1-2-3 Handheld Compass
$8 - $13
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Suunto M-3D Leader Compass Handheld Compass
$44
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Silva Ranger CL Handheld Compass
$37 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Suunto M-3 Handheld Compass
$28 - $36
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Suunto MB-6 Handheld Compass
$52 - $82
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
ACR ResQLink+ Locator Beacon
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 5 Handheld Compass
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Explorer Pro HV Handheld Compass
$26 - $32
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Lensatic 360 Handheld Compass
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ACR ResQLink Locator Beacon
$325
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DeLorme Pennsylvania Atlas & Gazetteer US Northeast Paper Map
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Suunto M-3 Global Handheld Compass
$30 - $51
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Suunto MC-2G Navigator Handheld Compass
$76 - $95
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
DeLorme inReach SE Locator Beacon / Handheld GPS Receiver
$300
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
SPOT Gen3 Locator Beacon
$150 - $169
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Fenix 3 GPS Watch
$419 - $549
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin eTrex 10 Handheld GPS Receiver
$110
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin Oregon 600 Handheld GPS Receiver
$329 - $398
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Suunto A-10 Handheld Compass
$13 - $21
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Suunto M-9 Wrist Compass Handheld Compass
$35 - $36
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
National Geographic Great Smoky Mountains National Park Map US South Paper Map
$12
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Garmin Foretrex 401 Handheld GPS Receiver
$180 - $199
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Garmin eTrex 20x Handheld GPS Receiver
$200
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 3 Handheld Compass
$13
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Suunto Clipper Handheld Compass
$20
 
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPS 64 Handheld GPS Receiver
$250
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 15 Handheld Compass
$43 - $50
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 7 Handheld Compass
$30 - $32
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Suunto MC-2 Handheld Compass
$39 - $64
user rating: 2 of 5 (24)
Suunto Core Compass Watch
$240 - $529
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Silva Guide 426 Handheld Compass
$20 - $25
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin eTrex 30x Handheld GPS Receiver
$300
National Geographic Bryce Canyon National Park Map US Mountain States Paper Map
$10 - $11
Garmin Rino 650 Handheld GPS Receiver
$347
 
Suunto M-3G Global Pro Handheld Compass
$80
DeLorme Colorado Atlas and Gazetteer US Mountain States Paper Map
$20
Garmin terex Touch 35 Handheld GPS Receiver
$250
Appalachian Trail Conservancy Northern Virginia Map-North US South Paper Map
$10
Brunton 9045 Handheld Compass
$10
 
DeLorme Virginia Atlas and Gazetteer US South Paper Map
$20
Silva Fisheye 328 Handheld Compass
$6
Adirondack Mountain Club Pachaug State Forest Trail Map, CT US Northeast Paper Map
$10
National Geographic Springer and Cohutta Mountains Trail Map US South Paper Map
$8
 
Little River Enterprises Custom Correct Enchanted Valley - Skokomish Map US Pacific States Paper Map
$6
National Geographic Cape Cod National Seashore Map US Northeast Paper Map
$12
DeLorme Florida Atlas and Gazatteer US South Paper Map
$25
National Geographic Cades Cove/Elkmont Trail Map - Great Smoky Mountains National Park US South Paper Map
$10
 
Sun Company Zippersnapper 1 Handheld Compass
$5
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