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Polar AXN300

rated 0.5 of 5 stars I used the AXN300, which was a load of rubbish. I wouldn't trust Polar ever again. My watch was repaired four times and constantly let me down and cost me a lot of money to own and maintain. The manual says I can replace the batteries, but Polar declined all responsibility. The repair facility in France is a rip-off, charging over 20€ plus battery to change a battery which doesn't last very long. The watch is massive and snags on clothing and sleeves. I apologise for my review being so negative. Full review

Brunton 8099 PRO Eclipse

rated 2 of 5 stars Good idea. Poor construction. Over the years, I've had a lot of compasses as a 17-year-member and Team Leader of a local S&R organization. They just interest me and I get a lot of use from them. I've owned several Bruntons, Silvas, and Suuntos among others. Every Brunton I've owned eventually got a bubble in the capsule. None of the Silvas. The disc (needle) of the Brunton also jumps off the needle it rotates on, causing it to tip off at an angle. It's just bothersome for the amount of $ one… Full review

Garmin Fenix

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I took this guy out for our first field test on the Buffalo River a few weeks ago. Really great watch for the avid outdoors man. The trackback feature came in handy several times on that rocky terrain. The storm alarm was a lifesaver too. The river rose 5 feet during the night! The Garmin Fenix is the product for you if you are heading outdoors. If you like to bike, hike, run, fly, swim, float, or fish then this little package has a lot to offer. It has multiple profile settings that you can choose… Full review

Brunton 10B Baseplate Compass

rated 4.5 of 5 stars There were two major needs for this compass: 1. It must have 2 degree increments and 2. Must be able to set declination. It has both! I bought this compass for navigation in the backcountry. It has worked fine. I can set the declination to my area without needing any tools. The only thing that worried me was if I would accidentally adjust the declination because there is no tool needed but I haven't had any issues with it. For a compass for under $15 I think this is a fine addition to the Ten Essentials! Full review

Rite in the Rain Outdoor Journal

rated 4 of 5 stars I filled up two spiral bound field level notebooks for my ecology research in Florida last summer. The waterproof paper worked very well despite the humidity and daily unannounced thunderstorms, although any pen used will create smudges and dry slowly. If you are looking for a product to use in the field, whether for work or pleasure, then these notebooks are excellent for the price. You can order them in just about any size, with options for type of paper and binding cover. Keep in mind that if… Full review

Rand McNally Foris 850

rated 4 of 5 stars Great GPS for under a $100. Does everything I need. I bought this for around $85 shipped from Amazon for rattlesnake hunting the mountains of Western Pennsylvania, geocaching, and for hiking with my wife and daughter. With all honesty, I've only had one other GPS and it was a Magellan Sport I found it to be worthless. So I have nothing else to compare it to. This thing is very easy to use. It picks up satellites very quickly. It is loaded with maps for trails, forests, and bike trails, etc. It is… Full review

Falcon Guides Ultralight Backpackin' Tips

rated 2 of 5 stars The good/beneficial advice presented in this book simply cannot make up for the REALLY BAD opinions that the author brings forth as part of Ultralight (UL) backpacking. <<I borrowed it = Library book>> Opinions are like armpits--Everyone has a couple and some of them stink. The problem is when someone with stinky opinions gets himself published, many begin to accept those opinions as fact. Mike Clelland has had the good fortune of finding a publisher looking to cash in on the UL craze. Full review

Etón FRX3 Radio

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Great for outdoor activities, picnics, lakeside, power outages. This is a great, compact radio for the little moment you want to add music to and not worry about where the power is coming from. The volume gets pretty loud and the sound is pretty good. A super useful tool for power outages and natural disaster issues, a great comfort to know I can charge my phone in an emergency.  This is not a backpacking radio. It may be splash proof, but I wouldn't test it. The knobs for adjusting tuning and… Full review

The Ultimate Hang An Illustrated Guide to Hammock Camping

rated 4 of 5 stars Very good book for beginners. This book gave an understanding of hammock camping. It gives you the knowledge to ask the questions you need to know. The reasons for not giving 5 stars is no book can answer all question. A must-read for anybody just starting in hammock camping. I recommend electronic copy from Amazon as it's cheaper. Full review

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The Mountaineers Books Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
The Mountaineers Books
Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills
Climbing Book
$15 - $29
National Geographic The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
National Geographic
The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide
Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$20
Garmin Fenix
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Garmin
Fenix
GPS Receiver
$349
SPOT  Satellite GPS Messenger
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
SPOT
Satellite GPS Messenger
Locator Beacon
$150
Suunto Ambit
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Suunto
Ambit
$240 - $550
Silva Polaris 177
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Silva
Polaris 177
Compass
$13 - $14
Silva Starter 1-2-3
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Silva
Starter 1-2-3
Compass
$14 - $16
Silva Ranger CL
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Silva
Ranger CL
Compass
$40 - $76
Garmin eTrex
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Garmin
eTrex
GPS Receiver
$25
SPOT  Connect
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
SPOT
Connect
Locator Beacon
$150
Suunto MC-2G Navigator
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Suunto
MC-2G Navigator
Compass
$55 - $84
Suunto M-3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Suunto
M-3
Compass
$32 - $68
Magellan eXplorist 610
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Magellan
eXplorist 610
GPS Receiver
$350
Suunto MB-6
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Suunto
MB-6
Compass
$45 - $69
Silva Lensatic 360
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva
Lensatic 360
Compass
$18 - $22
ACR ResQLink
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ACR
ResQLink
Locator Beacon
$280 - $325
DeLorme Pennsylvania Atlas & Gazetteer
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DeLorme
Pennsylvania Atlas & Gazetteer
US Northeast Paper Map
$20
Polar RCX5 Sports Watch
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Polar
RCX5 Sports Watch
$210
Suunto M-3 Global
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Suunto
M-3 Global
Compass
$45
Cosmic Ray Hiking Phoenix - Favorite Day Hikes
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Cosmic Ray
Hiking Phoenix - Favorite Day Hikes
US Mountain States Guidebook
$12
Adirondack Mountain Club Adirondack Trails Northville-Placid Trail
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adirondack Mountain Club
Adirondack Trails Northville-Placid Trail
US Northeast Guidebook
$18
Great Swamp Press Pachaug State Forest Trail Map - Connecticut
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Great Swamp Press
Pachaug State Forest Trail Map - Connecticut
US Northeast Paper Map
$10
Casio Pathfinder PAW1500-1V
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Casio
Pathfinder PAW1500-1V
Altimeter
$240 - $316
Wilderness Press San Gabriel Mountains Map
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Press
San Gabriel Mountains Map
US Mountain States Paper Map
$10
Brunton O.S.S. 40B Compass
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Brunton
O.S.S. 40B Compass
Compass
$25 - $45
Suunto Vector
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Suunto
Vector
Altimeter
$199
Magellan eXplorist GC
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Magellan
eXplorist GC
GPS Receiver
$130
DeLorme InReach SE
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
DeLorme
InReach SE
Locator Beacon
$300
Casio Pathfinder PAW1300-1V
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Casio
Pathfinder PAW1300-1V
Altimeter
$200
Pro-Knot Outdoor Knots - Waterproof Plastic Fan Pack
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Pro-Knot
Outdoor Knots - Waterproof Plastic Fan Pack
Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
$5
Garmin Forerunner 310XT
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin
Forerunner 310XT
GPS Receiver
$250 - $299
Casio Pathfinder PAW1300T-7V
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Casio
Pathfinder PAW1300T-7V
Altimeter
$240 - $314
Garmin eTrex 10
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin
eTrex 10
GPS Receiver
$109
Suunto A-10
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Suunto
A-10
Compass
$15 - $17
Etón Scorpion
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Etón
Scorpion
Radio
$42
Brunton 10B Baseplate Compass
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Brunton
10B Baseplate Compass
Compass
$13
Garmin eTrex 30
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin
eTrex 30
GPS Receiver
$270 - $369
Magellan eXplorist 310
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Magellan
eXplorist 310
GPS Receiver
$160 - $179
Kasper & Richter Alpin
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Kasper & Richter
Alpin
Compass
$75
Suunto M-9 Wrist Compass
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Suunto
M-9 Wrist Compass
Compass
$24 - $35
Rick La Belle Rock Climbs of Central Washington
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rick La Belle
Rock Climbs of Central Washington
US Pacific States Guidebook
$15
Suunto Arrow 20
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Suunto
Arrow 20
Compass
$67
Rite in the Rain Outdoor Journal
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rite in the Rain
Outdoor Journal
$6 - $10
Garmin Topo US West 24K DVD
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin
Topo US West 24K DVD
US Pacific States Map Application
$100
Garmin Foretrex 401
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Garmin
Foretrex 401
GPS Receiver
$180
Etón FRX3 Radio
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Etón
FRX3 Radio
Radio
$60
Wilderness Press Hiker's Guide to the High Sierra - Yosemite
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Press
Hiker's Guide to the High Sierra - Yosemite
US Pacific States Guidebook
$15
DeLorme inReach
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
DeLorme
inReach
GPS Receiver
$250
Suunto X-Lander
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Suunto
X-Lander
Altimeter
$299 - $350
Brunton 8099 Eclipse
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Brunton
8099 Eclipse
Compass
$50
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