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Blackwoods Press John Muir Trail Pocket Atlas

rated 5 of 5 stars The is a great, extremely light, pocket atlas/set of maps for doing the John Muir Trail. I picked up Erik the Black's Ultralight trail guide for the JMT last summer for use on a couple of section hikes I was doing. The trail guide is only about 2.5 oz, very thin, and about the same dimensions as most paperback books available now days. Each of the maps in the guide include an elevation profile, information on camp and water locations along with a variety of other information useful during your hike… Full review

Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW9400-3

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Features for days! Altimeter, barometer, compass, thermometer, sunrise/sunset data, and much more. Ease of Use: This is something that I felt could use some help. I may be spoiled on the ease of touch screens now, but cycling through all the menus is a pain. Price For a solar powered "ABC" watch with a ton of features that can stand up to the abuse the Rangeman can and still look great, I think the price is a steal. While the Rangeman may be the best G Shock watch on the market, it doesn't mean… Full review

National Geographic John Muir Trail Topographic Map Guide

rated 5 of 5 stars If you are contemplating thru-hiking the John Muir Trail (or any section of it), this John Muir Trail Topographic Map Guide does an excellent job of gathering all the needed information for planning, plus having detailed maps of the entire trail and surrounding terrain. Comparison of size of National Geographic Yosemite map with the John Muir Trail Topographic Map Guide (USGS 1:250,000 map in background) Background: I have to confess up front that, despite having hiked and climbed on all seven continents,… Full review

Brunton TruArc 5

rated 5 of 5 stars Nice compass and great value. I use it for astronomy, so I needed an adjustable magnetic declination. Brunton's instructions on setting the mag dec leave something to be desired, so here's a vid: Overall, still a 5 rating to me for value and quality.  Full review

Brunton TruArc 20

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Good backcountry compass made to handle abuse! Good compass for backcountry travels where a compass may be subjected to some abuse. Rubber boot and covers provide good protection to the compass itself. Like the 1° resolution and the map scales are nice. Being able to adjust for declination without a tool is nice as well. My only complaint is the inclinometer built into the compass center is just a sticker applied from the back and on my model featured some small bubbling in the adhesive. A very… Full review

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

Top-Rated Navigation Tools

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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Brunton TruArc 5 Handheld Compass
$20
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
$6 - $13
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Suunto M-3D Leader Compass Handheld Compass
$44
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Explorer Pro HV Handheld Compass
$26
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: 5 of 5 (1)
Great Swamp Press Pachaug State Forest Trail Map - Connecticut US Northeast Paper Map
$5
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Suunto Ambit3 Peak Sapphire GPS Watch
$374 - $498
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Garmin Fenix GPS Watch
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Imus Geographics Wallowa Mountain/Eagle Cap Wilderness Map US Pacific States Paper Map
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Suunto Ambit GPS Watch
$550 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
CritterMap Backcountry Navigator for Android Map / Outdoor App
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Garmin Oregon 450t Handheld GPS Receiver
$400 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Magellan SporTrak Map Handheld GPS Receiver
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
McMurdo Fast Find 210 Locator Beacon
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Magellan eXplorist XL Handheld GPS Receiver
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Suunto M-2 Handheld Compass
$24 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Recta Elite Sport Global Compass Handheld Compass
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Expedition 15TDCL Handheld Compass
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Rino 530HCx Handheld GPS Receiver
$500 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMAP 62s Handheld GPS Receiver
$450 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Carin Mountain Company Mount Rainier Guide Reference Map US Pacific States Paper Map
$14 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Victorinox Swiss Army Summit XLT
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w Handheld GPS Receiver
$350 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Magellan Triton 1500 Handheld GPS Receiver
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Oregon 450 Handheld GPS Receiver
$330 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Magellan CrossoverGPS Handheld GPS Receiver
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gaia GPS App & Offline Topo Maps Outdoor App / Map
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DeLorme MapPack Annual Subscription Map
$30 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Polar RCX5 Sports Watch
$350 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kasper & Richter Meridian Pro Handheld Compass
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
National Geographic John Muir Trail Topographic Map Guide US Pacific States Paper Map / US Pacific States Guidebook
$15 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Oregon 550 Handheld GPS Receiver
$400 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Menasha Ridge Press The Best in Tent Camping: Illinois
$16 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Watch
$200 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Blackwoods Press John Muir Trail Pocket Atlas US Pacific States Map
$30 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Casio Pathfinder PAW1500-1V Compass Watch
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gem Trek Trail Map and Guide Canadian Paper Map
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Press San Gabriel Mountains Map US Mountain States Paper Map
$10 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Brunton O.S.S. 40B Compass Handheld Compass
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMAP 60CS Handheld GPS Receiver
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Garmin eTrex Legend Cx Handheld GPS Receiver
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Garmin GPSMAP 60Cx Handheld GPS Receiver
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Garmin GPSMAP 76S Handheld GPS Receiver
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Highgear Altis TI Altimeter Watch
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Brunton 54LU Handheld Compass
discontinued
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