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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
$30 - $39
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
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 - $16
Silva Starter 1-2-3
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Silva
Starter 1-2-3
Compass
$14 - $16
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
Magellan Triton 1500
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Magellan
Triton 1500
GPS Receiver
$400
Brooks-Range All-In-One Map Tool Pro
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Brooks-Range
All-In-One Map Tool Pro
$13
Gibbs Smith 98.6 Degrees - The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive!
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gibbs Smith
98.6 Degrees - The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive!
First Aid/Safety/Survival Book
$17
DeLorme Pennsylvania Atlas & Gazetteer
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DeLorme
Pennsylvania Atlas & Gazetteer
US Northeast Paper Map
$20
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
Silva Explorer Pro
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva
Explorer Pro
Compass
$23
Casio Pathfinder PAW1500-1V
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Casio
Pathfinder PAW1500-1V
Altimeter
$230 - $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
$21 - $45
Imus Geographics Wallowa Mountain/Eagle Cap Wilderness Map
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Imus Geographics
Wallowa Mountain/Eagle Cap Wilderness Map
US Pacific States Paper Map
Suunto M-3D Leader Compass
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Suunto
M-3D Leader Compass
Compass
Garmin Oregon 450t
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Garmin
Oregon 450t
GPS Receiver
$400 MSRP
Magellan SporTrak Map
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Magellan
SporTrak Map
GPS Receiver
McMurdo Fast Find 210
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
McMurdo
Fast Find 210
Locator Beacon
Magellan eXplorist XL
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Magellan
eXplorist XL
GPS Receiver
Suunto M-2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Suunto
M-2
Compass
$24 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Recta
Elite Sport Global Compass
Compass
Garmin Rino 530HCx
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin
Rino 530HCx
GPS Receiver
$500 MSRP
Carin Mountain Company Mount Rainier Guide Reference Map
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)

Carin Mountain Company Mount Rainier Guide Reference Map
US Pacific States Paper Map
$14 MSRP
Victorinox Swiss Army Summit XLT
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Victorinox Swiss Army
Summit XLT
DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DeLorme
Earthmate PN-60w
GPS Receiver
$350 MSRP
Grundig Aviator G6
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Grundig
Aviator G6
Radio
Garmin Oregon 450
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin
Oregon 450
GPS Receiver
$330 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Magellan
CrossoverGPS
GPS Receiver
Gaye Grabill Jace Gets Lost, Jace Gets Found
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gaye Grabill
Jace Gets Lost, Jace Gets Found
Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
DeLorme MapPack Annual Subscription
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DeLorme
MapPack Annual Subscription
Map
$30 MSRP
Polar RCX5 Sports Watch
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Polar
RCX5 Sports Watch
$350 MSRP
Suunto M-3 Global
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Suunto
M-3 Global
Compass
Kasper & Richter Meridian Pro
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kasper & Richter
Meridian Pro
Compass
Garmin Oregon 550
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin
Oregon 550
GPS Receiver
$400 MSRP
Menasha Ridge Press The Best in Tent Camping: Illinois
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Menasha Ridge Press
The Best in Tent Camping: Illinois
$16 MSRP
Adirondack Mountain Club Adirondack Trails High Peaks Region
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adirondack Mountain Club
Adirondack Trails High Peaks Region
US Northeast Guidebook
Garmin Forerunner 305
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin
Forerunner 305
GPS Receiver
$200 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gem Trek
Trail Map and Guide
Canadian Paper Map
Speer Hammocks Hammock Camping - The Complete Guide to Greater Comfort, Convenience and Freedom
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Speer Hammocks
Hammock Camping - The Complete Guide to Greater Comfort, Convenience and Freedom
Camping/Hiking/Backpacking Book
Garmin GPSMAP 60CS
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin
GPSMAP 60CS
GPS Receiver
Garmin eTrex Legend Cx
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Garmin
eTrex Legend Cx
GPS Receiver
discontinued
Garmin GPSMAP 60Cx
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Garmin
GPSMAP 60Cx
GPS Receiver
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Garmin
GPSMAP 76S
GPS Receiver
discontinued
Highgear Altis TI
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Highgear
Altis TI
Altimeter
discontinued
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