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Recent Navigation Tool Reviews

Suunto Core

rated 1.5 of 5 stars Second one just quit again after less than 12 months. Not acceptable for the price. Talk about love/hate. When this thing is new and working as it should it was easily my favourite. Unfortunately it just can't go the distance. Cosmetically it will wear out and scratch way faster than you'd expect of an 'adventure/outdoor' watch. That alone I could probably forgive but I'm onto my second watch in under two years now and it's just failed out the exact same way the first one did. While the screen still… Full review

Garmin GPSMap 64s

rated 4 of 5 stars Solid successor of time-proven GPSMap series, made for extreme conditions. But the number of improvements over GPSMap 62s leaves much to be desired. The button-operated Garmin handhelds are still not for everyone. Background I’ve been an active user of Garmin GPS handhelds since 2002. The first one was eTrex Vista—old, monochrome and equipped with 24 MB of memory for maps. It had really weak receiver with tendency for losing satellite signal in ALL less than perfect conditions (inside the pocket,… Full review

Brunton TruArc 15

rated 1 of 5 stars Not designed by someone who ever used a compass. The idea of a compass with a global needle is always a good, one would presume. Pity is that the execution is horrible. The declination adjustment angles/inclination angles and the grid lines at the bottom of the capsule are printed *on a sticker*, which means, that (1) you cannot align the capsule with the grid lines in a map and (2) it might just fall off. In most online images this is not obvious because the background is also white, buyer beware! Full review

DeLorme inReach SE

rated 4 of 5 stars The safety of an SOS button connected via satellite to a monitoring response team combined with features you can use on every trip. Those features include two-way texting including localized weather reports, live updating of your personal online map and others you can choose or ignore as desired. The device and subscription service are not cheap, but for those venturing far afield, especially those who go alone, it gives a good return on the investment. Lots of function packed into a pretty small… Full review

Brunton TruArc 5

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This is a nice well made compass with the basic set of features you should have if you intend to use it for navigation. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this compass to anyone looking for a compass to use while backpacking, hunting, etc. First off, I want to say that I received this compass as a gift for being a past Reviewer of the Month here at Trailspace. I think it might be helpful to give you an overview of my background with respect to navigation skills so that you can put my review in perspective… Full review

Magellan Triton 500

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Rock solid unit. I had a Magellan Sportrak Map unit, but this blows it away with USB connectivity, map downloads, SD card support and so much color! Very nice feel and the buttons are great. I use it mostly for geocaching, and having all the cache data in one unit is fantastic. Androids and Apple products can do this too, but not with the precision of a purpose-built unit.  I just cannot get over the map features while hiking the hills looking for a geocache. Yeah, I got it for $4 + tax at Goodwill… Full review

Garmin eTrex 30

rated 1.5 of 5 stars I am only weighing in on eTrex as to use of it without buying the expensive Garmin map subscriptions. It has worked fine as it was able to synch with Google Earth when the data is downloaded to my laptop. However, Garmin basecamp, which is the program to download from your device to a computer, will no longer work with Google Earth. The support team at Garmin tells me that I must use Garmin maps. I bought the device not wanting the map subscription and because it worked with Google Earth. Now it… Full review

National Geographic Northville/Raquette Lake Map - Adirondack National Park

rated 5 of 5 stars Excellent map! Up-to-date, includes reroute of the southern section. The Nat Geo maps are the new benchmark in trail maps. Full review

Casio Pathfinder PAG80-1V

rated 5 of 5 stars Received a PAG 80 as a gift that I've wanted in 2008, it was about $100 at the time. It is a great watch to have with you. But, you must make adjustments to the ALTIMETER and Barometer to get correct Compass direction. The only issue I have after so many years is the band. The little eye broke and the band gets in the way... Full review

Top-Rated Navigation Tools

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user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Brunton TruArc 5 Handheld Compass
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
DeLorme inReach Explorer Handheld GPS Receiver / Locator Beacon
$304
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Suunto Ambit GPS Watch
$215 - $269
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: 5 of 5 (1)
Suunto M-2 Handheld Compass
$119
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
National Geographic Northville/Raquette Lake Map - Adirondack National Park US Northeast Paper Map
$10 - $11
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)
Brunton Com-Pro Pocket Transit Handheld Compass
$720
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ACR ResQLink Locator Beacon
$325
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Suunto M-3 Global Handheld Compass
$52
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Suunto Ambit3 Peak Sapphire GPS Watch
$499
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)
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)
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)
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)
DeLorme Pennsylvania Atlas & Gazetteer US Northeast Paper Map
$20 MSRP
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)
Great Swamp Press Pachaug State Forest Trail Map - Connecticut US Northeast Paper Map
 
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 (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)
Highgear Altis TI Altimeter Watch
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Brunton 54LU Handheld Compass
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Silva Expedition 4 Handheld Compass
discontinued
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