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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 (1)
Blackwoods Press John Muir Trail Pocket Atlas reviewed Nov 17, 2016
$30 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW9400-3 reviewed Nov 3, 2016
$300 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
National Geographic John Muir Trail Topographic Map Guide reviewed Oct 28, 2016
$15 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Brunton TruArc 5 reviewed Oct 16, 2016
$20
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 20 reviewed Oct 8, 2016
$49 - $55
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
DeLorme inReach Explorer reviewed Sep 29, 2016
$349 - $379
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (9)
Bushnell BackTrack reviewed Aug 29, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Trace reviewed Aug 15, 2016
$200 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
National Geographic Great Smoky Mountains National Park Map reviewed Aug 13, 2016
$12
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
MyTopo Waterproof Topo Map Tapoco reviewed Aug 13, 2016
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Garmin eTrex 20x reviewed Jul 27, 2016
$200
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Fenix 3 reviewed Jul 14, 2016
$412 - $419
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Expedition 15TDCL reviewed Jun 22, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Suunto MC-2G Navigator reviewed Jun 11, 2016
$76 - $95
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
ACR ResQLink+ reviewed Jun 1, 2016
$269 - $279
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 7 reviewed May 24, 2016
$30 - $32
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin eTrex 30x reviewed May 11, 2016
$220 - $300
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin GPSMAP 62st reviewed Mar 30, 2016
$550 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Casio PRG270 reviewed Mar 30, 2016
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 15 reviewed Mar 27, 2016
$43 - $50
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMAP 62s reviewed Mar 5, 2016
$450 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Garmin eTrex reviewed Mar 3, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Suunto MC-2 reviewed Feb 26, 2016
$39 - $64
 
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPS 64 reviewed Feb 23, 2016
$250
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin Oregon 600 reviewed Feb 5, 2016
$384
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Satmap Active 12 reviewed Feb 2, 2016
user rating: 3 of 5 (17)
SPOT Personal Tracker reviewed Dec 10, 2015
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (3)
Magellan eXplorist 510 reviewed Nov 1, 2015
$350 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
DeLorme inReach SE reviewed Oct 29, 2015
$300
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 3 reviewed Oct 16, 2015
$13
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Suunto Ambit3 Peak Sapphire reviewed Oct 7, 2015
$499 - $650
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
SPOT Gen3 reviewed Sep 3, 2015
$75 - $169
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Casio 3202 Twin Sensor Watch reviewed Apr 14, 2015
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Garmin eTrex 30 reviewed Jan 31, 2015
$300 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
CritterMap Backcountry Navigator for Android reviewed Jan 24, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gaia GPS App & Offline Topo Maps reviewed Oct 16, 2014
user rating: 3 of 5 (4)
Brunton 8099 PRO Eclipse reviewed Jul 9, 2014
$106 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Garmin Fenix reviewed Jun 17, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Brunton 10B Baseplate Compass reviewed Jun 17, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rand McNally Foris 850 reviewed Jun 12, 2014
$199 MSRP
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (7)
Highgear Summit reviewed May 16, 2014
discontinued
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Casio Pathfinder PAW1100T-7V reviewed Apr 24, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Suunto M-3D Leader Compass reviewed Apr 15, 2014
$44
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Sun Company MiniComp II reviewed Apr 6, 2014
$10 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Menasha Ridge Press The Best in Tent Camping: Illinois reviewed Jan 27, 2014
$16 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Polar RCX5 Sports Watch reviewed Jan 20, 2014
$350 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Lensatic 360 reviewed Jan 10, 2014
$20
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Suunto Arrow 20 reviewed Jan 6, 2014
$67 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Timex Expedition WS4 reviewed Dec 28, 2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Silva Ranger CL reviewed Dec 8, 2013
$37 - $59
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