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Recent Navigation Tool Reviews

Garmin inReach Explorer+

rated 4 of 5 stars Best option on the market for a cross between a locator beacon and a cell phone when cell coverage is not available. GPS features aren't great for typical Garmin products, but still serves its purpose. Overall it's a great product and I feel it will serve its purpose well for my upcoming solo backpacking trip in Alaska where cell coverage is non-existent. I don't really need the mapping ability, but it was a nice plus. The primary reason I bought it was for the SOS capability, secondary was to… Full review

Garmin Foretrex 301

rated 4 of 5 stars Tough little device, handy for hiking and other active sports. I use this device for hunting, jogging, canoeing, and hiking for about three years. While it’s too small to have detailed maps and other niceties, its “breadcrumbs” mean I can always find my way back to the start, and I can focus on looking for game, instead of looking for markers to backtrack. The “AAA” batteries make it a little bulky, but it means you can change to fresh batteries while you are out for extended periods. … Full review

Brunton 8099 Eclipse

rated 5 of 5 stars Easy to use compass. Very intuitive. Customer support is the best. I have had this compass since 2006 or 2007. I first learned map and compass in the military and I think that this compass is more intuitive than military compasses. The declination is very easy to set and needs no tools. It comes with a lifetime warranty. Normally, I would have given this a four-star rating, but because of the great customer support, I upgraded to five stars. After 3 or 4 years of use, the needle started sticking… Full review

SPOT Personal Tracker

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Decent product, crooked company. Got the SPOT secondhand. Activated at about $150, which was decent. It was great to have for communicating with my wife regarding my trip status and whereabouts. One year later, SPOT charges my CC $230 for the exact same service with absolutely no warning. Apparently, if you use their device you agree to their terms and conditions. The terms and conditions include: auto-renewal, increase in fees, no refunds, and negative credit reporting if you fail to pay. Oh, and… Full review

Garmin eTrex 20

rated 4 of 5 stars The Garmin eTrex 20 is a great handheld GPS unit. This is great for hiking, biking, or just having a spare lying around for when you need to get off grid. The Garmin eTrex 20 is a great handheld GPS unit. I use this unit every day for work as a forestry technician. This unit, in my experience, has usually 3-7 meters of accuracy in Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. It always seems to have reception, others I have had do not. This GPS gets dragged around in the forest with no mercy. It has a decent… Full review

Brunton TruArc 5

rated 3 of 5 stars Air bubbles at low temp. Unsure about durability of decal. I purchased 12 of these for our Scout Troop. We have found that large air bubbles form in each of them when at low temperatures. Once they warm back up to room temperature the bubbles go away. Have reached out to Brunton support, and depending on their response we may return them to the store we purchased them at and go with the Silva Explorer Pro. Full review

Suunto X9i

rated 1 of 5 stars Save you money—poor manufactuer support! This GPS device was made to support the Suunto brand directly by not providing their product through general retail outlets, and to make the product sealed, preventing customers changing their own battery. This device must be sent to the local national Sunnto-owned and operated office for battery change. This product is priced-fixed through Suunto authorized dealers only. A MAP price is forced on those Suunto-authorized dealers.  They are not allowed to… Full review

Magellan eXplorist-710

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Does the job and works under heavy bush canopy, though there is a steep learning curve to master this device. Consumes batteries ravenously. My first 12-channel high sensitivity GPS, so I was very impressed to see it work in dense bush. However in hindsight this is to be expected these days. I found the system very difficult to learn despite having worked in IT for 10 years.  After four years of hard use the cover over the rubber button has worn off rendering the GPS usable but no longer waterproof. Full review

Garmin inReach Explorer+

rated 4.5 of 5 stars If you're looking to combine your messaging and GPS needs into one device, this is it. I've acquired this GPS for a solid price of $300 through incentives of my workplace, and its the best $300 I've spent on gear. This GPS has accompanied me on any challenging hike, backpacking trip, backcountry skiing, or any trip into the mountains.  Communication (Requires subscription) As shown in some pictures I've uploaded, this GPS doesn't anything special in terms of features. But what it does do it does… Full review

Top-Rated Navigation Tools

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user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin inReach Explorer+ reviewed Jun 18, 2018
$450
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin Foretrex 301 reviewed Jun 15, 2018
$150 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Brunton 8099 Eclipse reviewed May 9, 2018
$78 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (18)
SPOT Personal Tracker reviewed Apr 25, 2018
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin eTrex 20 reviewed Mar 23, 2018
$200 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Brunton TruArc 5 reviewed Feb 19, 2018
$20 - $26
user rating: 2 of 5 (13)
Suunto X9i reviewed Jan 28, 2018
discontinued
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Magellan eXplorist-710 reviewed Jan 3, 2018
$550 MSRP
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Topo US 24K Southwest reviewed Dec 16, 2017
$100
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Foretrex 601 reviewed Dec 13, 2017
$250
user rating: 2 of 5 (4)
Brunton TruArc 15 reviewed Dec 3, 2017
$43 - $53
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Cammenga Tritium Lensatic Compass 3H reviewed Oct 27, 2017
user rating: 3 of 5 (4)
Garmin eTrex 10 reviewed Oct 24, 2017
$110
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin vivosmart HR+ reviewed Aug 24, 2017
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (6)
Garmin eTrex 30 reviewed Aug 10, 2017
$300 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
DeLorme State Atlas & Gazetteer reviewed Jul 3, 2017
$20 MSRP
user rating: 2 of 5 (25)
Suunto Core reviewed Jun 2, 2017
$219 - $529
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMap 64s reviewed May 15, 2017
$300 - $399
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
DeLorme inReach SE reviewed Feb 16, 2017
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Magellan Triton 500 reviewed Feb 13, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
National Geographic Northville/Raquette Lake Map - Adirondack National Park reviewed Jan 5, 2017
$10 - $11
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Casio Pathfinder PAG80-1V reviewed Dec 24, 2016
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: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 20 reviewed Oct 8, 2016
$49 - $62
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
DeLorme inReach Explorer reviewed Sep 29, 2016
 
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
$180 - $199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin fenix 3 reviewed Jul 14, 2016
$500 - $549
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 - $325
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 7 reviewed May 24, 2016
$30 - $35
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin eTrex 30x reviewed May 11, 2016
$300
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin GPSMap 62st reviewed Mar 30, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Casio PRG270 reviewed Mar 30, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMap 62s reviewed Mar 5, 2016
discontinued
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
$44 - $48
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMap 64 reviewed Feb 23, 2016
$250
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin Oregon 600 reviewed Feb 5, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Satmap Active 12 reviewed Feb 2, 2016
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (3)
Magellan eXplorist 510 reviewed Nov 1, 2015
$350 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 3 reviewed Oct 16, 2015
$13 - $16
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Suunto Ambit3 Peak Sapphire reviewed Oct 7, 2015
$300 - $498
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
SPOT Gen3 reviewed Sep 3, 2015
$150
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