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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

Top-Rated Navigation Tools

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Polar AXN300
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Polar
AXN300
reviewed Jul 16, 2014
Brunton 8099 PRO Eclipse
user rating: 3 of 5 (4)
Brunton
8099 PRO Eclipse
reviewed Jul 9, 2014
$106 MSRP
Garmin Fenix
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Garmin
Fenix
reviewed Jun 17, 2014
$349
Brunton 10B Baseplate Compass
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Brunton
10B Baseplate Compass
reviewed Jun 17, 2014
$13
Rite in the Rain Outdoor Journal
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rite in the Rain
Outdoor Journal
reviewed Jun 14, 2014
$6 - $10
Rand McNally Foris 850
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rand McNally
Foris 850
reviewed Jun 12, 2014
$199 MSRP
Falcon Guides Ultralight Backpackin' Tips
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Falcon Guides
Ultralight Backpackin' Tips
reviewed Jun 8, 2014
$15
Etón FRX3 Radio
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Etón
FRX3 Radio
reviewed Jun 6, 2014
$60
The Ultimate Hang An Illustrated Guide to Hammock Camping
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)

The Ultimate Hang An Illustrated Guide to Hammock Camping
reviewed May 28, 2014
Highgear Summit
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (7)
Highgear
Summit
reviewed May 16, 2014
discontinued
DeLorme InReach SE
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
DeLorme
InReach SE
reviewed May 16, 2014
$300
Casio Pathfinder PAW1100T-7V
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Casio
Pathfinder PAW1100T-7V
reviewed Apr 24, 2014
Keystone Trails Association Pennsylvania Hiking Trails: 13th Edition
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Keystone Trails Association
Pennsylvania Hiking Trails: 13th Edition
reviewed Apr 24, 2014
Bay Street Publishing Freezer Bag Cooking Volume 1: Trail Food Made Simple
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Bay Street Publishing
Freezer Bag Cooking Volume 1: Trail Food Made Simple
reviewed Apr 16, 2014
Suunto M-3D Leader Compass
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Suunto
M-3D Leader Compass
reviewed Apr 15, 2014
Garmin eTrex 30
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin
eTrex 30
reviewed Apr 10, 2014
$270 - $369
Sun Company MiniComp II
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Sun Company
MiniComp II
reviewed Apr 6, 2014
$10 MSRP
Pro-Knot Outdoor Knots - Waterproof Plastic Fan Pack
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Pro-Knot
Outdoor Knots - Waterproof Plastic Fan Pack
reviewed Feb 21, 2014
$5
Brunton ADC Summit
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (4)
Brunton
ADC Summit
reviewed Feb 16, 2014
$100 - $150
Menasha Ridge Press The Best in Tent Camping: Illinois
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Menasha Ridge Press
The Best in Tent Camping: Illinois
reviewed Jan 27, 2014
$16 MSRP
Polar RCX5 Sports Watch
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Polar
RCX5 Sports Watch
reviewed Jan 20, 2014
$350 MSRP
Silva Lensatic 360
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva
Lensatic 360
reviewed Jan 10, 2014
$18 - $22
Suunto Arrow 20
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Suunto
Arrow 20
reviewed Jan 6, 2014
$67
Timex Expedition WS4
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Timex
Expedition WS4
reviewed Dec 28, 2013
Grundig Mini400
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Grundig
Mini400
reviewed Dec 17, 2013
Silva Ranger CL
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Silva
Ranger CL
reviewed Dec 8, 2013
$39 - $76
SPOT  Satellite GPS Messenger
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
SPOT
Satellite GPS Messenger
reviewed Dec 5, 2013
$100 - $149
DeLorme MapPack Annual Subscription
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DeLorme
MapPack Annual Subscription
reviewed Dec 1, 2013
$30 MSRP
DeLorme Earthmate PN-60
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
DeLorme
Earthmate PN-60
reviewed Dec 1, 2013
$300 MSRP
DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DeLorme
Earthmate PN-60w
reviewed Dec 1, 2013
$350 MSRP
Tech4o Data Center II
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Tech4o
Data Center II
reviewed Nov 28, 2013
$100 MSRP
Garmin Forerunner 301
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin
Forerunner 301
reviewed Nov 3, 2013
discontinued
Motorola Talkabout MR350R 2-Way Radios
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Motorola
Talkabout MR350R 2-Way Radios
reviewed Nov 3, 2013
Casio SGW100B-3V Multifunction Watch
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Casio
SGW100B-3V Multifunction Watch
reviewed Sep 19, 2013
SPOT  Connect
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
SPOT
Connect
reviewed Sep 6, 2013
$150
SPOT  Personal Tracker
user rating: 3 of 5 (15)
SPOT
Personal Tracker
reviewed Sep 5, 2013
Grundig Aviator G6
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Grundig
Aviator G6
reviewed Sep 1, 2013
Suunto Ambit
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Suunto
Ambit
reviewed Sep 1, 2013
$240 - $550
DeLorme inReach
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
DeLorme
inReach
reviewed Aug 29, 2013
$250
Carin Mountain Company Mount Rainier Guide Reference Map
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)

Carin Mountain Company Mount Rainier Guide Reference Map
reviewed Aug 21, 2013
$14 MSRP
Brunton O.S.S. 40B Compass
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Brunton
O.S.S. 40B Compass
reviewed Jun 20, 2013
$25 - $45
Victorinox Swiss Army Summit XLT
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Victorinox Swiss Army
Summit XLT
reviewed Jun 6, 2013
Highgear Axio HR
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Highgear
Axio HR
reviewed Jun 2, 2013
$190 MSRP
Garmin Rino 120
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Garmin
Rino 120
reviewed May 30, 2013
$268 MSRP
Garmin Foretrex 401
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Garmin
Foretrex 401
reviewed May 28, 2013
$180
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Coleman
30M Digital Sportswatch
reviewed May 27, 2013
Silva Explorer Pro
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva
Explorer Pro
reviewed May 14, 2013
$23
Casio 3202 Twin Sensor Watch
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Casio
3202 Twin Sensor Watch
reviewed May 11, 2013
Celestron  TrekGuide
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Celestron
TrekGuide
reviewed May 10, 2013
$35 MSRP
McMurdo Fast Find 210
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
McMurdo
Fast Find 210
reviewed Apr 21, 2013
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