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Garmin eTrex 30

rated 4 of 5 stars Don't go in to the mountains without it. I use my Garmin eTrex 30 from hiking/backpacking to 4-wheeling and every other time I head up to the mountains. I received this as a gift and have been using it for almost a year now. There are a lot of great features that this device has from basic GPS and compass, trip computer, waypoints to area calculations, clocks/alarms, proximity alarms, sight 'N go, you name it, it seems to have all the bells and whistles. I use the trip computer every time I… Full review

CritterMap Backcountry Navigator for Android

rated 5 of 5 stars Many people are going out and spending hundreds of dollars on a GPS, then at least a hundred more on mapping. I was one of them. This product works excellent for me and it is nice having a larger phone screen. I spend a lot of time out in  the backcountry hiking, quading, dualsport riding, and fly fishing. So I purchased a handheld GPS online, spent $450 with mapping "sale" price. It was a frustrating joke! The program was very difficult to learn, the screen was very small. I ended up selling it… Full review

Random House The Well-Fed Backpacker

rated 5 of 5 stars Great cookbook for the backpacker! I wouldn't use the term 'glamping' to describe our backpacking outings, however we do put a great deal of thought into our meals while on the trail. I have other books that mainly discuss the use of a dehydrator, this book is different. June Fleming discusses backpackers needs from top to bottom: nutrition, packing, cooking, camp setup. She discusses where to get certain ingredients and how to use them in conjunction. This book doesn't have a massive amount of… Full review

Kestrel DROP D2

rated 3.5 of 5 stars The Kestrel Drop 2 Datalogger is a tiny sensor that links with your iPad or iPhone to provide environmental measurements remotely. It is handy for checking the temperature when you are comfortable inside your tent or snow shelter and sleeping bag or for monitoring fresh food you carry for the first few days of a backpacking trip. Background: Have you ever been nice and cozy inside your tent and wondered what temperature awaited you outside your tent? Or, on the other hand, been roasting inside your… Full review

Ultralight Backpacking in Nature's World

rated 5 of 5 stars This 48 page book is designed for novice and experienced backpackers who want to reduce their carrying weight and for the beginner who is looking for guidance. Enjoy nature’s world with less weight! Ultralight Backpacking in Nature’s World 2014.  It was written as a source for novice and experienced backpackers who wish to reduce the weight of their backpack load and to learn more of nature's world. It compares various choices in backpacking equipment and styles of living out of a backpack… Full review

Gaia GPS App & Offline Topo Maps

rated 5 of 5 stars Gaia offers up-to-date and detailed GPS topo maps for Android or IOS devices. Best of all the maps are downloadable so your phone can be your GPS even when out of cellular range. I had a Garmin eTrex and then a Garmin 450 GPS that I have used the past 12 years. Both devices were well utilized and displayed good accuracy and much usefulness.  I recently bought the Canada Topo Pro maps for my Samsung Note 3 for $9.99. I liked and used that app for the past few months. Having a big 5.7" display to… Full review

Falcon Guides Hiking North Carolina

rated 4 of 5 stars If you are hiking in North Carolina and want to visit as many trails as possible, than this is the book for you. It covers a lot of the trails available in detail. The Background This is an amazing book and I specifically purchased the eBook version to help me plan camping/hiking trips when I was in North Carolina. I used this guide to plan and go on 6 trips. I had 3 more planned but didn’t have enough time in NC to complete them all. The book provides a good level of detail on all of the locations… Full review

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

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user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Garmin eTrex 30 reviewed Jan 31, 2015
$270 - $369
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
CritterMap Backcountry Navigator for Android reviewed Jan 24, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Random House The Well-Fed Backpacker reviewed Jan 2, 2015
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Kestrel DROP D2 reviewed Dec 31, 2014
$169 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultralight Backpacking in Nature's World reviewed Oct 29, 2014
$10 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gaia GPS App & Offline Topo Maps reviewed Oct 16, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Falcon Guides Hiking North Carolina reviewed Sep 29, 2014
$20 MSRP
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Polar AXN300 reviewed Jul 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
$13
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rite in the Rain Outdoor Journal reviewed Jun 14, 2014
$6 - $10
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rand McNally Foris 850 reviewed Jun 12, 2014
$199 MSRP
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Falcon Guides Ultralight Backpackin' Tips reviewed Jun 8, 2014
$15
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Etón FRX3 Radio reviewed Jun 6, 2014
$60
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
The Ultimate Hang An Illustrated Guide to Hammock Camping reviewed May 28, 2014
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (7)
Highgear Summit reviewed May 16, 2014
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
DeLorme InReach SE reviewed May 16, 2014
$300
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Casio Pathfinder PAW1100T-7V reviewed Apr 24, 2014
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Keystone Trails Association Pennsylvania Hiking Trails: 13th Edition reviewed Apr 24, 2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Bay Street Publishing Freezer Bag Cooking Volume 1: Trail Food Made Simple reviewed Apr 16, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Suunto M-3D Leader Compass reviewed Apr 15, 2014
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Sun Company MiniComp II reviewed Apr 6, 2014
$10 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Pro-Knot Outdoor Knots - Waterproof Plastic Fan Pack reviewed Feb 21, 2014
$5
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (4)
Brunton ADC Summit reviewed Feb 16, 2014
$120 - $150
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
$18 - $22
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 (4)
Grundig Mini400 reviewed Dec 17, 2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Silva Ranger CL reviewed Dec 8, 2013
$37 - $76
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger reviewed Dec 5, 2013
$150
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DeLorme MapPack Annual Subscription reviewed Dec 1, 2013
$30 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
DeLorme Earthmate PN-60 reviewed Dec 1, 2013
$300 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w reviewed Dec 1, 2013
$350 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Tech4o Data Center II reviewed Nov 28, 2013
$100 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Forerunner 301 reviewed Nov 3, 2013
discontinued
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Motorola Talkabout MR350R 2-Way Radios reviewed Nov 3, 2013
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Casio SGW100B-3V Multifunction Watch reviewed Sep 19, 2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
SPOT Connect reviewed Sep 6, 2013
$150
user rating: 3 of 5 (15)
SPOT Personal Tracker reviewed Sep 5, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Grundig Aviator G6 reviewed Sep 1, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Suunto Ambit reviewed Sep 1, 2013
$280 - $550
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
DeLorme inReach reviewed Aug 29, 2013
$250 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Carin Mountain Company Mount Rainier Guide Reference Map reviewed Aug 21, 2013
$14 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Brunton O.S.S. 40B Compass reviewed Jun 20, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Victorinox Swiss Army Summit XLT reviewed Jun 6, 2013
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Highgear Axio HR reviewed Jun 2, 2013
$190 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Garmin Rino 120 reviewed May 30, 2013
$268 MSRP
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