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Recent Navigation Tool Reviews

Garmin GPSMAP 62st

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Hand draw your route in Base Camp. My problem with Base Camp and all other back-country mapping software, is that you can't just put in the starting point and the end point and any waypoints in-between. You must manually hand draw on your computer the actual route you want to take as precise as possible, then transfer that route to your GPS. It won't just route itself on the trail, like a street GPS follows a street route. WHY NOT? This is 2016! Precision is required if you are wanting any kind… Full review

Casio PRG270

rated 4 of 5 stars Solar-powered altimeter, barometer and compass (ABC) watch with temperature sensor, world time, stopwatch, and timer. The Casio PRG270 Suunto and Garmin watches represent the gold standard in hikers’ watches and the Casio PRG270 will inevitably be compared to them. However, it should be kept in mind that the PRG270 is basically an altimeter, barometer and compass (ABC) watch, with the addition of a temperature sensor, world time, stopwatch and timer. It does not have GPS or advanced athletics… Full review

Brunton TruArc 15

rated 3 of 5 stars Not something I'll recommend. All the different tools and function that come with this are a good idea in theory but, when you put it together with chintzy plastic it doesn't matter how good of a cool idea you have. When you put it into play it can become a piece of trash really quick. And that is my experience with this compass.  They could have used some better lightweight material to snap things together. The center piece pushed out so easily and the plastic holding it in broke too. I couldn't… Full review

Garmin GPSMAP 62st

rated 4 of 5 stars Great unit, accurate, reliable and robust, but loses a star because of the BaseCamp software. This GPS can get a signal in many places where other GPS units fail. This unit is quite old, released in August 2010 (five years ago) but sold up until 2016. It has (just) been superseded by the new 64-series of models. It has been a long time since I have intensively used a GPS. I did engineering at Uni and did two years of Surveying. Back then GPS units were the size of suitcases. Almost 20 years ago… Full review

Brunton TruArc 5

rated 5 of 5 stars Great backup compass, With today's GPS, compass and maps are lost art. I use this as my backup, a just-in-case tool. But I find using it simple and reliable. I use it all the time. Precision artillery, NO. Finding my way home, YES! Full review

Garmin GPSMAP 62s

rated 5 of 5 stars This is my go-to handheld GPS. OK, so this GPS is awesome! I have loaded it up with SO much topo, like multiple states, and it still rocks. It's really easy to use as a basic GPS, which I normally use it for.  You can essentially turn it on and start walking. It gains its 3 satellites in a matter of minutes depending on your location. Not to be used in caves. But I can turn it on in my house and it magically has service.  The buttons on it are a little excessive.  The POWER button on the side… Full review

Garmin eTrex

rated 5 of 5 stars Great little GPS. This little GPS does what you need—it gets you there and back. I have had this eTrex since sometime in the early 2000s. The screens are basic and so is the operation of the unit. It can be used one-handed without any problems. I can plug in my coordinates and be gone before my son can using his phone app.   It's pretty well shock proof, water/dust proof and never fails to navigate me where I'm going. The battery life is amazing also. Besides backpacking I also geocache so I… Full review

Suunto MC-2

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Works great for me, I have heard of people having up to a 6 degree offset, which could be catastrophic. I wish it had a measuring device in more that just 1:24000, also the miles are NM but not labeled as such. I have used this a few times for bushwhacking locally, got me back to the trail. If you know how to use all the functions and have a good map this is an excellent beginner compass. The Rotating dial gets kind of rough if it gets dirty. However, it stays in place.  It is pretty easy to use,… Full review

Garmin GPS 64

rated 3 of 5 stars $150 on Costco.com! I've needed a GPS for a while after getting lost (because I didn't have a map — yeah I know — stupid). But planning some major adventures coming up and don't ever want to be without map and GPS. I like to know my progress and my map skills aren't 100% but I am pretty darn good. I'm not rich and was never willing to drop $200-$400+ on a GPS My girlfriend got me this one for Xmas on Costco.com for $150. I told her that was a steal since it goes for $250 and if I don't like… Full review

Top-Rated Navigation Tools

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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
$50
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 5 reviewed Mar 14, 2016
$20
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
$25
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Suunto MC-2 reviewed Feb 26, 2016
$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
$329 - $480
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: 5 of 5 (1)
ACR ResQLink+ reviewed Dec 4, 2015
$280 - $289
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin eTrex 20x reviewed Nov 28, 2015
$200 - $250
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
$500 - $650
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
SPOT Gen3 reviewed Sep 3, 2015
$150
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: 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
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: 2.5 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
$19 MSRP
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
$54 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger reviewed Dec 5, 2013
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 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
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Suunto Ambit reviewed Sep 1, 2013
$550 MSRP
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
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