DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w
Historic Range: $179.98-$549.95
This was the second handheld GPS I owned. I started with the PN-60 and upgraded to the PN-60w so I can use with the Delorme inReach unit. I liked both versions of the GPS and found it very reliable. great for hiking, boating and biking.
- long battery life
- accruate positioning
- good color display
- pairable with inReach or spot
- screen size
- the Delorme rechargeable battery can only be charged when in the GPS
- hard to follow manual makes a longer then normal learning curve for some
- needs bluetooth
This was the second handheld GPS I owned. I started with the PN-60 and upgraded to the PN-60w a year later so I can use with the Delorme inReach unit (three years total). I liked both versions of the GPS and found it very reliable.
I use my PN-60w GPS everywhere even on a recent trip to downtown Chicago to navigate the city streets. The unit is not very good for a driving GPS (screen too small, rerouting when missing a turn is slow, etc) but when simply walking the streets it did very well.
The device was very sturdy and is well built to take the harsh conditions of the outdoors. I have been caught in the storms, dropped them and been in extreme temps with the unit performing with no issues.
The only issues I have had was getting it to sync with the Topo NA 9 and 10 version of the software. I have found that if you have a lot of maps preloaded on the device the sync function will bog down and time out. my work around have been to manually transfer files directly to the SD card when I needed a lot of larger files or limit the amount I keep in the unit to just what I need for a specific trip.
Over all I would highly recommend the Delorme PN-60 series.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $275.00