GPS Receivers

The best gps receivers, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on December 7, 2018. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent GPS Receiver Reviews

Garmin fenix 5X Sapphire

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A complex, high functionality watch that blew me away with all of its features! For three weeks now I've enjoyed getting more out of my trail runs, hikes, treadmill runs and gym sessions and all the other daily tracking capabilities! I find the GPS excellent and HR monitor superior to some I have tried before. For me, definitely worth the price so far! As a first time Garmin user I am impressed, but I suppose that is to be expected with the Garmin Fenix 5X! The GPS accuracy has been on point for… Full review

Suunto Ambit2

rated 4 of 5 stars I have both the Ambit and Ambit2. The first got a cracked cover eventually—user abuse, so no bad on Suunto on that. The second's battery quit after three years (just outside warranty) of similarly intensive use, and the recharge cable also wore out (contacts snap off, fyi). I'd be disappointed if not for the fact that Suunto replaced the entire watch with a new Ambit 3, despite the fact that the warranty had expired. They probably took one look, saw the gouged bezel, scratched cover, and decided… Full review

Garmin Foretrex 101

rated 5 of 5 stars Good basic wrist GPS available for £xx on Ebay and actually more useful than many GPS devices at £xxx So why would I bother reviewing a bit of kit that is so old it was probably the second backup nav system for Noah after the dove and the olive branch and probably guesswork? Simply put, I am a fan of writing down what you need then finding the cheapest but most bomb proof way of getting it. I understand the attraction of easy link wifi enabled blue-tooth watches, but in the end so few people even… Full review

Garmin eTrex 30x

rated 4 of 5 stars Not the biggest screen and most functionality, but sufficient for even the toughest backcountry use. I agree that it could use a strap and battery in the package. SD card is personal. I bought a 32MB and it works fine. I kind of agree with other review person, but I do my research and found a site to use free Open Source maps that can be converted to Garmin maps. I knew beforehand I wasn't going to buy those expensive Garmin maps, but for the general public this could be a real downer. Full review

Garmin eTrex 10

rated 5 of 5 stars Supurb basic GPS I use for all my ultra running mountain events and mountain leadership, mainly to save tracks and also follow GPX routes I have designed on Strava and downloaded. Works as a USB stick in essence, so no need for Garmin software except to update firmware. You can use maps on it, but its a hack involving replacing the basemap, YouTube shows you how!! This is a basic GPS that you need to go and learn how to use. IF you do you get a cheap but effective receiver you can design routes… Full review

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

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

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

user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Suunto Ambit3 Peak Sapphire GPS Watch
$499
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Foretrex 601
$250
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin fenix 5X Sapphire GPS Watch
$550
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin fenix 3 GPS Watch
$500 - $549
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin inReach Explorer+ Locator Beacon / Handheld
$450
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Suunto Ambit2 GPS Watch
$200
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMap 64s Handheld
$294
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Garmin eTrex 10 Handheld
$110
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Garmin Foretrex 401 Handheld
$230
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Garmin eTrex 20x Handheld
$150 - $199
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Garmin eTrex 30x Handheld
$300
Suunto Ambit3 Sport GPS Watch
$250
Garmin fenix 5S GPS Watch
$450
Garmin fenix 5S Sapphire GPS Watch
$550
Garmin Montana 680t Handheld
$600
Garmin Forerunner 235 GPS Watch
$200
Suunto Ambit3 Peak GPS Watch
$300 - $449
Garmin Montana 610t Handheld
$550
Garmin Forerunner 630 GPS Watch
$400
Garmin GPSMAP 64sc
$400
Suunto GPS POD GPS Watch
$30
Garmin Astro 430 Handheld
$650
Garmin Epix GPS Watch
$550
Suunto Ambit3 Run GPS Watch
$179
Garmin Forerunner 935 GPS Watch
$500
Garmin GPSMap 64st Handheld
$362
Garmin Foretrex 701
$600
Garmin Rino 750 GPS/2-Way Radio Handheld
$467
Suunto Traverse GPS Watch
$294 - $309
Garmin GPSMap 78 Handheld
$199
Garmin inReach SE+ Locator Beacon / Handheld
$320 - $399
Garmin fenix 5 GPS Watch
$450 - $520
Garmin Montana 610 Handheld
$500
Brunton Get-Back Mini GPS Handheld
$85
Garmin fenix 3 HR GPS Watch
$550
Garmin Oregon 750 Handheld
$500
Garmin Forerunner 735xt GPS Watch
$350
Garmin Oregon 750t Handheld
$500 - $549
Garmin fenix 5 Sapphire GPS Watch
$550 - $620
Garmin GPSMap 78s Handheld
$214
Suunto Ambit3 Vertical GPS Watch
$519
Garmin Rino 700 Handheld
$350
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Garmin fenix GPS Watch
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
DeLorme inReach Explorer Handheld / Locator Beacon
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Garmin Oregon 450t Handheld
$400 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Magellan SporTrak Map Handheld
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Magellan eXplorist XL Handheld
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Garmin Rino 120 Handheld
$268 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Magellan eXplorist 610 Handheld
$450 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Rino 530HCx Handheld
$500 MSRP
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