GPS Receivers

The best gps receivers, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on December 25, 2018. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent GPS Receiver Reviews

Garmin Forerunner 235

rated 5 of 5 stars GPS watch that can track a variety of activities and generate a load of helpful data about your activities. Stand-alone GPS means you can leave your smart phone at home. Waterproof with outstanding battery life, so fit for bad conditions, swims, stream crossings, and trips. Can download apps that add functionality. The Garmin Forerunner 235 falls in the middle of its wrist-worn GPS units. Garmin sells a few less-expensive fitness trackers and running watches; the 235 is a step up from those in terms… Full review

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

user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Forerunner 235 GPS Watch
$250 - $329
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Suunto Ambit3 Peak Sapphire GPS Watch
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Foretrex 601
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin fenix 5X Sapphire GPS Watch
$450 - $599
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
$400 - $449
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMap 64s Handheld
$300 - $399
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Garmin eTrex 10 Handheld
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Garmin eTrex 20x Handheld
$149 - $199
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMap 64 Handheld
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Garmin eTrex 30x Handheld
Garmin Forerunner 35 GPS Watch
$130 - $169
Garmin fenix 5S GPS Watch
$350 - $499
Garmin fenix 5S Sapphire GPS Watch
Garmin Montana 680t Handheld
Garmin fenix 5X Plus GPS Watch
$650 - $799
Suunto Ambit3 Peak GPS Watch
$399 - $449
Garmin fenix 5 Plus GPS Watch
$600 - $749
Garmin Montana 610t Handheld
Garmin Forerunner 630 GPS Watch
Garmin GPSMAP 64sc
$400 - $549
Garmin Forerunner 25 GPS Watch
Garmin Astro 430 Handheld
Garmin Epix GPS Watch
Suunto Ambit3 Run GPS Watch
$165 - $183
Garmin Forerunner 935 GPS Watch
$500 - $650
Garmin GPSMap 64st Handheld
$350 - $499
Garmin Alpha 100 Handheld
Garmin GPSMap 66s Handheld
Garmin Rino 750 GPS/2-Way Radio Handheld
Suunto Traverse GPS Watch
$260 - $419
Garmin GPSMap 78 Handheld
Garmin inReach SE+ Locator Beacon / Handheld
$320 - $399
Garmin fenix 5 GPS Watch
$350 - $719
Garmin Montana 610 Handheld
Brunton Get-Back Mini GPS Handheld
Garmin eTrex Touch 25 Handheld
Garmin fenix 3 HR GPS Watch
Garmin Oregon 750 Handheld
Garmin Forerunner 735xt GPS Watch
Garmin Oregon 750t Handheld
$500 - $549
Garmin eTrex Touch 35 Handheld
Garmin GPSMap 78SC Handheld
Garmin GPSMap 78s Handheld
Suunto Ambit3 Vertical GPS Watch
$250 - $519
Garmin GPSMap 66st Handheld
Garmin Rino 700 Handheld
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
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