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GPS Receivers

The best gps receivers, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on April 20, 2021. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Forerunner 235 GPS Watch
$230 - $249
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Suunto Ambit3 Peak GPS Watch
$399
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Alpha 100 Handheld / Dog Gear
$600 - $799
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Garmin eTrex 10 Handheld
$110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Foretrex 601
$200
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Forerunner 645 GPS Watch
$320 - $449
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Fenix 5X GPS Watch
$600
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Instinct GPS Watch
$300
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin fenix 3 GPS Watch
$550
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin inReach Explorer+ Locator Beacon / Handheld
$450
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMap 64s Handheld
$400 - $409
Suunto 9 Baro GPS Watch
$499 - $599
user rating: 2 of 5 (7)
Garmin GPSMAP 66i Handheld
$600
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 eXplorist XL Handheld
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Magellan eXplorist 610 Handheld
$450 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Apple Watch Series 5 GPS Watch
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w Handheld
$350 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Magellan Triton 1500 Handheld
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Oregon 450 Handheld
$330 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Oregon 550 Handheld
$400 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Magellan Triton 500 Handheld
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
DeLorme inReach SE Locator Beacon / Handheld
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Garmin eTrex Vista HCx Handheld
$300 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Magellan eXplorist 210 Handheld
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Magellan eXplorist GC Handheld
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Satmap Active 12 Handheld
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin Oregon 600 Handheld
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin eTrex Legend HCx Handheld
$250 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin Oregon 550t Handheld
$500 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Magellan eXplorist 100 Handheld
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin eTrex Summit HC Handheld
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rand McNally Foris 850 Handheld
$199 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin eTrex 20 Handheld
$200 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
DeLorme Earthmate PN-60 Handheld
$300 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Garmin eTrex 20x Handheld
user rating: 3 of 5 (7)
Magellan Triton 300 Handheld
user rating: 3 of 5 (4)
Garmin Foretrex 401 Handheld
$200 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (4)
Cobra GPS 100 Handheld
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
DeLorme inReach Handheld / Locator Beacon
$250 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Magellan SporTrak Pro Handheld
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMap 64 Handheld
$250 MSRP
Trace
$200 MSRP
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin vivosmart HR+ Heart Rate Monitor / GPS
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Magellan eXplorist-710 Handheld
$550 MSRP
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Magellan Triton 2000 Handheld
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (3)
Magellan eXplorist 510 Handheld
$350 MSRP

Recent GPS Receiver Reviews

rated 2 of 5 stars
Garmin GPSMAP 66i

Poor syncing abilities with desktop and apps...and other issues. I am returning this product after playing with it for a few days, watching YouTube videos on how to operate it. I am glad I had not signed up for an inReach subscription yet. First, I am a forester and have been using a GPSmap60CSx for years, one of the best in terms of its signal and accuracy under forest canopy. I live in Canada and will be heading to the Yukon where cell service is non-existent when away from any roads. Having the… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Garmin Alpha 100

When used with the TT15 or T5 dog tracking collars this is a great tool for those off-leash moments when hunting or just enjoying recreation with your dog. The Alpha 100 receiver can also function as a stand alone GPS with mapping. The Alpha 100 with the TT15 tracking collar allows you to track up to 20 dogs within a 9-mile range. It displays the track of each dog in a different color and lets you know when the dog has stopped and when the dog is barking. It has a training mode that can deliver… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Garmin eTrex 10

Cheap, light, reliable. Had mine now for about 4 years and love it. I never walk about the Australian bush without my Silva compass but the little eTrex 10 is always in my daypack. The user manual is pretty average, but fortunately the device isn't really that hard to figure out, and of course if all else fails there is always youtube! For my use I simply name my base camp and then go wandering and if I need help getting back I simply ask the device where home is and voilà. It is a direct line… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Suunto 9 Baro

The Suunto Baro 9 allows users to track data like temperature, barometric pressure, and altitude. As an activity monitor, you can find a sports mode to track nearly any sport. The Suunto Baro 9 was my first GPS tracking watch, and I'll never return to a life without it. This product is easy to use, packed full of features, and versatile. Whether you'd like to track the number of vertical feet you're climbing in a rock gym or you're keeping tabs on your evening walks, this watch has your back. … Full review

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Garmin GPSMAP 66i

InReach Service is expensive and set up to scam you out of money by automatic renewal of monthly service with no way to opt out when selecting a monthly plan. Garmin will charge you the minute your month is up and you can call them the minute after but they will charge you for the full month that is starting, no refunds, partial credits, or even an apology. I have lots and lots of Garmin products and have been a repeat customer of theirs for as long as I can remember. I have never had a problem… Full review

rated 1 of 5 stars
Garmin GPSMAP 66i

I have never been more disappointed by a product. Every other Bluetooth device I own shows up on my phone and pairs in seconds. This device has never paired in less than a dozen tries. I have had to sit down multiple times with the Garmin "how to" video to pair it. I can't recommend this product at all.  Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Apple Watch Series 5

The Apple Watch Series 5 is the best of the three high dollar “adventure watches” that I have used. I have tested it on all terrain, across multiple sports, and my initial skepticism was proven completely wrong. Connecticut River The My Sun/Moon app is crucial for planning sunset pictures It’s been almost a full year of wearing the Apple Watch Series 5 44mm Aluminum every day, all day. This year included (beyond Corona Virus and Social Unrest) 50 days of alpine skiing, 50 days of Nordic skiing,… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Garmin GPSMAP 66i

This is a great unit. I do a lot of backcountry hunting and backpacking. This is perfect. I have been using GPS and inReach for a few years. GPS since the '90s. I'm experienced with Basecamp and make all my trips with it. I'm so happy to have one unit to do both things. Full review

rated 1 of 5 stars
Garmin GPSMAP 66i

I agree with Timothy Emery's review 100%. I'm pretty intuitive with new tech like this but this is super difficult to through a 2- or 3-night hike onto. There's other map sites you can use to try to avoid the clunky Garmin Explorer site. Don't waste your time there. There is little to no "How to" clips online which help you with the Explorer site and syncing. If you decide you want to find a Network Engineer to try to sync your devices good luck. Please send him/her my way. Full review