GPS Receivers

Recent GPS Receiver Reviews

Garmin GPSMAP 66i

rated 5 of 5 stars Not for everyone, but uniquely wonderful for those who need it. The Garmin GPSMAP 66i introduced in June 2019 is the world’s first consumer handheld device that combines a full-featured GPS navigation tool and a satellite text message system in one half-pound, rugged, battery-efficient device. Despite the serious problems mentioned below, that capability-to-weight ratio is wroth all five stars. The 66i has several software problems.  Two of the problems are serious and completely eliminate capabilities… Full review

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 fenix 5X Plus GPS Watch
$750 - $1,049
Garmin Fenix 5S Plus GPS Watch
$650 - $799
Garmin fenix 5 Plus GPS Watch
$650 - $749
Garmin fenix 5 GPS Watch
$342 - $719
user rating: 3 of 5 (7)
Suunto X10 GPS Watch
$650 MSRP
Garmin Forerunner 935 GPS Watch
$35 - $650
Garmin fenix 5S Sapphire GPS Watch
$650
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMAP 66i
$600
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin fenix 5X Sapphire GPS Watch
$600
Garmin Alpha 100 Handheld
$600
Garmin fenix 3 HR GPS Watch
$550
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Suunto Ambit GPS Watch
$550 MSRP
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Garmin Montana 610t Handheld
$550
Garmin Epix GPS Watch
$550
Garmin Rino 750 GPS/2-Way Radio Handheld
$550
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Magellan eXplorist-710 Handheld
$550 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin GPSMap 62st Handheld
$550 MSRP
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Garmin Oregon 750t Handheld
$500 - $549
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin fenix 3 GPS Watch
$500 - $549
Suunto Ambit3 Vertical GPS Watch
$245 - $519
Garmin fenix 5S GPS Watch
$500
Garmin Montana 610 Handheld
$500
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Rino 530HCx Handheld
$500 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin Oregon 550t Handheld
$500 MSRP
Garmin Rino 650 Handheld
$500 MSRP
Garmin Oregon 750 Handheld
$499
Garmin GPSMap 64st Handheld
$350 - $499
Garmin Forerunner 735xt GPS Watch
$349 - $499
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Suunto Ambit3 Peak Sapphire GPS Watch
$499
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin inReach Explorer+ Locator Beacon / Handheld
$450
Garmin GPSMap 66st Handheld
$450
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Magellan eXplorist 610 Handheld
$450 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMap 62s Handheld
$450 MSRP
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Suunto Ambit3 Peak GPS Watch
$399 - $449
Garmin Oregon 700 Handheld
$428
Suunto Traverse GPS Watch
$255 - $419
Casio Pro Trek WSD-F20 GPS Watch
$400
Garmin GPSMap 66s Handheld
$400
Garmin Forerunner 630 GPS Watch
$400
Garmin GPSMAP 64sc
$400
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Garmin Oregon 450t Handheld
$400 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Oregon 550 Handheld
$400 MSRP
Garmin inReach SE+ Locator Beacon / Handheld
$399
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMap 64s Handheld
$300 - $399
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (3)
Magellan eXplorist 510 Handheld
$350 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMap 62 Handheld
$350 MSRP
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Garmin Rino 700 Handheld
$349
Garmin GPSMap 78SC Handheld
$277
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w Handheld
$350 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Oregon 450 Handheld
$330 MSRP
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