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 an satellite text message system in one half-pound, rugged, battery efficient device. This is more than an incremental improvement.  It is a major advance for those who need what it will do.  If you answer yes to all of the following questions, then you are in that group: ▶ Do you have… 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

 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMAP 66i reviewed Jun 22, 2019
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Forerunner 235 reviewed Dec 25, 2018
$250
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin fenix 5X Sapphire reviewed Dec 7, 2018
$600
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Suunto Ambit2 reviewed Oct 29, 2018
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Garmin Foretrex 101 reviewed Jul 11, 2018
discontinued
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Garmin eTrex 30x reviewed Jul 6, 2018
$300
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Garmin eTrex 10 reviewed Jul 5, 2018
$110
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin inReach Explorer+ reviewed Jun 18, 2018
$450
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin Foretrex 301 reviewed Jun 15, 2018
$150 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin eTrex 20 reviewed Mar 23, 2018
$200 MSRP
user rating: 2 of 5 (13)
Suunto X9i reviewed Jan 28, 2018
discontinued
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Magellan eXplorist-710 reviewed Jan 3, 2018
$550 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Foretrex 601 reviewed Dec 13, 2017
$249 - $250
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin vivosmart HR+ reviewed Aug 24, 2017
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (6)
Garmin eTrex 30 reviewed Aug 10, 2017
$300 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMap 64s reviewed May 15, 2017
$300 - $399
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
DeLorme inReach SE reviewed Feb 16, 2017
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Magellan Triton 500 reviewed Feb 13, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
DeLorme inReach Explorer reviewed Sep 29, 2016
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (9)
Bushnell BackTrack reviewed Aug 29, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Trace reviewed Aug 15, 2016
$200 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Garmin eTrex 20x reviewed Jul 27, 2016
$149 - $199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin fenix 3 reviewed Jul 14, 2016
$500 - $549
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin GPSMap 62st reviewed Mar 30, 2016
$550 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMap 62s reviewed Mar 5, 2016
$450 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Garmin eTrex reviewed Mar 3, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMap 64 reviewed Feb 23, 2016
$250
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin Oregon 600 reviewed Feb 5, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Satmap Active 12 reviewed Feb 2, 2016
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (3)
Magellan eXplorist 510 reviewed Nov 1, 2015
$350 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Suunto Ambit3 Peak Sapphire reviewed Oct 7, 2015
$499
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Garmin fenix reviewed Jun 17, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rand McNally Foris 850 reviewed Jun 12, 2014
$199 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
DeLorme Earthmate PN-60 reviewed Dec 1, 2013
$300 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w reviewed Dec 1, 2013
$350 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Forerunner 301 reviewed Nov 3, 2013
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Suunto Ambit reviewed Sep 1, 2013
$550 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
DeLorme inReach reviewed Aug 29, 2013
$250 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Garmin Rino 120 reviewed May 30, 2013
$268 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Garmin Foretrex 401 reviewed May 28, 2013
$200 MSRP
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (4)
Magellan Triton 200 reviewed Mar 26, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Garmin Oregon 450t reviewed Feb 15, 2013
$400 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Oregon 450 reviewed Nov 11, 2012
$330 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Magellan eXplorist 610 reviewed Aug 30, 2012
$450 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Magellan eXplorist 310 reviewed Aug 7, 2012
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Magellan eXplorist GC reviewed Aug 4, 2012
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMap 62 reviewed Aug 3, 2012
$350 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 3 of 5 (7)
Magellan Triton 300 reviewed Aug 2, 2012
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Oregon 400c reviewed Aug 1, 2012
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Garmin eTrex Vista HCx reviewed Nov 21, 2011
$300 MSRP
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