GPS Receivers

Recent GPS Receiver Reviews

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Garmin Forerunner 645

A modest looking GPS, heart rate monitor, and smart watch that delivers reams of training information. Pairs with a mobile phone to deliver loads of other features and is fully customizable. A good choice for athletes engaged in systematic training, it also works well for more casual users that can put the smart watch features to use. I (almost) never would have bought this watch for myself. I’m not that serious or systematic about training. I just go out and run by feel, and these days that usually… Full review

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Garmin GPSMAP 66i

The 66i is garbage. Don’t buy it. You can’t download maps onto it. I spent two hours trying to do so and gave up. The 66i, once plugged in, powers down so that the computer doesn’t recognize that it’s connected. The computer just searches endlessly for the 66i. It’s a fatal flaw that doesn’t let you download maps onto the 66i. What good is the 66i if you can’t download a topo?? I suppose the SOS feature has marginal value. But at the price point? Forget it. See above. Don’t buy this… Full review

rated 1 of 5 stars
Garmin Foretrex 401

Precision, but not accuracy. The ForeTrex 401 is useless for elevation. The AUTO CALIBRATION uses GPS to calibrate the Elevation (Calibration by GPS is accurate to +/-400 feet; Calibration by barometric pressure is accurate to +/-50 feet). I did both ways and put the ForeTrex 401 on the desk stationary for two hours, the elevation changed 500 feet. Everyone has the same issue. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Garmin GPSMAP 66i

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. And it has a new feature, Expedition Mode, that greatly reduces power requirements. Its attributes are easy to describe to anyone familiar with past Garmin products: Take Garmin's best GPS receiver and combine… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Garmin Forerunner 235

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

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Garmin Fenix 5X

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

rated 4 of 5 stars
Suunto Ambit2

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

rated 5 of 5 stars
Garmin Foretrex 101

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

rated 4 of 5 stars
Garmin eTrex 30x

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

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Forerunner 645 reviewed Nov 24, 2019
$400 - $450
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Garmin GPSMAP 66i reviewed Aug 29, 2019
$600
user rating: 3 of 5 (4)
Garmin Foretrex 401 reviewed Aug 14, 2019
$200 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Forerunner 235 reviewed Dec 25, 2018
$230 - $269
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Fenix 5X reviewed Dec 7, 2018
$599 - $749
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Suunto Ambit2 reviewed Oct 29, 2018
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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
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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
$200 - $249
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
$400
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
$200
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
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMap 62s reviewed Mar 5, 2016
$450 MSRP
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Garmin eTrex reviewed Mar 3, 2016
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user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMap 64 reviewed Feb 23, 2016
$250 MSRP
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 reviewed Oct 7, 2015
$399 - $499
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Garmin fenix reviewed Jun 17, 2014
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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
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Suunto Ambit reviewed Sep 1, 2013
$550 MSRP
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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: 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
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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
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