Handheld GPS Receivers

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Garmin
DeLorme
Magellan
Satmap
Rand McNally
Lowrance
Cobra
Bushnell
Brunton

Price

less than $100
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Recent Handheld GPS Receiver Reviews

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 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

Magellan eXplorist-710

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Does the job and works under heavy bush canopy, though there is a steep learning curve to master this device. Consumes batteries ravenously. My first 12-channel high sensitivity GPS, so I was very impressed to see it work in dense bush. However in hindsight this is to be expected these days. I found the system very difficult to learn despite having worked in IT for 10 years.  After four years of hard use the cover over the rubber button has worn off rendering the GPS usable but no longer waterproof. Full review

Garmin inReach Explorer+

rated 4.5 of 5 stars If you're looking to combine your messaging and GPS needs into one device, this is it. I've acquired this GPS for a solid price of $300 through incentives of my workplace, and its the best $300 I've spent on gear. This GPS has accompanied me on any challenging hike, backpacking trip, backcountry skiing, or any trip into the mountains.  Communication (Requires subscription) As shown in some pictures I've uploaded, this GPS doesn't anything special in terms of features. But what it does do it does… Full review

Garmin eTrex 10

rated 1 of 5 stars Poorly designed GPS. Thumb stick on the e-Trex 10 does not work. Pressing it straight down is supposed to be the equivalent of ENTER. It takes numerous tries to achieve enter. The screen features are not distinct. This a very poor product that deserves a recall from GARMIN. I am trying to get my money back. Full review

Garmin eTrex 30

rated 3 of 5 stars It's a scam. When you pay $150 for a GPS you expect at least it would ship a decent map with it. But, no, it came with a map that doesn't even show road to your home. Okay, maybe that was a bit harsh. I think the unit is quite sturdy, and the satellite acquisition is fairly fast. It's one unit, provided you carry enough batteries, that can get you home. Every time I read about someone gotten lost and died on the trail, I always asked, why did not he or she invest in a GPS. This is my investment… Full review

Garmin eTrex 10

rated 3.5 of 5 stars If you're a beginner, you'll find the quick startup and owner's manuals woefully inadequate. I had to call Garmin twice just to find out how to get the page that shows me how far I've hiked. I've used a Garmin GPS 60 for years, so I'm not a beginner. When my GPS 60 died, I couldn't find a simple GPS that would tell me how far and how fast I've hiked. The GPSes were expensive and extremely complex. FINALLY, the eTrex 10 showed up—just what I'd been waiting for! However, the instructions (quick… Full review

Top-Rated Handheld GPS Receivers

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user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin inReach Explorer+ Locator Beacon / Handheld GPS Receiver
$450
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMap 64s
$217 - $399
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Garmin eTrex 10
$110
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Garmin eTrex 20x
$180 - $199
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMap 64
$250
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Garmin eTrex 30x
$300
Garmin Montana 610t
$449
Garmin Astro 430
$650
Garmin GPSMap 64st
$350 - $499
Garmin Alpha 100
$600
Garmin GPSMap 78
$199
Garmin inReach SE+ Locator Beacon / Handheld GPS Receiver
$400
Garmin Montana 610
$500
Garmin Oregon 750
$500
Garmin Oregon 750t
$500 - $549
Garmin GPSMap 78s
$239
Garmin Oregon 700
$400
Garmin Rino 700
$350
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
DeLorme inReach Explorer Handheld GPS Receiver / Locator Beacon
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Garmin Oregon 450t
$400 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Magellan SporTrak Map
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Magellan eXplorist XL
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Garmin Rino 120
$268 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Magellan eXplorist 610
$450 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Rino 530HCx
$500 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w
$350 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Magellan Triton 1500
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Oregon 450
$330 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Magellan CrossoverGPS
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Oregon 550
$400 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Magellan Triton 500
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
DeLorme inReach SE Locator Beacon / Handheld GPS Receiver
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Garmin eTrex Vista HCx
$300 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Magellan eXplorist 210
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Magellan eXplorist 200
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Magellan eXplorist GC
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Satmap Active 12
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin Oregon 600
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin eTrex Legend HCx
$250 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin Oregon 550t
$500 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Magellan eXplorist 100
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Magellan eXplorist 310
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin eTrex Summit HC
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rand McNally Foris 850
$199 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin eTrex 20
$200 MSRP
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Lowrance iFinder Map&Music
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (6)
Garmin eTrex 30
$300 MSRP
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
DeLorme Earthmate PN-60
$300 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Garmin Foretrex 401
$200 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (7)
Magellan Triton 300
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