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Handheld GPS Receivers

The best handheld gps receivers, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on August 2, 2020. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin inReach Explorer+ Locator Beacon / Handheld
$450
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMap 64s
$400 - $429
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Garmin eTrex 10
$110
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (5)
Garmin GPSMAP 66i
$600
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 eXplorist XL
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Magellan eXplorist 610
$450 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)
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
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 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 (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: 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 (2)
Garmin eTrex 20x
user rating: 3 of 5 (7)
Magellan Triton 300
user rating: 3 of 5 (4)
Garmin Foretrex 401
$200 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (4)
Cobra GPS 100
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
DeLorme inReach Handheld GPS Receiver / Locator Beacon
$250 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Magellan SporTrak Pro
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMap 64
$250 MSRP
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Magellan eXplorist-710
$550 MSRP
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Magellan Triton 2000
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (3)
Magellan eXplorist 510
$350 MSRP
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (9)
Bushnell BackTrack
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Garmin eTrex 30x
user rating: 2 of 5 (3)
Garmin eTrex H
$100 MSRP
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (3)
Magellan eXplorist 500 LE
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (4)
Magellan Triton 200
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (7)
Magellan Triton 400
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Garmin eTrex Legend Cx
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Garmin GPSMap 60CSx
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Garmin GPSMap 60Cx
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Garmin GPSMap 76S
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Garmin eTrex
discontinued

Recent Handheld GPS Receiver Reviews

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
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

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 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

rated 5 of 5 stars
Garmin eTrex 10

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

rated 4 of 5 stars
Garmin inReach Explorer+

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