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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 April 20, 2021. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Alpha 100 Handheld GPS Receiver / Dog Gear
$600 - $799
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Garmin eTrex 10
$100 - $109
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Garmin eTrex Vista HCx
$37
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin inReach Explorer+ Locator Beacon / Handheld
$450 - $456
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMap 64s
$410
user rating: 2 of 5 (7)
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 (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 (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 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
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
DeLorme Earthmate GPS PN-40
discontinued

Recent Handheld GPS Receiver Reviews

rated 2 of 5 stars
Garmin GPSMAP 66i

Poor syncing abilities with desktop and apps...and other issues. I am returning this product after playing with it for a few days, watching YouTube videos on how to operate it. I am glad I had not signed up for an inReach subscription yet. First, I am a forester and have been using a GPSmap60CSx for years, one of the best in terms of its signal and accuracy under forest canopy. I live in Canada and will be heading to the Yukon where cell service is non-existent when away from any roads. Having the… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Garmin Alpha 100

When used with the TT15 or T5 dog tracking collars this is a great tool for those off-leash moments when hunting or just enjoying recreation with your dog. The Alpha 100 receiver can also function as a stand alone GPS with mapping. The Alpha 100 with the TT15 tracking collar allows you to track up to 20 dogs within a 9-mile range. It displays the track of each dog in a different color and lets you know when the dog has stopped and when the dog is barking. It has a training mode that can deliver… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Garmin eTrex 10

Cheap, light, reliable. Had mine now for about 4 years and love it. I never walk about the Australian bush without my Silva compass but the little eTrex 10 is always in my daypack. The user manual is pretty average, but fortunately the device isn't really that hard to figure out, and of course if all else fails there is always youtube! For my use I simply name my base camp and then go wandering and if I need help getting back I simply ask the device where home is and voilà. It is a direct line… Full review

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Garmin GPSMAP 66i

InReach Service is expensive and set up to scam you out of money by automatic renewal of monthly service with no way to opt out when selecting a monthly plan. Garmin will charge you the minute your month is up and you can call them the minute after but they will charge you for the full month that is starting, no refunds, partial credits, or even an apology. I have lots and lots of Garmin products and have been a repeat customer of theirs for as long as I can remember. I have never had a problem… Full review

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