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The best navigation tools, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on December 9, 2021. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Garmin Fenix 5X GPS Watch
$600
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Brunton TruArc 5 Handheld Compass
$30
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Suunto M-3 Handheld Compass
$44
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Garmin inReach Explorer+ Locator Beacon / Handheld
$450 - $456
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Suunto M-3D Leader Compass Handheld Compass
$44
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Suunto MB-6 Handheld Compass
$104
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin inReach Mini Locator Beacon
$350
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Explorer Pro HV Handheld Compass
$45
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Forerunner 235 GPS Watch
$230 - $249
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Suunto Ambit3 Peak GPS Watch
$399
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Alpha 100 Handheld GPS Receiver / Dog Gear
$600 - $799
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Suunto M-3 Global Handheld Compass
$75 - $80
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kasper & Richter Meridian Pro Handheld Compass
$159
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Astro 900 Handheld GPS Receiver
$749
user rating: 4 of 5 (12)
Cammenga Tritium Lensatic Compass 3H Handheld Compass
$95 - $109
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Suunto MC-2G Navigator Handheld Compass
$81 - $95
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Casio PRW3500-1 Altimeter Watch
$199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Foretrex 601 GPS Receiver
$200
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Forerunner 645 GPS Watch
$339 - $449
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Instinct GPS Watch
$300
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin fenix 6 Pro GPS Watch
$650
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Suunto Clipper Handheld Compass
$20
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 3 Handheld Compass
$17
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
SPOT Gen3 Locator Beacon
$170
SPOT X 2-Way Satellite Messenger Locator Beacon
$250
Brunton Lite Tech Monocular
$35
Suunto 9 Baro GPS Watch
$499 - $599
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (5)
Brunton TruArc 15 Handheld Compass
$70 - $74
user rating: 2 of 5 (7)
Garmin GPSMAP 66i Handheld GPS Receiver
$600
user rating: 2 of 5 (27)
Suunto Core Compass Watch
$150 - $229
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
DeLorme inReach Explorer Handheld GPS Receiver / Locator Beacon
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Silva Polaris 177 Handheld Compass
$15 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Gaia GPS Hiking, Offroad Maps App Outdoor App / Map
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
CritterMap Backcountry Navigator for Android Map / Outdoor App
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Garmin Oregon 450t Handheld GPS Receiver
$400 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
McMurdo Fast Find 210 Locator Beacon
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Magellan eXplorist XL Handheld GPS Receiver
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Suunto Observer Compass Watch
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Magellan eXplorist 610 Handheld GPS Receiver
$450 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Casio Pathfinder PAG80-1V Compass Watch
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
ACR ResQLink+ Locator Beacon
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Recta Elite Sport Global Compass Handheld Compass
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Expedition 15TDCL Handheld Compass
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Apple Watch Series 5 GPS Watch
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w Handheld GPS Receiver
$350 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Lensatic 360 Handheld Compass
$19 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ACR ResQLink Locator Beacon
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Magellan Triton 1500 Handheld GPS Receiver
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Recent Navigation Tool Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
Garmin inReach Explorer+

Used to navigate on land in the High Arctic by gut and no safety net if there was trouble. Then I had kids... I rely heavily on this device for safety since I am camping often in very remote areas with small children. But I also use it for work travelling Nunavik (for after hours on call for medevacs), where I also need this to be dependable. I subscribe to the unlimited messaging, as well as to the insurance policy offered with it. It is our lifeline to home, and our guide when trekking on the… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Garmin Astro 900

For training a hunting dog or just keeping track of a big dog who loves to run free, the Astro 900 coupled with the T-9 collar will allow you to find your best friend even when well out of sight. Without the collar the Astro 900 alone is the one GPS navigation system for just about anywhere you want to go outdoors.   Astro 900 handheld GPS with T-9 collar If you are hunting with a dog or just enjoying some off-leash recreation with your four-footed friend there is always the chance that even the… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Garmin inReach Mini

I'd recommend this device for anyone going on an extended wilderness trip where they likely won't have cell service. I used it for a week in the Sierra Nevada mountains and it was very helpful as it allowed my group to stay in contact with our families on the outside to notify them of changes in our itinerary. Definitely a must-have from a safety perspective. Ease of use: I found the device easy to use. There are just enough features to be useful, but not too many to the point of being confusing. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Suunto Core

14 years old and still going! Purchased this watch for a deployment to Afghanistan in 2007 and have been wearing it off and on ever since. This includes 14 years of rough military training.  Customer Service from Suunto was great after I failed to seal the battery cover and caused water damage at year two or so. They replaced the computer for $80 then bezel and bands for free. Yes, it was the same watch based on distinctive marks in the casing.  So hear I am, fourteen years later, just finding… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Suunto Clipper

A handy compass, easy to read, can be clipped on to backpack shoulder straps, bike packs, whatever. I've had my Clipper since 2009. I bought it from Brunton, where my niece and sister-in-law worked assembling the classic Brunton Pocket Transit, which I used many years ago for surveying along with a plumb bob, surveyor's chain, and of course, topo maps. My niece was the production manager at Brunton, and when they downsized she was the only one assembling the Pocket Transit, in Riverton, Wyoming. Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Suunto M-3D Leader Compass

Very good well made compass. Hard to see in dim light. Nice choice for regular long distance navigation use. Unlike old model, new models lack outline box to center southern portion of needle over. I like the older model. Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Suunto Clipper

The Suunto IS available again. Good small compass. I put a small lanyard through the clip and put it in my pocket—not on a wrist. Excellent for general direction finding. I would have preferred the old "Comet" model, which was the same compass, but mounted on a small baseplate instead of a clip on. Takes a few moments for direction indicator to settle—not for racing. A great choice for backup of GPS, or ultralight backpackers. Unlike eBay knockoffs, markings are engraved (not just printed) onto… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Garmin Fenix 5X

GPS being made small enough to fit on a wristwatch has made life more interesting. The Garmin fenix 5x has certainly been great for multi-activity tracking. I first bought the Garmin Fenix 2, then the 3, and now I possess the Garmin Fenix 5x. It's great for any and all activities.  I got it used on ebay within my price range and it's everything I was looking for in a watch and more.  Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Cammenga Tritium Lensatic Compass 3H

An accurate and tough compass that will give a lifetime of service. The Tritium won't, but this can be replaced by Cammenga every 13 years or so. I have used this compass for the past year but have tried out a phosphorescent version for some time. I use the 3H mainly for navigating at darker times as we move to lookout areas for early morning calling. I do take it out on hikes and walks to keep skills up and really like the lensatic compasses for navigation. When they are quality built they are… Full review