Navigation Tools

The best navigation tools, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on February 22, 2020. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Navigation Tool Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
Brunton TruArc 15

Very well made. And before you complain as many have done regarding the double bearings...LEARN THE COMPASS VERY WELL! Somebody has commented that the double azimuth is confusing and the mirror in this compass is placed wrong.  Well do not make a conclusion, unless you have made your homework very well.  Before a product is made, professionals are involved. So before your complaints...do your homework very well in learning the compass in this case. The destination arrow is black. Which means the… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Garmin Instinct

The Garmin Instinct is meeting my needs and lifestyle. I’m quite happy with this purchase...happy enough that I‘m contemplating getting a second one when they’re on sale again. I‘ve only had this watch for about six weeks but in that time I’ve come to appreciate it. All the features that come with it seem pretty accurate when I compare them to other devices/known points of reference. This is one of the most comfortable watches I’ve ever worn...I really don’t notice it’s on my wrist. Full review

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 2 of 5 stars
Cammenga Tritium Lensatic Compass 3H

Way too inaccurate. Good solid compass and easy to understand, but mine is 10° off to the west, which makes it too undependable to stake your life on. Cammenga says they'll repair it for $50??? Really? A new compass? 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 0.5 of 5 stars
Casio 3202 Twin Sensor Watch

F-ed up instructions. Impossible to read the manual, and it does not make sense nor does the setup work. Total piece of sh*t. Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Casio Pro Trek PRG-300CM

Casio Pro Trek PRG-300CM—For what it costs and the superb durability you get from it, it is a no-brainer for a beginner and casual user. First of all, I am not a professional trail runner nor an avid trekking or hiking goer. Overall I am an outdoor enthusiast and that has from time to time the chance to go to the beach, mountains, or project sites. For all these duties, and more, this watch is more than capable. In a world where the summit is for the SUUNTOs and TISSOT T-Time (in terms of technology… Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Suunto M-3D Leader Compass Handheld Compass
$44
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Brunton TruArc 5 Handheld Compass
$20 - $27
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Suunto M-3 Handheld Compass
$32
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Suunto MB-6 Handheld Compass
$52 - $68
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Explorer Pro HV Handheld Compass
$40
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 - $499
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Lensatic 360 Handheld Compass
$25
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Suunto M-3 Global Handheld Compass
$51 - $79
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Suunto MC-2G Navigator Handheld Compass
$95
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
$399 - $450
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Fenix 5X GPS Watch
$599 - $749
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Instinct GPS Watch
$250 - $299
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin fenix 3 GPS Watch
$459 - $549
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin inReach Explorer+ Locator Beacon / Handheld
$450
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMap 64s Handheld GPS Receiver
$400
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Garmin eTrex 10 Handheld GPS Receiver
$110
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Garmin eTrex 20x Handheld GPS Receiver
$200
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 3 Handheld Compass
$13 - $16
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Suunto Clipper Handheld Compass
$20
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Garmin GPSMAP 66i Handheld GPS Receiver
$600
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMap 64 Handheld GPS Receiver
$243
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (5)
Brunton TruArc 15 Handheld Compass
$43 - $62
user rating: 2 of 5 (25)
Suunto Core Compass Watch
$219 - $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)
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)
Victorinox Swiss Army Summit XLT
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w Handheld GPS Receiver
$350 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ACR ResQLink Locator Beacon
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Magellan Triton 1500 Handheld GPS Receiver
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Oregon 450 Handheld GPS Receiver
$330 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gaia GPS App & Offline Topo Maps Outdoor App / Map
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kasper & Richter Meridian Pro Handheld Compass
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Oregon 550 Handheld GPS Receiver
$400 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Menasha Ridge Press The Best in Tent Camping: Illinois
$16 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Casio Pathfinder PAW1500-1V Compass Watch
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Brunton O.S.S. 40B Compass Handheld Compass
user rating: 4 of 5 (11)
Cammenga Tritium Lensatic Compass 3H Handheld Compass
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Magellan Triton 500 Handheld GPS Receiver
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