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The best navigation tools, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on October 14, 2020. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

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
$28
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 - $500
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Suunto M-3 Global Handheld Compass
$79
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Suunto MC-2G Navigator Handheld Compass
$70 - $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
$340 - $450
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Fenix 5X GPS Watch
$600 - $749
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Instinct GPS Watch
$300
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin fenix 3 GPS Watch
$465 - $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 - $429
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Garmin eTrex 10 Handheld GPS Receiver
$110
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 3 Handheld Compass
$17
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Suunto Clipper Handheld Compass
$20
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
SPOT Gen3 Locator Beacon
$150 - $169
Suunto 9 Baro GPS Watch
$499 - $599
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (5)
Brunton TruArc 15 Handheld Compass
$55 - $69
user rating: 2 of 5 (6)
Garmin GPSMAP 66i Handheld GPS Receiver
$600
user rating: 2 of 5 (25)
Suunto Core Compass Watch
$219 - $350
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)
Suunto MB-6 Handheld Compass
$56 MSRP
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 Explorer Pro HV Handheld Compass
$30 MSRP
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)
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)
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
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
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rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Suunto 9 Baro

The Suunto Baro 9 allows users to track data like temperature, barometric pressure, and altitude. As an activity monitor, you can find a sports mode to track nearly any sport. The Suunto Baro 9 was my first GPS tracking watch, and I'll never return to a life without it. This product is easy to use, packed full of features, and versatile. Whether you'd like to track the number of vertical feet you're climbing in a rock gym or you're keeping tabs on your evening walks, this watch has your back. … 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 4.5 of 5 stars
Casio PRW3500-1

Solar-powered altimeter, barometer and compass (ABC) watch with radio time calibration, temperature sensor, world time, stopwatch, and timer.   The Casio PRW3500 digital hiking watch in compass mode, with three dots representing north and single dots representing the other points on the compass The Casio PRW3500 is one of the older models in Casio’s Pro Trek series of hiking watches (previously known as the Pathfinder series). I believe it has been discontinued, but it is still available for… Full review

rated 1 of 5 stars
SPOT Gen3

Very slow sending—awful customer support. I bought a Spot Gen 3 on Amazon (sold out on REI) for my first overnight four-day backpacking trip on the Timberline Trail. A couple things about the device itself: the construction is flimsy. The "waterproof" USB cap barely stays in place, which would likely result in the device being destroyed in rain, a fall into a river-crossing, or any other liquid-involved accident. Imagine falling into a river, breaking a bone, and your only way to let someone… 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 0.5 of 5 stars
Casio 3202 Twin Sensor Watch

I purchased two of this watch. Had this model for 8 years till a jeweler replaced the battery then this watch failed, so I purchased another on Amazon. The barometer did not work so Amazon sent a second watch. This watch has the same problem, no barometer arrowhead. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Apple Watch Series 5

The Apple Watch Series 5 is the best of the three high dollar “adventure watches” that I have used. I have tested it on all terrain, across multiple sports, and my initial skepticism was proven completely wrong. Connecticut River The My Sun/Moon app is crucial for planning sunset pictures It’s been almost a full year of wearing the Apple Watch Series 5 44mm Aluminum every day, all day. This year included (beyond Corona Virus and Social Unrest) 50 days of alpine skiing, 50 days of Nordic skiing,… 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