Navigation Tools

The best navigation tools, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on November 16, 2018. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Navigation Tool Reviews

MyTopo Waterproof Topo Map Tapoco

rated 1 of 5 stars Lacking details that most other maps have. Low quality printing. I bought this thinking I could get a customized topo printed on a good quality material. When I received it, I was very disappointed. 1. many features shown on other maps were missing. Water bodies, roads, trails, etc. 2. Coloring was not very good for contrast. 3. Print quality was low For the very high price mytopo.com charged ($42) this was unacceptable. Luckily they offer a money back guarantee. So I sent it back (at my expense). Full review

Suunto Ambit2

rated 4 of 5 stars I have both the Ambit and Ambit2. The first got a cracked cover eventually—user abuse, so no bad on Suunto on that. The second's battery quit after three years (just outside warranty) of similarly intensive use, and the recharge cable also wore out (contacts snap off, fyi). I'd be disappointed if not for the fact that Suunto replaced the entire watch with a new Ambit 3, despite the fact that the warranty had expired. They probably took one look, saw the gouged bezel, scratched cover, and decided… Full review

Silva Ranger CL

rated 1 of 5 stars It failed out of the blue and could have got me killed. Warranty is dependent on the merchant. Not impressed. Could have bought cheap Chinese and had same experience. Used it for about a year and it was fine. Then one day I was out in the bush and it seemed off and then I tested it and it had no accuracy at all. Good thing my partner found me or I would have been in big trouble because of it.   The warranty is a joke—totally dependent on the merchant. Not impressed with their product.  Full review

Purple Lizard Maps Rothrock State Forest Trail Map

rated 5 of 5 stars Not all maps are created equal. This map does everything you need and more. It encourages exploration to a degree that is impressive. I buy this map every time it is updated and would encourage anyone who spends any time in Central Pennsylvania to grab a copy. While no product is ever perfect, Purple Lizard Maps has created a map that is close as you can get. The Rothrock State Forest map is a fabulous bundle of knowledge that includes information related to hiking and biking trails, fishing holes,… Full review

Garmin Foretrex 101

rated 5 of 5 stars Good basic wrist GPS available for £xx on Ebay and actually more useful than many GPS devices at £xxx So why would I bother reviewing a bit of kit that is so old it was probably the second backup nav system for Noah after the dove and the olive branch and probably guesswork? Simply put, I am a fan of writing down what you need then finding the cheapest but most bomb proof way of getting it. I understand the attraction of easy link wifi enabled blue-tooth watches, but in the end so few people even… Full review

Garmin eTrex 30x

rated 4 of 5 stars 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

Garmin eTrex 10

rated 5 of 5 stars 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

Garmin inReach Explorer+

rated 4 of 5 stars 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

Garmin Foretrex 301

rated 4 of 5 stars Tough little device, handy for hiking and other active sports. I use this device for hunting, jogging, canoeing, and hiking for about three years. While it’s too small to have detailed maps and other niceties, its “breadcrumbs” mean I can always find my way back to the start, and I can focus on looking for game, instead of looking for markers to backtrack. The “AAA” batteries make it a little bulky, but it means you can change to fresh batteries while you are out for extended periods. … Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Silva Starter 1-2-3 Handheld Compass
$14
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
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Suunto M-3 Handheld Compass
$31 - $36
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Suunto MB-6 Handheld Compass
$49 - $82
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
ACR ResQLink+ Locator Beacon
$290 - $325
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
National Geographic Northville/Raquette Lake Map - Adirondack National Park US Northeast Paper Map
$10 - $11
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Explorer Pro HV Handheld Compass
$28 - $33
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Lensatic 360 Handheld Compass
$24
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Brunton Com-Pro Pocket Transit Handheld Compass
$301 - $719
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ACR ResQLink Locator Beacon
$290 - $325
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DeLorme Pennsylvania Atlas & Gazetteer US Northeast Paper Map
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Suunto M-3 Global Handheld Compass
$51 - $52
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
National Geographic John Muir Trail Topographic Map Guide US Pacific States Paper Map / US Pacific States
$15
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Suunto Ambit3 Peak Sapphire GPS Watch
$499
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Purple Lizard Maps Rothrock State Forest Trail Map US Northeast Paper Map
$15
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Silva Ranger CL Handheld Compass
$50
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Suunto MC-2G Navigator Handheld Compass
$62 - $95
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Foretrex 601 GPS Receiver
$250
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
SPOT Gen3 Locator Beacon
$150
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 20 Handheld Compass
$49 - $62
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin fenix 3 GPS Watch
$500 - $549
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Suunto A-10 Handheld Compass
$15 - $21
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin inReach Explorer+ Locator Beacon / Handheld
$450
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Suunto Ambit2 GPS Watch
$200
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin Topo US 24K West US Pacific States Map Application
$100
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMap 64s Handheld GPS Receiver
$294 - $300
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Suunto M-9 Wrist Compass Handheld Compass
$25 - $36
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
National Geographic Great Smoky Mountains National Park Map US South Paper Map
$12
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Garmin eTrex 10 Handheld GPS Receiver
$110
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Garmin Foretrex 401 Handheld GPS Receiver
$236
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Garmin eTrex 20x Handheld GPS Receiver
$180 - $199
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 3 Handheld Compass
$13 - $16
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Suunto Clipper Handheld Compass
$14 - $19
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 7 Handheld Compass
$22 - $32
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMap 64 Handheld GPS Receiver
$250
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Topo US 24K Southwest US Mountain States Map Application
$100
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Suunto MC-2 Handheld Compass
$39 - $48
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Garmin eTrex 30x Handheld GPS Receiver
$196 - $299
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Combination Compass Handheld Compass
$11
user rating: 2 of 5 (4)
Brunton TruArc 15 Handheld Compass
$39 - $59
user rating: 2 of 5 (25)
Suunto Core Compass Watch
$219 - $299
National Geographic Bryce Canyon National Park Map US Mountain States Paper Map
$10 - $11
Garmin inReach Mini Locator Beacon
$350
Suunto MC-2 Pro Handheld Compass
$42 - $56
Suunto M-3G Global Pro Handheld Compass
$80
DeLorme Colorado Atlas and Gazetteer US Mountain States Paper Map
$20
Brunton 9045 Handheld Compass
$10
DeLorme Virginia Atlas and Gazetteer US South Paper Map
$20
National Geographic Cape Cod National Seashore Map US Northeast Paper Map
$12
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