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The best navigation tools, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on January 16, 2021. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger Locator Beacon
$150
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
$30
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Suunto M-3 Handheld Compass
$44
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
$70 - $80
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Garmin eTrex 10 Handheld GPS Receiver
$110
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Suunto MC-2G Navigator Handheld Compass
$94 - $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
$260 - $449
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
$550
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 - $419
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
Brunton Lite Tech Monocular
$35
Suunto 9 Baro GPS Watch
$499 - $599
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (5)
Brunton TruArc 15 Handheld Compass
$63
user rating: 2 of 5 (6)
Garmin GPSMAP 66i Handheld GPS Receiver
$600
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)
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)
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 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
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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
Gaia GPS Hiking, Offroad Maps App

The main takeaway for me was that planning a route was significantly faster and more intuitive than any other mapping app I’ve used. The app does all the things we’ve come to expect from mapping apps, including pinning waypoints, creating routes, and tracking hikes, but offers many features that others don’t, including the national parks maps from National Geographic and cell phone coverage maps. The interface is clean and easy to understand and the maps are sharp without clutter. Gaia GPS… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Casio 3202 Twin Sensor Watch

Works fine. Very happy with it.   I just needed an altimeter watch for whiteouts in the winter while hiking. I've been using it in weather around 15–35ºF so far and it works fine. Very happy with it. Had it for about a month. The manual is a problem to read, but I solved that by downloading the PDF version from the Internet and enlarging it on my desktop. Done that way, it is easy to figure out. 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 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 of 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