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The best navigation tools, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on September 24, 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-3D Leader Compass 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: 5 of 5 (1)
Kasper & Richter Meridian Pro Handheld Compass
$159
user rating: 4 of 5 (12)
Cammenga Tritium Lensatic Compass 3H Handheld Compass
$92 - $109
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Garmin eTrex 10 Handheld GPS Receiver
$100 - $109
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Suunto MC-2G Navigator Handheld Compass
$69 - $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
$357 - $449
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 - $456
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin fenix 6 Pro GPS Watch
$650
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMap 64s Handheld GPS Receiver
$410
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 3 Handheld Compass
$17
user rating: 3 of 5 (4)
Suunto Clipper Handheld Compass
$20
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
SPOT Gen3 Locator Beacon
$170
SPOT X 2-Way Satellite Messenger Locator Beacon
$250
Suunto 9 Baro GPS Watch
$499 - $599
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (5)
Brunton TruArc 15 Handheld Compass
$60 - $74
user rating: 2 of 5 (7)
Garmin GPSMAP 66i Handheld GPS Receiver
$600
user rating: 2 of 5 (26)
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
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Recent Navigation Tool Reviews

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. 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 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 ultra light backpacker. The Suunto IS available again.  Good small Compass.  I put a small… 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

rated 4 of 5 stars
Garmin fenix 6 Pro

The Garmin Fenix 6 Pro is a fantastic data tracker for the person who needs immediate information at the click of a button. Great for hiking and backpacking if you have the time to figure out how to work it. I received my Garmin Fenix 6 Pro as a gift from my wife the week it was released (what's it been, 2 years?) to replace my 1st Gen Apple Watch. As a person who likes to spend a great deal of time outdoors, the purchase just made sense. Maps, Altimeter reading, Barometric Pressure, steps, etc...all… Full review

rated 1 of 5 stars
Suunto Core

Watch is AWFUL. Suunto refused to replace it even though it was UNDER WARRANTY. Terrible company. Go with Garmin, more expensive but you won't have to replace your watch every 6 months. Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
SPOT X 2-Way Satellite Messenger

The Spot X provides a reliable tracking service with convenient features like satellite messaging and mapping. It's the perfect companion for backpackers, climbers, mountaineers, and canyoneers. If you're an outdoor adventurer who's in the market for a reliable GPS tracker, the Spot X 2-Way Satellite Messenger might be a good device for you. Built to track your steps, and send messages when cell phone carriers fail you, this device is a good luck charm during times of turbulence.  Spot X MSRP:… Full review

rated 2 of 5 stars
Garmin GPSMAP 66i

Poor syncing abilities with desktop and apps...and other issues. I am returning this product after playing with it for a few days, watching YouTube videos on how to operate it. I am glad I had not signed up for an inReach subscription yet. First, I am a forester and have been using a GPSmap60CSx for years, one of the best in terms of its signal and accuracy under forest canopy. I live in Canada and will be heading to the Yukon where cell service is non-existent when away from any roads. Having the… Full review

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