Navigation Tools

The best navigation tools, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on April 28, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Navigation Tool Reviews

SPOT Personal Tracker

rated 0.5 of 5 stars This company sucks. I have lost two trackers and they cannot trace them. Imagine that, a tracker that you cannot track Full review

Casio Pro Trek PRG-300CM

rated 4 of 5 stars 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

Purple Lizard Maps Rothrock State Forest Trail Map

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A hardy map that can withstand punishment and inspire exploration. The Purple Lizard Rothrock State Forest map thoroughly covers the forest, as well as areas north and south of the forest boundaries. Best for folks living in or looking to explore Central Pennsylvania, or for people who really like maps, I suppose. Usage:I own other Purple Lizard maps, but this one gets the most use, as the Rothrock State Forest and surrounding areas are pretty easy to explore via hiking, camping, biking, hunting,… Full review

Purple Lizard Maps Bald Eagle State Forest Map

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A map that covers a somewhat overlooked, underexplored, and fairly large area in Central Pennsylvania (Bald Eagle State Forest). The map, in its typical Purple Lizard fashion, is super-durable and could serve as an emergency umbrella if necessary (only half joking...it is waterproof though). Best for those living in or exploring Central Pennsylvania or for map-junkies. Usage:Admittedly, like many in Central Pennsylvania, I’ve explored many of the trails covered by the popular Purple Lizard Rothrock… Full review

Garmin Forerunner 235

rated 5 of 5 stars GPS watch that can track a variety of activities and generate a load of helpful data about your activities. Stand-alone GPS means you can leave your smart phone at home. Waterproof with outstanding battery life, so fit for bad conditions, swims, stream crossings, and trips. Can download apps that add functionality. The Garmin Forerunner 235 falls in the middle of its wrist-worn GPS units. Garmin sells a few less-expensive fitness trackers and running watches; the 235 is a step up from those in terms… Full review

Garmin fenix 5X Sapphire

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A complex, high functionality watch that blew me away with all of its features! For three weeks now I've enjoyed getting more out of my trail runs, hikes, treadmill runs and gym sessions and all the other daily tracking capabilities! I find the GPS excellent and HR monitor superior to some I have tried before. For me, definitely worth the price so far! As a first time Garmin user I am impressed, but I suppose that is to be expected with the Garmin Fenix 5X! The GPS accuracy has been on point for… Full review

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. Many features shown on other maps were missing: water bodies, roads, trails, etc. Coloring was not very good for contrast. 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). Just before… 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

user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Silva Starter 1-2-3 Handheld Compass
$15 - $18
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Suunto M-3D Leader Compass Handheld Compass
$44
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Purple Lizard Maps Rothrock State Forest Trail Map US Northeast Paper Map
$15
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
$55 - $104
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
ACR ResQLink+ Locator Beacon
$290
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
$40
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Forerunner 235 GPS Watch
$250 - $329
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Lensatic 360 Handheld Compass
$25
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Brunton Com-Pro Pocket Transit Handheld Compass
$486 - $719
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 - $80
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: 4 of 5 (6)
Silva Ranger CL Handheld Compass
$50
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Suunto MC-2G Navigator Handheld Compass
$61 - $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
$75 - $149
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Purple Lizard Maps Bald Eagle State Forest Map US Northeast Paper Map
$12
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin fenix 5X Sapphire GPS Watch
$450 - $599
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 20 Handheld Compass
$49 - $71
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
$400 - $449
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin Topo US 24K West US Pacific States Map Application
$100 - $115
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMap 64s Handheld GPS Receiver
$300 - $399
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Suunto M-9 Wrist Compass Handheld Compass
$26 - $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 (2)
Garmin eTrex 20x Handheld GPS Receiver
$149 - $199
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 3 Handheld Compass
$13 - $17
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Suunto Clipper Handheld Compass
$20
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 7 Handheld Compass
$30 - $36
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
$42 - $47
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Garmin eTrex 30x Handheld GPS Receiver
$300
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
$43 - $69
user rating: 2 of 5 (25)
Suunto Core Compass Watch
$150 - $299
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Silva Guide 426 Handheld Compass
$20 - $23
National Geographic Bryce Canyon National Park Map US Mountain States Paper Map
$10 - $14
Garmin inReach Mini Locator Beacon
$300 - $349
National Geographic Carbondale/Basalt Trail Map US Mountain States Paper Map
$12 - $14
National Geographic Lexington/Blue Ridge Mountains Map  US South Paper Map
$12
The Mountaineers Books Northern Forest Canoe Trail Map #2 - Adirondack North Country (Central) New York US Northeast Paper Map
$10
Suunto MC-2 Pro Handheld Compass
$56 - $60
National Geographic Appalachian Trail: Damascus to Bailey Gap US South Paper Map
$15
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