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rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Garmin Forerunner 645

A modest looking GPS, heart rate monitor, and smart watch that delivers reams of training information. Pairs with a mobile phone to deliver loads of other features and is fully customizable. A good choice for athletes engaged in systematic training, it also works well for more casual users that can put the smart watch features to use. I (almost) never would have bought this watch for myself. I’m not that serious or systematic about training. I just go out and run by feel, and these days that usually… Full review

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Garmin GPSMAP 66i

The 66i is garbage. Don’t buy it. You can’t download maps onto it. I spent two hours trying to do so and gave up. The 66i, once plugged in, powers down so that the computer doesn’t recognize that it’s connected. The computer just searches endlessly for the 66i. It’s a fatal flaw that doesn’t let you download maps onto the 66i. What good is the 66i if you can’t download a topo?? I suppose the SOS feature has marginal value. But at the price point? Forget it. See above. Don’t buy this… Full review

rated 1 of 5 stars
Garmin Foretrex 401

Precision, but not accuracy. The ForeTrex 401 is useless for elevation. The AUTO CALIBRATION uses GPS to calibrate the Elevation (Calibration by GPS is accurate to +/-400 feet; Calibration by barometric pressure is accurate to +/-50 feet). I did both ways and put the ForeTrex 401 on the desk stationary for two hours, the elevation changed 500 feet. Everyone has the same issue. Full review

rated 2 of 5 stars
Cammenga Tritium Lensatic Compass 3H

Way too inaccurate. Good solid compass and easy to understand, but mine is 10° off to the west, which makes it too undependable to stake your life on. Cammenga says they'll repair it for $50??? Really? A new compass? Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Garmin GPSMAP 66i

Not for everyone, but uniquely wonderful for those who need it. The Garmin GPSMAP 66i introduced in June 2019 is the world’s first consumer handheld device that combines a full-featured GPS navigation tool and a satellite text message system in one half-pound, rugged, battery-efficient device. And it has a new feature, Expedition Mode, that greatly reduces power requirements. Its attributes are easy to describe to anyone familiar with past Garmin products: Take Garmin's best GPS receiver and combine… Full review

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Casio 3202 Twin Sensor Watch

F-ed up instructions. Impossible to read the manual, and it does not make sense nor does the setup work. Total piece of sh*t. Full review

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
SPOT Personal Tracker

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

rated 4 of 5 stars
Casio Pro Trek PRG-300CM

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

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Purple Lizard Maps Rothrock State Forest Trail Map

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

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Forerunner 645 added Nov 7, 2019
$400 - $450
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Garmin GPSMAP 66i added Jun 22, 2019
$600
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Casio Pro Trek PRG-300CM added Apr 2, 2019
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Brunton Lite Tech Monocular added Jun 26, 2018
$34 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Brunton Echo Pocketscope added May 25, 2018
$30 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Foretrex 601 added Aug 28, 2017
$200 - $249
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Fenix 5X added Aug 28, 2017
$420 - $749
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin inReach Explorer+ added Aug 28, 2017
$450
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
DeLorme State Atlas & Gazetteer added Jul 3, 2017
$20 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Blackwoods Press John Muir Trail Pocket Atlas added Nov 17, 2016
$30 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW9400-3 added Nov 3, 2016
$300 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
National Geographic John Muir Trail Topographic Map Guide added Oct 28, 2016
$15
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Trace added Aug 15, 2016
$200 MSRP
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (2)
MyTopo Waterproof Topo Map Tapoco added Aug 13, 2016
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin vivosmart HR+ added Jul 26, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Forerunner 235 added Jun 30, 2016
$189 - $229
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Expedition 15TDCL added Jun 22, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Casio PRG270 added Mar 30, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Satmap Active 12 added Feb 2, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
ACR ResQLink+ added Dec 7, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Suunto Ambit3 Peak added Oct 8, 2015
$399 - $499
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin fenix 3 added Aug 26, 2015
$459 - $549
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Garmin eTrex 20x added Aug 26, 2015
$200
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Garmin eTrex 30x added Aug 26, 2015
$300
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gaia GPS App & Offline Topo Maps added Oct 16, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
DeLorme inReach Explorer added Sep 21, 2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Brunton TruArc 5 added Jul 30, 2014
$17 - $27
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 20 added Jul 30, 2014
$49 - $71
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 3 added Jul 30, 2014
$13 - $17
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 7 added Jul 30, 2014
$30 - $36
user rating: 2 of 5 (4)
Brunton TruArc 15 added Jul 30, 2014
$43 - $69
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Sun Company MiniComp II added Apr 6, 2014
$10 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMap 64s added Mar 18, 2014
$400
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMap 64 added Mar 18, 2014
$250 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Menasha Ridge Press The Best in Tent Camping: Illinois added Jan 27, 2014
$16 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Polar RCX5 Sports Watch added Jan 20, 2014
$350 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rand McNally Foris 850 added Oct 28, 2013
$199 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Suunto M-3D Leader Compass added Oct 2, 2013
$44
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Purple Lizard Maps Bald Eagle State Forest Map added Sep 17, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Carin Mountain Company Mount Rainier Guide Reference Map added Aug 21, 2013
$14 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
SPOT Gen3 added Aug 9, 2013
$150
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
DeLorme inReach SE added Jul 16, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Suunto Ambit2 added Jul 11, 2013
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Victorinox Swiss Army Summit XLT added Jun 6, 2013
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Coleman 30M Digital Sportswatch added May 27, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Appalachian Mountain Club White Mountain Guide Online added May 22, 2013
$15 MSRP
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (3)
Casio 3202 Twin Sensor Watch added May 11, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Celestron TrekGuide added May 10, 2013
$35 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin Oregon 600 added Apr 19, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
CritterMap Backcountry Navigator for Android added Apr 9, 2013
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