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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 reviewed Nov 24, 2019
$400 - $450
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Garmin GPSMAP 66i reviewed Aug 29, 2019
$600
user rating: 3 of 5 (4)
Garmin Foretrex 401 reviewed Aug 14, 2019
$200 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (11)
Cammenga Tritium Lensatic Compass 3H reviewed Jul 15, 2019
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (3)
Casio 3202 Twin Sensor Watch reviewed May 26, 2019
user rating: 3 of 5 (19)
SPOT Personal Tracker reviewed Apr 28, 2019
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Casio Pro Trek PRG-300CM reviewed Apr 2, 2019
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Purple Lizard Maps Bald Eagle State Forest Map reviewed Feb 4, 2019
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Purple Lizard Maps Rothrock State Forest Trail Map reviewed Jan 14, 2019
$15 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Forerunner 235 reviewed Dec 25, 2018
$189 - $229
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Fenix 5X reviewed Dec 7, 2018
$420 - $749
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (2)
MyTopo Waterproof Topo Map Tapoco reviewed Nov 16, 2018
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Suunto Ambit2 reviewed Oct 29, 2018
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Silva Ranger CL reviewed Oct 10, 2018
$50 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Garmin Foretrex 101 reviewed Jul 11, 2018
discontinued
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Garmin eTrex 30x reviewed Jul 6, 2018
$300
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Garmin eTrex 10 reviewed Jul 5, 2018
$110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Brunton Lite Tech Monocular reviewed Jun 26, 2018
$34 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin inReach Explorer+ reviewed Jun 18, 2018
$450
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin Foretrex 301 reviewed Jun 15, 2018
$150 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Brunton Echo Pocketscope reviewed May 25, 2018
$30 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Brunton 8099 Eclipse reviewed May 9, 2018
$78 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin eTrex 20 reviewed Mar 23, 2018
$200 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Brunton TruArc 5 reviewed Feb 19, 2018
$17 - $27
user rating: 2 of 5 (13)
Suunto X9i reviewed Jan 28, 2018
discontinued
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Magellan eXplorist-710 reviewed Jan 3, 2018
$550 MSRP
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Topo US 24K Southwest reviewed Dec 16, 2017
$100
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Foretrex 601 reviewed Dec 13, 2017
$200 - $249
user rating: 2 of 5 (4)
Brunton TruArc 15 reviewed Dec 3, 2017
$43 - $69
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin vivosmart HR+ reviewed Aug 24, 2017
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (6)
Garmin eTrex 30 reviewed Aug 10, 2017
$300 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
DeLorme State Atlas & Gazetteer reviewed Jul 3, 2017
$20 MSRP
user rating: 2 of 5 (25)
Suunto Core reviewed Jun 2, 2017
$175 - $229
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMap 64s reviewed May 15, 2017
$400
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
DeLorme inReach SE reviewed Feb 16, 2017
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Magellan Triton 500 reviewed Feb 13, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
National Geographic Northville/Raquette Lake Map - Adirondack National Park reviewed Jan 5, 2017
$10 - $14
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Casio Pathfinder PAG80-1V reviewed Dec 24, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Blackwoods Press John Muir Trail Pocket Atlas reviewed Nov 17, 2016
$30 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW9400-3 reviewed Nov 3, 2016
$300 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
National Geographic John Muir Trail Topographic Map Guide reviewed Oct 28, 2016
$15
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Brunton TruArc 20 reviewed Oct 8, 2016
$49 - $71
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
DeLorme inReach Explorer reviewed Sep 29, 2016
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (9)
Bushnell BackTrack reviewed Aug 29, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Trace reviewed Aug 15, 2016
$200 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
National Geographic Great Smoky Mountains National Park Map reviewed Aug 13, 2016
$12 - $14
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Garmin eTrex 20x reviewed Jul 27, 2016
$200
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin fenix 3 reviewed Jul 14, 2016
$459 - $549
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Expedition 15TDCL reviewed Jun 22, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Suunto MC-2G Navigator reviewed Jun 11, 2016
$94 - $95
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