Best Hiking GPS

BECAUSE WE’RE PLANNING TO HIKE A LOT THIS SUMMER,

I THOUGHT WE SHOULD GET A GPS DEVICE.

 

You may think that Google Maps is enough when hiking but in my experience, it is not that reliable. Moreover, smartphones are basically useless when there’s no signal. Or when they run out of power.

On the other hand, handheld GPS devices are more reliable and have longer battery life. It is also easier to plan routes with a handheld GPS device.

In shopping for a GPS device, I considered the following factors:

1).  Battery life– at least 10 hours so I don’t have to replace batteries too often

2).  Construction— should be durable, shock-proof

3).  Price

4).  Display

5).  Weight

The following are GPS devices which I am interested in:

 

#5

G-PORTER GP-102 

$60

 

This is not the most advanced GPS you can get but for its price, you’re getting value for money. It is easy to use, too.  It has the features you’ll need like barometer, pedometer, clock, and thermometer. The backlit LCD display lets you see the information clearly. It is also very lightweight at less than an ounce.

 

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#4

GARMIN E-TREX 10  

$83

Garmin is a known brand so I’m really leaning towards this unit. Although it isn’t the cheapest, it looks really well made. The 2.2 inch monochrome display lets users see information clearly. It is waterproof, too. Plus the two AA batteries can last for 20 hours.

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GARMIN MONTANA 680-T

$500

This is another great model from Garmin although it’s a bit too complicated for me. Still, it looks very impressive. The battery can last for 16 hours. It has a touchscreen, colored display. It also features an 8MP camera as well as a digital compass, hunting calendar, sun and moon information, among others.  It is really packed in features which justifies its hefty price tag.

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GARMIN E-TREX 30

$196

Like the item preceding it, the e-Trex 30 is packed in features but it is not as expensive.  The display features 65K colors and readable even at high noon. It has a large 3.7GB internal memory plus a microSD card slot so you can load various maps. It also has integrated sensors. It’s very lightweight and compact, too.

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GARMIN E-TREX 20

$150

This is basically the e-Trex 30 sans some features and at a lower price. The essentials are there such as the high resolution display, 4GB internal memory, preloaded maps, good battery life (at least 20 hours), rugged and compact design.

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