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Garmin Oregon 600 (2013)

£320.00

Garmin makes a huge range of GPS receivers, and the Oregon 600 is another that benefits from a touch-screen, barometric altimeter and wireless Bluetooth data transfer. The 600 is the standard version in the series, but you can add a camera and more memory by opting for a more high-spec model. This unit is a good size for hillwalkers, as ...

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First test: Garmin Fenix (2013)

£350.00

Technology follows trends. At one time mobile phones were getting small enough to fit inside a matchbox, yet now the shops are full of smartphones the size of a slice of bread. Garmin has plotted the same course with its 4in screen hand-held Montana models, but it’s still working at the opposite end of the scale to produce the Fenix, ...

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Garmin eTrex 10 (2012)

£145.00

Most of the time when hillwalking you just need a device that will give you a position, help you get to or from a summit or to a footpath that you can more easily follow. To do this the most basic GPS receiver is all you need, and the Garmin eTrex 10 is a perfect example. At only £110 it ...

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Garmin Montana 600 (2012)

£430.00

The Montana is a huge device, with a very large screen too. It’s a delight to use, with intuitive menus and a touchscreen that even performed well in the rain and with gloves on. It runs on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery or 3 AAs – a really useful feature if you’re on a multi-day walk with no charging facility. PC ...

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Garmin eTrex 10 (2012)

£110.00

What an incredibly functional, basic unit. It has no mapping, nor any extras like electronic compass or barometric altimeter (although these are available on the slightly pricier eTrex 30, which also offers optional mapping). But it’s absolutely tiny – smaller than a cigarette packet for example – and weighs in at a mere 145g. No touchscreen – you move around ...

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Garmin eTrex 10 (2012)

£110.00

Recent developments in Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers have focused on developing colour touch screens that put digital Ordnance Survey (OS) mapping at your fingertips. But while the latest high-tech GPS receivers offer almost everything a hillwalker wants, they carry high price tags and perhaps offer more than most hillwalkers actually need. The yellow Garmin eTrex first appeared in outdoor ...

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Garmin Montana 650t 2011

£550.00

The Garmin Montana 650t is designed to be rugged, portable and versatile so it can be used in the hand, on a bike and in a car as a conventional satnav system. But for hillwalkers the main appeal is the huge 4-inch colour screen as it allows the user to clearly see around 6 square kilometres of OS 1:50k mapping ...

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Garmin GPSMAP 62ST

£399.00

A high-end unit with traditional controls from Garmin. Next to the touchscreen models it can feel a little old fashioned, although its capabilities are far from outdated. The menu system can be a little bit awkward to get used to initially, with so many buttons, but after a little playing around, control is very straightforward with the main menu system ...

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Garmin Montana 650T

£550.00

With the Montana series of GPS units, Garmin have managed to close the loop between outdoor GPS units, car sat navs and marine navigation devices. The idea is that (with the correct attachments) you can use one unit to drive to the hills or the water as well as navigate through them when you get there. Other Garmin units do ...

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Garmin Etrex Venture HC

£170.00

The eTrex is famously simple and reliable, almost a mini-brand in itself, and they are hugely popular with those dipping their first toe in the world of GPS. This unit doesn’t have the ability to load Ordnance Survey mapping via a flash memory card, which means it’s most commonly used as a basic position-finder and walks log, or as a ...

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Garmin Montana 650t 2011

£550.00

GPS technology has come a long way in recent years. Touch-screens that display Ordnance Survey mapping are now standard issue, but Garmin’s Montana 650t has a massive 4 inch screen and is billed as the ultimate in touch-screen hand-held devices. So what makes it so special, and does it offer the walker anything new?The Montana has been designed to be ...

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Garmin Vista HCX

£240.00

Without a doubt the best of the GPS units that can’t display Ordnance Survey maps on their screens. The Vista is compact and light, and offers just about all the features a walker could want with the exception of OS mapping. It picks up a fix in seconds and is robust enough and sufficiently waterproof to use anywhere at any ...

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Garmin Oregon 450T

£400.00

A sleek and lightweight receiver that comes with the benefit of optional Ordnance Survey mapping (£130 for a national park at 1:25000 or £80 for all national parks at 1:50000). All the functions are operated by the touch-screen, which keeps it simple and works well, even with gloves, and as usual for Garmin, the transfer of data is incredibly simple. ...

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Garmin Etrex H

£86.00

A ‘get out of jail free’ device that doesn’t cost much, doesn’t weigh much, yet will give you an exact grid reference if you’re lost, and in conjunction with a paper map will point you towards an escape route if you find yourself in the mountains in poor visibility. It will exchange data with a PC if you do your ...

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Garmin Dakota 20

£290.00

Billed by Garmin as an entry-level GPS, the Dakota is actually incredibly functional; and it’s also very small and very light. But the £290 price tag might put a lot of first-time buyers off, especially as they may need to spend another £100+ on mapping. It’s small, but has the benefit of displaying optional Ordnance Survey mapping on its screen ...

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Garmin GPSmap 62st 2010

£400.00

Garmin has been at the forefront of GPS (Global Positioning System) technology since the early Nineties. However, the company’s recent touchscreen Oregon series was perhaps a low point compared to some more dedicated outdoor GPS receivers. But Garmin could be back on course with the latest GPSmap 62st, which promises much greater performance while displaying the now obligatory OS mapping ...

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Garmin Oregon 550t 2010

£480.00

During 2009 Garmin introduced a range of GPS receivers that feature OS mapping and touch-screen operation. The Garmin 550t boasts a 3.2 megapixel camera with geo-tagging so you can easily locate exactly where a photo was taken. The unit can be loaded with OS mapping via an SD card. DesignThe smooth, curvy housing sits easily in the hand with just ...

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Garmin Oregon 300

£350.00

The Oregon is a sleek device with lovely clean lines due to the lack of buttons – it’s activated solely by touch-screen. The screen is a good size and it runs Ordnance Survey mapping by means of the new Garmin GB Discoverer mapping (£130 for a single national park at 1:25,000 scale, or £80 for all national parks in a ...

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Garmin Vista HCx

£230.00

Although small and incredibly light, the Vista HCx is the best of the old school, hand-held units and with the exception of the rather basic mapping – the best you can achieve is the optional Garmin Topographic mapping – it is everything you could possibly want from a walking/outdoor specific device. Data transfer to and from your PC is really ...

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Garmin eTrex H

£86.00

At £86 it would be wrong to expect too much from this unit, yet if all you need is something that will give you an accurate grid reference and perhaps point you to the co-ordinates of the nearest descent route when the weather turns bad, then it fits the bill perfectly. PC compatibility is basic and you need to buy ...

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Garmin Oregon 300 2009

£330.00

In-car satnav is now so common that the humble road atlas is more often than not stashed away alongside the spare tyre, the red triangle and the rusty jump leads just in case there’s an emergency. These days a rolling road display with a polite voice instructing the driver when to turn off is how many of us travel the ...

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Garmin Colorado 300*

£350.00

Thanks to an easy PC interface, downloading routes and uploading tracklogs is a cinch. However, rather annoyingly the unit locks itself when connected to the PC (meaning you can’t carry out other tasks) and switches off when it’s disconnected. The new iPod-style scroll wheel takes getting used to but works well, even with gloves, making navigation through the pages easy. ...

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Garmin Etrex Vista HCx

£199.00

A joy to use. PC connectivity is simple and it will readily share data with Memory-Map with no need to use any other software for file conversions. Menus are intuitive and can be easily customised, while swapping between main functions is amazingly easy. The single button press for “Find” and “Mark”, means little time need be wasted on the hill. ...

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Garmin Colorado 300 GPS (2008)

£400.00

When it comes to navigating, I’ve always steered clear of GPS. They present two fundamental problems: instructions (which I can’t be bothered to read) and batteries (which I don’t want to buy or carry). Then they have a habit of losing contact with satellites when you need them most. And, let’s face it, the outdoors is the very place to ...

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Garmin GPS Map60CS

£524.00

This GPS receiver is packed with useful features. Firstly it comes built into a very robust rubberised casing that is also waterproof and really built for the rough and tumble of the outdoors. You get easy-to-use buttons and a very large screen that is very easy to read and it is also in colour. To help navigation there is a ...

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