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Magellan Explorist 610 (2012)

£400.00

A neat-looking device which is notably smaller than the other mapping units, and therefore has a much smaller screen than most. But the screen is clear and easy to read, and the touchscreen controls worked well. It picked up a fix as quickly as any – even indoors. Selecting a waypoint on the mapping is simple, but you need to ...

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SatMap Active 10 (2012)

£370.00

The Active 10 Plus hasn’t changed for the last few years, so it’s starting to look a little dated in comparison with some other models. But it’s still a great performer, with a huge screen and easy-to-use buttons rather than a fiddly touchscreen. The compass page is excellent, and the rechargeable lithium battery holds its charge well enough to complete ...

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Magellan Explorist GC (2012)

£180.00

The GC is aimed pretty squarely at geocaching – a modern version of a treasure hunt that’s increasing in popularity. It’s a compact and basic GPS, but the menu system doesn’t feel quite as intuitive as some, although the colour screen has good resolution. PC compatibility is via the free Vantage Point software, but it doesn’t connect directly to mapping ...

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Memory-Map Adventurer 3500 (2012)

£300.00

A light, compact mapping device with a huge screen. A real bargain: for £300 you get the unit plus GB OS 1:50,000 mapping, with a  licence to use it on five devices, eg computer and smartphone. PC compatibility is seamless. In the field it mostly performed well, but the touchscreen was initially off-kilter and the unit later ground to a ...

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Lowrance Endura Sierra (2012)

£375.00

The Endura is a fairly large and heavy device, yet has a relatively small screen – the one real disadvantage of using buttons, although in this case they work in conjunction with the touchscreen rather than instead of it. Other than this it is great to use, with decent resolution, an easy-to-read Direction of Travel arrow, intuitive, easy menus and ...

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Lowrance Endura Sierra 2011

£450.00

By offering both touch-screen and keypad operation, the Lowrance Endura Sierra aims to provide the best of both worlds. So you can scroll and zoom the OS mapping by touching the screen or using the buttons, while other functions are accessed via the key pad and touch-screen icons. But I found moving the maps around wasn’t as smooth or as ...

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Magellan Explorist 610

£400.00

A brand new model from one of the big outdoor navigation brands that has been a bit quiet over recent years here in the UK. It’s the middle unit of the series, which essentially means that it comes with a barometric compass, but not road navigation (available on the next model up). Its rounded shape houses a three-inch touchscreen display. ...

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Memory Map Adventurer 3500

£380.00

A touchscreen model with quite a large screen, so allowing you to view a little more of the map. Perhaps the most impressive thing about this unit is the scrolling. There is never any delay when flicking the map. It never really stalls to refresh. The menu is simple with most features accessed from the main mapping page, although it ...

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Lowrance Endura Sierra

£383.00

This is the top-end unit from Lowrance and has been recently overhauled to offer full integration with Mapyx Quo mapping software. The unit tested had full 1:25,000 OS mapping for the entire UK on it, which is perhaps the ideal digital-mapping situation. However, the unit plus this mapping would be prohibitively expensive. In addition to the cost, the amount of ...

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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 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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Lowrance Endura Out and Back

£220.00

The Out & Back is a huge unit and it’s also quite heavy. It operates on both buttons and touch-screen, so no trouble in gloves or even mitts, and it boasts an excellent Direction of Travel arrow as well as a small arrow on the mapping screen, making it easy to follow a route or move between waypoints. Data transfer ...

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Memory Map Adventurer 2800

£260.00

This is the only Ordnance Survey mapping GPS to come with the mapping included in the price – a genuine bonus – and it’s also very light and very small. The screen’s a decent size however, and is wonderfully clear too, but the controls are all touch-screen and the icons are very small, making it quite difficult with fingers and ...

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Lowrance Endura Sierra 2010

£500.00

Lowrance released three new GPS receivers in 2009 and they tackled the interface question by offering touch-screen and conventional button access. The top-of-the-range unit is the Sierra at £500, with the Safari at £350 and the Out&Back at £250 offering stripped-down features. DesignThe boxy design of the Lowrance device sits comfortably in the hand. It is waterproof, and the rubber ...

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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 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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Nokia N79

£275.00

The N79 is about the same size and weight as the average phone, yet with the addition of ViewRanger software (£25 for all UK national parks 1:50,000, £60 per park 1:25,000), it becomes a GPS receiver with full OS mapping. Routes can be copied to the phone from any digital-mapping software and, although not as functional as some, it is ...

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MWg Zinc II

£200.00

This is a great gadget – a fully featured smart phone combined with a hand-held PC that runs Windows. This can then be set up with Memory-Map software, via its Digital Map Shop (a map download service), so that it also acts as a mapping GPS. In the field the mapping is great and the obvious advantage is that there’s ...

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Lowrance Ifinder Expedition C

£300.00

To download routes, they need to be converted to the right format and loaded on to a memory card using a PC card reader of some sort (not supplied). This card is then slotted into the GPS where the route can be transferred to the internal memory. A long-winded process that spoils an otherwise easy-to-use model with a large clear ...

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Satmap Active 10

£300.00

As the only dedicated hand-held GPS using full Ordnance Survey mapping, the Active 10 looks familiar and is therefore easy to get used to. Free download software (SatSYNC) is needed to move route data between GPS and PC, but once that’s done you have your route showing on the map – simplicity itself! Logical menus are easy to access via ...

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Magellan Triton 2000

£450.00

Like its smallerc cousin, the Triton 2000 uses free download proprietary VantagePoint software to transfer route data from PC to GPS. You can use a scroll wheel or tiny stylus (spares supplied) to navigate through menus and, while both work well, we’re not sure about the stylus in a gale or pouring rain. Full marks for the ‘one press’ buttons ...

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Magellan Triton 300 2008

£130.00

Links to a PC via Magellan’s free download VantagePoint software but you need to import your route from Memory-Map into VantagePoint before downloading it. Tracklogs are uploaded in the same way. Navigating around the menus is easy enough with positive clicks as you scroll through the options, but the main control is fiddly to use with gloves on. Easy to ...

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Mio A201 (+ 512MB Memory Card + Anquet 1:25,000 scale National Park mapping)

£350.00

This is the type of GPS system that walkers have been waiting for. In one unit, you get a GPS receiver coupled with a large colour screen and digital mapping that is identical to the paper maps that we are all used to using. Switch it on, and the GPS receiver places a small circle over your location on the ...

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